I haven’t always made annual goals, but before 2012 dawned I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted to accomplish that year, as well as for the five and ten years beyond.
The year is over; it’s time to see how I did with my 2013 goals:
Save up half a down payment. A huge goal of ours is to move to a larger home (that is, a home with more than one bathroom for our family of six) without selling our current residence. This year we did manage to save half of what we need (or what we hope we need), thanks to financial emergency-free third and fourth quarters and automatic checkings-to-savings deductions.
Health and Fitness:
Practice yoga once a week. I did great with Jennifer Hoffman’s yoga video series at the beginning of the year, and it does great things for my tendencies towards too-much-typing disease. Despite that, I fizzled out come summer. Right now I’m evaluating how I want to incorporate this into my routine in 2014.
Do one pull-up. This one bombed but I learned all kinds of lessons in the failing. I know I keep saying this–but more on that coming soon!
8:30 2k row. I switched from rowing to running in July, surprising myself greatly because I always thought I hated running! I’ve been thinking about hopping on the rower for a time trial, but I haven’t made myself do it yet. The idea is just so unappealing.
Write something every day. I didn’t quantify this after the spring, and I’m sure I haven’t written something every day. But I’ve not done too badly on this one.
Guest post once a month. Yes! Last month you could check me at Addie Zierman’s blog talking about changing the world, one page at a time.
Read 3 books about the craft of writing. I’ve read a ton of books about writing, but I should review my own goals more often! Because I’ve never finished reading On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Creating Nonfiction by William Zinsser, which was one of the books I explicitly said I wanted to read. Add that to the list for 2014…
Try new things. YES.
Celebrate Special Breakfasts. I borrowed this idea from Gretchen Rubin’s Happier at Home, and it was a smashing success. I have a theory about why. (Coming soon, of course!)
Print photographs quarterly. I did this, but I’ve noticed that we enjoy bound photo albums a lot more than prints. This takes more effort, but I’d love to do more photo albums in 2013. I’d love to start by compiling a 2013 album and getting it printed sometime in the first quarter of 2014, but I’m not sure if that’s wishful thinking. (Do any of you do this?)
Read 1 fiction book a month. When I made this goal, I said, “I struggle with finding great fiction–especially modern fiction.” Was that me? Thanks largely to all your recommendations, this is no longer a problem.
Say yes to get-togethers with friends. I’ve done a decent job with this.
Seek out opportunities to meet blogging friends in person. I got to meet so many of you in person in 2013, and each meeting was completely delightful, as expected.
Use my weekends well. I feel like we did a good job with this one, although we definitely stumbled a bit when the weather got cold before we found a new groove .
Learn to use my camera. I finally learned to shoot in manual mode, thanks to this online photography class. It was much easier to learn than I expected, but it’s still one of my most satisfying achievements of the year.
Go on a family camping trip. Will camped in the backyard with the kids while I was at Influence. Does that count?
I’ve spent a lot of time over the holidays reflecting on 2013 and looking forward to 2014. Honestly, my successes and failures from this past year have significantly changed my goal-setting paradigm. I wasn’t expecting that at all, but I’m excited to share more about that soon.
How did you do with your 2013 goals?