It's that time of the year again!
If you've been following my blog, or me, for awhile, you'll know that at the end of every year, I do a kind of annual review. It's to look at the goals I sent for myself last year (not resolutions), what worked, what didn't work, what goals were met & to think about where I want to take my life for the next year. So let's start by looking at my 2017 goals.
GOALS FOR 2017
- Spend more time actually exploring the PNW that's already around me.
- Disney birthday trip with my girls
- Road trip & hike Canada
- Read at least 1 book a month (Take two!)
- Buy myself a new (adult) car. It's time for the Scion tC of my 16-year-old self to go.
- Workout on a more regular basis, despite work schedule - focusing on cardio & weights.
- Teaching myself to cook more & eat out less.
So What Went Well, What Not So Well?
I'm actually proud to say, that of all the goals I set for 2017, I accomplished all but two: working out on a more on a regular basis, and reading a book a month. In total, I read like 4 books, which is still an improvement. As for working out, it's still a struggle to find a consistent time todo it, when you work a dynamic schedule like I do. I did pick up some, should we call, alternative workouts? I manage to scatter my year with hikes & ski days, at least until I sprained my ankle skiing (picture 4), and after I recovered I picked up kick boxing!
The biggest thing in 2017, was me "cutting back on traveling."
Somewhere my coworkers are rolling their eyes at that statement. Ok, fine. I kind of cut back. Baby steps okay? I "only" went to Disneyland twice & did only one international trip. It was the challenge of shifting my financial responsibilities, but all that overtime, and 70 work hours week, paid off! I bought my dream car: the Lexus NX F (emphasis on the F), which I named Becky. It's such a good feeling too, because I know I earned it, and I feel so grateful everyday when I drive it, & with how safe I feel when I take it up to the pass, or on and hikes.
Other than that, I set out to road trip to Canada & I did (with Becky). I set out to do a birthday trip with my girls & we blew it out of the water. I set out to work on my cooking skills, and now I'm packing lunch 4 times a week. I even saw my first total solar eclipse & added Scotland to my travel resume. A successful year! Now my goals for 2018!
GOALS FOR 2018
- Put away a set amount each month so I can buy my own home at the end of 2018, or the beginning of 2019.
- Any desired expenditures outside of that (like travel) or any other financial responsibilities (bills), must be financed by lifestyle changes to save money, or overtime! (Lots of overtime.)
- Set a smaller amount aside each month, for a mission trip to Guatemala in February 2019
Be more consistent with working out in general, in any form (hike, ski, swim, kickboxing, etc)
- Trip back to France with my friend Shahrzad, where I learn more French history.
- Road trip deeper into Canada for hiking.
- (Hopefully, pending approval) A trip to China: particularly Shanghai & Hong Kong.
- Read at least 1 book a month (Take three!)
- Take a surfing lesson - California?
- Learn Spanish so I can communicate with patients at work & for Guatemala 2019
- Teach myself to more 100% dairy-free meals & maybe put together my own personal cookbook.
And finally, the mission statement.
2018: THE YEAR OF epic FInancial Responsibility & the Independent woman
In 2018, I will challenge myself financially, more than ever. I will set aside a big portion of my income every month, with the intention of own home in Seattle's housing market, on my own, by the end of 2018 or early 2019. That is my priority. Everything else I want do this year, whether it be traveling, fitness, or education, will only be a secondary a result of how successful I am at learning to save money & how hard I work (overtime).
Can you tell I'm ready to take this year by storm? Watch out 2018. I'm about to slay this! Love, JEN