The year is winding down and it’s time to reflect on the past year. I know you are probably (or soon will be) inundated with resolution/recap posts but get over it. This is more for me than you anyway.
On January 1st, 2011, like so many others before me, I made a few goals for the year. And I didn’t forget about them after a few weeks like most people. I even checked back in at the halfway point for a status update. I think we’re close enough to the end of the year to give a final report.
Get a raise.
And not just a little chump one. I’m going all out here and aiming for a steep 15% raise.
Since checking in halfway through the year, no changes. So I’m still sitting at a 7% raise. I’m okay with that, considering the current market conditions (I work in finance).
Pay down debt.
And since numbers make goals easier to asses, I’m going to say that collectively, the husband and I, need to pay down at least $10k in credit card debt.
I’m happy to report that we are in a much better position with this. But still, we didn’t make our goal. We paid down $6k, NET. We almost reached $10k in payments but with interest and using our credit cards for a couple small emergencies (ahem, $500 vet bill), it obviously wasn’t all towards principle. I’m satisfied with the amount we’ve put down, especially the last 6 months, and if we can keep up on that, we’ll be credit card debt free in no time. (I hesitate to say debt free completely thanks to a car loan we refinanced and a couple student loans.)
And for numbers sake, I’m going to say 12 books next year. One a month. I think it is doable. I want a nice mix of fun leisurely reads and educational reads.
Booya. I smashed this goal. And I’m still going strong. Goodreads and my local library (that now lends Kindle books!) made it really easy. I ended up increasing my goal to 52 and smashed that as well. I also joined a book club that I’m going to start attending in January. So excited, even if it is a bunch of old ladies (and one coworker). And for you curious cats, here’s a sneak peek at what I’ve been reading – a healthy mix of chick lit, memoir, and historical fiction. (You can follow my reviews here.)
Complete New Rules of Lifting for Women program.
My goal is to finish it – with before and after pictures to show for it.
No pictures but it’s done. And a few stages of NROL. I’m proud.
I am hoping we spend some time working on the yard, hiking, and taking Pippin out.
This year, the weather pretty much sucked. More than usual Washington weather. We got a crappy Summer after a rainy Spring that led into a crummy Fall. BUT. I started running this year. I’m astonished. I actually enjoyed it. And I ran over 400 miles this year. And most of it was outside. And we squeezed in a few short hikes. So yes, I’d say mission accomplished with the “getting outside” goal.
Overall, this has been a pretty darn good year. I feel like we are starting to finally crawl our way out of debt while still being able to have (a lot of) fun. I’ll save you from a recap post but the highlights were definitely my trip to Hawaii and Arizona, running my first half marathon, then my second, and participating in Ragnar, and celebrating my first wedding anniversary.
Next year? I’m hoping for more of the same. Minus a move (hopefully). Keep working on paying down debt. Keep lifting weights and running and being active. Keep eating good food. Keep chugging along at work. Keep on keeping.
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