My 2013 Goals: 95 days to go!
Where have all the 2013 goals gone?
So I read two recent posts by Blonde on a Budget, and Girl Meets Debt and came to the terrifying realization that there are only 95 days left in the year! I know that it translates to over three months, but considering that one of those months is December (which is chock-full of holiday parties, traveling, juggling families, etc) it doesn’t leave very much time to stay on top of things.
1. POSITIVE NET WORTH – COMPLETE, AUGUST 2013
This was one that was really important to me for a completely symbolic reason. Fall 2013 marked 10 years since I signed my first student loan, it was the last time I had a positive net worth and I was only 18. Now, happily, due to prudent RRSP investing and my TFSA, I hit this in August and it’s smooth sailing from here on in!
2. BABYâ€™S FIRST RACE – COMPLETE, APRIL 2013
Another goal of mine was to do something I didn’t think I could do, and that was run in a race! I did Harry’s Spring Run Off in April 2013 and did a hilly 5k in 35 minutes! I also raised over $600 for charity at the same time.
3. CONTRIBUTE AT LEAST $1500 TO MY RRSP – ON TRACK!
This was easy as long as I stuck to a structured plan. I made sure to put away enough to hit this mark every month and now that my employer is matching a portion of my salary, as long as I don’t suddenly pull out of the automatic pension plan, I’m hitting this easily.
4. READ 60 BOOKS A YEAR – OH MY GOD. Way behind. 35 books to go.
I haven’t read less than 50 books a year in over 6 years, but 2013 was the year I really got invested in podcasts and the year that I cycled more and took the TTC less, OH GOD. I’M SO BEHIND. The one good thing is that I have at least five half finished books at home.
5. COMPLETE THE NEW RULES OF LIFTING FOR WOMEN PROGRAM – On hiatus
I was doing really well with this program but I’ve been beset by health issues this year (nothing major, don’t worry) and I had a bike accident and I keep having to restart. It WAS the most ambition 2013 goal, but I hope to complete either this or another program in the coming year. I got about 33% through the first time around.
6. BLOG AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK – Nah, fail
I write a lot for work, so it seems I have a hard time writing in my spare time. If I keep up my active pace, I can do about a post a week, but two isn’t possible right now. My blog HAS been much more active than ever before though, so yay!
7. PAY OFF 60% OF MY REMAINING STUDENT LOAN DEBT – ON TRACK!
This is similar to my RRSP planning. I set a schedule and a target range of how much I wanted to pay off every month, and I hit this goal in November unless something crazy happens. I’ve already paid off over $7,000
8. COMPLETE MY 2013 BLIND SPOT SERIES – Big old fail
Complete fail. I really regret leaving this behind two years in a row, sorry Ryan
9. GO ON (a proper) VACATION – COMPLETE, May 2013
I went to London, ENGLAND in May of 2013 and it was GLORIOUS. I loved it. I saw the sights, ate the food, shopped in the vintage stores and came back fattened by British candy.
10. GO ON A WINE TOUR – ADJUSTED & ON TRACK!
We didn’t end up doing this in the summer, but I AM PLANNING on a hot beach vacation this winter with some girlfriends!
So, I’ve achieved three goals so far, three are good to go, two were fails, one is a hiatus, and one, my book goal, is going to be a squeaker! I think I’m pretty happy with the outcome so far, I wanted to be challenged and I’m surprised that the weightlifting goal was and the film writing goals were the hardest to hit (considering I hate running, but did a 5k, and used to write film stuff 8x a month) and that the financial ones were a breeze. It looks like 2014 might be the year of “changing my priorities!”
How are you doing? Have any new plans to tackle the rest of the year?