My 2013 Goals: 95 days to go!

New Year's Resolutions - Calvin Style

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.

I posted my 2013 Goals in January, updated it in February, mentioned my positive net worth in July, but haven’t really talked about it since, let’s see how I’ve done so far. :)

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. BABY’S FIRST RACECOMPLETE, 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 YEAROH 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 PROGRAMOn 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 SERIESBig old fail
Complete fail. I really regret leaving this behind two years in a row, sorry Ryan :(

9. GO ON (a proper) VACATIONCOMPLETE, 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?

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