Here were my goals for 2018:
- Marry and combine finances with my partner. PASS. To be fair, this is not completely finished by I did manage to get married and we’re like 80% of the way there with the finances. So I’ll give myself this one.
- Increase net worth 3 units. FAIL. I started off the year 5.28 units from my financial freedom goal. Haven’t finalized the numbers for this month yet, but it looks like I’ll be somewhere between 0.25-0.5 units shy of my goal. But I’m okay with that. Husband was unemployed for half the year, I took a month off between jobs, and of course there was that big salary drop with my career change. There are more important things than money. And, honestly, we did fine.
- Generate another stream of income, separate from my job. FAIL. I didn’t really focus on this at all.
- Chisel my way to six-pack abs. OKAY. I don’t have a six-pack or anything close. BUT I did keep up with my ab workouts all year long and have core strength like woah. So that’s cool.
- Visit Ireland and Amsterdam. OKAY. We did go to Ireland for our honeymoon, however I’ve come to realize that (1) my friend lives in Copenhagen, not Amsterdam and (2) we’re going to visit her next year for her wedding.
- Get involved in 2018 governor’s race. FAIL. Basically anything that required time this year I simply did not do. Other than my new job. That’s taken up… a lot.
- Do one “interesting” thing per month. FAIL. This was a cool idea in theory and if I really thought about it I probably averaged one interesting moment per month but didn’t really document this well and twelve months later this feels more kitschy than important.
Then there’s my “keep on keeping on” list:
- Maintain body weight, regular diet and exercise. PASS. Consistent exercise and good (enough) eating.
- Continue volunteering and donating 10% of my income. PASS. Summary here.
- Read at least one book a month. PASS. I technically passed this but I feel pretty silly for setting the goal so low and also still kind of ashamed for how little I read. I started plenty of books but got bored midway for a number of them (which never used to happen to me before). Yes, I’m super basic and read like a high school student. What of it? If y’all have book recommendations, I’d be happy to take them. Anyway, here’s what I finished:
- Tar Baby by Toni Morrison (5/5)
- Jazz by Toni Morrison (4/5)
- God Help the Child by Toni Morrison (3/5)
- The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (3/5)
- Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? by Raymond Carver (3/5)
- Civilwarland in Bad Decline by George Saunders (2/5)
- Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit (5/5)
- The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov (3/5)
- The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin (4/5)
- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (5/5)
- All the Names by Jose Saramago (4/5)
- Daisy Miller by Henry James (4/5)
- Cymbeline by William Shakespeare (3/5)
- Laughter In the Dark by Vladimir Nabokov (3/5)
Overall I did pretty terribly with my goals this year. Oh well. But at the same time, I still had such a big year between marriage, changing careers, and going through really hard personal stuff with family and friends. Looking back, I was so unfocused on what I wanted my life to look like. But I am pretty proud of myself of powering (muddling?) through some really hard times. I feel more mature, like I am starting to get an understanding of me as a fully formed being with experiences, not just a little bundle of potential. It’s a scary feeling, like I’m finally accepting closing certain doors on my life. But I’m moving forward. And that’s… good?
How did you fare with your 2018 goals?