Even though I set goals around this time last year, I never really made them specific or checked back in on them. I’d like to change that for this upcoming year, so I figured that I would make a list of goals now that I’d like to achieve in 2016. Kind of like my running goals, but a little more about my regular life. Even if I don’t accomplish all of these goals, I’d still like to have several to pick from so that I can succeed somewhere.
- Pay off my unsubsidized loan. There’s an unsubsidized loan that’s been hanging over my head since freshman year, just slowly gaining dollars in interest. I’ve been paying off chunks of it as I can, but this is going to be the year that I finally wipe that thing out.
- Create a workable budget. I budgeted in July, and it worked pretty well for me. It’s going to be difficult starting out, as I don’t get a real paycheck from school until probably the end of January or the beginning of February. I just want to feel more in control of my finances and make sure I know where the money is coming from and where it’s going.
- Work more towards selling my crafts. Along the same lines as above, I’ve really found an interest in woodcrafts. I’ve made some really nice home decor kind of stuff, so I’d like to sell it and make a little extra money on the side. It’s really relaxing for me to do, and it’s honestly not that big of a drain on my time.
- Make money from my blog. Even if it’s just a few dollars throughout the year, I’d really like to expand my blog and see it grow monetarily. I’ve invested a lot of time and effort into it, and I’d like to see how I can get some of that back.
- Workout at least 3 times a week. I’m devoting myself to being more healthy this year, as seen in my running goals. I really need to stay on top of this when school starts back up again, because that’s when it gets craziest. As it stands right now, my Fridays are going to be fairly open for workouts, so I can definitely take advantage of that.
- Eat at least 3 servings of fruits/veggies a day. Along with being healthy, I need to start eating better so I can be healthy from the inside out. Over this break, I’ve been trying to up my intake of fruits and veggies and proteins, so it’ll hopefully be even easier when school starts and I have designated meal times and packed lunches.
- Read according to my Bible calendar every day. I have a setup in my planner that I printed off over the summer for 2016 where I can read a few Bible passages every night before I go to bed and make it through the whole Catholic Bible in a year. Considering it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, I figured that this year would be the best time to go about doing it.
- Become and stay organized. I have a few posts in the next few weeks that are going to detail how I’m going about getting organized for this upcoming year. Let me just say it now: Habitica and Trello look like they’re going to be new BFFs with Google Calendar and my Erin Condren planner for the next 12 months. My room is going to be getting a major purge here in the next few weeks, let me tell you what.
- Make at least 6 Kiva loans. I made 4 Kiva loans this past year, and I’m going to be having some of my loans come into repayment in the next year. Whenever I have more money coming in than I truly need, I always try to loan some of it out to people in other countries who need it. The loans I make can be withdrawn after they’re repaid, or I can keep paying it forward – I like that second option.
- Start getting out of bed before 6. I’m in a Miracle Morning community on Facebook, but I’m not ready to commit to the full MM. Rather, I’d like to get up early to give me more time to get ready for school and get organized before I have to get to school. I’ve been doing well with getting up around 6:20, so we’ll just have to push it back a bit further.
- Use my planner as a gratitude journal daily. I did that for the entire month of November, and it’s really nice to look back and see what was important to me each day of the month. I’ve made myself like ‘Give Thanks’ boxes for the bottom of each day’s column in my Erin Condren, so I hope to continue with being thankful for each day that I’m given.
- Find at least 60 geocaches. I haven’t been geocaching nearly as much as I have in the past and I wanted a ‘fun’ goal, so I’d like to get back into it. 60 geocaches winds up only being around 5 a month, which is totally doable. I love the activity, and I think it’s just a matter of getting back into it.
It looks like I’m going to have a lot of things on my plate for the next year, but I can’t wait. 12 goals for 12 months! What are your goals for the upcoming year?