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Goals: A Review of 2014

December 17, 2014

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January is coming and I’m excitedly planning for 2015. But sometimes the excitement about shiny new goals for next year makes us forgot about the success (or failure) of goals we set and met during the last year.

Isn’t that a shame?

I spend all year working towards benchmarks and goals just to forget about them as soon as December rolls around, when I start making new ones for January.

It’s so motivating for me, though, to look at past goals – both those that have been successfully met and those that I missed. Learning from the things that went right and wrong help me to create a more effective plan for the New Year.

So what were goal-setting successes for you last year? What were the failures?

My goal setting for 2014 varied from my traditional system, since I knew we were having Miles during the summer. I knew that just the experience of becoming a mother and settling into a new routine as a family of three would come with plenty of new challenges, so I didn’t set a lot of goals outside of that. Beyond that, we had a cross-country move, adjustments to make as Mark became a student again, and on and on and on. I knew that a lot of goals beyond sanity maintenance were probably not feasible.

However, during 2014, I did meet one really big goal that I’ve been working towards for a long time. 2014 was the first year that I made a sustainable self-employed income. This is a huge benchmark for me. I’ve been working towards this goal (essentially, in fits and starts) since I graduated from college 7.5 years ago.

If you’ve followed this blog for very long, you’ve probably heard me mention my freelance work at one time or another. I don’t often specifically talk about it here because it has never been terribly related to the topics of this blog. My blog is primarily a creative outlet and a means for me to stay inspired and motivated.

But I want to share this professional benchmark here for two reasons. First of all, it’s thrilling to meet a goal that I’ve worked towards for so long. Secondly, it inspires me to set other big goals. Meeting one big goal makes me realize that those big dreams that are hazy off in the distance are totally achievable. They might take a couple of years – or 7 – to achieve. But they can be reached.

So make 2015 the year of big goals! Maybe set some goals that are impossible to meet in just one year – and then start working towards them. What will they be? Or maybe you reached a similar big goal in 2014? Tell me about it!

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  1. That’s great news Emily! Congrats! I’d love to hear more about how you hit your sustainable income goal. Hope all is well with you, Mark, and the baby.

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