I used to be a resolutions girl. I’d set these huge unrealistic goals for the year, and they’d usually revolve around losing weight or quitting smoking. I’d start the year off strong and then fail a month or so into the year.
I’m not a huge fan of failing, so I stopped setting myself up to fail.
A while back, I joined in on the One Little Word trend. I spend a lot of time at the end of every year trying to brainstorm what I want from my upcoming year, and then I pick one word to be my mantra. Do you know my word for 2016? I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it’s worked out well.
Though, something was missing. This year I want to set some overall goals for the year. Some goals will be specific and measurable, while others are overall wishes for the year.
I’m glad I’m setting a few goals for the year. If I even accomplish a few of these items, I’ll be one happy lady. My plan right now is to review them every quarter.
Financial Goals for the Year
- Save, save, save
I’d love to continue saving money for a house, the kids’ college education, and other short-term goals like vacations.
- Increase my salary monthly
My big financial goal is to make more money each month than I did in the previous month. My work situation has changed slightly, and I’ve been able to do more freelance writing. If anyone is looking for help with content marketing and social media, send them my way!
Home Goals for the Year
- Buy a home
I’m ready to own a home. Mr. O and I have been looking for a home for years now, and as much as I enjoy where I live right now, the baby is officially making us outgrow our tiny little apartment. I refuse to settle on a home since we’ve worked so hard to save and prepare, but I’ve decided to channel the power of positive intention. 2016 will be the year I buy my first home!
- Stay organized
I’m lucky that my husband is so wonderful and helps me keep the house clean. I’m one who attracts clutter, and he’s the one to help me get things in order. This year I’d like to be more independently organized, especially since I’m working out of my home 100% of the time now.
Family Goals for the Year
- Parent well
Raising children is incredible. One second it is awesome and fun and just indescribable. The next second it is tough and confusing and frustrating. I know that this is an unmeasurable goal, but I’d like to reflect on my progress every quarter.
- Pay attention to my marriage
So this is another mostly unmeasurable goal, but I’d like to focus on my relationship with my husband this year. We’ve been parenting together since I first met Wolverine, but having a baby can be tough on a relationship. We need to learn to focus on our marriage too.
Health Goals for the Year
- Walk it out
In the summer and fall when the baby wouldn’t sleep, I put her in her carriage and took her for walks. I actually enjoyed my walking time and miss it in these cold winter months. When it gets warmer, I’d like to start the habit of taking her for more walks.
- H2O is the way to go
Water is a game changer, folks. I’ve always been a big water drinker, but I’ve never seen the value firsthand until after I delivered the baby. The days I drank a ton of what I was motivated and felt like I could do this mommy thing. (Never mind the fact that drinking a ton of water helped my supply.) The days I barely drank water were the days I felt like a mess of a mom. This idea may sound unbelievable to some, but I definitely noticed a correlation, so I’m going to keep on guzzling the water into the new year.
Personal Goals for the Year
- Read 26 books
That’s one book every other week over the course of a year. If you asked me to set a reading goal six years ago (I chose six years because it was right before I started graduate school, and that did change up my reading game), I could have easily set a goal of 104 (and probably surpassed it). Now that I have a baby and work + freelance writing, a goal of 26 books seems pretty big to me.
- Document life
I’ve been participating in Project Life since 2012, and I absolutely love it. Yes, we’re mid way through January, and I still haven’t set up my 2016 scrapbook yet, but I’m beginning to get back on track, and I’m really excited about it.
Another way I’d like to document is to create a photo book for both of the kids every year for their birthday. I have folders on my computer for each year of Wolverine’s life, but I’ve never really been sure what I wanted this project to look like, so I’ve never taken action. I think my goal is to focus on the 12 months. So each book will have one full page picture for each month with the corresponding page being a collage of other important pics. I don’t want to keep saying I’ll do this year after year yet never doing it, so it’s a main goal for the year.
Professional Goals for the Year
- Find my ideal clients
The one thing about being a freelance writer that isn’t much fun is finding, pursuing, and nailing down new clients. I’m super excited to be working with the companies I’m currently writing for, but you can’t put all your eggs in one (or two or three) baskets. When you’re a freelance writer, you can either slave away for the clients who pay well, even if you aren’t passionate about what you’re writing, or you can find the perfect companies who you love writing for. 2016 will be about finding and landing my ideal clients.
- Share awesome content
If there is one thing I’ve learned during my time at BuzzFarmers and writing for other companies, it’s that quality content is so important. Everyone considers themselves a blogging expert, and there are a ton of posts in internet land that aren’t really helpful. My goal for my personal blog is to be a more regular poster, and my goal for my professional blog is to share my content marketing knowledge with people learning to blog.