It’s that time of the year where we are asked to evaluate our last year in terms of what we feel we have accomplished and what might still need work. So, although with work I will say that I am absolutely perfect in every way! Yes, I would and will say it, because that is just me! If you know me, that is what I am.
I feel that the most important time to be honest with yourself is in your personal life.
(Stolen from my work review)
Major Objectives Established from Last Year’s Review:
Budget planning and saving on our monthly expenses!
We have saved over 10,000 in the last year by reviewing our expenses and making the said changes. This is an ongoing thing. Just as recently as last month where I changed cell companies and saved us over $100 a month for a savings of over a $1000 a year. Goal for next year is to continue constantly looking for savings.
Pay Off Debt as quickly as we can.
Up to date we have paid off all debt as in cars, credit cards except for the last bill which is a credit line which should be paid off by April of next year, leaving only the mortgage to finish off in the coming years. We have paid off almost $18,000 since October of last year and still have 2 months left to reach $20,000 which I’m confident we will accomplish.
De-clutter and adopt a more minimalist way of living.
This task has begun but is nowhere near where I would like it to be. There seems to be a lot of junk that has accumulated over the passage of the 8 years we have lived in this home. I have literally gotten rid of at least one bag or box of stuff per week since starting and yet I still find my house too cluttered for my liking. It is a slow process that I hope will get more streamlined and quicker as the year progresses. I am hoping that by the end of 2017 I can say that my home is clutter free and easy to maintain.
Starting a blog and writing every week day consecutively for 365 days (from a passage from Mark Twain’s book in Innocents Abroad, about being able to be an author if you keep a journal daily for a year).
I am happy to say that I have done so and am currently on the home stretch of only needing about 40 blog posts or so to complete this journey. I will try to publish 3 blogs a week after reaching that goal while concentrating a bit more on our YouTube Channel “ A Decade to Freedom”.
To improve my mental and physical health overall.
Although I have learned a lot about myself in the last year, especially because of my writings, I feel that this is the area where I lacked the most. Physically, I find it quite challenging to get motivated to do more when I am so sore most of the time. With roving aches and pains that go from mild to severe (from endo and possible fibro and digestive issues) depending on the day, keeping a routine is always a challenge. I will endeavor to continue cleaning my house and mind hoping that the act of clearing also helps my physical side and improves my path to both mental and physical well-being.
Did I reach my goals, most of them, I am very proud of my accomplishments. Some of them I know I have not done all that I can do, but I am by far not a failure for the simple fact that I continue to try.
I have personally enjoyed these challenges and always feel really happy when another milestone I set has been reached. I give myself some little goals to reach and then set another constantly until I see that all my little accomplishments are really starting to make a big difference.
Are you taking inventory of what you have accomplished in the last year? Are you happy with all that you have done? Is there somewhere or something you would like to improve?