I’ve been setting annual personal goals for years. Getting away for a night (even if it’s at a hotel down the street) helps me think about my hopes and goals for life. I first posted about my goals and annual planning session on this blog last year in my post “6 Goals Categories – My Annual Getaway & Personal Planning Session (2020).”
2020 obviously didn’t turn out like I (or anyone) thought it would. An understatement, I know.
Despite that . . . I still feel like I made the most of it than if I hadn’t set any goals or intentions. I don’t even feel disappointed about the goals that didn’t happen. This year more than ever, I’ve learned to love and appreciate what does work out.
For my fellow goal-setting people, here’s my:
- Review of last year’s goals
- I’ve been setting goals in the following categories:
REVIEW OF 2020 GOALS:
- Hold a spring photos photography fundraiser for Supporting Mamas
- This got pushed back to May due to the stay-in-place order. But it worked out! And the photos turned out beautifully. I took photos for 6 or so families and raised $250 for the organization Supporting Mamas (which supports postpartum mental health in my area).
- Give warm greetings and hugs in the morning, after school, bedtime
- I was much more regular about morning and evening “huggies.” After school hugs got a little spotty once we moved to distance learning in March. But we definitely got lots of love and together time.
- Train for and complete a sprint triathlon.
- This didn’t happen and I don’t even feel bad about it. Besides the fact that all events were pretty much canceled, this even depending on me being able to get regular pool time, which was almost impossible this year. I’m not even going to attempt this for 2021, as things are still up in the air. But I did go biking a fair amount during the spring and summer. And I’ve been running multiple times every week. The fact that I survived the stress of 2020 relatively healthy is a win in and of itself.
- Start learning the guitar! Post a video at the end of the year to show my progress.
- I lost my momentum somewhere around summer or the busy fall photography season. Regardless, I’m going to count this as accomplished because I learned and progressed enough that I could play a whole song. If you can ignore the terrible singing (that wasn’t my goal), you can check out this song I performed for my school friends. It was a Covid-version of Sweet Caroline.
- The singing on this video is so bad, I’ll spare you the actual video and just post a screenshot. But if anyone is reading this and actually wants to see the video, message me on Facebook on Instagram and I’ll send it to you. 🙂
- Post 100 articles on Money Fit Moms
- Timeline: Monday/Thursday.
- Go to Austin City Limits.
- Timeline: October
- Didn’t happen. Canceled. They did a virtual stream of various artists, but I missed it. That was the weekend I had 8 photoshoots (including a wedding) on one day, so I was in the zone, shooting/editing day and night. But I did try to watch/donate to various virtual concerts this year.
- Help people improve their finances by creating and support a free #MoneyFitChallenge that will help people improve their financial future. Create content, answer questions, and provide support.
- Support budgeting, investing, retirement planning, asset protection (creating a will), etc.
- Timeline: January – December
- If anyone wants to join this challenge, here’s a link:
Improve your BUDGETING & INVESTING! Join the FREE #MoneyFitChallenge
- Connect with my kids at bedtime “Tuck-in.” Read with them, answer questions.
- Timeline: Most school nights, Su-Th (I’m going to give us both a break on the weekends)
- Hike or bike outdoors at least once a month
- Timeline: Monthly
- Continue to experiment with my photography shooting and editing. Research and select my next lens by the end of the year
- Timeline: Over the year
- Post 100 articles on Money Fit Moms
- Timeline: This is definitely a stretch goal. But I’m hoping to grow my traffic/ad revenue. To get to 100 articles (I’m at 45 now), I’d have to post a little more than once a week. We’ll see! Hopefully, I’ll be able to continue to streamline/improve my process. Every blog post takes a lot of work to write, refine, collect images, do SEO, post to all social media, etc.
- Not gonna lie . . . deciding to post this on the blog is partially to get towards that 100 posts. 😂 Not sure if anyone will read this.
- Who knows! I have a list of things I want to do and even some trips tentatively booked. But I’m holding these trips all close to my vest so I don’t get my hopes up. We’ll see!
- Timeline: Not until things calm down!