This year has felt a little out of the norm for me because normally I have set all my goals for the new year before it actually rolls around, but here I am almost a week into 2015 and I am still trying to finalize what my goals for the year will be. As I’ve been brainstorming all that I want to accomplish this year, I’ve noticed that my goals have shifted away from home based ideas into much larger plans. Many of my goals in previous years were things that didn’t cost money and didn’t involve me leaving my comfort zone (or my house). This year feels a little different, especially since two of my goals directly involve travel and two of them are related to business growth and development. There are a couple of personal development goals thrown in there as well. The last one is an odd ball and I wasn’t sure how it fit in with the rest of what I wanted to accomplish and then it struck me. My goals all have to do with growth; personal and professional. So in addition to my 7 goals for the year I am wrapping it all up inside one little word for 2015 – enrichment. So here they are!
1. Family camping adventures. I want to travel with my kids and see the sites. I want them to experience and appreciate nature the same way my husband and I do, and the best way to do this is to get out there and live it up close and personal. I foresee lots of camping trips to the ocean, the mountains, the rainforest and the volcanoes. We are so lucky to live in a part of the country where all of these things are within a couple of hours of us (or closer) and we need to make the most of that!
2. Double my blog. I want to grow. I still want this to be my full time job someday. Last years goal for my blog was to double. I accomplished that and this year I am putting specific figures to that. Hopefully it’s not my downfall!
3. Take a photography class. This is something I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. It didn’t fit into my college plans and as an adult I have always found a reason not to do it, but that changes this year. I would like to become a better photographer, and not just because it will help with goal #2, but because I want to be able to photograph my kids and our family and all the changes that are happening everyday.
4. 30 days straight working out. I was telling my husband that this one didn’t sound that hard, but that I was worried about accomplishing it. It’s not hard to workout here and there, but 30 days straight is a bit different. For myself I will start the count over every time I skip a day, and because of that it may be hard to find 30 days straight, but I am determined.
5. Romantic getaway with my husband. We both work hard, long days away from each other and our family. When we aren’t working we are raising kids. Anyone with kids can attest to how hard it can be to find the time to love your partner fully when there are so many other things constantly fighting for your attention. Sometimes it’s work, sometimes the kids and the end of each day I am so incredibly tired that I don’t have much left for anyone. I want to take a weekend away to reconnect and make some special memories with the man I want to spend the rest of my life with.
6. Start small consulting design business. Maybe you don’t know this about me, but I love tinkering with both computers and graphic design. I am completely self taught, but I have always prided myself in the fact that everything I have wanted for this site I have been able to accomplish either through trial and error or the magic of Google. I want to extend some of that knowledge into helping others. I would like to create headers, buttons and other simple design features for those who don’t have the time or knowledge to do it for themselves. I also want to help people set up some of the more technical aspects of their sites – rss feed, image maps, custom landing pages. So if you are looking for a change and you don’t know where to start shoot me an email!
7. Monthly girls night out. Ever since I started working I have missed my girl friends. As a stay at home mom there were lots of opportunities for play dates and coffee dates with all my friends, but so many of us returned to the workplace this year, that I haven’t gotten to see my friends a whole lot. I would like to make a point to spend some time with at least one of my friends once a month. This isn’t too often, but I think that it’s enough to help keep me centered and balanced. It will fulfill my social needs and keep me connected to something bigger than myself.
How about you, do you have any goals for this year? Leave me a comment and tell me what they are!