I mean, overall, I think I’m a pretty good person. But I suck at keeping up this blog.
But since I actually really like writing here and, you know, am paying for the damn thing, here I am again!
Since it’s been a few months, let’s catch up, shall we? I started this year with some big goals in life and shared them here, and since that’s kind of where we left off, I figure checking in on that progress makes a bit of sense. I wrote two blog posts on the subject: one on personal goals and one on financial goals.
Here’s the Cliff’s notes version:
- Run a sub-30-minute 5K
- Run a second half marathon
- Read 50 books
- Blog 4x per week (HA!)
- Learn how to knit
- Keep better in touch with friends
- Take at least two real vacations
- Complete No-Spend January
- Save at least $1000 by Dec. 31
- Pay off credit card debt
So, how am I doing? Actually a lot better on the financial goals than personal goals, if I’m being honest, so let’s start there. First off, I did not complete No-Spend January, but I think I was pretty damn close. I actually don’t remember how it played out. I just know I didn’t go crazy.
Second, I am just dollars away from hitting my $1000 savings goal, but if you’ll remember, that’s just my B goal. My A goal is to hit $2,656 in savings by the end of the year. I am taking part in a savings challenge in which I add to my savings account daily, increasing by a dollar each day and resetting at the beginning of each week. When I find I can’t contribute that day, I make a note of it on my calendar and go back on payday and add whatever I didn’t add in the previous two weeks. I’m also adding $50/pay period on top of these contributions and have yet to dip into this stash or fail to pay into it. Go me!
Finally, I’m continuing to make good progress on the credit card debt. I don’t think I will hit my projection of eradicating it completely by July, but hopefully by August or September.
My personal goals aren’t going as swimmingly. Though I have religiously been attending Orangetheory classes, I have neglected to actually train for any real running or races, so I am still a ways away from hitting my sub-30 5K goal. My last race on May 5 was 33:39 (10:49/mi pace) and it will be tough to shave almost four minutes from that time in my next race on Saturday. I’m confident I can improve, though. I will have to pick another goal race to refocus my training for that. OTF is great for helping with speed, but it’s definitely not the whole package when it comes to distance running.
I’m still tooling with the half marathon idea. It’s going to need to be cool/cold, so it won’t be until at least November, giving me time to think about it some more.
I have read eight books this year. The calendar tells me I’m going to have to pick up the pace to hit 50 by New Year’s Eve.
We’ve already addressed my blogging goal.
I have made progress on the knitting front! I haven’t actually knit anything useful, but I did make it through a whole skein of yarn and created something resembling a short, fat scarf. I really need some different sized needles to do some of the projects I’m interested in.
I have been absolute sh*t about keeping up with friends.
But I am looking forward to TWO vacations in the next six weeks! First, Kyle and I are taking two weeks in mid-June and going camping/meandering through Minnesota. Our actual camping trip is only going to be a few days, but we’ll take our time road tripping and visiting his family, so I’m looking forward to a leisurely trip. Then is the annual Norelli family vacation in northern Michigan. Standard fare, but can’t wait. Hopefully will have the chance to take advantage of one or two more mini-getaways before the school year starts again *fingers crossed*
I’m glad I took the opportunity to look back on these goals and how I’m doing on them. For the goals I’m slacking on, it’s a good reminder of what I set out to do at the beginning of the year. And for the ones I’m doing well on… well, it’s nice to also have the reminder that you’re doing something right, too.
What were your goals this year?
How’s your progress been?
What would you do differently — or not — in pursuit of your goals