Year in Review

This time last year  I was planning my 2012 goals, and so I am feeling like this is an obvious time of review.  I have had mixed results this year, but overall I do believe I am in a better spot than I was last year, which has got to be a positive.  I might not be as far along as I’d hoped, but life is like that sometimes.

My goals for 2012 were:

  • I want to not buy anything new that is not necessary

I guessed I would struggle with this one, and I did.  I had moments of mindfulness and deliberateness, but I have discovered how culturally ingrained it is to want new stuff all the time.  This is something I intend to continue to work on as I am finding an increasing urgency for the need for this in my life.  I have too much stuff, I buy stuff that I look at after the fact and realise I did not need.  I buy things that I think I want or need and look at it a day/week/month later and realise that I did not.

This is a life lesson for me and one I will commit to again:

In 2013 I want to continue to objectively assess whether I want or need new purchases.  I want to buy less “wants” and concentrate on the “needs”.

  •  2012 in 2012

This was a commitment to move 2012 pieces of “stuff” out of our house, donations, gifts, sales of stuff on auction/classified sites or simply throwing it out if it is not valuable to anyone else.
I found this surprisingly easy in concept, and remained faithful to the concept even up to this morning.  The administration of having to count/document the items for the blog slowed me down as my energy levels waned so I made the decision to follow on with the process of culling our household belongings, but without counting or documenting it because I believe that moving things on was the gist of the goal, not blogging about it.  I can’t say that I even got particularly close to the number of 2012 items, but I have learned to look at what I have and how to let go of that which I no longer need or desire .

I learned that sometimes I hold onto things because I think I *should* want or need them.  I tend to hold onto things because I think it is wasteful to throw things out but I don’t have the time/energy/inclination to repair/reuse/re-purpose the items or don’t have the time/energy to list them to sell or give away.   In effect, I was letting guilt drive the process – which is not helpful.  I am not proud to say that in the end some things just got binned to move them on.  I accept this as a learning lesson that I should aspire to better, and that if I let less “stuff” in, I should have less stuff to find energy to maintain.

I again, will re-commit to the process I started in 2012:

 In 2013 I want to continue to remove that which I do not need, love or value from our home so that we can spend more time and energy on that which we *do* need/love/value.

  •  Make our budget more of a focus

This was a vague goal, and has such, failed in the intent of the goal, but in reality, I did focus on the budget – which I then promptly ignored.  Part of my downfall is not setting a specific goal.

I will re-commit and re-draft this goal:

In 2013 I want to only add to our mortgage re-draw amount, not withdraw from it.  If we are to re-draw, it is only to be for a specific project (painting the house/urgent repairs), not for everyday living expenses.  I commit to paying credit cards off in full at the end of each month, and paying bills before their due dates.

  • Health is always on the list, but I’d like to see my goal weight in 2012 (60kg).
  •  I’d also like to blog more regularly this year – once a week at least.

I ended up fracturing both my ankles (at different times) during the course of this year as well as having a ridiculous amount of illness in our household.  I had my first ever ambulance ride with one daughter (with a 3 or 4 day hospital stay), and my own first visit to Emergency for myself.  Given that I completely dropped my exercise bundle for a while there, I am not unhappy that I ended up this year pretty much in the same place I started the year- maybe a kilogram or two behind.  Whilst I still have the 60kg goal weight in the back of my head, my goal this year is slightly different.

On the writing/blogging front it is painfully obvious that I fell off that wagon too.  Not making writing a priority when I went back to work, fighting constant lurgeys as well as only in the last 2-3 months being able to count on a an unbroken night’s sleep has all added to the lack of motivation.  The up side was the goal of having some non-personal friend followers and the numbers on the facebook page lead me to believe that I have achieved that. (Thank YOU!!)

In 2013 I commit to take time for myself to maintain my personal well being. I commit to waking at 5am each day and  write, plan or go to the gym.  This will be my time that I will protect as if it were someone else’s.  Protecting this time will lead to the secondary goals of weight loss and regular posting should follow.

  • I’d like to see us eating more healthy home made foods, which fits in with the goals above

This year we definitely decreased our reliance on commercially prepared foods.  We still ate a lot of them, but we absolutely cut down on store bought and upped our home made food quotas.  I can see that this will be a trend that will continue and grow.

  • I’d like to do some study

This was a very vague goal with no real substance to the commitment, but when the opportunity came up through (paid) work to do a Certificate IV course, I jumped at it with both hands.  I have completed the coursework component and now need to budget some more time to complete the assignments so that they will give me my qualification.  I have also been looking at a short course in time management – I think that is next on my wish list!

 

All up, I think I did pretty well with my goals given the scope of them.  I will admit I would have liked to be further along with most of them than I am, but ultimately life is about chipping away at barriers and moving forward.  In most respects of my life I am in a better spot than I was this time last year and I am happy with that.

Did you set goals for 2012?  How did you do?  Will you be setting goals for 2013?

 

 

One Response to Year in Review

  1. Jo says:

    I could have written this post myself! Every year I do this and my goals are so similar to yours this year: budget, health, blogging etc. Hope we can both achieve these!

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