I succeeded at my major goals in 2014. Every year at about this time (New Years Eve and New Year Morning or sometimes around my birthday on December 27) I look at my specific progress from a goal spreadsheet I do at this time each year. One year ago – these were the goals I set. Seven major goals. In the macro sense, I’m happy to tell you that I made progress on each of them and thus am successful at moving closer to my idealized state.
- Make my family happy and healthy
- Improve my health and fitness
- Improve my business and finances
- Make Great Art
- Sell more stuff – declutter my life
- Improve my writing and Book sales
- Improve my mind and soul
On each of these goals, I set some micro goals – which I was not as successful at achieving. In some areas I did better than others. Family health and fitness and happiness was a major priority and we are all covered by insurance, checked up, healthy, and happy. We laugh a lot, play together, eat meals together, and eat generally healthy food and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. This, for me, was the most important goal. It is a constant work in progress, but this alone makes me successful.
My own health and fitness was more of a struggle. I struggled with gaining weight and losing it. I finished the year strong having lost nearly 25 pounds, put on significant muscle, and losing inches from my waist. There is still much work to be done – but overall – success. A micro goal I didn’t meet was to take a permaculture course and to have a highly productive garden. I also did not meet my desired weight of 155 lbs.
Business and finance was a mixed bag. My business of the past few years, Vagobond, has floundered but our new business ventures, Reedsport Antiques and Reedsport.info seem to be doing better and better. My student loans had to be deferred again – and I didn’t come anywhere near meeting my specific $100k goal in 2014 – not even remotely close – but my family is housed, we have insurance, we have plenty of food, and everything we need – so it was an okay year and a success.
I don’t know if the art I made was great – but it felt great to make it and I did make art. I drew, I painted with oils, and I worked with wood and creative mediums. Success – but in 2015 I want to do a lot more art.
I sold a lot of stuff in 2014 – but I also bought a lot of stuff – so it was a mixed bag. Clutter is a bit of an issue right now – I need to sell everything in our shop and garage in 2015 if possible.
Writing and Blogging – this was the area I came closest to failing in. I increased my book sales a bit by selling in our shop and at the flea market, but I didn’t write anything new, edit any existing works, or do much in the way of creative or new blogging. I want to make that a different story in 2015.
Improving my mind and soul. I think I’ve made some progress. I give myself success there.
Now- I also had a number of unplanned accomplishments which I’m very proud of. These ranged from business to personal. I didn’t do any significant travel in 2014, but that’s alright. I travelled closer to who I am meant to be and that is what matters.
Now it’s time to work on my goals for 2015- it turns out they aren’t that different from those in 2014. I hope that you have a Happy New Year and we all find success, love, and joy in it.