18 December 2023

That time of the year again

 That time when I like to review the past year and set some new goals/plans for the new year. 

So let's look back at last year and the things that happened. 

  • I got my business going and I didn't quit on it. Believe me there were times when I wanted to, but I kept going and plugging along. I even took some steps to really grow it and that should all come to fruition in the coming year. 
  • I let go of some things. I let go of the idea of taking anymore classes. I'm at the point where I am closer to the end of my career than the beginning and I think I'm done taking classes. That doesn't mean I don't want to still improve my teaching, I'm just not taking classes anymore to do that. 
  • I didn't get as far as I'd hoped in my fitness journey. I think I'm in the right mindset to really tackle it, but yet I keep talking myself out of working out. Have to work on that some more in the new year. 
  • The house is good. We did a ton of stuff to the backyard this year and it really looks good. Just a few more things and it should be all good. 
  • We went on our first vacation in years and years and years. We went up to Yellowstone and that was awesome. Yellowstone is amazing and beautiful. The country up there was so cool to see. Did it cost a lot? Yes! Was it worth it? Absolutely!!! Next year we are taking an even longer trip and I'm super excited.

As I look toward the new year, I do have some goals I plan to accomplish. 
  • My main focus is going to be on my business. I realize that I made some errors this holiday season and I was trying to go in too many directions at once. I need to boil things down to just the essentials. I also need to master some programs and learn to design my own stuff. I'm smart and creative, I can design things. So mastering Inkscape and learning to design is top of my list. Thankfully, the marketing group I belong to is doing a planning session in January that will help me map out the whole year. I felt like I was playing catch up this holiday season and I need to just sit down and make a solid plan for the year. Then I have to stick to it and follow through with it. But once I know what I'm doing, or at least have a plan, I should be good. My plan to actually make my business profitable. I want to make some money. I don't need to make a lot of money, just enough to keep the business going. 
  • For my teaching, I just want to get out of the slump I've been in this year and get back to enjoying it. I need to sit down over the break and plan out the last semester and just be ready to roll with it. I then need to sit down over the summer and plan out the next year so it's kind of on autopilot. I just need to get through a few more years and I'll be good. 
  • For my health and fitness, it is time to get serious. I've said that before but this time I really mean it. I am starting to see the effects of not working out regularly and not eating well. I don't like feeling old. I don't like feeling like I'm too stiff to walk and that I'm unsteady on my feet. I want to be able to do things and not feel like this. I know that's a bad goal. Not wanting something is not a good goal because once it stops you can say you've reached that point. So I need to come up with a good goal that will keep me moving forward. 
  • The house is probably staying the same this year. The only things left to do are an addition and that probably won't happen this year. 
  • Financially my goal this year is to get some of these loans paid off. We are making the payments just fine, but I would like to get rid of some of them. I will have to work on that. 
  • Vacation. This year we are taking 2 weeks and we are doing the middle of the country. Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, the Badlands, and a bunch of other places. I'm so excited for this. We will be on the road for two weeks and seeing so much of the country. I get to start planning that in the new year. 
That's all I have for now. I will probably add to this as the week progresses but that's a start. 

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