Monday, January 13, 2014

2013 Reflections and Goals for 2014

Last year, instead of having a New Year's resolution, I decided to set more realistic goals for myself that I could work towards throughout the year. This decision was inspired by Nikki Phillippi's "How to Be Happy" January. (You can see her original video here.) Instead of the usual New Year's resolution, I decided to set goals in 5 important areas of my life: Career, Finance, Relationship, Spiritual, and Wellness Goals. Along with these goals, I decided on small tangible steps I could take that would help me achieve them within the year.

By using this method, I found that I accomplished a majority of the goals that I had set for myself. In 2013, I managed to find a new job, find an even better job in the Beauty industry, earn a pay raise, gain 1,000 subscribers on YouTube, blog and upload YouTube videos on a regular schedule, have a substantial Savings account, feel closer to my friends and family, live more optimistically, and run my very first 10K.

With these amazing accomplishments that I've made last year, I immediately knew that I wanted to do the same thing for 2014. So with that in mind, I'll begin sharing my goals for 2014 with you all.

- Earn a raise or promotion
- Hit 2,000 subscribers
- Keep my YouTube Channel and blog active

Tangible Steps
- Speak up during meetings and share my ideas and opinions.
- Consistently exceed daily ipsyCare resolve goals
- Create a new blog and upload schedule

- Continue to pay down debt and school loans
- Have an even more substantial amount in Savings

Tangible Steps
- Stop using credit cards
- Consistently pay all monthly bills
- Save 10% of every paycheck & any extra funds whenever possible

- Strengthen friendships with co-workers
- Spend more quality time with family

Tangible Steps
- Be more open to invites from your co-workers
- Plan family time whenever possible

- Be optimistic
- Be kind
- Inspire others

Tangible Steps
- Always look for the silver lining
- Perform random acts of kindness
- Be supportive of other's dreams and goals

- Run a Half-Marathon
- Drink more water and tea
- Eat pescatarian more often
- Be more mindful of the foods you choose to eat

Tangible Steps
- Set a running schedule
- Always carry your re-usable water bottle with you
- Be open to pescatarian options
- Consider healthier options before indulging

Those are my goals for 2014! I'm excited to see what the year will bring, and I'm eager to see what goals I'll be able to accomplish this year. The best part about setting goals for specific areas of your life is how these small tangible steps make your goals more easily attainable. With this method, I can slowly work my way to accomplish them throughout the year.

What are some of your goals for 2014? Let me know in a comment below!

Denise Joyce