Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 Reflections & Goals for 2015

Instead of having a New Year's resolution for 2015, I've decided to set goals for myself to work towards throughout the year, as I've done in previous years. If you missed last year's post, check it out here. Again, I've set goals in 5 important areas of my life: Career, Finance, Relationships, Spiritual, and Wellness. Along with these goals, I've chosen small tangible steps to take daily that'll help me achieve my goals within the year.

Using this method, I accomplished 12 out of the 14 goals I set last year. In 2014, I managed to earn a promotion and pay raises, keep my blog active, continue to pay down my debt and school loans, strengthen my friendships with my co-workers, spend more time with my family, live more optimistically, be kind, inspire others, run 2 Half-Marathons, drink more water and tea, eat pescatarian more often, and be more mindful of the foods I eat.

With the accomplishments I've made within this last year, I knew that I wanted to do this again. That said, here are my goals for 2015!

- Earn a raise or promotion
- Re-launch my YouTube Channel
- Hit 2,000 YouTube Channel subscribers
- Keep blogging

Tangible Steps
- Speak up during meetings and don't be afraid to share my ideas and opinions.
- Create a new blogging, filming, and uploading schedule.

- Continue to pay down debt and school loans
- Have a substantial amount in Savings

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

- Strengthen friendships with both old & new friends
- Continue to spend more quality time with my family

Tangible Steps
- Don't be afraid of small talk. (If you're an introvert like me, you'll understand. I thrive during deep conversations, but somehow small talk doesn't come as easy to do. It's also the small talk that leads to a deeper and stronger relationship.)
- Prioritize family time. 

- Travel!
- Stay optimistic
- Continue to be kind
- Continue to inspire others

Tangible Steps
- Take time to enjoy life and fulfill your wanderlust. 
- Continue to look on the bright side. 
- Continue to perform random acts of kindness.
- Continue to be supportive of other's dreams and goals.

- Run more often
- Eat more fresh fruit and veggies
- Strengthen my core, thighs, and butt

Tangible Steps
- Run 4 times a week.
- Buy fresh produce whenever you go grocery shopping.
- Order salad 1/3 of the time when eating at a restaurant.
- Choose a new 30 Day Fitness Challenge to do each month(Planking, Squats, etc.)

I'm super excited to see what 2015 will bring! I hope I'll be able to achieve majority of my goals this year, as I've done in previous years. What are your New Year's resolutions or goals for 2015? Let me know in a comment below!

Denise Joyce