2011 Goals: How did I do?
You guys, 2011 was an AMAZING year for me in so many areas of life. The years just keep getting better and better. That being said, I didn’t do well at setting and acheiving goals, particularly financial ones. I didn’t track my spending well. I wasn’t diligent about spending and saving. I regret that, and I think 2012 will be much better. Here is how I did last year.
You can see what I proposed here. Essentially, my goals were to max out our retirement accounts and to increase our savings to a “TBD” amount, and the TBD was never actually determined. On one hand, not properly setting goals was kind of a fail and I think we are worse off for that. I’ll do better in 2012. On the other hand, since I set such crappy goals, I think I can call this a win! Ha.
Financial Spending/Minimalism: These go hand in hand with the savings goals, but I’d like to break out a few specific challenges
- Don’t eat out in January, except socially (which we have been doing so often that it shouldn’t even be that hard) – Pretty sure we failed this.
- Buy no new clothes in February. Failed this one (dumb, because how hard is that?)
- Keep total clothing spending under $400 January – June. DONE
- Sell one bike (we have 3 in our home right now!) DONE
The moral of the story in this category is: “Don’t set goals you don’t really care that much about.” Alternatively, it could be “If you set a goal, make it a point to care about the outcome!” Either way, I have some thinking to do on this category for next year.
- Run 1000 miles in 2011! Despite my fail at tracking in the sidebar, I am at about 920 miles. Fail, but still a great effort!
- Complete first marathon, injury-free DONE
- Improve 10k race time by 5 minutes – Wow, that was ambitious of me. No, I only improved by about 2.5 minutes.
- Take yoga class 2 times a month – no, running was my priority
- Run 6 races, including a trail run –Yes! Two trail races, two half marathons, a 10k, a 5k, and a marathon.
- Try a new sport/activity – Yes! We went caving for the first time! And glacier hiking. And rock climbing, once.
- Visit Yosemite front country.
- Go on 8 day hikes – Yes! Nine!
- Sycamore Canyon in May
- Mt. Baldy attempt in May
- Hike near eagle rock
- Mist trail in yosemite (to nevada falls)
- Hike to the top of upper yosemite falls
- Hike to Mt Floyen in Norway
- Hike from Urkein to Floyen in Norway
- Half Dome
- Linoes Trail
- Climb Mt. Whitney as a backpacking trip – OMG, YES! Amazing!
- Go on 2+ other shorter backpacking trips – No, just one other this year.
- Catalina Island! Nope, it just wasn’t a priority.
By the way, we went to Russia, Norway and Sweden, which were not in my original goals. I killed the travel goals – you can see where my true priorities are!
- Read 20 books. Yes! I read 30!
- Blog about 6 new recipes. Hmm, forgot about this. I shared a few, but not 6.
- Consolidate finances more (close extraneous accounts). We did move in this direction, though there are a few accounts that could still be closed.
- Be open to new adventures. I’ll go with yes. It turned out T wasn’t ready to graduate yet, so this wasn’t as applicable, but I was open to whatever life threw at me in 2011.