Goals. Such a terrifying concept for me. I have a thing with starting stuff and never finishing it. I set goals, and never meet them.
Well, back in January, I made known a few of my goals.
1. Meet all the criteria for the Colonel’s Challenge. I did all the weight lifting and exercise, though I didn’t lose the pounds I was aiming for. Still, not bad. Of course, all of my progress was lost when April came and I came down with pneumonia, which destroyed all of my strength, ability to breathe, and even wiped out my time off. I still haven’t recaptured my fitness abilities, but I’m taking steps toward that by doing a quick exercise after I return from a bathroom break. Some days it’s planks, other days it’s squats. I’ve got a plan, and I’m doing it. Maybe come spring, I can start running again.
2. Average at least 700 words a week. That’d be a goal of a little over 36K in a year. Considering I did NaNoWriMo in November and got 50K in 30 days, I have that solidly achieved. I also finished Isto, which was a HUGE DEAL for me, which brings my tally to about 120K for the year. I might’ve sold myself short on that goal.
3. Complete one good digital painting. I put a strong focus on improving my skills in digital painting this year. I bought a couple of Udemy classes, joined a Facebook group, and checked out a few online tutorials. Since my main problem is abandoning my art before it’s done, I am proud to say, I did actually finish some digital paintings this year. My style morphed as I figured out what I liked best. I still struggle with drawing my characters so they’re recognizable from one picture to the next, but that should come with time.
4. Build a better relationship with my children by being more empathetic. HA! I think the attempt to be more empathetic lasted maybe two weeks. I can’t change who I am, and my efforts to do so just left me curling my fingers and flaring my nostrils. So I opted for a different solution–putting my son to bed an hour earlier every night. He gets more sleep, isn’t as whiny, and I’m no longer gritting my teeth because he’s breaking down into a fit over every little thing (now it’s just every other thing). I think he takes after me, since I was a rotten child.
Then there’s my daughter, who simply continues to grow into a thoughtful, responsible older child who I rely on regularly to be AWESOME. That girl is destined to be a teacher, I tell you. Or management. Same diff. No matter where we go, she makes new friends, starts organizing younger kids into activities, and provides directions and suggestions for everyone involved. During Halloween, she kept track of whose turn it was to knock on the door, that way everyone got a fair chance to do so. She’s a lot better kid than I ever was.
Well, that was it. Compared to previous years where Life kicked me in the teeth (alright, so pneumonia was seriously uncool, but what can one do?), this has been a pretty good year.
So what are my goals for next year?
1. Slacklining. It’s probably not a useful talent, but I bought a kit and I want to learn.
2. Average 1K a week. I probably won’t participate in NaNoWriMo next year, since it disrupted everything else in my life this past November. But I’m setting a higher goal than I did last year.
3. Lose 30 pounds. Alright, this one is a lofty one, since any time I’ve tried to change my eating habits, it’s ended up with me spiraling into depression and rebounding with a bunch of sugar and starchy foods. So the goal is to increase activity enough to use up all those excessive bad calories. Let’s hope there’s no illness to undermine all my efforts this year.
I plan on taking off the rest of the year, so I’ll see you all after the new year!
How did you do with your goals? Did you set any goals? Are you going to set some for next year?
Obligatory End of Year photo recap: