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2016 Goals

2016 Goal settingI know we are well past the time of New Year’s Resolutions, but I tend to be a goal-oriented girl anyway. My 2016 goals took me a couple of weeks to narrow down. I know 10 goals can be a lot as it is, but I try to keep them obtainable – that’s why I limit myself to 10. I could set realistic goals like eat chocolate every day, but I set goals that are realistic and also keep me motivated. Without any further ado, here’s my list.

  1. Complete my CPCU insurance designation. I have two test left and I’m on track to finish in May. Meeting this goal comes with its own special reward – the awards ceremony is in Hawaii!
  2. Attend a writing retreat. By meeting the goal above, I’ll be in Hawaii when I would normally be attending my favorite writer’s conference. So that makes attending a writing retreat a must, and I already have the time off from work.
  3. Add 6000 words to my latest book project. I anticipate most of the progress of this goal to be reached while I’m at the above mentioned writing retreat. Although, I did get a 126 word start on it in January.
  4. Blog two times per month.
  5. Read 20 books. That’s only one more than I read last year, so I think I can do it.
  6. Scrapbook 2015, I’m finally going digital. I used Snapfish to make a scrapbook for a gift that turned out great.
  7. Promote to a new position – or at least try real hard!
  8. Work out three times per week.
  9. Start working on my Bachelor’s degree.
  10. A Monthly Random Act of Kindness.

So there they are, my 2016 goals. I’m happy to say that as of a week into February, I’m still on track with all of them. As much as I like eating chocolate, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t add that as a goal, because I think I actually missed a couple of days already!

I’d love to see your goals! Maybe we could help motivate each other by sharing our journey. Here’s to an amazing 2016!

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2015 in the Books

2015 in the booksEvery New Year I list my top ten memories or accomplishments from the out going year and set 10 goals for the incoming year. Before I do that I like to look at the lists from the previous year. Of my 10 goals I set for 2015, I completed 7 of them. I even exceeded a few.

  1. Completed my Associate in Claims in February.
  2. Went to the ANWA Writer’s Conference.
  3. Added 7001 words to my book, even though my goal was only 5000. I was working on another book at the beginning of the year, but I got bogged down in the story. I had another story tickling my brain but I kept pushing it off because I had to finish what I started. I’m not a quitter you know! At writer’s conference I realized how much I have learned about writing since I started writing that first book. And I gave myself permission to take it to a good stopping point and come back to it later. The excitement of starting a new project (and a 4 day writing retreat) propelled me past my goal by the end of June.
  4. 2015 in the booksPosted to my blog monthly. Not only did I post every month, I published 22 blog post. That’s almost double my goal!
  5. My goal was to read 18 books, but I finished my 19th book on New Year’s Eve.
  6. I did awesome at tracking my food intake on My Fitness Pal! My goal was 5 days a week, but I tracked it almost every day last year.
  7. In August I started a new position as a total loss claim associate.

Unfortunately that leaves three goals unmet.

  1. One was hard to keep track of and harder to obtain, to exercise or play a game with the kids. Some weeks their are only with me a couple of school nights and life was too busy to have time to play. There were also a few times they spent the entire week with their dad. My intention was to set time to have fun together. It doesn’t seem like it should be that hard, but then there’s life.
  2. I decided to start scrapbooking digitally and print the books on Snapfish. My goal was to catch up on the last four years, I actually finished zero.
  3. My final failed goal was to lose 10 pounds, but I gained weight last year instead.

There’s no use in beating myself up for the missed goals. I can learn from them just as much as I can from the goals I met. I continue to learn to fine tune them and focus in on what’s most important to me. I still working on not trying to do more than I can, but continue to push myself to improve.

So as you look back to 2015, what were your accomplishments and lessons learned? As we share, we can all get a broader perspective and support each other.

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Cram!

I’ve never liked the word cram.  Even though there are several definitions for the word, I can’t think of one of them that doesn’t make me cringe just a little.

There’s cramming a suitcase or your day – as in trying to fit more than is humanly possible.  And then there is cramming it down someone’s throat.  “It” is rarely something good; and even if it was something yummy like a chocolate chip cookie – I don’t want it crammed down my throat.

In high school, my friends crammed for exams.  That never worked for me; I could review the material so it was fresh on my mind, but I knew it or I didn’t.  The thought of trying to “know” it a few hours before the test tied my stomach in knots – still does. Nowadays the tests are different.  You can’t cram for a job interview, the big game or a friendship.

I had a couple of stressful days and my bad habits of comforting myself with food came flooding back.  I woke up on the morn of my weigh-in trying to figure out how to cram a smaller number into the scale.  Nope; you can’t cram that either.

When it comes down to it, you can’t cram life.  It seems like whenever we try, there is an underlying lack of organization and/or discipline that leaves us feeling we need to catch up no matter how unrealistic.

Here’s to nurturing ourselves and enjoying life with a steady pace in our pursuit in excellence.

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Saturday Sentament: Humility

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.” ~ Epictetus

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