In January I invited a bunch of friends over for brunch and mimosas, so we could set our 2017 goals, and discuss how we might accomplish them, and what obstacles we might run into along the way.
One of the girls in the group asked if we could have a mid-year brunch, so we could give each other updates on how we are doing, and what we need to adjust for the rest of the year to accomplish our goals.
While I haven’t set that brunch date yet, I realize I also haven’t done a mid-year checkup on the goals and intentions I set on this blog either.
The Exploring Year
I like to pick themes for the year, and this year I called it, “The Exploring Year.” Since last year was my first full year working full-time, I laid pretty low and called it, “The Rebuilding Year,” so I could build my finances back up after 7 years of freelancing (and struggling financially).
But this year I wanted to give myself a little more freedom to play and explore, while of course still saving money and working towards Financial Independence. That probably shouldn’t be capitalized but whatevs.
Part of the exploring involved travel, much more so than in past years! So far I’ve gone to Europe (Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, & Austria). At the end of August, I’m going to the Lola Money Retreat for a weekend, and I just booked my ticket this past week to Vermont (to visit the Frugalwoods & shoot at documentary) via Boston and New Hampshire. That’s three new states I’ve never been to before!
I would really like to do a couple spontaneous weekend trips for the rest of the year, but it’s a bit complicated since I have a very old cat, who needs someone to pretty much housesit. So that means day trips, or cough up the money for a sitter.
As of today, my net worth is at $240,016. That’s a gain of $32,010 since the beginning of the year. My goal is to make it to 300k by the end of this year. Hmmmm.
My trip to Europe definitely cost me a nice chunk of change, as did some emergency fund spending on my cat, who had a lot of medical issues at the beginning of the year. He got better around the end of February, but I’m kind of sad to say as of this past week he started spraying again near the front door. 🙁 Time will tell what I’ll do about that.
One potential big expense this year could be a new computer — and yes, I use Mac computers, mainly because of the video editing I do. Technically I can keep using the computer I have, which is really old, but editing is quite painful as it’s super slow. I will have to get one eventually, so do I buy one this year and take the write-off?
5 Core Values
Health (Grade B+)
I would say things are pretty much the same. Good, but not excellent. I still exercise regularly (I’m even doing a bike/walk to work every day in a July challenge), but I still struggle with eating work snacks. I do practice yoga fairly regularly (morning sun salutations, and we have a yoga instructor who comes in to teach a free class every other week at work), and meditate, but both are more sporadic and I could ramp things up in both departments. But overall I feel good and that’s what matters most!
I’m definitely pretty good about work/life balance, but I’m not as good with life/being social balance. Because I’m a frugal introvert (Frintrovert?), I tend to just enjoy spending time at home. I really would like to date more and have used a couple apps, but I fully admit to kind of half-assing it since somewhere in the back of my mind I’m more gung-ho to meet someone the “old-fashioned way.” Need to work on that more for the rest of the year.
Well in my 2017 goals post I mentioned wanting to start another blog and retire BATB. Wellllllll…that didn’t happen. I realized I didn’t want a lot of my hard work and what I had built to go to waste, so I ramped up efforts on this blog and made some changes (with an updated look). I’m also ramping up my efforts with video again, and my other goal for July is to produce a video a week (and update the look of my Youtube channel). So far so good, but it takes a LOT of work, which doesn’t help the above goal of being more social. You can’t win them all.
I would say there were times this year where I felt I couldn’t be myself in certain situations. Tricky to explain, but I’ve felt more like myself in the last month or so. I think doing the videos helps. I lost a lot of confidence in the early part of this year, and being on camera again helps me break through some of those barriers again.
I gave myself a C for this one. I think this has a lot to do with wanting to be a bit more social. I have had a lot of one on one time with friends, which has been really nice, but perhaps it might be more few and far between than I would like. I’m also re-evaluating this core value because ironically enough, I’m not feeling as “connected” to this value as I once did. Perhaps it’s not the right word or it’s not as important to me as I once thought. Must think about this more…
That’s about it. How are your 2017 goals shaping up?