I’ve mentioned that I love New Year’s resolutions and I’ve shared our financial goals for 2016. I don’t like to make typical, vague goals or tie myself in to doing something I can’t achieve. With that in mind, here are my 2016 non-financial goals:
- Self-employment goals: This is a goal with Mr. T since one of his main goals is to work for himself. We plan to do one thing a month toward self-employment. I’ll post about these monthly steps in our monthly plan updates. I’m not talking about big business plans here. Two of the things we have planned are to set up a basic Etsy shop of Mr. T’s photography and pitch an art piece to a local gallery.
- Learn Cambodian: This is a lifelong goal of mine. This year, I plan to spend 40 hours studying the Cambodian language. I found a reputable Skype teacher that’s in Phnom Penh, so I plan to pay her rate of $10/hour for at least 20 of those hours with the idea that I would spend an hour in preparation for each lesson.
- Declutter: In 2016, we plan to replace the carpet in our home. Because that involves moving everything, I plan to physically touch every single item in my home in 2016 and decide what value it adds to my life. I have read several books and articles in preparation for this event, and I am okay with the fact that the result will not be magazine-worthy, but having less would be good for us. I will post our updates on this as well.
- Service: On top of charitable donations, I would like to be more proactive about donating time. I will try to be more aware of such opportunities this year. An actionable goal in this category is to make 12 meals this year for people that could use them (due to illness, stress, loss, etc.). I have had people make me meals at times where it made all the difference and that is something simple I can do.
- Family History: I would like to spend 10 hours researching my family history during the first half of 2016. I want to focus on the line that comes from Yorkshire, England so that I can do some hands-on research when I am there next June. Genealogy is fun and exciting and feels good (and lets me vicariously live in the UK through my ancestors!). The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church) has a great, free website if you’re looking to try it out.
- Health goals: We eat healthy, so I don’t see any big changes coming there this year. As for exercise, I need to figure out what works for me. I would like to focus on just walking more. I have a FitBit-type thing and need to use it to increase my step count. I love Zumba and did it pretty consistently for a long period of time last year, but found that it didn’t make me feel good. My hips hurt a lot and I didn’t feel energized. So I’m simplifying. More walking. Some basic stretches and strength exercises. Actionable goals for this include: getting into the habit of wearing my fitness tracker (and keeping it charged!), finding walking buddies, and increasing my daily step count.
- Add at least 7 things to my Fill-the-Bucket List – 2 of which are not travel-related (I imagine traveling the UK and Paris for 3 weeks this summer will add at least 5 items to my “fill-the-bucket” list!). In 2015, I was able to take ice skating lessons because work paid for me to take a class. I also hiked on a glacier this year and swam with a sea turtle in Hawaii.
2016 will undoubtedly be a year full of unpredictable things. But I’m excited to continue to progress personally and see what opportunities I didn’t see coming that I can add to my Fill-the-Bucket List!