Life isn’t all about money, and we have to make sure we’re moving forward in all aspects of our lives. (Have I mentioned I love a New Year, a fresh start, and making new goals?)
First a recap of 2016:
- Self-Employment – Do one thing toward self-employment monthly. Verdict: FAIL. We discovered that it was too hard to focus on doing everything all at once. It was stressful trying to figure out one single thing to do each month. Instead, we decided to focus more on the life we’re currently living and get that the way we want it before causing more stress. Also, I’ve been getting more involved at my actual employment which means I’ve been spending more hours there. I have also put some systems in place to ramp up my freelance work, so I’m excited to see that grow.
- Declutter – Touch every single thing in the house. Verdict: WIN! At the beginning of the year, we tackled this with gusto! We touched every single thing in the house including our books, our bathrooms, our clothes, and learned many lessons along the way. As promised, the result is not magazine-worthy, but it is certainly life-changing and things are calmer, more organized, and more streamlined. I actually like cleaning the house because I know what it can look like!
- Learn Khmer – Spend 40 hours studying the Cambodian language. Mr. T speaks Cambodian and I have been trying to learn it since we got married over ten years ago. Verdict: Partial Win – In October, I started my lessons via Skype with a female entrepreneur in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. So far, I’ve studied about 20 total hours. I’m about halfway through the study book with her already!
- Service – Make 12 meals for friends that could use it. Verdict: 8/12 – This has been successful in making me think about other people more and noticing who could use a meal. I hope to continue that habit, but I didn’t hit 12 meals.
- Family History – Spend 1o hours studying family history to find out as much about my Yorkshire ancestors before heading to York. Verdict: WIN! I spent way more hours than ten, but was ready to know what parish records I wanted to see in person. I was able to go find some original records for those ancestors in Yorkshire during the trip and it was awesome!
- Exercise – Track steps and do more walking and basic exercises. Verdict: Win – It turns out I’m pretty terrible at keeping my activity tracker charged and in my pocket. For the first half of the year, I went mall walking 4 days/week. For the second half of the year, I consistently went to water aerobics and Piyo.
- Add 7 Things to My Fill-the-Bucket List – I added several in my last update. I can also now add: “Recorded a song” (and it’s a good one if you haven’t gone to hear it yet!) Verdict: Win!
- Research – As you know (unless you’ve been ignoring me), I launched a large-scale survey. We’re up to over 300 responses already. I really want to spend this year getting this up to over 1000 responses (multiple thousand would be ideal!). I have some plans surrounding the study that I’ll start working on in 2018 if I can get enough responses before then. (Also, if you haven’t taken it yet, please take 5-10 minutes to do so and then share it with your friends!)
- Health – This includes consistent exercise, but it also includes figuring out all my issues. I’ve been struggling with anemia and some gastrointestinal issues. I think they’re related. It’s time to figure it out once and for all and work on feeling good more of the time (whatever management plan this means. Figuring that out will be part of the goal).
- Learn Khmer – My weekly lessons will continue into the New Year. I’m hoping to finish working through the current book before year end. Lessons won’t end when the book ends, but that’s a good actionable goal that means by the end of the year, I have a good, foundation knowledge of beginning spoken Cambodian. Then I can start learning the written language and improve my listening comprehension.
- Document Memories – As parents, we’re pretty darn good at making memories with our children and taking pictures of those events, but terrible at putting them in usable formats. We used to make annual books of our memories and pictures, but we’re quite behind (I just finished 2012) This is also where I admit Lui’s baby book is still sealed (and he’s nearly 3) and I’m behind on the girls’ as well. So, in this year, I would like to get all 3 of the kids’ books up to date and make annual books for 2013-2015 (I’ll try to catch up completely in 2018).
- Add 5 More Things to My Fill-the-Bucket List – Each year is full of opportunity and unexpected events. It’s always worth celebrating these and I’m excited to see what I can add in 2017!
What’s on your list of non-financial goals for the year? Thoughts/suggestions on mine? Add your thoughts in the comments!