I like to also set non-financial goals here at Northern Expenditure because life is worth living for more than just money!
2017 Goal Recap:
- Research – As you know (unless you’ve been ignoring me), I launched a large-scale survey. Goal: Get 1000 responses. Verdict: FAIL! This ended up on the back-burner. But we did manage to get 688 responses and they are AWESOME. I really hope to do something awesome with this someday.
- 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). Verdict: WIN! With my supercolon diagnosis, my health has been much more manageable this year. I still have rough days, but nothing close to what it used to be. I also took a weight training class at the university and learned how to create a home exercise program. Overall, I feel pretty good about my health strides in 2017.
- 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. Verdict: WIN! Though we didn’t finish the book this year (we’re 1 chapter away!), we did take a break from the book to learn vocabulary from several children’s stories, so I’m considering it a win. I’ve also recently made a breakthrough in listening comprehension. I still can’t understand half of what she says, but understanding half is better than none at all!
- 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). Verdict: FAIL! This goal was much too large. It seemed way too overwhelming, so I didn’t even start it! I’ll make smaller goals for 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! Verdict: WIN! FinCon 2017 was definitely one of them! For others, see my 2017 recap.
- Health – I would like to build muscle and try Yoga. I’ve been doing Cosmic Kids with my children every weekday this month and that makes me feel better than nothing. “Exercise consistently” is a vague goal, but it’s part of what I would like to see in 2018. Based on my weight training knowledge, I’ll start a home program for myself and do Yoga in between (if that doesn’t work out, at least walking).
- Khmer – Start reading or writing by the end of the year. Again, the vague goal is “keep taking lessons” and since I have no idea how many lessons there are until we start learning to read or write Cambodian, maybe this is stretching it. But we’ll see. Also, it’s not a goal to “be able to read and write” – it’s START. Cambodian has 27 vowels…
- Document Memories – Finish 2013’s memory book and start 2014. See? Small goals.
Most of our other goals for the year involve our big Europe trip and our t-shirt selling, but we covered both of those in the financial goals.