Well, I meant to do this a bit sooner than nearly two weeks into the new year … but life has been flying by a bit faster than I prefer!
The 2011 goals … click here to read the explanations, then come back to this post to read how I achieved or tried to achieve them!
1) Pay off debt & bank as much extra money as possible!
Let’s see, I paid off a lot of debt, but due to unexpected dental woes that set me back over $2k out of pocket (insurance paid less than I did and I nearly maxed it out by midyear), I didn’t get as far into the achieving debt freedom as I’d planned to. I did bank a considerable amount of money, just not as much as I’d planned. The emergency fund is within a $1,000 of where I wanted it, that goal will happen this year plus a bit more. I keep wiping out the medical savings account with all of the dental woes. In fact, I just wiped it out as of January 3rd because the dental woes have decided to break me again for a second year in a row! Saved up and paid for most of three long weekend trips last year, only a little bit on the cc that I paid off out of current income when the bill came. Future home was the only thing that got back burnered. I still may get there by December 2012 … or close!
2) Get & stay healthier.
If we ignore the bloody dental woes mentioned above (and the acid reflux that’s the primary cause of bankrupting me!), I had a pretty healthy year otherwise. I didn’t get back into running as I’d planned … the Texas summer we had nixed part of that when I finally had time, then changes at work left me too exhausted. I did lose five pounds between early November and the end of the year. Found a couple of them in the last week though :-/
3) Focus on education/growth as a photographer.
I attended Imaging USA in San Antonio last January (a year ago this weekend in fact), but left with mixed feelings. Learned a lot and came across some great products but in the end, my mixed feelings led to implementing some major business changes at year’s end. Still very slowly working my way through all the workbooks, workshop manuals, and dvds. CPP is on hold for now because of the aforementioned major business changes. Maybe someday. Goals and plans have changed for now.
4) Continue getting rid of stuff I don’t need or use.
As I said at the beginning of 2011, “I won’t begin to tell you how much stuff I donated or sold last year … but I still have a bunch of stuff to go through, including stuff stored in a barn and a storage building that’s been there for several years. I’m also getting rid of a lot of my business props that I no longer will use since I stopped offering certain session types … a few of the items I spent too much time locating, so I’m keeping those for when I will have a reason to use them myself, but the rest are about to be gone!”
I’ve gotten rid of a lot of that (need to sell off some stuff too) and I’m still sifting through stuff to get rid of. Maybe by the end of this year I’ll be down to what I can load into a Uhaul truck whenever I move!
5) Complete several personal photography projects.
I actually made a bit of progress in two of my personal photography projects, just have to find time to edit all the images and then share them on the interwebs.
6) Learn how to sew (properly).
I didn’t get around to making a few crafty projects I’ve had my eye on for awhile over the course of this year but I did get in there and take control of the sewing maching and got a feel for it again. It’ll be on this year’s goals for sure …
7) Read all the books that I currently have taking up space!
Good grief … I read 125 books in 2011. About 30 of those were via my Kindle app on my phone, many from the library, and many more trades at the local book exchange. I read some of these. Not all. Many are still glaring at me that they’re accumulating dustbunnies. Trying hard to ignore the kindle app and to read what’s still lurking before I trade/buy more!
8) Work less, enjoy life more!
I did cut back on sessions (granted, the economy also helped a tad there!), but due to some work changes I did spend a chunk of the year stressed out. Definitely gonna try to take on less ‘work’ and focus on things I enjoy this year.
2012′s goals will actually be on two levels, monthly and year-long. I’ll start sharing the monthly ones in February … and as soon as I get a few minutes, I’ll post the few year-long ones!