My 2015 Goals in Review

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You may remember that at the beginning of the year, I made this HUGE list of goals for myself. For the first half of the year, I posted monthly updates. Then my kids were home for the summer, my husband was in an accident, I started a business, and life got too busy for me to keep up.

Will I do this again in 2016? Definitely not. I will, of course, set goals for myself, but I’ve decided that keeping a record of them here requires far too much navel gazing for my liking. However, I thought it would be fun to look back over this list and see how I did, so here’s my honest assessment of myself and my progress.

A strike through means I achieved this goal – yay!
Goals in red are those that I either did not complete or, in the case of ongoing goals, those for which I did not make satisfactory progress.

I will write and mail thank-you notes for every gift/thoughtful gesture 
I will send hand-written birthday cards.
I will endeavor to not be quite so hermit-like. (I tried. I really did, but I’m a dyed-in-the-wool hermit by nature).
I will visit one of my elderly church friends once a month.
I will respond to a letter I received. It deserves a response, but I’ve been putting it off because I’m not sure what to say. (I waited until today to do this, but I did do it!)
I will attempt to improve a certain relationship that weighs heavily on me.
I want to have at least one imaginative date every month with my husband (we did okay for a couple months, and then we fell into our old patterns again).
I will work hard to protect the peace and harmony we’ve created in our home by keeping my distance from toxic people.

I will resume Bible study class at church.
I will read through the entire New Testament (Didn’t make it all the way through).
I will pray daily for my husband and children.
I will pray genuinely for the needs of others
I will spend 15 minutes each day in quiet reflection and prayer.

Personal Projects
I will complete three scrapbook projects. (Only finished one).
I’ll finish editing the Economical Eats cookbook, and have it printed and bound for my personal use.
I will revamp the Economical Eats site.
I will put together the 2014 family yearbook.
I will organize (and PURGE) all my printed photos.
I will back up all of my photos on my portable drive.
I want to burn all of our home video clips to DVDs.
I want to get all of our stuff off the old PC and laptop, and part out/recycle them.
I will scan all the photos for my new Mixbook project.
I will read at least 25 books this year. (I didn’t read all the books on my reading list, but I did read 17 of them, and I read more than 25 books overall).
I will write to a soldier once a month through the Soldiers’ Angels program.
I want to learn how to draw better than I did in first grade.
I want to overcome my fear of the sewing machine.
I want to write one article/column/story for publication (not here).

Home and Garden
I want to sand the paint spatters and stain the trim in our bathroom.
I will help my husband sort and organize so he can finish the shop.
I will re-stain the trim in the living room.
I will finish painting next to the basement steps.
I will do something about the landscaping in front of the house.
I want to grow basil and cilantro.
I will clear and reseed the old garden plot
I will remember to plant pumpkins (and weed them) early enough so that they’re orange by Halloween.
I want to grow just one tomato plant and one cucumber plant and not kill them.
I will reorganize my office and not let it fall into complete disarray on a monthly basis 

Health and Appearance – With the exception of exercise (blech), I did really well with all my health goals this year!
I will drink 2 liters of water each day (refill stainless steel water bottle 2 1/2 times).
I’ll continue to maintain my 15-pound weight loss.
I endeavor to lose another 15 pounds this year…and keep it off (I did it!)
Elliptical 3X/week (I still stink at this!)
Only one restaurant meal per month. Ideally none.
Stick to skin care regime.
Grow hair to 6 inches below shoulders, then get purple streak.
I will go to bed when I’m tired, and ignore the clock.
No more artificial sweeteners!
Continue to reduce sugar consumption.
Continue to practice appropriate portion control re: grains/starches to keep PCOS symptoms at bay.

Take the kids ice skating
Take the kids rollerskating and to the movies at least once 
Visit 3 new-to-us state attractions between spring and fall 
Continue word-of-the-day at dinner for vocabulary building.
Have the kids finally make their self-portrait canvasses to hang in the family room (I did buy the paint!)
Read aloud to DJ at least 3 times a week
Fire drill practice again in spring.

Finances – Achieved ALL my financial goals this year, and then some!
Develop cash envelope budgeting system.
I will not buy any craft supplies (except adhesive, if necessary) until I’ve used up what I already have.
Use up and make do. Endeavor to find every possible alternative to spending money
Learn to make at least 3 products that I would otherwise buy.
Earn $200 per month without leaving the house.
Catch up/repay savings

Not a bad year’s progress. 🙂


  3 Responses to “My 2015 Goals in Review”

  1. You were a rockstar at doing those goals! Kicking some butt.

  2. Heather – congratulations on working hard towards your goals and getting a lot accomplished this year! It has been very helpful (and encouraging) to see your 2015 list and your progress towards achieving your goals!

  3. You got a ton done!! That’s awesome. Sometimes it’s the “little” things that annoy and never get done, but you managed to keep track of that and get it done.

  4. You accomplished so many of your goals and I’m sure lots of things that weren’t even on your list. I was tired just reading all your goals. Good luck with your goal setting in 2016.

  5. I think you did an excellent job Heather! I could never come close to accomplishing even 1/4 of what you’ve done! Good luck with your goals in 2016! Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card xo

  6. So many strike throughs! Congratulations on doing so well on your goals. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and inspiring us here at your blog in 2015. I wish you joy and peace in 2016.

  7. You did a great job! You should be proud of yourself!

  8. You did such a great job! You’ve inspired me to create a list of my own for 2016, too 🙂

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