At the beginning of 2014, I declared my word of the year to be Preparation. I thought 2014 was going to prepare me for the changes coming in 2015. What I didn't know was those changes would happen a little earlier than planned. C started grad school in summer 2014 instead of fall 2015. We moved to Austin in winter 2014 instead of summer 2015. Everything was moved up 6-9 months, which is taking some getting used to.
While setting my word of the year to be Preparation, I decided to focus on five areas of my life: Web Development, Friendships, Finances & Fitness, Marriage and Fueled by Cocktails.
Each of those categories evolved in ways I never anticipated. I did not expect my first freelance gig during December 2013 to blow up into the success I had with web development this year. My friendships reached a high I hadn't experienced in years, but quickly fell away as many of my friends (myself included!) moved away to new towns. I didn't hit any of my financial or fitness goals, my biggest regrets of the year. Thanks to hard work, determination and outside council, our marriage has hit an all-time high and we're more determined than ever to keep that up.
Fueled by Cocktails did not go anywhere. I had some great moments & still love the idea of it, but in hindsight I can say it launched prematurely and is going to take a long time to grow to what I want it to be. But unlike my other missed goals of the year, I do not regret its lack of success. Fueled by Cocktails opened up so many opportunities for me. It gave me purpose and opportunities for creativity when I hit slumps. It helped create relationships.
On a practical, bullet-list note, here's the few goals I actually wrote out to accomplish this year:
Build 10 websites for money- GOAL MET
- Break even on Fueled by Cocktails - GOAL MISSED
Pay off one piece of debt- GOAL MET. We said goodbye to our credit card. Woo! Buy a laptop- GOAL MET. And exceeded.
- Get to my goal weight (was soooooo close last year!) - GOAL MISSED
- Get a tattoo when I reach my goal weight ♥ - GOAL MISSED
- Complete Code Academy - GOAL MISSED
Build a resume website that I can't even dream of now using skills I currently don't possess- GOAL MET
It's good to look back at my goals and intentions from a year ago to understand what started off the year. Now to start thinking of my new word for 2015.
Full review of 2014 coming soon... Happy holidays everybody!