I dubbed 2017 the Year of Caring and thought it worked well, so I decided to continue the theme into 2018!
2018 is my Year of Being.
So.… what does the Year of Being mean?
It means I’d like to do the following things:
I want to do more things that make me happy and less things that don’t make me happy. It sounds simplistic, but still something I want to work on. I’m a fairly happy person by nature so this one might be easier for me than for others. I have several books on happiness queued up to read including The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. If you’ve read something on happiness that’s made an impact on you, share it in the comments below!
This is a multi-faceted goal. It means doing some things less (like eating processed foods laden with sugar) and doing others more (working out). My current environment is not conducive to doing either. I have started this by only buying healthy food at the store which is a good first step. Do you know how hard it is for me to turn down Christmas candy on sale for 60%??? But I resisted.
As for working out, I try to do body weight exercises as often as I can, but space and time are at a premium. Living in a very small studio means less floor space to be able to do things like pushups, sit ups and all the other ups. I also really can’t join a gym as I will be moving in 12 weeks. Therefore, I’m looking to start the bulk of this goal when I move. I’ve researched the nearby fitness options and was overwhelmed with choices. Ninja warrior gyms, yoga classes, and more. However, I discovered a place that has a pool. And in that pool are Master Swim times. It’s basically a swim team for adults. I swam from ages 8 to 18 and love it. The thing about swimming is it’s lonely and difficult to do yourself. Sure, there are places out there that will cobble together sets together for you, but it’s not the same as having someone else come up with them and supervise your time in the pool to ensure your strokes and such are optimal. It is only a mile or so away so I’ll be able to get additional exercise on the way to and from as I ride my bike.
This goal also encompasses less alcohol and caffeine and better sleeping patterns. I do my best work when I get a solid night of sleep so I will be looking to pin my schedule down to the best times.
I like to think I’m funny, but too often recently I’ve noticed my humor can come at the expense of others. Most of the time it’s in a teasing way, but there have been times where I’ve missed the mark and said something I later regretted. Hence, be kind. I want to support people, and lift them up. I don’t want to put down people or say unkind things. It requires watching what my brain is thinking and cutting it off before the ugly words make it out of my mouth. We’ll see how I do with this one.
This kind of goes along with the previous goal, but it’s different. Too often I do things impulsively so I want to slow down in 2018 and put more deliberate thought into my life. Why am I doing ____? Why did I do ____? Where do I want to go in life? How can I get there? I want to plan a bit for the future so I can be more proactive with things instead of reacting to events.
I really struggle with this one. I feel like I’m on the ground floor of life, just waiting for things to break and push me to higher ground. But things aren’t just going to happen my way. I need to work on things and improve to move up. Motivation is that thing deep down inside of you that makes you do things you wouldn’t otherwise. Crazy things like buy a rental property, start a blog and podcast, and want to retire early.
Sometimes I wear down and don’t want to do much of anything. It’s unfortunate because life doesn’t stop even when I want to. So in 2018 I will be working on my motivation levels. I want to move from the sloth end to the Elon Musk end of the spectrum.
Too often I find myself tuning out and not being present with those in my physical surroundings. I especially want to be present when I’m spending time with loved ones. It’s hard to put the phone down and forget about what’s happening in the digital world, but it is necessary. I owe it to friends and family to not waste their time and focus on our time together. If you see me this year and I’ve got my phone in hand, call me out. I’ll probably need help!!
This wouldn’t be a financial blog if I didn’t include a few finance related goals too! Just in case you were worried.… I gotchu!
This will be the first (of hopefully many) year of self employment for me. I’m going to have to hustle to build up a decent revenue stream. I plan on at least breaking even on my balance sheet. I like to spend money so I’m going to need to reign in that side of me and light a fire under my butt to bring in some cold hard cash.
I want to start speaking to various groups and people about personal finances. Therefore, my goal this year is to email 10 different people about speaking opportunities. I already have 2 out there and will be working on a third shortly. Notice how this goal isn’t “Get 10 speaking gigs” because that’s something I don’t have much control over. Instead, I can email at least 10 people and try to get gigs that way. That way my goal isn’t tied to other people.… but just to me.
Get Editing Gigs
I would like to start some freelance work in 2018. I don’t necessarily want to write for people, but I would love to edit things for people. I really enjoy tweaking the writing of other people to make it the best it can be. I have a hard time reading finished works with typos and grammatical errors. Despite the fact I write more casually here on the blog, I do know how to write formal business pieces and consider it one of my strong suits.
So my goal for 2018 is to find and secure 5 long-term editing gigs for various clients. This will require more effort than the speaking gigs, but I have a feeling they’ll be more lucrative in the long run.
Notice how none of my goals are tied to the market or my net worth this year. With the uncertainty around my income and a market hitting routine record highs, I don’t want to set any goals around that. Instead, I set goals around things that are under my direct control.
If you would like to hear more about my goals in my own words and voice, LIVE!, my co-host and I did a special New Year’s Eve episode on Fire Drill Podcast in which we cover our individual goals for 2018 and goals for the podcast. Give it a listen below and if you like what you hear, subscribe to our podcast in your program of choice (iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, etc).
Thanks for reading! What are your goals for the year? What do you think about my goals?