Happy Monday! This will be my first full week of work in a couple of weeks! I am actually ready to return to a normal schedule, though. Except this week won't be completely 'normal' as I will be heading back to Charlotte for a couple of days for some meetings. But I actually don't mind having to travel this week as I feel refreshed after having a month off from traveling!
I'm a little bit late to the goal revealing party, but Mondays seem like the right day of the week to profess your goals. I call them goals as they are things I work towards with a end in mind, which is different than resolutions (in my opinion) as when I think of resolutions, I think of permanent behavior changes (giving up soda or eating healthy, etc.). While there is nothing wrong with resolutions, there really aren't any that I feel the need to set this year. So goals will once again be my focus. Before sharing my goals for 2013, I thought I'd review my goals for 2012!
1. Pass Level II of the CFA - DONE! Phew. That was my huge focus for 2012 and I was ridiculously relieved when I achieved this goal.
2. Run a sub 4:10 marathon - I actually misremembered this goal - I thought I had set a goal to run a sub-4 marathon, but then I looked back and saw I made the goal for 4:10, and since I ran a 4:03:34, I totally achieved this goal!
3. Save, save, save - I am going to say that I did not really achieve this goal. Instead I had some unexpected things come up, like the expense of my sinus surgery. I have more in savings than I did when I started the year and I increased my 401(k) contribution to 11%, but I did not set aside as much as I thought I would in my savings account. But I definitely was way more mindful of how I spent money, and spent less, so I am still happy with the strides I made financially.
4. Abstain from book buying - SUCCESS. Ok, I kind of cheated by buying some books at a United Way book sale, but I donated more books than I bought and spent a total of like $6 I think? So I still think I technically achieved this goal. But honestly? It wasn't that hard. At all. Sure I had to exercise some self control and there were books I was not able to read this year since they are not readily available at the library, but I still do not feel like I was 'deprived' by not being able to buy books. I do look forward to buying my first book in 2013, though!
And now for my 2013 goals!!
1. Pass Level III of the CFA, and try not to 'lose myself' in the process - I think anyone who has read this blog can sense how much my mood and sense of happiness is impacted during CFA study season. The last 2 years I have felt incredibly stressed, isolated, and well, almost depressed. It's just such an overwhelming experience to prepare for this exam and I have sort of 'lost myself' in the process the last 2 years. I don't want that to happen again this year. I don't really have a game plan in mind for this yet, it's something I'll need to figure out as I go along, but I think having my boyfriend there preparing for the test along side of me will help. He has already asked what he can do to help reduce my stress level, so it feels good to have his support (and the support of my friends and family who have been there for me the last 2 years).
2. Pay off my undergrad student loans. I did not set this as a specific intention last year, but I sort of thought I would pay down my loans more than I did. Well this year, I am putting it out there as a goal. I really want to be free of my undergrad debt. I have been out of school for almost 10 years, it's time to pay off those dang loans so I can focus on paying off my grad school loans.
3. Run a sub-4 hour marathon. I came somewhat close to achieving this goal last year, and I know I can do it if I set my mind to it and have a healthy training season. It also helps that I plan to run a flat marathon (Chicago in October).
4. Read 52 books in 2013. I just added this last goal at the last minute! I started using the reading goal tracker on goodreads.com last year, so I might as well profess that goal on here this year. Last year my goal was to read 50 books, and I read 57. This year I am targeting 52, so 1 per week. I think it's feasible.
So there you have it - 4 specific goals that I will set out to achieve this year! I achieved 75% of my goals last year, this year I am hoping to achieve 100%!
Did you set any goals or resolutions for yourself?