Revisiting Last Year's Goals

April 7, 2015
Last year I made some goals for myself, and since I didn't revisit them in January, I figured that now is as good a time as any.

Goal 1: Find a full time teaching position.  It was a struggle and I had to move states to do it, but I am currently employed as a full-time teacher in South Carolina. A lot of the people that went through my program with are still working as intervention specialists or long-term subs, and I feel like I would be doing the same thing if I hadn't moved (or gotten really lucky.) 

Goal 2: Start a new savings account.  I did start a savings account, and I'm sure glad that I did because I ended up using up a lot of the money for my move!  I ended up having to switch banks because there are no Key Banks by me here, and I made sure to open up another savings account. It is pretty pitiful right now because the cost of living is quite high where I live compared to what it was in Ohio, but I try.

Goal 3: Visit my sister in North Carolina.  Last year I was able to make this happen during my sis's spring break! I also stayed with her for a few days while I was moving from Ohio to Georgia.  Now that I'm much closer to her, a trip to NC is feasible on a long weekend.  I got to go to her baby shower and visited her in January and got to meet my new niece!

Goal 4: Learn how to cook five new meals well.  Hmmm...I guess I should have been more clear when I said "learn how to cook."  If you consider following a recipe and trying out a new crock pot meal as learning how to cook a new meal well, then I guess I accomplished this goal (barely.)  It's not like I memorized how to cook anything that involves more than 4 ingredients.  

Goal 5: Read ten new books.  I definitely did this, thanks to the free time I had last summer.  I read all three of Gillian Flynn's books, Game of Thrones, The Fault in Our Stars, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Book Thief, to name a few.  I even wrote my first book review on my blog for Someday My Prince Will Come by Jerramy Fine.  Jerramy Fine even found my review and tweeted at me, which I thought was the coolest thing ever.  Last week I finished The Girl on the Train, and I just started Eleanor and Park yesterday.  I feel like I can never keep up with what I would like to read, which I guess is a good thing because there are just so many interesting reads out there!

Goal 6: Go on a road trip. Nothing major in this category, but over Christmas break my friends and I went to Jekyll Island in Georgia.  We also stopped at Tallulah Falls one day on our trip back from Ohio.  I hope to be able to go to a few more places over the summer when I have some time off! Also, when I moved, I decided to go and visit my grandparents in Pennsylvania on my way down to Georgia.  I figured that if I was moving to the South that I should try to see them one last time before I moved even farther away.

Goal 7: Become more active.  I was doing a great job with this until I got my full-time teaching job and then surviving my week at work became my top priority.  Finally the craziness has died down a little, but about three weeks ago I got bronchitis and I'm still fighting it off.  I think I'll be able to find more time to exercise since I am getting faster at writing lesson plans and know more about the expectations for my job.

Goal 8: Make five DIY things from Pinterest. Um...this did not happen.  I did one, simple craft which was to make magnets out of coins from other countries.  This goal just was not one of my top priorities.

Goal 9: Plan and go on a trip to Costa Rica.  Since I wasn't working at all for over 3 months, I wasn't able to justify going on this trip due to my depleted savings account.  I'm not too sad since Rachael and I will be going to Iceland in July.  I'll try to get to Costa Rica one day when the timing feels right. As much as I love traveling, I don't think any trip is worth it if it's going to break the bank. 

Goal 10: Attend a local event.  In Savannah, I checked out Bacon Fest.  I also went to a local shrimp festival.  However, the best event I attended was to go to the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Savannah! I went there on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day with Everett, Jared, and with two of their friends who were visiting from Atlanta.  As to be expected, people were engaging in all sorts of debauchery.  Savannah was packed because St. Patrick's Day is a big deal there.  It's the second largest St. Paddy's Day celebration in the States after NYC.  I was lucky enough to go back to Savannah on the actual day of St. Patrick's Day and see the parade.  

Goal 11: Try a new kind of ethnic food.  In my 2014 goals post, I said I wanted to try food from South America.  I didn't do that, but I have been indulging in all sorts of Southern foods!  I went to an oyster roast, got to try Low Country boil, had shrimp and grits, hush puppies, ate at Mrs. Wilkes, and had all kinds of traditional Southern food for Thanksgiving and Christmas since Ev's family was nice enough to invite me to their celebrations. Oh, and my Chinese co-teacher prepared some dumplings and nian-gao (a dessert made with red bean paste) for our class for our Chinese New Year celebration.  Of course she let me try some, too.  :)

Goal 12: Visit two states I've never been to.  I have not visited two new states, but have done a lot of exploring locally.  I will be going to Massachusetts this summer for a few days with Rachael. Technically I have been there before since I was there several times as a small child in order to visit my great-grandmother.  I don't count it since I can't really remember anything about those trips besides that my great-grandmother was really sweet and tried to give me all of her coins.  

Goal 13: Keep a gratitude journal.  I have a notebook that I've been jotting a few things down in, although I've been slacking lately.  So...I sort of accomplished this goal?

Goal 14: Start a new holiday tradition.  This year my friends and I went to The Westin in downtown Savannah to look at the decorations and gingerbread houses.  I'd like for this tradition to continue, but I'm not sure I'll be around here next year.  As long as I make an effort to do something "Christmassy" with my friends or family, I'll be good. :)

Goal 15: Do something adventurous that I've never done before. Well, I moved across the country all alone and got my first full-time teaching job in America, so that has to count for something!

Goal 16: Invest in a designer purse.  I bought my second Kate Spade purse last year and still love it!

Goal 17: Host a party.  Nope--I never did this.  I don't even know enough people down here to host a party, so this won't work.  

Goal 18: Go on another blogger meet up.  I really, really wanted to go to the Columbus meet up organized by Shane, but the date of the meet up was the weekend I was moving.  I haven't heard of any meet ups in the Low Country, but I would be open to going!  

Goal 19: Surprise a friend or family member.  I surprised my sis by getting her the swing she wanted for my baby niece, but nothing major in this category.

Goal 20: Get my tattoo redesigned. Yes!! I took the plunge and went for it, and I'm so glad that I did...I'm proud of my new tattoo rather than ashamed as I once was.

Although I didn't accomplish everything, I'm okay with that.  At least I am not subbing anymore...The finding a full-time teaching position was my #1 goal for obvious reasons.  I haven't made a list like this for this year.  I'm going to keep it simple and straight forward and just say that I want to travel more and to save more money.  Don't you love how my two goals kind of contradict each other?'s to hoping!

What are your current goals? If you made a New Year's resolution, how are you doing with it?
13 comments on "Revisiting Last Year's Goals"
  1. I feel like goals often contradict each other. Mine mostly fall into 2 categories: "do more stuff" and "save more money" and it's hard to do both, since activities are rarely free. You did great on last year's goals, though! You had a lot and you completed a bunch of them (including major life events).

  2. It sounds like you accomplished quite a lot! I love having goals to work towards and to look back on and see my progress.

  3. Wooww, you achieved so much! I haven't actually looked back at my goals from last year yet, I must do that, It'll definitely be interesting to see!
    Well done on your accomplishments :) :) xx

    Laura | elelibee

  4. Hey I think you did pretty good. Definitely accomplished more than you didn't, and you had good reasons for the ones you missed. Plus you still have next year!

  5. Wow you have accomplished so much! :) This is awesome!! This year will be even better!

  6. You've totally kicked butt this year! And I'm so excited for Iceland... I've actually been to CR but would love to go back. Next year? ;)

  7. You accomplished a lot! You should be proud of yourself!

  8. Yeah...I wish I could have gotten a few more, but I have high expectations and can be kind of a crazy perfectionist.

  9. Let's do a whole Central America tour! The only problem is that the summer months are not ideal for travel because its the rainy season, so when could we go? ;)

  10. Yeah, this list made me feel like at least I did a few things I set out to do! Too bad I didn't accomplish everything, but someday...

  11. You're right...just because I didn't get the crossed off my list doesn't mean I have to give up trying. Nothing wrong with a little extension!

  12. Thanks girl!! I hope that it will be.

  13. Sounds like you managed to tick a lot of things off your list, which is awesome! I think finding and making a few new crockpot dishes counts, even if you have to refer to the recipe. Sometimes I get into a cooking rut so it helps to try a bunch of random new recipes until a few stick.