Every year I take a few days off between Christmas and New Year and inevitably I mull over how I spent the previous 12 months and take stock of the successes and the failures, the good and the not so good . I also look ahead and plan what I would like to achieve over the coming 12 months.
This year I decided to share my goals for 2018. These are categorised as follows:
So here goes!
Health and Fitness
In 2017 I started running and in December I ran a 5k. I have never been sporty and fitness was never a priority of mine, so this was quite out of character. In fact most of my friends were absolutely flabbergasted when they found out that I had participated in a sporting event of my own free will.
The fact is that we are all getting older. Since I turned 40 (I am now 43) my metabolism slowed, every cookie went straight to my hips and I got out of breath whenever I tried to climb more than one flight of stairs.
I would obviously like to increase my chances of living a long, active and healthy life, so the time had come to do something about it instead of just whingeing every time I got on the weighing scale. I am proud of what I have achieved with my running in 2017, so in 2018 I want to keep building on what I achieved last year and take it to the next level.
My Health and Fitness goals for 2018 are the following:
- Join a running club
- Run a 5k and finish in 35 minutes or less
- Run a 10K (just get to the finish line!)
- Attain a BMI of 22.6 and maintain it
When we stop learning and growing we stagnate. In order to feel fulfilled and confident as individuals it is critical that we feel that we are making progress in life.
Over the last year I made a conscious effort to improve in a number of areas, with a top priority on emotional intelligence. I also invested a lot of time learning about new technologies especially blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The investment paid off. When it comes to emotional intelligence I have made progress, and I feel that my life and work relationships have improved accordingly. I have also reaped dividends from the hours spent reading about blockchain. A number of articles I wrote on the subject were published and I was invited to speak at a blockchain conference.
Clearly investing time and energy into learning new skills and obtaining new knowledge pays off. In 2018 I want to continue learning.
My self improvement goals for 2018 are:
- Join a book club. Make new friends AND read interesting books!
- Read at least one educational book a month and review it on this blog.
- Read and learn about robotics and automation, and how these will impact society
Well, this is one area where I failed miserably in 2017. I totally forgot about this blog and did not post anything all year! Clearly I need to do better in 2018, or else there is no point having this blog at all.
My blogging goals for 2018 are:
- Post an article a week
- Reach 500 subscribers
- Achieve 5000 page views a month
These are undoubtedly stretch goals, but I think that the time has come to commit to this blog. I enjoy writing and I also have lots of plans, and a blog is a great way of holding myself accountable.
This is an interesting one because just like running, it is not something that I ever really considered before. In my previous life as an entrepreneur and owner manager of my business my company was my raison d’etre. Other than my family and close friends there was not much time or space for anything else.
Since I sold my company I have made a conscious effort to find some hobbies and this year I found one totally by accident. At article in a business magazine about the therapeutic effects of knitting led me to try it out. A few months later I found myself totally hooked!
In 2018 I want to learn new knitting techniques and I want to make lots of stuff! My creative goals are the following:
- Try knitting in the round.
- Build a stash of knitted gifts and surprise everyone with a handmade gift next Christmas.
- Make an item of clothing and actually wear it!
In 2016 I set up a foundation with the aim of helping children who were struggling due to trauma or poverty. I was very fortunate to form an alliance with a local trust who helped me raise funds to make my dream a reality.
In 2017 the foundation went from strength to strength. We now employ three counsellors who provide counselling services to children who need help. We also launched a series of educational outings on Saturdays for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The children got to visit the local acquarium, the science museum and a number of different educational venues.
In 2018 I plan to continue building on the success of 2017. With the help of the trust I hope to bring more professional therapists on board in order to be able to offer an even better service to the children we are helping. I feel incredibly privileged to have this opportunity to give back.
My goals in this area for 2018 are:
- Expand the service offered by my foundation by recruiting more therapists
- Promote the foundation by writing articles and posting more frequently on social media
Last but definitely not least are my FI goals. In 2017 my main goals were to pay off our mortgage and all personal debt, which I achieved. My husband and I also decided to sell our sailing boat, which was very expensive to keep. The boat has now found new owners and we have reduced our annual expenses considerably.
In 2018 I am planning to embark on a new project to augment our passive income. This will be the focus of several posts this year, I am sure, but in a nutshell we will be constructing a new commercial office block, with the goal of putting it on the market for rental some time in 2019.
So my ambitious FI goal for 2018 is as follows:
- Get planning permission to build a new office block, find a contractor and get started on the project
So as you can see I have a lot planned for this year. Frankly it could be that I have bitten off more than I can chew and that I will not be able to complete all of these goals. However the important thing is that I give them all a crack and that I make progress.
Wish me luck!