Despite what the rest of the world thinks, 2016 was pretty great.
Dave moved in. We traveled to Big Bear, California to be a part of my best friend’s wedding. Then, we ventured up to Seattle for Dave’s brother’s wedding. I got my ass kicked by Katy Hearn in her 2016 summer challenge along with several other programs. Made by Molly and I attended our first craft fair! I opened an Etsy shop!!
It was all very exciting. 🙂
And this time of year is super exciting because of the holidays, family time, food, and snuggles, but also because of the New Year. I love making plans and setting goals for myself, and I do it all year round, but there’s something about a blank slate in the New Year.
Writing down my goals helps me a lot. I usually write this blog post every year, and when I look back at the previous year, I evaluate my progress, successes, and failures.
I had four somewhat measurable goals:
- Keep killing it at the gym. This was a big win for me this year! I started the year at 183.0, and today I weighed in at 165.3. I’ve lost 3% body fat, which I think is awesome. I’m 31% of the way to my goal for weight and 18% of the way for body fat. My target date for this might be a little ambitious, but I think what I’ve learned in the last six months will help me get as close as I can. I wanted to go 5-6 days per week, and for most of the year I fricken did it. It was more like 5, but still. That’s so much more than any other year of my life…even when I played sports back in high school.
- Empty my yarn basket. LOL. Next.
- Learn more sewing techniques. I went fabric crazy this year. As I mentioned, Molly and I did a craft show, so I really wanted to get some sewn items in there. I was really ambitious and wanted to get a bunch of aprons done. I think I finished like seven or something, but I’ve been working on a bunch of random projects here and there with my machine, and I’ve definitely learned a lot this year! Winner winner here.
- Stay on track with snowball debt plan. I am kicking booty here. I update this spreadsheet every couple of months, and I don’t save previous versions, so I don’t know where I’m at in relation to where the plan expected me to be at the end of the year, but I do know that I am ahead of schedule with plans to keep it that way. 🙂 Biting the bullet and making extra payments towards debt is so worth it you guys. Here’s a little thing I’ve done most months: I look at my income and my expenses. Let’s say I brought in $100 and at the end of the month I have $37 left. I put all of that towards my loans. I don’t do it every month, but I’ve been doing it when I can, and it really has made a huge difference.
And so, I have many many ideas swirling around in my head for 2017. Honestly, I haven’t thought them through yet, so this is my first stab at a few that I can form into sentences.
- Get 25 sales on Etsy. I recently opened my Etsy shop – like less than a month ago. I don’t expect this adventure to be a main source of income, but I’d like to use my favorite hobby to get some extra cash. After the craft fair, I had a lot of inventory left over, so I started to list them here. I haven’t gotten everything up yet, and I’m working on crocheting some more hats and other accessories. I want to do this right, and I want to make an effort to increase awareness of my shop.
- Pay off 26% more of my loans. I know, 26% is random, but that would mean I made all of my monthly payments and an additional 80% by the end of the year.
- Reach 25% body fat – an additional 5% loss. This one is going to require even more control over my nutrition. I did Katy Hearn’s summer challenge this year, and I learned what my body needs to change as far as macros and a little bit about how to adjust my macros based on how my body is responding. So, I am looking forward to continuing to put that into practice in 2017. Let’s hope for consistency. 🙂
- Listen to understand, not to reply or not at all. I’m a bad listener, especially if somebody is talking about something that I don’t really care about, and that’s bullshit. I shouldn’t be like that. I find that many times when I’m listening to friends, family, coworkers, clients, etc. that I am just waiting to respond and not listening to what is actually being said. I think that I talk to much about myself too and I don’t ask about anybody else as often as I should. I just want to be better at that, and I have been working on that the last half of this year or so.
- Put more effort into my brand. This one I won’t be disappointed if I don’t get to, but I’d like to continue working on this blog and my social channels. I have a Facebook Page, Crafts and Crunches, and I like the name, but I’m not a fan of my logo, colors, images, etc. This blog and that Page are not the highest on my priority list, BUT I want them to be better. I want to use them to promote my Etsy shop and to talk about health, fitness, and crafting because I LOVE those three things.
- Make monthly or bi-monthly goals. I love making these goals every year, but like I said, I make goals all year round. I plan to continue that in 2017 with goals as I progress through the year. These can be as small as “Hit 150 on a squat.” or “Make a profit on this month’s craft fair.” As long as I’m always working towards something, I think I’ll be a happy camper.
I am so excited for this year, and these are only my personal goals. I have goals at work to think about and crush, too. I love surrounding myself with like-minded people, so please share your goals for 2017 with me! Let’s chit chat about how we’re going to be badass babes – or dudes – this year!
If you have any advice, tips, or words of encouragement, I welcome those as well. 🙂