Reflecting on My Phrase for 2018:
CHANGE & GROWTH!
Since we’re at the beginning of the last four months of 2018, I thought I’d look back on my phrase for 2018, and the goals I wanted to achieve this year.
Did you choose a word or phrase for 2018?
I selected my phrase: “Change and Growth.” I had previously written out my goals, and as it turns out, they all do address the ideas of changing and growing. Imagine that?
In order to accomplish goals, we usually do need to change our mindsets and our existing behaviors, and subsequently grow into new ones. I have divided my list of goals into 5 primary categories, as you will see below.
[This is what I wrote at the beginning of the year: I have a few clients right now with various contract lengths and terms. The freelance life is a fluid entity, where long-term or permanent work is a rarity (at least in my experience going on 11 years so far!), but I always appreciate the work when I have it to do!] As of March 21st, almost 6 months ago, I got hired for a full-time remote position, so this was a big win and goal achieved!
I still need to put more effort into my K-Lee’s Kreations business – this includes building up an inventory of “ready to sell” items, as well as promoting my custom orders, and getting all my various sites up and running. My initial plan was to have my main site feature the entire business, then use smaller sites to feature specialized areas or products.
I’ve been debating the wisdom of that initial plan and thinking “simplify” for greater peace of mind! Now, instead of having numerous sites and monthly fees elsewhere, I’m moving everything but my Etsy shop here to WordPress … so stay tuned! 😉
For both freelance and entrepreneurial goals, I need to put more effort into promoting and marketing myself. I need to better maximize the potential of Pinterest and Instagram for my businesses.
I still would like to take courses or otherwise learn more about grant writing, white papers, press releases, ebooks, and those types of specialized areas of writing that I see job leads for frequently.
As I’ve mentioned previously, I finally achieved my ultimate goal of earning my doctoral degree in 2017.
I want to use this degree to eventually obtain better and higher paying jobs in instructional design, curriculum/course development, assessment writing, and online tutoring/course facilitation.
Ever the lifelong learner, I still plan on pursuing additional education in other areas of interest, including life coaching.
*Achieve better health – lose weight (about 40 lbs. to go!), eat better, get more sleep, exercise regularly.
*Blog consistently and begin earning residual income from blogging – still learning about the monetization aspect of blogging!
*Write my next book, finally – my “fire story” from 1985.
*Allow for more “me” time to do whatever – or nothing – without feeling guilty!
*Stash money away in hubby’s and my joint savings account, and in my IRA, on a consistent basis.
*Do something “crafty-creative” every day – whether it’s working on an actual project, or skimming through magazines and books for ideas, or designing/planning the next project.
*Pay off debts and eventually sell this home and buy a new one in New Hampshire (back to NH for me), so I can be near my two youngest daughters and sons-in-law…AND three of my four granddaughters!
So what about YOU?
Do you routinely reflect on, review, and revise your goals?
Did you choose a focused word or phrase for 2018, to lead you toward achieving your goals?