Reflecting, Reviewing, and Revising Goals at Year’s End

Happy December 1st! Any time is the right time to reflect on, review, and revise our goals. Entering the last month of 2016, however, gives some special incentive to do so. I originally published this at fall’s beginning, and already have revisions to make.



So this is NOT about the proverbial “New Year’s Resolutions” type of goals. We all know what usually happens to THOSE even before January goes by. I’m talking about proactive plans to reach goals.


I have divided mine into several primary categories, as you will see below. My personal list is much longer and more detailed, but I thought I would share a more general, briefer version here, just in case anyone is interested and/or it may prove helpful or motivational for someone else.


Freelance work:

I have one primary client right now with a year-long contract — except the project is currently on hold, so meanwhile I am inquiring about and applying for other relevant work. The freelance life is a fluid entity, where long-term or permanent work is a rarity (at least in my experience of almost 9 years so far!)


Entrepreneurial Endeavors:

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 (in addition to Etsy and Bonanza). My initial plan was to have my main site feature the entire business, then use smaller sites to feature specialized areas or products. I’m not debating the wisdom of that initial plan and thinking “simplify” for greater peace of mind!

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.


Professional Development:

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.


Educational Goals:

I’m pursuing my ultimate goal of a doctoral degree, specifically an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education) in a dual concentration of Educational Technology and E-Learning. This is a fully online program through Northcentral University (NCU).

I am currently in the All But Dissertation (ABD) stage. I finally received approval from NCU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and sites where I plan to do my study on November 15th. I am in the beginning stages of recruiting participants and collecting data so I can wrap up my study and complete my dissertation manuscript.

I should finally reach the finish line of my 7-year-long journey within a couple months. I want to use this degree to get better and higher paying jobs in instructional design, curriculum/course development, and online tutoring/course facilitation.


Personal Goals:

*Achieve better health – lose weight (about 50 lbs!), eat better, get more sleep, exercise regularly.

*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 the savings account 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 my granddaughters (two, but the third is on the way any day now!)


So what about YOU?

Do you routinely reflect on, review, and revise your goals?

Do you have goals for this holiday season, through the end of the year, and into 2017?


4 thoughts on “Reflecting, Reviewing, and Revising Goals at Year’s End”
  1. That’s a good listing of what you are doing Karen.
    What you hope to achieve next year and some methods that you might want to learn such as Pinterest and Instagram to move your business forward.
    If you have multiple businesses I would do the above for each one. I find that using a mind map is very helpful to see the big picture.
    I will be doing all that I have mentioned for my own business when the Christmas break comes.
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  2. Loved all of your goals. I have had my hobby blog for five years and it is literally that. A hobby. I love writing and sharing. I dont get a lot of traffic but the few that do read or comment makes me feel so happy. Many times I think of stopping but I always come back and I hope that will be my goal. I love reading others blogs and learning. I must try to write more and promote myself better. I just sugned up for your updates. Looking forward to reading more of your inspiring words

  3. I love your list of goals. You are so right about the life of a freelancer being fluid. I am in the process of reviewing and revising my goals for the coming year. My first goal is to be much more organized and have a plan in place so that I can get started in the next week or two creating content for the new year.
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  4. Impressive list! I absolutely have goals, it’s an ongoing ritual for me. The one thing that has changed is in 2016 I decided to pick a theme for the year. Similar to the notion of a one-word resolution, it is a great way to focus intention. This year my word was Soar and wow did that catapult me into changes!So much so that I’m tempted to go with it again in 2017 but we’ll see once I finish my year end review. Thanks for sharing and for your inspiration!
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