I’m a little late on posting my goals for the year, but as you can see, things have been busy over here at Web of Words (that’s right, I’ve re-branded). Today I’m launching a brand new look for my website (thanks to the incredible Chris Rogers of Radio Controlled Creative), which also means I’m already crossing off one of the goals on my list.
You’ll see the new site offers a better look at what I’ve been writing lately. Check out my Portfolio for my updated list of published works. The Hire Me tab also has a detailed description of the different content development services I offer for both publications and brands. And if you’re new here and interested in learning more about me and my business, you can do so here.
Since this seems to be the year for starting something new, I’m going to follow suit with the way I map out and share my goals. In the past, I’ve posted a summary of the previous year along with a list of my goals for the 365 days ahead. But a lot can happen in a year, and sometimes what I’m planning for in January looks a lot different by October.
So in an attempt to be more effective in reaching my targets, I’m going to narrow my focus and list my goals each quarter, assessing my progress along the way.
First, A Look Back at 2014
Last year was a bit of a whirlwind. Looking back, I find a lot of my time and energy was dedicated towards maintaining relationships – with my friends, family, even my now 15-month-old puppy.
One of my best friends has been recovering from a tragic car accident, and her journey has been beyond life altering. I’ve learned a lot about myself, about her, and about our friendship as I try my best to stand by her side and help her navigate her way to a new path. I’m reminded every day how quickly circumstances can change, leaving you feeling lost and ill-equipped to be picking up the pieces.
At the same time, there have been a number of exciting milestones to look back on. My roommate from university became a mother to the sweetest baby boy in March, and another one of my very good friends got pregnant in the summer (she and her husband welcomed their adorable son to the world just last week). One of my husband’s brothers got married last fall, and his other brother got engaged in the spring, which means I’ve gained two new, incredible sisters.
I’ve also stood by as my friends and family have gotten new jobs, left old jobs, started new relationships, ended old relationships, and even launched their own businesses. Yes, a lot can happen in a year.
As for my own highlights for 2014:
- A colleague and I launched our own magazine, called The Reply, which shares meaningful commentary on social issues faced by millennials.
- I quit my full-time job (with salary and benefits) to become a full-time entrepreneur.
- I became a blogger for The Huffington Post Canada.
- I participated in my first 5k race.
- My husband and I saved up for two big renovations in our home (we finished our basement last winter and updated the kitchen in the fall).
- We also saved for and planned a dream trip to Ireland, which we were unable to take after a bit of a health scare.
Did I mention a lot can happen in a year?
My Plans for 2015: First Quarter Goals
I’ve developed this habit of coining somewhat of a theme as I summarize and track my goals for the year ahead. In 2012, I vowed to work really hard, which meant taking on two or more jobs at once so I could pay off my student loan. I dedicated 2013 to appreciating life’s little pleasures, as I prepped for my wedding day (and honeymoon, of course). I made 2014 the year to do something meaningful, after watching my friend suffer in ways no woman her age (or of her character) ever should.
And now, I want to make 2015 the year to try something new. It’s going to be all about new experiences for me as I start my own business.
Here’s a look at what I have planned for the next few months:
- Launch my new website. (CHECK!)
- Find two new small business clients.
- Get published in three different mags/newspapers/blogs.
- Start a special new project for The Reply (more on this later).
- Write 1,000 words a day for 100 days (the first draft of my first novel).
- Join a new networking group.
- Attend at least one new workshop (in addition to the regular ones I have planned).
- Attend one writing retreat (I have one picked out for February).
- Take a business mentor session (already registered for one with Carrie from Careful Cents – stay tuned).
- Blog at least twice a week for Web of Words.
- Optimize business bank accounts.
- Set up business accounting software.
- Track all personal spending.
- Pay for vacation in full – without dipping into savings – before takeoff (more on this later, too).
- Look into a new rewards credit card.
- Live off of chequing account, without dipping into savings (a big goal for the initial months of becoming a full-time entrepreneur).
- No retail shopping for January.
- Work out three times per week.
- Meet new people in the community (I’ve already arranged to meet regularly at the dog park with local dog owners).
- Schedule at least one date night per week.
- Register the dog for regular doggie play days. (CHECK!)
- Take weekly trips to the dog park.
- Eat better (vague, I know, but I have a plan).
- Prep homemade lunches daily for the hubs and myself (at least four times a week).
- No fast food!
What goals have you set for 2015? Share in the comments below!