2017 goal review

As I was thinking about what sort of goals and intentions I wanted to set for 2018, it occurred to me that I should revisit my goals from 2017 and see how I did. I’ll admit that I didn’t spend a lot of time reviewing them throughout the year. The process of setting goals and building a plan to achieve them is exciting, but the execution…well, I struggle with the execution!

Here were my goals for last year, along with comments about how I did.

  • Improve physical well-being by eating healthy food and exercising more often.
    • Eat at home more often. 
      • This was a mixed bag. Living 20-30 minutes from most restaurants certainly made eating dinner at home easier and more practical, but I could have done a better job of bringing lunch to work and not stopping at Starbucks for an americano on my way to work.
    • Utilize gym membership and positive peer pressure from friends to exercise more often.
      • My friends stopped going to the gym about two weeks into 2017! I found that without friends to help me stay motivated (and little reason to drive into the town where the gym is), I stopped going, too. I canceled my membership and started jogging again with Johnny over the summer. In September, Johnny and I took up yoga and have been going 4 times a week since then! We also added in weight lifting days at a gym twice a week.
    • Meet Fitbit step goal of 10,000 steps per day.
      • Fitbit tells me I average 10,771 steps per day; I don’t always get 10K steps (especially when I’m in a truck for 10+ hours for a work trip), but I feel like I’ve improved my day-to-day activity level this year.
  • Improve finances by paying down debts more quickly, spending less, and saving more.
    • Save show commissions for hay.
      • I did this! The cushion that this provided meant that even though I’m paying more for hay than I anticipated, I can still make it work.
    • Pay off lingering student loan debt.
      • I did not do this. I paid off one of my loans, but still have a few hundred dollars left on the other one.
    • Buy less tack/apparel.
      • Even though tack and apparel spending ended up as 13% of my overall spending, I spent less at work than I did last year. I’m calling this a victory.
    • Sell extra tack/apparel.
      • Done! I packed up two bags’ worth of stuff and shipped it off to Used Horse Stuff. I definitely recommend them if you’re not the sort of person who wants to spend time photographing your stuff, listing it for sale, talking to people who want to buy it, and shipping it off.
    • Track equine expenses more accurately by saving receipts and entering them into budget spreadsheet.
      • Done! Terrifying and liberating all at the same time!
  • Improve equestrian skills and be more involved with local organizations.
    • Continue volunteering with GCC/ODS.
      • Done; I stopped keeping track of how many hours I spent volunteering for the dressage club. I was show secretary for most of the club’s schooling shows, spent time at shows running the warm up ring and tearing down the arena after the show, maintained the club’s website and social media, designed programs for two rated shows, and served as the club’s secretary. While I plan to continue to volunteer, I’ve stepped away from most of those tasks. I’m only one person, after all!
    • Begin volunteering with OCTA.
      • This didn’t happen. Between OCTA’s general disorganization and the overwhelming amount of stuff I did for the dressage group, this just didn’t work.
    • Take one lesson per month.
      • Halfway achieved! I started taking regular lessons mid-year on a monthly basis. They’ve been incredibly beneficial!
    • Attend more educational events.
      • I did not do this; I should probably look harder for educational events this year!
    • Ride at least 4 times per week.
      • I would say I did this on average; some weeks I rode nearly every day (especially in the summer when the days are long), but keeping up this schedule was difficult when I was on the road with work for a week or so almost every month.

Overall, 2017 was a pretty good year- I feel satisfied with the things I accomplished and I feel like I’m in a good place to begin the new year!


Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

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