new year’s all year: january reflections and february goals

Hello, all! I hope everyone is doing well. I was very busy with social and work obligations these past couple months, so while I didn’t get a chance to sit and blog like I hoped I would, I did make and work on my goals for the New Year’s All Year Challenge.

In January, I introduced the 2013 challenge, in which I made broad “endpoint” goals for the year and explained that each month I would make specific small goals that are stepping stones to my endpoint aims. Each month I will also reflect on the previous month’s goals and efforts.


My goals for January were:

  • Health: work out at least 150 minutes per week; stay hydrated
  • Finances: BUDGET and read 2 personal finance articles a week
  • Relationships: stay up-to-date/in contact with everyone
  • Wedding: So much to do! Basically carry over from December…Figure out florist/flower options and take care of it, map out honeymoon options, book a place for our picnic reception, send out save the dates for wedding day and picnic, and look for bridesmaid and flower girl dresses.
  • Career: be the most positive and helpful presence possible in the buildings I am in; stay prepared and ahead for swim planning
  • Self-enrichment: set aside at least two hours a week to myself to log off everything & relax, NO guilt!


  • Health: I did a great job of staying hydrated, but did not do an awesome job of exercising on a routine basis. I did up my exercising time, though.
  • Finances: I did do a good job of monitoring the in and out flow of my money, but I did not do very well at reading personal finance articles (no time for blogging, not much time for browsing the Internet for articles, either)
  • Relationships: I was very busy with teaching and coaching this month, but I did my best to stay in contact with everyone and see them whenever I could
  • Wedding: I got a lot more wedding things done than I realized! Almost everything listed, except the flowers. Don’t ask. I don’t understand why I can’t make decisions on them.
  • Career: I think I did well being flexible teaching and I worked extremely hard to be on top or ahead of swimming tasks. Sometimes things got crazy, but with the support of the coaching staff and athletic department and parents, things always got done.
  • Self-enrichment: I think I did a good job of allowing myself to have “me time” when I needed it, and I didn’t always feel guiltless about it, but I did feel less guilt than I had in the past.


February goals:

  • Health: work out at least 150 min per week, stay hydrated, & do better with meal planning
  • Finances: budget and stick to it; research housing options; do taxes before the end of February!
  • Relationships: check in with everyone regularly
  • Wedding:  Knock as many things off my to-do list as possible!
  • Career: Give 110% every day and be a flexible and positive presence in the buildings in which I work; wrap up swim season well and begin planning off-season
  • Self-enrichment: try at least one new recipe; observe Random Acts of Kindness Week