2009 goals, a year later

by Ginger on December 30, 2009

in Becoming Myself, Random

As 2009 comes to a close, it’s time for a little reflection on whether I achieved the goals I set for myself in 2009. I posted those goals in January, and I think it’s time to see how I did. My own little personal performance review, laid out for the whole world to see.

  • Be a grownup about my health. Ok, I did great at this one. Now I attribute that ENTIRELY to being pregnant for the majority of the year–the prenatal care thing kind of forces your hand with doctor visits and all. I still need a primary care physician, but I can say with certainty that I’m healthy, I understand my health insurance (!), and I feel a responsibility now with the kid to stay healthy for us both.
  • Be more realistic about finances. I did great with this one too. I’ll credit some of this to the kid as well–I knew I wanted to take my full 3 months of available maternity leave, which required thinking through our finances verrrrrry carefully. 3 months without full income made us very realistic about our finances, which is all for the better. We are in a good spot now, for a variety of reasons, but the best part of all is having my head wrapped around our financial situation for the first time, like, ever.
  • Learn more about photography and photoshop. Yeah, so this one. Um, not so much. As a matter of fact, I think I’ve forgotten everything I once knew about photography, and my camera, and let’s not even get started on photoshop shall we? I utterly and completely FAIL at this goal. BUT, I’m getting the itch once again and have some ideas on how to make this happen in 2010. It’s not a hobby thrown to the wolves folks, just one that got waylaid in 09.
  • Find some additional income sources. Well, this didn’t happen either. But in retrospect, I’m ok with that. I bring home the bacon every payday–that’s enough. I have a full time job, and some hobbies and a baby–I think I’m pulling my weight. If the opportunity arises someday to do some outside projects for cashola, then fantastic. But otherwise, I’m not really going to worry about it.
  • Grow this blog, and all the networks associated with it. This is the one that I think hurts the most. I love this blog and have let it go to shameful waste over the last year. I let all the groups and networks and people and connections that I had started to build fall by the wayside of my pregnancy (and the resulting sloth). I stopped commenting on blogs–though I swear I still read more than I should have time for!–and stopped responding to people who commented on my blog. I stopped being part of various communities. And the thing that sucks the most about it all, is this is the place for ME–so it mirrors how I let ME go over the year. I got sucked into the vacuum of being pregnant, as did everything around me. I  vow that this will be different next year. So yeah, 2010–you’re MINE!
  • Refocus my career. I somehow managed to do this. Not to brag, but I’m kind of a rock star at work. I’m leading my company forward into the digital age. I created a social media program from nothing. I’m reworking how we do just about everything in marketing in my company. I’m building my “brand” at work, and have been absolutely thrilled with how I’ve done. I came back from maternity leave, scared of not being needed anymore, to find that they really couldn’t cope well without me. I kind of kick ass at my job, and that makes me feel all “I am woman, hear me roar”ish.
  • Travel. Well, we got in one little trip to Chicago this summer, which I guess is more than normal. It wasn’t quite as much as I was hoping for, but at least it was something, right?

Hmmm. Overall, I’d say that it’s not too horrible, but there’s room for improvement. I could cop out and say that the ones I failed at were a result of the pregnancy/baby brain, but while that may be somewhat true, I knew it was happening and let it happen. I let myself go a little, which I intend to rectify in ’10. I’m already working on my goals for the next year in my head, which you know I’ll post as soon as I’ve got them figured out. I think 2010 is going to be an interesting year, and I can’t wait to see what it brings!

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