Remember that post I did back in December about the goals I set for myself for my 26th year of living? If you’re anything like me, I have a tendency to make goals and then forget about them a few weeks later – only to remember them when the time comes to make new ones again. Well it’s been about 6 months and so I thought it’d be a great time to revisit them in an attempt to keep myself on track! Now what were they again…
1. Travel to at least one new country this year. This one is still on the back burner. With a full-time job I now have to work around vacation time, but I have a feeling I’ll have at least one international trip by the end of the year… I’ve got my eye on a few possible places, so let’s hope I can play my cards right and get there! Besides, if I was able to make it to two new countries (The Philippines AND Mayalsia) last year, I should be able to make it to at least one this year – right?
2. Cross off a bucket list item. I need to put a little more effort into this one. I don’t have a concrete bucket list that lists all the things I want to do, but I’m thinking I should start!
3. Travel solo more often. So far this year I’ve travelled solo about once a month, which has been absolutely invigorating. As much as I love having a travel partner, it’s always great to get out and explore on your own. I come back feeling refreshed and motivated for all aspects of my life… especially the travel portion!
4. Get outside! Kicking this one’s ass! I’ve been out hiking quite a few times, especially with the somewhat mild winter we’ve had this year. I’ve definitely learned to not let the seasons stop you from exploring!
5. Visit somewhere new at least twice a month. Definitely doing well with this one! From impromptu road trips to new restaurants to exploring new hiking trails – I’ve experienced lots of new things! Although I wasn’t really worried about this one… variety is the spice of life after all!
6. Give I’ve Been Bit! a makeover. One of the first items I knocked off the list! I must say, I’m definitely a fan of the new layout. Switching to WordPress.org from .com may have been a bit of a pain, but definitely worth it overall I’d say!
7. Start merging my two passions – design and travel. I’m still a little stumped on this one. With a full time job now as well, there just aren’t enough hours in a day to do everything I’d like. Despite this, I’m hoping I’ll be able to tackle this one soon!
8. Step more outside my comfort zone. While the nerves may still be there, I’ve been doing my best to challenge them. One was landing a full time job, as it meant committing to Kitchener-Waterloo for an extended period of time. While nerve-wracking at first, I love my job and it definitely has a number of perks – like working with a great team!
9. Network more. Jumped in head first with this one, thanks to the amazing community of women known as Wanderful. I attended my first conference, the Women In Travel Summit in Irvine, California, and it was absolutely life-changing! Since then I’ve attended a few more networking events. Even though I still get nervous, I’ve been enjoying meeting a variety of new people!
10. Try a new recipe once a week. Oops. I was doing pretty well at the start of the year… until my freezer became overloaded with leftovers. Now that I’ve got a bit more room, I’m hoping to channel my inner chef again!
11. Take advantage of my new location. I must say, moving back to Kitchener-Waterloo was a little unnerving and stressful at first, but I’ve fully embraced it and have been enjoying being surrounded by close friends and awesome restaurants. I’ve discovered quite a few new places, including the ever delicious Harvest Moon and my new favourite coffee shop, Smile Tiger!
12. Be smart with money. I’ve been doing pretty good with this one! I’ve been following my tips for making free money to start a little rainy-day-fund for myself, as well as actually keeping track of my expenses in a spreadsheet. Landing a full-time job has also helped, as I’m on my way to growing my savings!
How often do you set goals for yourself? I know it can be hard, but any step (even a small one) like reviewing your progress is a step in the right direction!