Goals Revisited

Life December 6, 2015

At the beginning of the year, I set five goals for myself. Today is the day I look back and see how well I did (or didn’t) do with them.

1. Pare down my wardrobe.

How I did: I tried my first capsule wardrobe this year, and I have to say, this was my biggest success. The goal was to be excited to walk into my closet, not overwhelmed. My spring and summer capsules took a ton of stress out of deciding what to wear, and I felt more comfortable and more…me in my clothes than ever before. Even though I haven’t posted a fall or winter capsule, I am still using the same principles to guide me.

How I can improve: Now that my wardrobe is pretty well set, I need to work on my jewelry. I have way too much and don’t wear half of it.

2. Read at least 50 books.

How I did: I am currently reading numbers 42, 43, and 44 (I like to read more than one book at a time). I was crushing books during the spring and summer, but slowed to a crawl in the fall. Some of it can be blamed on the start of homeschooling and our big move, but the biggest reason I stopped reading so much is because I was giving into too many distractions.

How I can improve: Get rid of the distractions. (More on that later this week.)

3. Find a weekly cleaning schedule and follow it.

How I did: Um…not good.

How I can improve: Find a weekly cleaning schedule and follow it.

4. Workout 5 days/week.

How I did: Having surgery in January definitely put this goal out of my reach for a while. The recovery period was longer than expected, and I had lingering pain and fatigue for much of the year. Around the end of August, I started slowly with PiYo and MuTu and worked up to being able to exercise 6-7 days a week. By the end of September, I had to make myself take a day off here and there to give my muscles the rest they needed.

How I can improve: Working out regularly has made me feel stronger, more flexible, and more energized. But with that, I need to make sure not to do too much, causing an injury that will only set me back.

5. Fill a blank journal.

How I did: I think I filled in three whole pages. I’m not even sure where the journal is at this point.

How I can improve: It’s not that I didn’t have time to write, it’s that I didn’t make time to write. I need to make this more of a priority in my schedule.


I’ll be back later this week with some thoughts about what is holding me back from meeting some of my goals and what I plan to do about it.


How about you? Did you set goals this year? How did you do?



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    Robbie Kendall