Looking back: 13 things for 2013


As the end of the year very quickly draws near, I’m thinking about setting my goals for 2014. Goals are like resolutions, but without the guilt if I fail … because they’re only goals (I know, that’s the lamest thing you’ve ever heard). But as with most years, I feel the need to look back at what I have and haven’t achieved and where better to start than with my goals for 2013?

In brief, they were:

  1. Finish at least 1 personal web project
  2. Take up an outdoor activity
  3. Go one month without using a supermarket / chain store
  4. Take more pictures
  5. Put up my prices
  6. Acknowledge one positive from every day
  7. Get my budgeting back on track
  8. Reach ‘inbox zero’ on my personal email
  9. Finish a job to a deadline
  10. Give up sugar for a month
  11. Finish a project around the house
  12. Sort out my junk & sell it off
  13. Grow out my hair

I managed to complete #1 – finished switching this blog to Genesis – although created a bunch more projects over the year which now need finishing too. I successfully managed #5 and didn’t go out of business :) I finished a couple of jobs to deadline AND finished a project around the house (painted the hall) – albeit on Christmas eve! I sold a lot of junk but made a loss, which was annoying. Lastly, I grew out my hair, which is now back down past my shoulders but is top of the list of things to get rid of next year.

I’m disappointed I couldn’t manage #2 – I took up running but illness and then work got in the way. I’m hoping Oliver being in nursery from Jan will free up some time so I don’t have excuses to not run, though. I’m similarly disappointed that I didn’t manage to go the whole month without sugar, as it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be (and I still take my coffee without sugar now, so that’s a plus).

The rest… pah. I think they will form the basis of my goals for next year. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again – right?

Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

7 comments so far

  1. Caity said:
    On December 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

    Hey, better one and a half than none! Not bad at all! Plus number 1 was quite a lot of things you accomplished! Good luck in 2014!

  2. Chantelle said:
    On December 29, 2013 at 5:26 am

    I’d say 2013 was a success for you. You accomplished a lot of what you set out to and a lot of non-goal stuff as well. Good work and good luck in 2014.

  3. Brigitte said:
    On December 30, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I recently looked over my list and I accomplished one thing … so whatever ;p


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