Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My 2014 Goals

     Last year, I wrote this post about my goals for 2013. I don't think New Year's Resolutions work very well for me so I just set goals instead. One of my goals for 2013 was to write a post for 2014 updating everyone on my progress, so this is that post. The purple font is what I wrote last year and the red font is the updates from this year.

  • I want to get my highschool diploma from my online school this year. It has been a struggle to do without a good printer and without having anyone who can help me with math. But I am determined to get it before the year is out.     Incomplete, but I have made significant progress on it. Before I moved in with Wolfy, I only had about 5 credits. I now have 14 credits out of the 24 that I need to graduate. Having a reliable internet connection really helps when you can't print your text books.
  • When getting my highschool diploma, I am absolutely determined to keep the 4.0 GPA that I have now. I may not be able to be proud of graduating with a class or having all sorts of highschool memories, but damnit, I'm going to be proud of my grades.     I wrote this before I realized how horrible I am at geography. I may not have a 4.0 anymore but I think a 3.93 is pretty damn good anyways. I can't figure out how I got an A in Economics with three 100's, two 90's, an 80, a 70, and a 68 though. But whatever! It still boosted my GPA from 3.92.
  • I will move out of my mom's house sometime this year. Along with my three cats, my rabbit, and my puppy.     Mostly complete? I did move out of my mom's house and in with my boyfriend, but I don't have any pets with me. Since my puppy goes insane without her dog, she's keeping him. She's also keeping one of the cats because she can't handle the move. Neither of us could take care of the bunny or a second cat anymore, so they're in good homes. As for my kitten who's not really a kitten anymore, she'll be joining Wolfy and I when we move to a place that will allow her without costing a fortune.
  • On that note, I will be financially independent this year. I absolutely refuse to be like some people in my family who live off of each other and take each other's money.     Mostly complete? I only pay part of rent and help with groceries, plus whatever I need like shampoo. I don't have a job yet (since I need a diploma to work in a daycare) but I have enough money saved up so that I can afford what I'm supposed to pay for now.
  • I will finally get my driver's license. I have my permit now but I'm going to be able to drive on my own so I won't have to rely on people for rides anymore.     Holy shit, I actually completed this one! I do have my license. It's for the state I came from, not the one I now live in, but it totally counts. However, I discovered I don't really like driving, so given the chance, I choose not to. Go figure.
  • I will donate at least 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love. I already have plans in motion for this but I'll write about that when I do the first step, probably sometime later this month.     This isn't even close to happening. After the lady ruined my hair last year (here for the story or here for the pictures) and even after the hair specialist tried to fix it, it still wasn't healthy. I ended up having it cut to my chin and got it lightened up a lot last January. For the most part, my hair is now healthy, but it's just gotten to my shoulder blades. When I donate it, I don't want my hair cut so short again.
  • I will look into charity work and donate at least one day a week of my time to a good cause. I'm open to suggestions for what kind of charity work to do.     I looked in to some, but I wasn't able to donate any time because of various reasons. I'm considering a couple online, that mainly involve emailing/writing letters to sick kids to make them happy. But I lost the website that I had found before I so need to fix that.
  • I will make a page with a complete list of things that I have to do before opening the daycare. Mostly because it will make it easier to update people on my progress, but also because it will help me keep up with my progress.     I did that one! I'm not sure if the list is complete, but it's still right here.
  • On that list, I will cross at least two different things off of it at some point this year. I would like to make that number higher than two, but I have to be realistic with money.     I crossed off one thing. That's still better than none.
  • I will try my best not to get another concussion because as I learned in 2012, they really really suck. My head is actually still very sensitive. I've bumped it a few times and with the way it affected me, I was scared I would have to go back to the doctor. No more of that, please.     Very proud to announce that I didn't get another concussion! My head is still sensitive and I've been told that it might always be now, but at least I didn't get another one.
  • At the end of this year, I will write a post complete with full updates on everything that I have completed this year.     I'm happy I added this one just because of all the stuff I didn't complete, but at least I can say I did this one.

     Over all, I didn't complete nearly as much as I wanted to, but I did make a lot of progress. Progress is a lot better than not doing anything at all. For 2014, I think I'm going to try this whole list of goals thing again and see what happens so here's what I'm going to try to do before the year 2014 is over.

  • Get my diploma.
  • Get my GPA as high as possible, since a 4.0 is out of the question.
  • Get a job, preferably in a daycare.
  • Find somebody that I can afford and trust to do my hair so history doesn't repeat itself.
  • Find that one charity where I can write emails and donate my time there.
  • Cross two things off my daycare list.
  • Still don't get another concussion because ouchy.
  • Write more poetry.
  • Start posting twice a week instead of just once.
  • Care more about my content and what you're interested in reading about.
  • Complete both the A-Z Challenge and the NaBloPoMo Challenge.
  • Don't buy any more nail polish until I use what I have because I have waaaay too many.
  • Don't let family drama effect me so much, when I'm not even apart of their lives.
  • Write an update next year about all of these goals.

     What are your goals for next year? What are you interested in reading from me? Are there anymore blogging challenges that I should check out?

     Oh, and Happy New Year!


  1. Sounds like you did a great job on last year's goals—congratulations! It's fun to look back and see all we accomplished. :)

    Happy New Year, friend! I wish you all the best.

    1. Thank you, Dana! I would have liked to have completed more goals, but I still think making a lot of progress on everything is something to be proud of. After all, how many people actually lost those 50 pounds they wanted to or stopped smoking or drinking or swearing?

      And the new year will bring your new baby, so I know you'll have a happy 2014. =)

  2. Wow. You sure accomplished a lot, and one of those is being brave enough to lay it all out there for us to see. I think you're making great progress and that you're willing to admit it all is amazing. I wish you all the best in 2014 and look forward to hearing more about what's going on.
    One of the things I love most about your blog is your total honesty. That's what it's all about. Keep it coming girl!
    Tina @ Life is Good

    1. Thank you! I don't really feel like I'm being brave. haha I just made a promise to say what I've done and what I haven't, so that's what I did. I think it might take more bravery if I hadn't made so much progress.

      Honesty? Yes ma'am! I can do that. =)

  3. 3.93 is fricking excellent. Your hair will grow back. I've donated to Locks of Love a few times. It feels really good. My goals: undecided. I want to know about the books you read and the movies you watch and whether you think they're good.


    1. Thank you! I still haven't done the math courses, so I think it might drop a little bit, but I'm still proud of it. I plan on going into more detail as soon as I finish it, per Kianwi's request. haha

      My hair is slowly getting longer but I doubt I'll be doing anything more than trimming it and dying it this year. I need to take some time to get it healthy again, even if I do dye it (though, that helps with the psoriasis so it's not total vanity). haha

      Good luck on your goals, when you figure out what they are!

      Sure! Whenever I read or watch something new, I can write a blog post about it. =)

  4. You did well! It's rare when people accomplish everything they set out to, but on the other hand, they hopefully accomplish other things, which you did. I still haven't formalized most of my goals for the year. I'd better get started on that one, considering it's already Jan 2nd :)

    1. Thank you! I did do a lot more than I listed, but those were unplanned goals. Like, I didn't plan on becoming a server or making friends at work or managing to look sad enough to not get a ticket, but I did all of those. hahaha

      It's the 3rd now! You better get to work, Kianwi!

  5. Sounds like you did really well. 3.93 is awesome, and just remember, it's hard to get a 4.0 in everything. Like, in college, I had a 4.0 until I took an Environmental Studies class. I kid you not, the teacher took everything so seriously that he wanted us all to be environmental experts (I was at this school for computers/networking, mind you), even though this was clearly just a general junk filler class. Well, every single person in the class did horribly, and the highest grade was a C+. I barely got a D. It wrecked all of our GPAs, but I still had a 3.8 ultimately, so it wasn't the end of the world.

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who just had issues with one subject. I really wanted my 4.0 to prove something to myself, since I dropped out in 7th grade and tried to skip to the highschool lessons and everything. At first, I was super upset about it. But after a few days, I realized it's not that big of a deal. Everyone knows I have no sense of direction anyways, so I should be proud of that B. haha