Goals Update

August 6, 2017

If you have read the behemoth of a post that is my 2017 Resolutions, you will know that I have a lot of goals for this year! I had been planning on doing a goals update at the end of June, but then I blinked and July flew past me. So here is my goals update for 2017.


Format change

As you can see from the above photo, I have changed the format from my original 2017 ResolutionsI am hoping this will make it a bit easier to see and digest when I glance at it occasionally. The hexagonal check boxes will correspond to my August set-up, which will start on the following page (you’ll have to check back later to see my August 2017 set-up)


Goal removals


In July, I had the goal of participating in Camp NaNo (writing 30,000 words of a novel in July) – this was part of my 2017 Resolution to write 2 coherent novels: one for Camp NaNo and one for regular NaNoWriMo in November. When I decided not to participate in July’s Camp NaNo, I knew I wasn’t going to hit my 2017 resolution so I decided to scrap that from my revised 2017 resolutions.


At the start of the year, I had really wanted to go camping. As time has progressed, however, this desire has kind of waned. Aside from not owning the right camping equipment, we aren’t really in a good place to be able to go camping anytime soon (financially and professionally) and, before we know it, camping season will be over.

365 photos/Project Life/100 year journal

These 3 goals have all been removed from my revised resolutions. I’d love to keep them on my list but I feel like adding in these scrapbooking/documenting goals is just a bit too much for me to deal with at the moment, especially when there are other goals I have that I would rather focus my energy on.


This is similar to above: I have more pressing goals that I would rather focus on before trying my hand at sewing. Also, the only pieces of equipment I have for sewing are a sewing machine and an overlocker – I have no fabric, no threads, no pins, etc, and as we are currently saving for our wedding/honeymoon next year, I don’t want to spend too much on a goal that I am not going to be aiming for anytime soon.

Opening an Etsy store

For a while, I have dreamed of having my one Etsy store, selling cards, acrylic gifts and planner stickers.

I am still undecided about whether or not to add this to my revised goals. I would really love to have one, however I have tried to do the simplest of tasks for the past 2 months in order to drive getting the store open but it’s just not a priority at the moment. Depending on how the following few months go, I might add it to the bottom of my list but for now, it’s not something I’m focusing on.


My previous 2017 resolutions


Goal additions


Initially, I had planned on just booking the 3rd parties for my wedding, however I have since added to that goal! We have currently booked the venue (which encompasses the ceremony, reception and food) but we still need to finalise our photographer and my make-up artist. I have also added ‘creating a timeline/to do’ to my wedding goals, as I realised that I have a lot to do before the end of the year! I also want to make and send our Save the Dates and have revised more realistic goals on how much we can have saved by the end of the year.


I have increased my listening goal by 6 books – between January and August, I had listened to 19 books, meaning to reach my goal of 24 books I only needed to listen to 5 more in the space of 5 months. I knew I would easily hit that goal so I have decided to stretch myself a bit further.


GOal changes


I have slightly changed these goals. Initially, I had decided to learn to knit and then knit different items (gloves, a hat, a scarf, etc) and also learn to crochet. That didn’t really go to plan as I decided to learn to crochet first, so now my aim is to have either knitted or crocheted the items (which I have also amended slightly as I had originally set the bar a smidge too high)

Donating blood

I had tried to book in for donating blood earlier in the year but my appointment was cancelled. Now I have left it too late to donate three times this year, but I’m still hoping I might be able to donate twice.


There have been some other, smaller goal changes as you might be able to see – nothing major but enough to make me feel more comfortable with what I will be able to achieve this year, while still pushing me to be my best.


Initially, I wasn’t so keen on changing my goals for the year. I felt like a failure, like I was changing them because I couldn’t achieve them. At the end of the day, that’s the truth. But then the more I thought about it, the more I realised that’s not a bad thing.

One year is a long time to go without reassessing and reevaluating goals, especially when a) I had so many of them and b) my life has changed dramatically since January (I got a promotion and have moved into my own home)

I’m hoping that a reevaluation of my 2017 goals – the reassessment to see what I can/cannot achieve since my circumstances have changed – will inspire me to continue working to achieve my goals and live to my mission statement for the year.

My 2017 mission is to always try to be a better person today than I was yesterday by being more mindful about who I am and who I want to be and to everyday work towards achieving my goals

How are your 2017 goals going?


Rebecca ♥

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