Final 2013 Resolutions Progress Report

I lost a lot of steam in my pursuit of completing goals towards the end of the year due to life changes which resulted in more failed goals than usual. I think in 2014, I’ll trim my list of goals down and relax more.

photo credit

Personal Finance

  • Save $1,000 in the Gift Fund for my parents. Done! I focused on this financial goal first since it was the smallest goal. I put some of my Christmas gift money and a third of my tax refund into this account.
  • Make $3,000 outside from full-time job income. $934.04. 31% done. I’ve had this goal for three years now and have never achieved it. I’m dropping this in 2014. FAIL
  • Pay down $4,500 in principal of student loans. I’ve actually paid 1081 dollars over my goal. I threw all I had extra into this goal.
  • Open up a Roth IRA account with a new bank and deposit $2,000. 500/2000. FAIL


  • Try 10 more Vietnamese recipes. 7/10. I’ve learned one new Vietnamese dish since the last progress report. This is the third year I’ve had this goal so I now know how to make a grand total of 27 recipes. FAIL

    Dish 6: Vietnamese Crepes
  • Complete 10 sewing learning projects. 10/10. My last sewing project was my favorite sewing project.

  • Finish transcribing dad’s journal. FAIL
  • Read 50 books. 50/50.
  • Write 104 blog posts for my food blog. 43/104. FAIL
  • Write 174 blog posts for this blog. 121/174. I set the goal at 174 to mean an average of 3 posts a week and a post a day in November. FAIL
  • Finish Sketchbook Project 2013 in time. I uploaded a copy of the entire book to my Google+ account.
  • Visit two new states. 4/2. Oregon, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky.
  • SEE PARIS WITH KIM. Done! It was amazing.

Relationships and Well-Being

  • Work out 156 times for at least 30 minutes each session. 105/156. FAIL

  • Cook 24 vegetarian dinners. 16/24. This goal was set to mean an average of 2 times a month. FAIL

  • Send Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day cards. I sent a few cards for Thanksgiving and Valentine’s but I’m still behind on a few thank you for being awesome cards.

Question: How did you fare in 2013 with your goals?

  • lisasyarns

    You went through something very unexpected and handled it with grace and poise, so I think that should honestly offset the goals you didn’t complete. Really.

    I set 4 goals for myself and achieved 3. The one I didn’t achieve was out of my control since it was related to running. So I consider 2013 a success. And more importantly, I survived what was a brutally difficult year!

  • I agree with what Lisa said!! You had a great year considering all the things you were up to! It’s so hard keeping up with goals when you have a crazy busy life and go through huge changes. Good job lady :)

  • Wendy

    Don’t be so hard on yourself! I wish you had bolded “Done!” and put them in green for all the goals you did accomplish this past year!

  • Vishy

    I think you had a wonderful year in terms of resolutions, Linda. Personal finance (2/4) and Projects (5/9) – that is more than 50% which is quite impressive. Also, if I look at your projects list, you have done pretty impressively on most of them. Congratulations on cooking 7 Vietnamese recipes, reading 50 books, writing 121 posts on your blog and finishing the Sketchbook project – they are all so impressive and inspiring!

    I hope you are able to relax more and enjoy more this year while also accomplishing the goals that you plan to achieve. Wish you all the very best!

  • Yes, I’ll third what Lisa said. You went through something immensely difficult and heart-wrenching. So I think you have to give yourself a pass for the last third of this year.

    I also did not do well on my 2013 goals. I marked TWO as complete. Fail. I made 15 goals for this year but honestly, there are probably just a few that I will be really upset if I don’t cross off. The rest are just for fun! I love setting resolutions, but I’m also trying not to base how successful my year was on how many goals got crossed off. (Not to say this is what you’re doing – strictly speaking for myself here!)

  • mef

    I love Wendy’s suggestion. It’s not like you get a grade on this. You surpassed some stuff you wanted to do and fell short on a few others and life threw you a few curveballs that you handled with grace. Good job on living your life! Cookies and kudos and high fives all around.

  • Please consider adding a green WIN on things you completed. Thanks! You did good.

  • Also, the Fear December was not included on this, which I feel needs to be on it because that was some pretty impressive s**t, man.

  • I agree with everybody else. You did a lot of good stuff this year, so you should celebrate it!