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2016 Goals

A long train track through the woods

2016 is officially here! As is my tradition, I wanted to share with you my goals for the upcoming year. Just as I did last year, my goals are balanced across all areas of my life: financial, spiritual, intellectual, career, social, family, and fun. Sharing them with you is a great way for me to stay accountable to them. I began my goal planning at the end of November and started actually working on my goals in mid-December.

Before sharing my 2016 goals, I want to go over the results of my 2015 goals.

  1. Make Catholic Husband the best blog on the Internet. While I'm not there yet, I made substantial progress towards improving the blog in both content and presentation. The website itself is much cleaner and more streamlined. I don't foresee many changes in the design happening in 2016 (to Alison's great relief). I was successful in publishing regularly and am very proud, and frankly a bit surprised, that I reached this goal.
  2. Make Catholic Husband self-sufficient. Goal achieved, in a big way! I started doing freelance web design and was able to completely reimburse our family budget for all Catholic Husband spending, as well as provide an additional revenue stream. This was a big goal for me and I'm so glad that I was able to achieve it.
  3. I'm going to launch my first iOS app this year. Well, that didn't happen. When I got into I realized that I simply didn't have enough time to learn how to code and maintain an app. Additionally, the cost benefit analysis pointed to a low possible return. I think I was wise to quit this goal.
  4. Reach my weight goal. Another miss. In fact, I'm further from my goal than I was a year ago. This is mainly due to my headaches and the medication that I take for them. It was a hard year to push forward. Look for this goal again for 2016.
  5. Read for 30 minutes a day. This was a mixed result. I didn't complete 2 books per month and I was more successful in the beginning of the year than at the end. I attribute this to two causes. First, I spent more time reading the paper than books and second, my work in web design took up more of my free time.

Here's what's up for 2016.

  1. Double my web design gross revenue. I need to pick up 2-3 new clients each month in order to make this happen. It's attainable, but I need to get intentional about prospecting and selling.
  2. Reach my weight goal by August 1st. If I stick to my plan, I only need to lose about 1 pound per week. It's doable, with diligence. Not only will this help me with my energy and creativity, but it'll earn lots of healthcare incentive money through our insurance.
  3. Become a Glider flight instructor this Fall. I have a lot of studying to do, but this is also an attainable goal and something that would be amazing!
  4. Publish 5 blogs per week. Same as last year, but still important. It'll end up being 260 unique posts.
  5. Do something social with Benedict at least once per week. Now that we have wheels, I want to continue to socialize Benedict. I'm going to carve out time for us to do that.
  6. Pray daily with my family. It has been hit or miss in the past, so I want to make this a non-negotiable part of our routine this year.
  7. Read 24 books by the end of the year. I can do it, but I need to make the time.

What's going on in 2016 for you?
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