You are never to old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream. -C.S. Lewis
Here we are already 6 days in to the new year and the holidays have come and gone! While I do find heading back to work to be a bit of a drag, especially after having spent the last week relaxing and spending time with friends and family, it’s the perfect time to really stop and refocus on my goals for the year ahead. I don’t really believe in setting resolutions, but I do think it’s important to stop and think about what you’re doing and where you’re going in life. It’s also the perfect opportunity to come up with a game plan with achievable goals whether they are more idealistic like, I want to be more positive, or if they are hard goals like, I want to learn how to code.
Reflecting on 2016
Looking back, 2016 was definitely a year of personal growth and development for me. I spent a lot of time growing my network and getting more involved in the food and farming industry. I helped organize and run events in and out of agriculture, I joined a couple boards for which I truly believe in their missions, explored a lot more of Ontario and some of its’ provincial parks, spent as much time at my family farm as I could, traveled to some new places including Lake Placid, attended some outstanding conferences and events, and launched this website and blog.
I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past year. And with that, have also been really honest with myself about where I wanted to be in the future and how I wanted my career and personal path to go. Early on in the year, I attended an Ag Women’s Network event that left me feeling pretty inspired. They key takeaway from that event was a piece of advice from someone who was a few years ahead of me in their career. She asked, ‘Where do you want to be when you retire?’ It’s kind of crazy to think that far in advance considering retirement is decades away for me, BUT when you really think about it, you very likely have a big picture idea of where you want to end up. My advice? Figure out what your ideal end game is for yourself and then start working towards that vision. The details will eventually fall into place.
Later on, I had another eye opening conversation over wine with a good friend, she said, ‘Forget all the details and just answer-what does your ideal day look like? What would make you really happy and excited?’. My response? Total mind blank. It kind of shocked me that I couldn’t answer that one straight off the bat so I’ve made it my goal to figure it out. These things take time, you know?
However, what I have learned and what I know for sure; the path doesn’t have to be straight!
Over the next year I want to tackle a few personal goals. Maybe publishing is a way of forcing myself to stay on track? I’ve compiled a list with resources here:
- Brush up on my creative tech skills. This includes photo editing, blog graphics and design, producing and editing video, and staying up to date on the latest social media trends & tools.
- Which leads perfectly into my next goal…Blog more! Now that I’ve got a solid foundation and have a better idea of where I’m going with this platform, I really want to post a lot more regularly and put some of the brilliant ideas I have to print. I’ve even started a content calendar and have found a couple other resources to help keep me on track.
- Amy Lynn Andrews is a fantastic compilation of absolutely everything you need to know about blogging. For the rest, I use Pinterest and inspiration from fellow bloggers to guide me.
- Grow my networth and save more. Personal finance has always interested me, but I never really thought about building wealth until I started adulting and have some big goals including purchasing my first home and giving in to my wanderlust addiction for travel. This year I bought an accounting course off Groupon and thankfully have an accountant bf who can teach me the basics.
- I found this blog: Money After Graduation after doing some light research and have been hooked ever since. I love Bridget’s writing style and she has a whack of free downloads to help you get your finances sorted. No awkward investment advisor appointments required.
- Take advantage of Canada’s 150 birthday offerings. As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations, all national parks and historics sites will be free admission. There’s 47 alone in Ontario
- Canada 150- Free Parks Admission Be sure to apply and get your pass mailed to you.
- Get better at painting. This is a bit of a closet hobby of mine. I’m not very good, and I have so very much to learn, but I absolutely love doing it and when I’m in the mood, it can be incredibly relaxing. Plus, my rockstar bf surprised me with a fabulous new painting easel complete with a built-in light, oil paints and all the tools to get me rolling this Christmas.
- Run a half marathon. Maybe this is cheesy, but I’ve been a runner my entire life and until now I’ve never really wanted to do it for anything other than pure enjoyment. But I think if I enter and pay to be in a race, that’ll definitely motivate me to be more consistent. Maybe.
- Launch an exciting new project with 2 other fantastic human beings. (More to come on this!) But I can’t spill the beans just yet and it is a work in progress, stay tuned.
So needless to say, 2017 is sure to be a year full of action and excitement. I’m a firm believer in putting your money where you mouth is so here’s to a year full of goal crushing and new adventures!