Goals for 2017

By Mrs. Song Goals

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars.
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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you'll land among the stars.

It’s not the beginning of the year anymore, but I say it’s never too late to set goals. Goals can help us reach our highest potential and motivate us to go that extra mile.

And as Norman Vincent Peale once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

I like the saying a lot, and I take it as an encouragement in that even if I don’t succeed in a goal this year, I am at least getting myself closer to achieving that goal.


Financial

  • ☐ 50% saving rate (after tax)
    I’d be happy with this number. We’ve already had a few huge expenses this year, as shown in our first quarter expense report. We’d have to be extra vigilant with our spending for the rest of the year to hit this number.
  • ☐ Reach 12% on journey to FIRE.
    Excluding our home value, I hope to have our net worth pass the 12% mark on our journey to FIRE. We were a little under 7% at the end of 2016 so I think it should be doable.

Blog

  • ☐ Post at least 3 articles a month.
    I’m making this goal relatively unambitious since I don’t want to post just for the sake of posting. Putting it at 3 will make it so that I’m not pressured to write articles that I don’t enjoy or believe will bring value to my readers.
  • ☐ Reach 1,000 monthly page view.
    I’m really not sure what I should be expecting here. Being a first time blogger and not a great writer, I have no clue what is a reasonable number. We shall find out!

Career

  • ☐ Grow as a leader and mentor.
    I’m at a stage in my career where my individual contribution is strong and my performance is well regarded. What I need is to increase my impact on the team through collaboration and helping others grow and improve.
  • ☐ Receive good annual review.
    I need to receive a good annual review in order to be on track for promotion next year 🙂

Personal

  • ☐ Lose 10 lbs and be more active.
    We’ve all heard of freshman 15, but did you know about office 15? Yes, it’s actually super easy to gain weight after starting an office job. I’ve unfortunately gained around 10 lb since I started working, and I wasn’t skinny to begin with…
  • ☐ Eat healthier.
    I want to cook at home more instead of eating out. This means we’ll decrease our dining out expense. But we’ll likely increase our grocery expense, and I’m a believer that food and health are things you should not be frugal about.
  • ☑ Travel somewhere.
    This has been a personal goal every year. I can check this box off right now, since we’ve already booked our trip to Europe!
  • ☐ Read 2 Fiction and 3 Non-Fiction books.
    I’ll be honest I haven’t read a book since I graduated school in 2013. I may have flipped through a few, but most of my reading materials nowadays are news articles and online blogs as they are short and easy to digest.