13 Dec Wrapping Up Early: 2017 Year-End Goal Review
As the year draws to a close, it’s time for goal review and goal setting season. Honestly, in my equestrian life I’m ready to put 2017 behind me and move on to the next chapter so I’m starting the process early this year. I set my 2017 goals in February and reviewed them once about halfway through the year. A lot has changed since then, so let’s see how well I did, shall we?
Learn shoulder-inand haunches-in
- Improve Miles’ leg yield
Jump natural obstacles in the field Jump 3′
- Develop a better crest release
Improve sitting trot
While the year developed like nothing I ever expected, I did accomplish a lot on my list. Some of my goals (like developing a better crest release) never got addressed because I needed so much help in other areas… like going forward. In evaluating this section, I realize that while it looks like I did a lot… it didn’t feel that way because I’d lost the basics these bullet points assume: fun, confidence, moving forward off the leg. Never-the-less, it does remind me that while sometimes it feels like 2017 was an epic failure in terms of my riding, it really wasn’t. So… that’s a win, right?
Create and stick to a workout routine
- Be more detail-oriented at work
Add more religion to life
In my personal life, I made some really big changes that have stuck. I started personal training in May with twice a week sessions, and I’ve stuck with it. I really enjoy weightlifting and I’m hoping in the next 6 months to add a third gym session focused more on cardio. I’ve noticed big changes in my riding from the increased fitness too! I’ve also listened to religious podcasts and this fall we finally found a local church we like and have been attending Sunday morning services. Of course, slowing down at work and triple-checking my work is… well, a work in progress.
Develop one new printable product
- Make and sell at least 5 ribbon hangers
- Make $1,000 in Etsy store revenue
- Write 5 guest blog posts
Well, I ended up going a slightly different direction this year with the business… so a lot of my accomplishments aren’t on this list. I completely re-branded and re-organized my entire set of “small businesses” into this website which was a huge undertaking! I opened my own standalone online store and am making a more concentrated effort to market on social media and email. The good news is that I’ve added new printable products, PLUS my first physical product to the store and I’m THISCLOSE to reaching my revenue goal for the year!
Final Thoughts on 2017
I thought doing this review would make me feel like a failure… the year did NOT go as I’d planned at all. But honestly, it reminded me how much I accomplished despite the implosion that occurred in my relationship with Miles. I made some big changes in my personal life and my small business feels more on track than ever. Here’s to a new start in 2018!