Reflecting On 2015 & Planning For 2016
When it gets close to the holidays, I like to reflect on my year and start planning for the next one. Did I accomplish all my goals I had set for 2015; what lessons have I learned; was I happy? These are some of the questions I like to ask myself, and it helps me plan what things I need to change or continue doing in the new year. I would like to share with you the goals I had written down for myself in the beginning of 2015.
The end of 2014 wasn't the best for me. I had just turned 25, and I felt like I was no where near where I wanted to be in life. I am sure most of you in your 20's can relate. Most of my peers I went to school with were either engaged, married, bought a house, or had their dream job. I kept on wondering "should I be settled right now?" It was driving me insane. I realized that 2015 was the year that I needed to work on myself to get into a better mindset, be healthier (both mentally and physically), and just strive for the life I wanted. Now that we are nearing the end of 2015, I can happily say that things started to pick up for me and I am happy for where things are headed.
Here are some of the things I wrote in my planner:
- Save more
- Re-evaluate your friendships & relationships
- Learn a new skill
- Start grad school at Warwick Business School in the UK
- Start a fitness blog
- Travel to new places
Did I Accomplish These Goals?
Save more I made a conscious effort to put away more money. As I got older, I realized how important it is to have money set aside for a '"rainy day" or build an emergency fund. I have been using You Need A Budget which has drastically changed the way I think about money and saving.
Re-evaluate your friendships & relationships Making a decision to either keep or remove someone from your life can be difficult, but I have learned this year that your happiness is what's most important. Never settle.
Learn a new skill Well it took me a while to figure this one out, but I am now working towards my personal training and nutrition certifications. If you follow me on Instagram or read my blog, you know by now that fitness and eating healthy is a part of my lifestyle. Getting these certifications will not only help me with my personal journey, but I will be able to pay it forward and help others live a healthier lifestyle!
Start grad school at Warwick Business School in the UK It has always been my dream to study abroad in Europe. In Oct. 2014, I had applied for business school at WBS. I was planning to start January 2015. WBS is one of the top business schools in Europe. I wanted an MBA so I could get further in my career as a marketer. Unfortunately, no one told me that most MBA programs requires at least five to six years of business experience. I only had two. So while they said my application was great, they didn't think I had enough experience to contribute to the business program. The admissions lady who helped me during the application process said they would love to re-evaluate my application in another FOUR years! I don't have time for that. After speaking with a couple of people who had their MBA's, I now know it is best to wait a couple of years before going to business school. So I am okay with the outcome. In recent months, my career plans/goals have changed. So, I might not need that MBA. We shall see.
Start a fitness blog Well, you are looking at it! I created my blog in March 2015 to share my love of fitness and health with my friends, family or just anyone who happens to find my site. In recent months, I have included two more categories: Lifestyle & Beauty. I want to write about the things I love. So fitness, food, beauty and lifestyle are my main topics. It might change; it might not. I am excited to see where this blog will take me. So far, it has landed me amazing opportunities like an Ambassador opportunity with Premier Protein and I have formed amazing friendships with other bloggers.
Travel to new places Don't laugh, but my first new place was Los Angles, California! I have never been to the West Coast and always wanted to visit. I spent 5 days there and it was AMAZING! I want to go back very soon. I also plan on going to Europe next summer with my BFF. I can't wait for that. I plan to travel to one new city or country at least once a year. Thanks to my budgeting tool YNAB, I am able to do just that.
What's Next in 2016?
I am proud of my achievements this year. I feel confident to continue making improvements in my life and set goals for 2016. How am I building on my goals from this year? Well:
- I am going to continue using YNAB and save as much as I can.
- I am going to continue to make smart connections with everyone I meet.
- Get certified and use it to change the world ( one push up and salad at a time).
- Right now, going back to school for my MBA is the furthest thing from my mind.
- Continue to blog and post consistently.
- Go to Europe with my friend.
There's obviously going to be more on my list, but these are some of the top things I want to focus on in 2016.