Now that we’re half way through 2016 (!), it’s time to look back on the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. To be honest, I haven’t really thought about them too often, as my life plan has taken over my focus, so I was a little worried.
In January, I set 2 goals as well as spending goals. My first goal was to spend 30 minutes each day to cleaning/straightening my apartment. I’ve been pretty successful with this goal, and my apartment shows it. Accompanied by getting rid of things and organizing, my apartment looks better than it ever has. I still have work that I want to do, but I feel much more comfortable at home.
My second goal was to do my Bible reading first thing in the morning. I still spend too much time on my phone (usually 15 minutes) before I get to it, but I am regularly getting to it. I would like to keep working on keeping the phone down first thing in the morning.
As for my spending goals, here’s how I’ve done through May (haven’t calculated for June yet):
2016 goal: $1,820, 2015 actual: $2,026.04
2016 YTD: $888.75
I’m currently on track to be a bit higher than last year, but as I’ve radically changed what I’m eating, that makes sense. I think this will balance out a little lower, probably on track to be the same as last year’s spending.
2016 goal: $1,400, 2015 actual: $743.35
2016 YTD: $847.35
I’m currently above my goal, but as my two plane trips were in the first half of the year, I’m really on try.
2016 goal: $260, 2015 actual: $625.93
2016 YTD: $24.99
Well below goal, yay! I am saving up right now for a backpacking pack, but will probably wait until next year to get it as I’d like to fit it to my new body, not my in-between one.
This has taken a lot of self-control, but I did it! My gardening expenses are probably done for the year.
2016 goal: $200, 2015 actual: $281.98
2016 YTD: $37.09
I’ve eaten out twice this year (while not traveling). I was already not eating out a lot before, but making my own food from scratch goes a long way to not wanting to eat out.
2016 goal: $120, 2015 actual $179.61
2016 YTD: $62.94
I’m over my goal, and will probably end over my goal by the end of the year, but we’ll see.
2016 goal: $20, 2015 actual: $60.86
2016 YTD $4.30
Doing great so far, but I have a feeling I’m going to need to spend more than $20 this year. I do plan on buying my newer wardrobe as cheaply as possible, getting by with as little as possible and buying most of it at thrift stores.