So my intention to report on my goal progress really fell apart at the end of the year, but whatever. Next year I’ll know that a strict goal-reporting requirement doesn’t work for me :) Anyway, here is my last update on how I did with my goals this year.
1) Financial. I’m happy to say that I’ve completed 3 big steps for my financial goals this year. I paid off my smaller private student loan, and then I shifted gears and decided to bolster my emergency fund up to 3 months before returning to work on the big federal loan. This I have succeeded in doing! Finally today, after about a year of laziness and then a month or two of getting everything in order, I closed my Bank of America account and moved all my money dealings over to a credit union. In 2012 it will be time to attack the rest of the student loans full-force, and my new goal will be to get it paid off before Christmas of 2014.
2) Free Thing in LA every month. This sort of waned off towards the end of the year, too, since everyone is so busy with holiday events (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…). Some of the latest attempts at adventure didn’t end up panning out (The Victorian Advent Fair was more of a small neighborhood community thing, for example) but whatevs. I still think I did an enormous amount of exploring of Los Angeles this past year due to my free outings, and some of them were a huge hit. I’ll definitely be returning to the Kite Festival, for example, and Shakespeare in the Park. Keep your eyes on your facebook events next year, LA friends, and I will try and keep digging up interesting events! Special thanks to Eye Spy LA’s free section, from which I get most of my inspiration.
3) Games. This is another one that waned pretty quickly on its specificity, but I still feel like I did a good job of spending time with new and different games this year. Since my last update, there has been Dragon Age: Origins, Uncharted 3, Driver: San Francisco, TripleTown, Trine, Spacechem, Innercube, and so on and so forth. I do have on my list to get my hands on Batman: Arkham City, Skyward Sword, and Rayman Origins soon. We’ll see.
4) Sewing. Again, even though I accomplished my 3 things, I still have done a fair amount of mending and sewing stuff this year, keeping the sewing machine oiled and in use. My latest project was cobbling together some thriftstore clothes to make my wild-west costume dress for our Christmas party.
In closing, I think my goals-for-the-year experiment turned out more or less a success. Some of these things, like the free LA events and the sewing, I hope to turn into habits. Stay tuned for 2012 wherein I think up some new and exciting year-long goals!