Revisiting End of the Year Goals

Back in September, I wrote a post about what I wanted to accomplish by the end of year. I probably should have put end of year/beginning of next year, but we won’t argue semantics right now.

Almost three weeks into the new year, I’ve actually made some leeway in accomplishing those goals. Let’s revisit them here.

  • Put a deposit on a wedding venue. I made the rest of my deposit on December 1.
  • Finalize guest list. I had a semi-finalized guest list, but now more family members want to come. With the wedding a little more than 6 months away, I should have a final guest list hopefully by April or May.
  • Get a full-time job (online or offline) OR get more freelance gigs. This one is kind of accomplished. My job at The Inquisitr is technically a full-time position because of the number of articles I am required to write a month. I think when I wrote this I meant a full-time job in an office or something, but I’m actually quite happy with what I’m doing right now. Plus I have my part-time job at the paper, so I’m not doing too bad.
  • Start paying back student loans. I’ve made one payment so far, with auto-pay set up for the next couple of payments.
  • Finish my reading challenge. Sadly, I failed at my challenge. I finished at around 32 books or so. I’ve started a new challenge for this year, 52 books in 52 weeks. I’m a little behind at the moment, but I’ll be catching up.
  • Study Portuguese (again). Using a Groupon voucher, I signed up for a one-year subscription of Livemocha. I’ve done a couple of lessons in Brazilian Portuguese so far, and it’s amazing. Getting feedback from native speakers makes this one of the best ways to learn a new language, in my opinion.
  • Start looking for an apartment. It isn’t easy though. My fiancé and I wanted to stay in the area he’s in now, but it’s quite expensive. We wanted to stay in a central location, but may have to explore other options (such as where I live now or places outside of the city) to keep costs down.
  • Keep working on my novel. When I wrote my original post, I had written about three and a half chapters. I’ve just finished the sixth chapter, although I’ll probably edit it, but I’m going to keep going with it and hopefully get it completed by the end of the year.

So really, the only thing I need to do is continue studying Portuguese, complete my 2013 reading challenge and finalize my guest list. Not too shabby! I’ll consider the full-time job completed since I’m not actively looking for anything else at the moment. I have some goals for 2013, which I will probably detail in another post. For now, I’m just happy that I made it through the majority of my list from last year. Yay, me!

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