A Look Back at 2017 and Ahead to 2018

[Advance notice/warning: This is a personal post about my annual goals and accomplishments. If you’re not interested, which is understandable and highly likely, feel free to move on to my next post.]

Overall, 2017 was a very good year. It wasn’t a particularly eventful or remarkable year, but it was good. I accomplished a lot (although not everything I hoped to do, but when does that ever happen?), I played a lot of music, and overall I enjoyed my life.

Let’s see how I did with regard to the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year.

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A Look Back at 2016 and Ahead to 2017

[Advance notice/warning: This is a personal post about my annual goals and accomplishments. If you’re not interested, which is understandable and highly likely, feel free to move on to my next post.]

The election of Donald Trump as President notwithstanding, 2016 was a good year. I played a lot of music (I’m in three jazz ensembles and a wind symphony), did a lot of writing (although not enough), and married a lot of people (100 couples).

Jeff and I enjoyed our annual all-gay, all-inclusive week at the Hard Rock Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, and we took an enjoyable five-day trip to Santa Fe, NM, which was the first visit for both of us and an item accomplished on my travel bucket list.

More specifically, how did I do against my measurable 2016 goals?

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My 2016 Goals and Priorities: This Will Be a Pivotal Year

Today is February 2. 2016 is already 8% over! Although I have thought about it a lot, I haven’t committed my goals for 2016 to paper (or bytes) yet, so here goes.

2016 is going to be a pivotal year for two of the activities which consume a lot of my time: my retirement lifestyle planning website, Retire Fabulously!, and my wedding officiant business, Ceremonies by Dave. By the end of 2016, I will determine whether or not I want to continue with these endeavors, although for different reasons and with different criteria.

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2015 Year in Review (Renaissance Year #2)

2015 Was a Good Year

Last year, I decided to take a more structured approach at evaluating each year as it comes to a close, as well as setting some more purposeful and measurable goals for the coming year. (I’ll write about that next.)

Here’s my look back at 2015. Overall, I was very happy with this year. I had some good successes, some wonderful experiences, and I am surrounded by a wonderful husband, a nice home, many good friends, and I have enjoyable, rewarding activities to participate in.

I didn’t accomplish everything I set out to do – not by a long shot. Maybe the goals I set for this year were too ambitious. But I accomplished a lot, and most important, I enjoyed my life.

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2015 is Going to be a Great Year of Focus, Discipline and Accomplishment

Wow, we’re already three weeks into 2015.  I had hoped that this post would follow my last post by only a couple days, but of course so many other things got in the way.  This, however, illustrates what I am going to focus most on changing in 2015.

Before we go any farther, I will warn you that this post is all about me, and things that are specific to my life.  If you’re not interested, fine.  Most of my future posts will not be so self-focused.  But I’m sharing this today for two reasons.  First, if I write down my goals and desired changes for 2015 and put them out for the universe to see, perhaps I’ll be more diligent about achieving them.  Second, it may set an example for you.  Maybe you will benefit from writing down a similar list of goals for 2015, even if you don’t share them publicly.

Last year was my first year in retirement.  To decompress from 34 years of work, I wanted to not set an alarm clock, get up when I felt like it, and do whatever I felt like doing each day.  I had plenty of activities and commitments taking up spots on my calendar, but aside from those, my time would be mine!  After all, isn’t that what retirement is supposed to be like?

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