A Look Back at 2018 and Ahead to 2019

[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, 2018 was a very good year. I had some success with accomplishing my goals, although I didn’t succeed at everything. That’s not surprising – I tend to get too idealistic with how much I set out to accomplish and change every year. More on this below.


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.


So Long, 2014! It was a year of transition and growth

Like many people, I make some New Year’s Resolutions.  They’re always well-intentioned and improvement-oriented (lose weight, do more of this, stop doing that), and I’m usually moderately successful with them, at best.  Of course, that’s because I don’t put much effort into concrete goal setting and creating action plans to really ensure that these things will happen.

This year will be different.  Following the example of Chris Guillebeau (who I discovered and started following this year), I am taking more time to do a review of 2014 and create more solid, actionable goals and plans for 2015.  More about 2015 in my next post.

Chris Guillebeau’s annual look-back consists mainly of asking two questions:

  1. What went well in 2014?
  2. What did not go so well in 2014?

Yesterday, I sat down and answered these questions.  Here’s what I came up with for me.