2019 is here!
It’s the first year in probably, well, ever that I’m setting goals. I mean, I’ve set the “I’m going to eat healthier and workout more,” ones that I never seemed to follow through on until halfway through 2018. But I’ve never set real, defined, measurable goals that I need to achieve personal or career success. I never really thought I had to.
When I was working for the federal government, there were time-in-grade requirements (basically how long someone stays at a certain pay grade) before I could receive a promotion or step increase. It wasn’t something that I could blow up with my grit, determination or pure amazingness (ha!). There are limitations as to how fast someone can climb the ladder when Uncle Sam is the boss. I figured that if I did what was asked of me, I would continue to move up just like everyone else.
Even earlier, when I graduated college, I had two career objectives: land a public relations job in the Olympic movement; and go to the Olympic Games with a credential not a ticket (which I did pretty quickly at age 24). I didn’t have financial goals or job title goals. I just figured that if I put my head down and did the work, good things would come my way.
On the personal front, we were lucky enough that life seemed to work out without us having to plan out everything. We had the baby, the house, the family, the friends. Our marriage was great. There were things that I wanted to change, but I didn’t think I needed to set goals to do it. I guess the joke’s on me, right?
When Ryan left his old company in 2014, we had no clear idea of the future. He wanted to start a business, and that’s about all we knew. We didn’t know the why, the what or the how, and we should’ve set goals back then. I have a whole big list of mistakes we’ve made during the last four years, and you can bet that one is on there.
So, 2019 is my year for setting goals, priorities, schedules and to-dos. I’ve come to learn that goal setting is a good idea for everyone, whether you own a business or not. Add in the responsibilities of raising children, and I think it becomes a must.
Even though we’re a few days into the new year, I’m still working out my goals for this blog. I know that I want to serve a community of women married to entrepreneurs but I’m not sure what that looks like. I hope that as I continue to write and engage with these amazing people, my vision will become more clear. My biggest goal is to help other women, which will help me, too.
Cheers to a new year, new intentions and a new me. And here’s to new friends, too.