I have to say that, career-wise, 2016 has been a good year for both my Mr and I. We’ve been doing pretty decently at work, managed to get away for about a week in the summer, got to spend a good chunk of the year together, and we’re gearing up to spend the holidays with our families. Phew.
But the world, the US, science, pop culture … well, it’s been a pretty crappy year all around.
I’m glad we’re near the end of this year. 2017 promises (at least in my head), to be a year of lots of achievements and completing goals … so we’ll see.
I think I’m ready to write down some resolutions for the coming year. As a reminder, here are the things I hoped/wanted to achieve by the end of this year:
- Pay off/eliminate at least two of my 5 debts. Done and done. I eliminated two debts by June of this year. I really wanted (and worked hard) on eliminating a 3rd. However, I did charge some things (like getting a new battery, new brakes and some other work done on my car) to my card … so I didn’t do this third one.
- Finish training (and feel confident in teaching) on a new tool in my lab. It’s really a work in progress. Every week I learn something new … but I still have lots more to go through.
- Get a good (if not great) review …. and perhaps a raise. Done and done!
- Attend a conference, or at least a workshop. Done. It was so cool.
- Have a mini emergency fund (ie. $1000) available before the end of the year. Was pretty close to achieving it, however, between the trip home and some other stuff, I’m only 20% done on this resolution.
- Do our taxes ASAP (and find out IF we’re getting a refund). Did and applied the refund, in full, to my second of 3 credit cards. I hope that if I do get another refund this year, I can add to cc #2 and put it in the paid off list.
- Go home for Christmas. ‘Nuff said. Yeah baby!!
- Appear on a publication, even if just in the acknowledgements section. Always a fave resolution of mine. Not on a publication (yet), but I was acknowledged in a couple of presentations and posters … I call that a start.
- Get a couch, or at least a recliner … since mine were left behind in the move (boo). Didn’t do. However, I did find the same couch I had, online and perhaps next year I can buy it.
Not on the list but still worth mentioning:
- Finishing most months on the black!!
- Visiting NYC for work and pleasure more than I thought possible 🙂
- Getting a freakin’ new laptop!!!! I mean, I love my iPad .. but I still prefer having a physical keyboard and a bigger screen.
- Buying a car. So hon can go to school and do groceries and not have to wait until I made it home.
- Donated a lot of clothes. Recycled a good chunk of boxes and moving supplies. Organized closets and furniture. Trying to be a minimalist (still not perfect … not even close, but dang it, has the idea of minimalism been a catalyst for good things/changes.
- Met a couple of Twitter peeps in the flesh.
- Ventured into Canada twice! Both times were to places I’d never been!
For 2017, I hope to achieve/do:
- Pay off cc #2 and pay off a good chunk of cc #3. Maybe get rid of my not-in-my-name-debt-but-still-paying-anyway.
- Go on and spend some time with my students and pick up some of the cool stuff they do with their samples. Be better at troubleshooting stuff I’m currently not so well versed.
- Get another good review. A raise too, maybe?
- Go to a workshop or conference … hopefully a high profile one.
- Complete my emergency fund and finalize the rollover of my old retirement account into a new one.
- Do our taxes before mid-February, and if possible, apply whatever refund I get to cc #2, or maybe #3 if I stick to my guns and pay off what I can but I’m scared of (my mind is really a work of … who knows, I’m a little kooky).
- Go home for Christmas. And save money and not go through all my vacation time.
- Definitely appear as a co-author, or at least in the acknowledgements. I simply can’t give this one up.
- Go to the dentist and get a nice check up (after all, I do have dental coverage).
- Perhaps lose a few pounds.
- Put some of the money that (hopefully) will become available once I’m closer to being debt free into either my retirement account or a high yield savings account.
- Develop better organizing and scheduling habits so I can try to be available (and efficient) on as many instruments as possible (I do have a lot of instruments under my belt … kinda scary).
- Cook at home more often and bring leftovers for lunch.
- Get to work earlier/leave earlier.
- Open a separate savings account, perhaps with a local credit union/bank and deposit some $$ I have that’s been sitting in my drawer for way too long.