The Year is Ending -Did You Do All You Could To Meet Your Goals? I Didn’t…

Wednesday.  Hump Day.  The worst day of the week for some…mainly the procrastinating type.  The best day of the week for others – the week is almost over!!  🙂  This Humpday I am feeling a little bit of both.

For me, the week is almost over but my work week is just beginning.  I’ll be flying on Friday and Saturday this week.  Burbank here I come!!  Saturday also happens to be one of the coldest days of the season in Chicago thus far so I’ll be happy to miss it…well, half of it.

Sunday will be my favorite day of the month – the 20th.  Every 20th of the month my company releases all the trips they couldn’t fill for the next month, in this case, December.  What happens at 10pm on any 20th of the month is a mad frenzy of computer activity with all of us flight attendants trading trips at once.  It’s hard to explain the trading aspect, but the result is an intense feeling of failure or victory depending on how well your trades went.  I plan for victory.  Oh, and the 20th also happens to be the usual payday but because it falls on a Sunday I will have to wait for…

Monday – Payday!!  Monday also will be my first ever Mastermind with a couple of lady bloggers in this PF space.  I am so excited to see how this goes!!! 🙂

Hump Day be damned…this week I’m just getting started!

But as I look at the year so far – Hump Month is long gone.  We are nearing the end of the downturn of the year.  2016 is coming to a close and it is closing in on us fast.  46 days left in the year including today.  7 more weeks including 7 more Hump Days.  Yikes!!!  What goals of the year are you still reaching for?  

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Remember my half-year review?  That was way back in June.  What have I accomplished since then?  Um.  Not much…

  • Went to Thailand (it rocked!) but I failed to explore a second country* and…..

That’s it.  I have maintained the other goals that I was in the green with like working 100 hours per month, living on $1500 or less (ok, slight over at an average of $1525), and I am almost done maxing my 401K.  Something not on the list was my IRA which I started in April and maxed out in October.  So that’s something.

I have realized that the goals that take time like visiting with family, learning Spanish, and working out are the ones I have the hardest time with.  Financial goals have always been easy for me – there is a fear that I harbor since childhood of not having enough so it drives me in a way most things don’t.  But the other goals, the more family oriented time sharing ones.  Those are more difficult for me.  I have a TON of time…but I have learned I am quite selfish with it.  I only work on average 8 days a month.  What the heck am I doing the rest of the time??

A few months back everyone was writing/podcasting about Laura Vanderkam and her time tracking tips to being more productive.  I listened and read and immediately shook it off.  I don’t need to track my time – how tedious.  In fact, what a waste of my precious time.  Then I rolled over, closed my eyes, and took another nap…

Today I woke up.  Looking at my goals today has left me at a loss for words.  There must be something to this time tracking thing…I mean, if tracking is good enough for my money then why not my time??  Where did the time go??  I have the same hours in the day as Beyonce, Hillary, and Oprah.  I have the same amount of time in the day as my best friend who is juggling 2 kids at home, my mom who is grandma extraordinaire, and my BF who works 9-5 with a 2-hour commute and still manages to come home with a smile on his face.  And how did I spend my time this week?  Mainly trolling the Rocks Star Finance Forum, watched some TV, and clean up a bit around the house.  I’m certainly not breaking any records here.

Now don’t expect any big time tracking posts…I still feel it is tedious (mainly because I am embarrassed by how much time I waste).  But I am not above admitting I need to focus.  I have decided to make December (and the 15 days before it) my goal busting month.  I am focusing on meeting with my Nana and grandparents, scheduling a hike with mom, finding a workout plan (that I WILL track), and restarting my DuoLingo training for Spanish.  I also need to focus on finishing one book before the end of this month…I have had 3 sitting on my bedside table over a month.  Oh, and something not on the list, paint, and prep my condo for rental…should I ever make #1 on the list.

** So what are your plans for these next 46 days until 2017???  Are you going to goal bust or have you already accomplished everything?  Let’s see if we can motivate each other! **

Until next time…

  • Red to Green said Thailand is so awesome I can count it as both my countries for the year!!  Scooorrreeee!!  Checking that box.


32 thoughts on “The Year is Ending -Did You Do All You Could To Meet Your Goals? I Didn’t…

    1. Thanks, Tawcan! I guess that range is “normal” to me now but as I’ve pointed out, should my living arrangements change, that $1500 would get a strong boost up into the $2000+ range.

      I have been reflecting on some of the comments from this post lately. I realized that part of the low spending is due to my love of long distance hiking. When you live out of a backpack for a month at a time your priorities tend to shift to basic survival needs. I come back from those trips and just don’t need/want a lot of things. My life feels simpler this way and the peace of mind is worth it to me. Some would like a more luxurious lifestyle with nice furniture and meals out – and I thought I did too – but, in the end, this is me. Simple, basic, and happy. 🙂


  1. Mr. Mt was convinced I was spending 30-40 hours a week on the blog, where I stated it wasn’t more than 20. So I ended up doing a time audit. Ok, so it was more time than I thought. But now we know the baseline so we can start cranking out our plan for 2017. We start the planning by cutting out as much as possible. Or we opted to “pause” certain things for the year to focus on 2 big goals. Good luck on finishing the year strong! I know I have a pile of things to wrap up. =)


    1. Oh my – it adds up quickly, doesn’t it? If I counted my time on the RSF forum it would be embarrassing!! I think that is what I plan to make my 2017 all about – better time management. I definitely need to harness this precious resource that many need and I seem to have an abundance of.

      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


  2. I’m hoping to secure a new job in the next 45 days or so and then take about four weeks off between the end of my current job and start of the next. Ideally I’d be able to catch up on things around the house and take some time to optimize the blog in the meantime. The blog at times feels like a 2nd child demanding a ton of attention but I love it. Hope the rest of your year is great!!!


    1. 4 weeks off sounds like a dream!! Can you spend some time optimizing my blog as well? 😉 I agree – blogging can take up a lot of time but I know that is because I spend so much time interacting with the community which I love to do!! In fact, that is why I started writing – to join a community of like minded people and hopefully help someone along the way. All the time is worth it…even if it means I don’t write quite as much as I thought I would.

      Happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend. 🙂

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  3. Oh my goodness, it’s still November and you’re planning to smash 2017 already! I don’t think we will look at our 2017 goals until January, what happens in December will probably effect our 2017 goals.

    Although so much has changed since we set our 2016 goals, I’d imagine when we re-evaluate them in the new year we’ll find that there were some we failed on.. and others that we succeeded in which we didn’t even realise was a goal.



    1. Haha – I wish I was already planning 2017!! I’m still trying to figure out where the year went and get 2016 to finish strong. It’s going to be a big hustle for menin December to get things to where I wanted them to be. But no biggie. With 2017 right around the corner I’m sure some of the C list items will get pushed that way. Still 44 days and counting!!! 🙂


  4. Thanks for putting another idea into my head. 🙀 If I were going to track my time, it would be as a new year’s resolution (that I wouldn’t keep – more likely I’d need a gun to my head). I don’t think I’m ready to fess up to myself on how I spend my day. But I’m giving myself a pass until I get used to this retirement thing.


    1. For sure! Now that you’re retired who cares how you spend your time. Let it sink in for awhile. 🙂 You have the rest of your life to be productive!!

      It’s funny though, since I put this out there I have been far more productive than normal…like I gave myself an ultimatum to be productive or I’m tracking my time!! Is it a bad sign when you start giving yourself ultimatums…probably…

      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


    1. Wow! You’re doing way better than I!! I haven’t done it in so long I’m sure I’ll have to start over. I wanted to learn Italian as well some tried doing both…big mistake. One at a time!!

      As for the lady blogger mastermind – there are just 3 of us giving it a shot. Our first “meeting” is this week so I’m hoping to gain a lot from it! If you’re seeking a mastermind I suggest reaching out to a few blogs that you follow and see if they are interested. That is how this one came my way. I’ll keep you posted as it goes on…if of have any other questions feel free to email me.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment – it’s always appreciated. 🙂


      1. Mrs Chedda @ The Chedda

        Yeah I know some French from high school and I already am getting it confused with the Italian! I can’t believe you tried two at once! But maybe you get some good exposure to other languages as a flight attendant.

        And enjoy your mastermind! I would love to start something like that (once I’m a bona fide blogger) 🙂


  5. DRlanucha

    Goals. I need to bust mine too!!! I have them, they have been sitting here staring at me, I committed, now it’s all about the plan and implementation. Speaking of some of your goals – I may be able to help you with one of yours 😉!


  6. I plan to meet my financial goals for this year and…..oh no wait, that is pretty much it. I’ll be happy to cheer you on from the sidelines though. I should set a personal fitness goal. I really, really should. Any day now. I’m going to do it. Seriously, any day now.


    1. Shoot – I can’t even do that much! I saw someone talking about 2017 goals on Twitter today…I’m still catching up here! I hear you about the fitness. Why is that the hardest to do? Probably because it is something that focuses mainly on ourselves. Let me know if you want an accountabilabuddy!! 🙂


  7. Wow…when you put it that way, it makes me think I need some sort of a plan for the rest of the year or something crazy like that. I have things I want to accomplish and I really need to set some deadlines for getting them done. I do really well when I set a deadline, otherwise I completely procrastinate. So this week (thanks to you, Miss Mazuma) I will set myself deadlines on tasks for the rest of the year.

    Congrats on maxing the 401k and IRAs! And your monthly expenses are fantastic!


    1. Haha, Amanda! Get crackin, girl…as I write comfortably from my couch while I ponder sushi or tacos for dinner…

      I too needed the boost…I am a huge procrastinator without deadlines. I am declaring here and now that I will finishing painting my apartment by 2017!!! It’s in writing so it has to happen now. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by and for the congrats…still a little ways to go on the 401K but it’s looking good. 🙂


  8. You should(n’t) become a lawyer! We track our time all day long, in six minute increments (a 0.1 of an hour). I always forget how different this is from how many people work. It’s so engrained in me that it’s how I communicate my busyness to other people. But then I bet you do the same with flight attendants when you talk about how many flight hours you’ve worked.

    Burbank doesn’t sound bad …


    1. Yes! For work we have to be very precise with our time. One minute late at the start of the day and we may as well not even got out of bed. It’s considered a no show and the trip gets taken and covered by someone else. I only did it once and will never make that mistake again!

      But truly, it is a privilege to have free time in my day. I guess subconsciously I don’t want to admit how much time I’m wasting! I’m glad I now put it out there because, fo me, public shaming is the best motivator! 🙂

      How much do I owe you for the comment?? 😉


  9. Yesterday, I literally had my boss say to me, “Well, we can touch base about that next year…” He was referring to what I’m currently working on. Goodbye productivity, hello blogs. 🙂
    Seriously, this industry practically shuts down over the next 46 days. It’s pretty ridiculous.

    As far as non-work goals, we’re fairly on track. We had to revise them mid-year after Mrs. SSC took a different job, but meh, such is life. It won’t be a rockstar year like last year, but we’re further ahead of everything than we thought we would be. Now that she’s getting paid again, we can even kick up our savings some more. Such a riveting life we lead. 🙂

    I can’t get on board with time tracking and hated when I had to do timesheets. Ugh, torture! I find myself thinking the same thing on my days off though. Especially if I don’t have a list, then the day rolls around to 2pm and I think. Hmm what did I do? Played some tank games, hit up some blogs, some garden stuff, some exercise… where did it all go? Although that sounds productive, it never FEELS productive. Go figure, maybe it’s more mindset than actually doing stuff?


    1. Wow!! I guess your boss checked out already…Happy Holidays to you! 🙂

      Good for you guys on the increased savings. Two incomes is a huge difference when planning. This was a banner year for me due specifically to the outcome of having tracked my finances last year. Setting a monthly spending limit helped to keep me in check with myself. Next year I want to focus on earning more in my free time…the free time I WONT BE TRACKING!! 😉

      It is 2:45 and so far today I have helped a man and his mother stay calm after their car accident, picked up trash while walking my dog along the bike path, and chatted with the fine people of this here blog and RSF forums. Not bad for a Wednesday… I wonder what tomorrow will bring!!

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  10. Mastermind group? What a cool idea!! :))) Do you really work 8 days a month? Oh man that sounds so awesome! I protect my time as if it were the Hope Diamond these days. If I really don’t want to do something, I don’t feel even feel remotely guilty about it. My goals for the rest of the year are to try and be more present. One of my main jobs at work is to focus on our calendar, which always feels so future-focused, and it makes it hard to just be here now. Eventually towards the end of Dec I’ll start thinking of my 2017 goals. No idea what those are yet, except of course to save!


    1. Hey! I didn’t want to call you out but now I am going to link back to your site!

      Girl – I have so much free time I am bored of myself. With winter fast approaching I need to get a hobby (besides trolling RSFF) that can make some money!! Also, I don’t work much because I really hate leaving my dog. Man oh man – what if I had kids?? I would have had to quit this job long ago!

      I know what you mean. We get our work schedule at the start of the month for the next month. Then the 20th we trade it all around. We have a whole month to look ahead and worry about those trips! I hate that part…it’s just looking there like lost days ahead of me. I agree that I need to be more present with my time as well. So much wasted when it is so freaking valuable…Hope Diamond valuable!! I need a better mindset for sure. I am naming that my issue to work on for Mastermind!! But please dont make me track my time!!! PLEASE!!! (enter me kicking and screaming)

      Looking forward to Monday! 🙂


    1. Yes!! Good point – I will check that off the list then! 🙂

      Don’t forget, my housing cost is super low and soon that will probably be coming to an end…if I can EVER rent this place out!!! Until then, I will relish in the fact I can spend so little. I have gone back and forth with my calculations for FI and came to the conclusion I would base my number on 2k a month and sometimes I get dreamy and aim for 3k. Who knows where I will end up!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!! 🙂


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