Six Month Update: My BIG Goals for 2016

Here are the ten BIG goals I chose for 2016.

  1. Write a daily blog post
  2. Give a speech every week
  3. Payoff our debts
  4. Create a side hustle
  5. Get involved in a community
  6. Complete Free Code Camp
  7. Publish a book
  8. Learn to play an instrument
  9. Raise money or give my time for cause I support
  10. Read a book every week

Today, I wanted to give a brief update on where I am on completing each of these goals.

1. Write a daily blog post

I’m currently on post 162 out of 365, which mean 26 posts behind schedule. Not ideal but it’s something I can make up over the next six months.  That’s still a lot of writing over the past half a year.

2. Give a speech every week

I think I’m pretty much right on schedule with this goal. It’s amazing that I’ve been doing this almost every week since October of 2015.  All of my speeches have been during Toastmasters meetings, conferences, or contests.  For the second half of the year, I want to focus on doing more speeches outside of my Toastmasters clubs, either at other organizations or online.

3. Payoff our debts

We’ve set up a plan to achieve one of our main goals to pay off our debt which includes school, car, and mortgage loans.  It’s a long term plan but at least we created one.

4. Create a side hustle

I’ve concentrated on other goals at the beginning of the year but this is one of my main goals for the final six months of the year.

5. Get involved in a community

It’s funny how things happen in life.  When I first chose this goal I meant to get involved in the Pittsburgh Startup community.  Their events and locations have not been convenient to my schedule.  Though I did happen to become involved in a different community: Toastmasters.  Last year, I presented at the Fall Conference and this year I participated in the International Contest Speech Competition, completed my first year in club leadership at one club, helped start another club, earned two awards, and lead a breakout session at this Summer’s TLI Conference.

6. Complete Free Code Camp

I will not be completing Free Code Camp this year.  I don’t not have the available time or inclination to spend all my free time coding for over 800 hours.  I do plan to complete the Front-End Development Certificate by the end of the year. Currently, I’m on the Random Quote Generator project.

7. Publish a book

I have a number of random short chapters written but my plan is to have a completed manuscript by the end of the year.

8. Learn to play an instrument

I’d love to complete this goal but I can’t think of anywhere to practice that won’t wake up my kids either in the morning or night.  I’m not giving up but I need to spend some time thinking about how I could find time to practice.

9. Raise money or give my time for cause I support

As a charity runner during the Pittsburgh Half Marathon, I raised almost $500 and the Light of Life Rescue Mission Marathon Team raised over $120,000.  I personally didn’t raise as much as I would have liked but earlier this year I didn’t think I was going to do anything.  I’m still thinking about my plans for the end of this year and the beginning of next.

10. Read a book every week

I’m currently on track with this goal, though some might think I’m cheating because I’m counting audiobooks. I’m on my 27th book on the 27th week of the year.