We’ve all got goals—or at least I hope you do! And let’s face it… It’s super easy to let the banal, day-to-day activities distract you from completing those goals. I know there’s a few I haven’t marked off my checklist yet, like finishing my novel or starting a side hustle.

And while I do think we should all work just a tiny bit harder to complete our goals, I think it’s even more important for us to congratulate ourselves on the goals we DID accomplish in 2016.

Check out the 5 goals I completed in 2016.

Goal #1: Lose 15 lbs

Originally, I moved down to Florida for a healthier lifestyle. (And to be near the beaches of course!) But mainly for the healthier lifestyle and while that might seem like a simple thing to do, I’ve always struggled to lose weight.

I’ve never been one of those girls that could make minor diet changes or simply start exercising and lose weight. No, for me, it’s a combo of exercise and watching my food intake VERY closely. It sucks and I seriously envy those girls that lose weight by snapping their fingers, but it also makes me that much more appreciative that my efforts paid off this year!

Now it’s time to bulk and get lean. 😉

Goal #2: Cut out negative people from my life

I’ve met a TON of new people since I moved to Florida and not all of them for the best. My first year here, I thought the more friends the better because I didn’t know anyone when I moved to the Clearwater area. However, I soon discovered that most of those “friends” weren’t ideal for me.

I had a coworker spread lies about me, a roommate that brought endless drama into our house, and a few others that just weren’t a good fit. So while I wanted to have more friends in my life, I decided that I needed to change my life for the better and cut out the negative people. I’ve successfully removed these people from my life and have WAY less stress now. Makes it easier knowing my real friends have got my back even if most of them are over 1000 miles away.

Goal #3: Read 20 books

At first, I laughed at this goal.

I’m an avid reader and I thought this goal would be child’s play. Boy, was I wrong! Around June or July I realized I’d only read 6ish books. I wasn’t even ½ way there. THE HORROR!

I kicked it into overdrive these past few months and have read some great books like, Another Day by David Levithan, Dead Ice by Laurell K Hamilton, 500 SEO Tips by Silvia O’Dwyer, and Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

I’m way past the 20 books mark now and show no signs of stopping. I’ll probably even hit 30. WOOHOO! By the way, let me know if you have any good book suggestions because I’m always looking for a good read.

Goal #4: Get a new job

The first job I landed when I moved down here was a good one. It was in the field I wanted, doing the tasks I wanted—mostly.

As the months went on, they kept changing my job description and asking me to take on tasks I wasn’t comfortable with. It’s not something I’m upset about or resent. In fact, I value those lessons a great deal. It simply came down to the fact that I wanted to learn other skills and grow further in my career field.

After a few months of job searching, I found a position I was interested in, interviewed, and landed the job. I’ve been there 3 months now and couldn’t be happier!

Goal #5: Get a pay raise

This ties in with goal #4. When I switched jobs earlier this year, I asked for a pay increase. I won’t get into specifics on the salary, but basically I negotiated myself a hefty pay increase, more than 20% but less than 30%.

I wanted to chalk most my goals up to luck, but what it really comes down to is dedication, hard work, and persistence, so I deserve a little pat on the back, even if it is from myself. 😉

And now that I’ve bragged on myself enough, I’d REALLY love to hear the goals you all have accomplished this year. So humble brag a bit in the comments below and tell me what you’ve done this year that you’re extra proud of. I’d LOVE to hear it.

As always, thanks for stopping by The Sassy Flamingo—I hope you enjoyed the read and I’ll see ya next time!