My New Year’s goals are ambitious, as they tend to be every year. However, this is the first year in my life that I’ve decided to write them down. And to hold myself to a higher level of accountability, I’m sharing them on the internet to my public blogging platform for you wonderful folks to see.
As mentioned in my previous post Resolutions For The New Year, this is a seperate post beause these are things I have less control over. While it is important to me to aomplish everything on this list, both 2019, and 2020 have shown me that plans and ambitions can change drastically at the flip of a coin, and so at the moment these are the burning desires.
On that note, these are the ends to the means. Not the habits, but the payoff I want the habits to lead to. My 2020 resolutions are a habitual overhaul, to return to the place I was in at the start of the year mentally, and in the rigorous routine I stuck too over lockdown.
The resolutions/habits are my journey, the new year’s goals are my destination.
First Quarter Goals
For the first quarter of the year I have three major new year’s goals that will be coming hot off the heels from 2019, and 2020’s effort.
1: Get a definite answer on my residency letter from my current employer, and begin the official process for P.R.
2: Finish my first book. Now several months behind schedule, it needs to get done. I don’t want to rush it, but there have been far to many breaks. It seems the closer I get to completion the further apart my work becomes. This needs to change. On the bright side, I’m almost done editing my first draft.
3: Amass 3,000$ in my New Zealand chequing account. While I’d rather say 5,000; 3,000 seems more realistic after a year of working and living in New Zealand when I consider my spending habits. With other major purchases on the way (Dentist, Insurance, International Driver’s License) 3,000$ is reachable, and a comfortable amount for some between season road trips
Some of my smaller goals include completing the Queen Charlotte Track, The Great Walk in Tamsin Bay, growing my Instagram followers to 650 (for the vanity and photo click funnel). Opening a Sharsies account with at least 500$ invested.
Mid Term Goals
This part of the year is a bit more diffiult to plan for, as it’s up in the air what will happen with this country and the world within the next four months. However it doesn’t mean I can’t have a lose plan, like I always do.
1: Have 100 book copies sold via this website, and be on page 100 for How Not To Travel. I’m slow at learning computers, but it doesn’t mean I can’t learn them. Becoming more a prescense on the digital space will finally net me a passive income and grow my status as an author. 100 copies is a small amount, which is why I know I can achieve it. Remembering some of Stacey’s valuable lessons; I don’t want to take my foot off the gas as my writing career grows. I need to jump from one book to another and have sizeable progress to show for it.
2: Visit Milford Sound. While it isn’t a career or personal building goal, its something I’ve been meaning to do for ages! With tourists out of the country, I will be able to get unique, uncongested views of this marvelous wonder. It’s been a while since I’ve marveled at a natural wonder, and this will be the best time to change it.
3: Secure Crew Boss Position: Title is important with visa applications, and managers are given more points and more attention. Plus, it is yet another advancement in my planting career. I’ve long admired the Crew Boss Role and feel this is the year I ascend to that level of leadership myself.
4: Begin working on research focus for gateway Antarctica. I’m giving myself the first quarter off to sort work, my book, residency and get used to the habits. Come this quarter I’ll need to begin seriously contemplating what I’ll be studying on The Ice and how I’ll bring value to the continent.
Smaller goals include reaching 700 followers on Instagram, with 250 posts. This holds me accountable to continue working on and sharing my photography. I would like to hike Mt. Arthur and Mt. Hutt at this time and maintain 3,000$ in my account AFTER road trips and hikes. Furthermore; growing my shareshies account to 1,000 would be ideal.
Third Term Goals
This is where the year will get interesting, as I’ve never actually planned so far ahead in my life. Its nice how these new year’s goals are holding accountable to building a proper skeleton.
1: Kill it at work. Work is what will grant me residency, and will most likely be my mandated job on my tetreterry visa. It’ll be important to have reliable employment for those 6 months, and have outstanding references. Not to mention money is nice. There are a lot of tattoos I have planned when the borders open and Asia becomes accessible.
2: Upgrade the Laptop. My parents, and well, everyone who knows me, has been nagging me to upgrade computers, and there right. I should. While sooner is better than later, I’m not in a place right now where upgrading is a wise financial decision. By this time in the year, there should be no excuse. (depending on how well work has gone, this will extend to upgrading my phone as well).
3: Have advancement in the realm of adrenaline sports. I miss snowboarding and climbing like crazy, and everyone keeps talking about the incredible rivers raft here in NZ. By this time in the year, if not during this quarter of the year, I want to have completed 15 rope climbs, done ATLEAST 3 trips to shred powder on a mountain. Building off of my reliance on my new job, and familiar industry to sort me out, I’m hoping to make some good real bush friends. The dirty Kiwi’s that’ll take me to their farm, an on a few hunts. I want to have hunted at least once by this time.
4: Have a solid research proposal, and plan for my Master’s.
Smaller new year’s goals include growing my instagram to 800 followers with 400 posts. 150+ pages written in How Not To Travel. 1,500 invested in sharesies, and a personal chequing account grown to 5,000$
Final Quarter Goals
Possibly my biggest new year’s goals; ironically the easiet to jot down.
1:Apply for the Gateway Antarctica program (Provided residency and research focus are sorted). While I wouldn’t mind waiting just a bit longer to apply, It feels like one of the things that won’t happen unless I hold myself accountable. And so I must race the clock, and use COVID to my advantage in getting myself accepted into this highly competitive program.
2: See Mom and Dad for the New Year. This is highly COVID dependent, but should borders open, and I not be on a tertiary visa, having the funds, time, and logistics sorted to see my parents will be of the utmost importance.
3: Be in the final stages of WHV to Residency. Whether it’s the interview phase, tettretary visa phase (hopefully after the holidays), or a skilled migrant phase where I’m recognized as an essential skill, and now I just need more time for points.
4: Have 50 books read. This is the year folks.
Finish the rough Draft to How Not Travel. I know this is an ambitious quarter at face value, but these goals are the accumulation of consistent effort throughout the year, and not bursts or labor throughout the quarter.
Smaller goals include 7,000$ in chequing, 2,000$ invested in sharesies (gains or losses not counted towards total). Having flammable Poi and possibly fire staff.
Here’s building positive flow
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