When I started off 2010 I had a series of things I wanted to accomplish in mind unfortunately my Year of Less was not really as effective as I would have liked it to be. But that does not mean that it was a bad year nor does it mean that it was not a year of less in its own right. From the spirit of the title it really was a year of ‘less’ for me because I really adopted the mantra of less in many aspects of my life.
My Highlights for 2010
- I got a new job
- I kept my finances in order
- My family was healthy and my daughter turned 2
- I was happy
Now as with all year end reviews I have done a bit of soul searching prior to writing the post (we’ll ignore the delay due to the site compromise). The reality is that I didn’t get through most of the items on my goal list and while I could come up with any number of valid excuses they’re nothing more than excuses. The big learning for me is I can see evidence of goal setting with no real follow up is kind of pointless (I’m not sure how frequent the reviews should be but they definitely need to be more than annual).
I am still smoking and drinking but before I’m chastised for this (feel free I know these are stupid) I have definitely become much more aware of both of these and while I didn’t accomplish the goal for these I have given both a great deal of thought and I’m no longer as interested nor as active in either. I know what you’re thinking: he’s writing right after New Years when the resolutions are still holding but I think I’ve grown up a bit and I just don’t care for either as much. The smoking much more so and the frequency of this is going down on its own.
My finances are not in disorder and are in better shape than they were at the beginning of the year – not perfect but definitely not a complete failure either. I think the biggest gap here was the fact that I wasn’t as diligent about tracking and staying on top of this.
I did not find my passion but I have learned a lot about myself this year. I think finding a passion is a challenging thing and I definitely think I am closer to this goal now than I was at the beginning of the year. Again I think the biggest gap here was that this stayed in the back of my mind and I really didn’t explore as much as I could have. This is more of a lost opportunity than anything else.
Overall it was a Year of Less especially on the materialistic front, I just don’t need or want as much crap as I used to; I just see more and more of this as junk. The house has been quietly purged a few times during the year and now I try to remove at least as many items as come in. Not perfect but I am a lot happier about the place and what is in it. I am no longer attached to items simply because I own them.
As a year 2010 was a good year for me, I watched my little girl grow and start to be able to communicate with me. This is the highlight of the year for me because she has become my world and I’m happy that she’s in it. I’m healthy, I’m happy and while everything isn’t perfect it was a pretty decent year. Could I have accomplished more and taken more opportunities? Of course I could have! I am content with the choices I made this year and definitely learned a lot and see a lot of potential in the future.