Each year I’ve blogged, I’ve set out yearly goals. At first I did quarterly reviews, but last year I completely fell off the bandwagon and didn’t do any goal reviews at all. My process for setting and evaluating goals is a very personal one that tends to change from year to year — while I love goals and I think writing them down helps me stay motivated and focused, I’ve also learned that the best way to make God laugh is to tell him your plans.
So this year, I decided that I wanted to do a halfway point review of how things are going. I want to reiterate my goals and make sure I’m staying on track through the rest of the year, so I don’t get to the end and say “Oh yeah, I did want to do that, but I completely forgot.”
- Improve Miles’ leg yield
I had a flat lesson where we specifically discussed shoulder-in and leg yields so I feel very confident that I know what they’re supposed to look like and how to ask for them. Moiya is much better at lateral work than Miles, so most of my practice has been on her. However, I’ve started doing more leg yields with Miles and they are (slowly) improving. I just need to keep at it and remember that it’s still a forward movement.
Jump natural obstacles in the fieldCrushed it. TWICE.
Jump 3′Both of these items have been a resounding success. I’ve jumped 5 or 6 of the jumps in the field and have been out to the jump field TO JUMP twice this year. I’m taking it low and slow, but I’m having a blast jumping out of the ring regardless of size or speed. I also jumped a confirmed 3′ fence at the Armand Lacayo clinic this spring, so I can cross that off the list as well!
- Develop a better crest release
- Improve sitting trot
These are two items that will take work and repetition for me to solidify. I’m happy to report that I’ve been working on both items, and I need to remember to do it more often. They are both improving though!
- Create and stick to a workout routine
Two months ago I joined a gym and started personal training sessions twice a week. I’ve only missed a few sessions here or there due to scheduling conflicts, so I’d say so far this is a resounding success. I want to give the program a solid six months before I re-evaluate, but so far it’s been great for me.
- Be more detail-oriented at work
- Add more religion to life
Both of these items need more attention — I’ve allowed myself to focus on other things and not truly devote enough time to either.
- Develop one new printable product
- Make and sell at least 5 ribbon hangers
- Make $1,000 in Etsy store revenue NEW
- Write 5 guest blog posts
I’m a bit behind on these particular business goals, so I need to get my butt in gear. I did add one bullet point here because I’ve been saying it’s a goal of mine for several months now — I want to hit $1,000 in revenue from The Printable Pony this year. So far, I’m on track to hit my goal!
- Win a hunter division champion
- Place in a hunter derby/special class
- Go to an overnight (for me) show