At the beginning of the year, I decided I would have a mantra for the year, rather than goals or resolutions.  For 2017, I decided it would be the year of “Accomplish” – what should I accomplish?  What could I accomplish?  What would I accomplish?

This is my look back and reflection on how I think this structure worked for me.

Work:

I accomplished the following things at work:

  • I organized and rearranged the office furniture to make the work environment more efficient and pleasant to be in.
  • I created, organized and implemented several reporting functions to ensure accurate accounting of multiple areas that are tracked in the office’s day-to-day roles.
  • I created and updated processes that were non-existent before I started in the position.
  • I took a reporting requirement that was 7 years out-of-date and worked it until it was current as of November 2017.
  • I coordinated a major scanning project with multiple volunteers to convert 10 filing cabinets worth of paper documentation into electronic format.
  • I was the lead credentialing person for a new facility that opened.
  • I assisted another facility in their processes while an employee was on leave of absence for 3 months.
  • I self-taught myself a major software component that was required by corporate to have in place by 2018; and completed 75% of the project before leaving the office environment for a new position.
  • I took a major certification test and am (still) currently awaiting results.
  • I applied for, was offered and accepted a new job.

I accomplished everything listed above while also doing my required job duties in only 28 hours a week (I was classified as a part-time employee).

Home:

I accomplished the following things at home:

  • Hun and I caught up our taxes.
  • We went on a cruise for our vacation.
  • I was able to convince Hun to FINALLY install smoke detectors in our house (they’ve only been absent for about 10 years).
  • We were able to get our roof replaced.
  • We have new a/c ductwork and venting, making our home more energy efficient.
  • I finished my mom’s “flamingo project”
  • I completed an afghan I started 17 years ago.
  • I started and have almost completed LaLa’s graduation quilt that was started 4 years ago.
  • We have started re-painting our house.
  • We bought a car for Monkey to drive.
  • We took LaLa’s old car to the salvage yard – finally! (it was beyond repair).
  • We had a major purge of our unused items and either sold the items or donated them to the Salvation Army.
  • We bought new living room furniture.
  • We have a new tankless water heater (the old tank heater was 21 years old and finally gave up the ghost!).

We accomplished all the above without going further into debt.

Personal:

I accomplished the following things mentally and personally:

  • I attended a mastermind group (I highly recommend this for anyone!)
  • I learned that if I “see” a finished product in my mind, that doesn’t mean it is actually completed (a huge revelation for my own self growth).
  • I learned to have self-respect and that by doing so, self-discipline will come (this is a work in progress!).
  • I learned that I need a personal “emergency stress protocol” – when everything goes to heck, I need a way to manage my stress (still working through this – thankfully, I haven’t had many stressful situations yet to test my current protocol to see if it works).

In looking back at the year, I accomplished a lot!  This was hugely successful in my mind and I plan to keep the momentum going into 2018.

I’m still looking for my mantra for 2018.  I’ll post about it next once I decide on the final idea that I want to strive for.

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