2013 Goals: Year-End Evaluation

I believe that having goals is important.  They force us to envision the future and prompt us into following through.  Ten years ago, I evolved from having “New Year’s resolutions” into setting New Year’s goals for myself.  The way I see it, having goals to meet instead of resolutions to live up to focuses more on my potentials, rather than on my flaws, as a human being.  The term “resolution” itself connotes that there is a problem to be solved, whereas the word “goal” starts with “go” which exudes positivity and dynamism.  Resolutions only remind me that I am an imperfect individual while goals inspire me to do more and achieve more.  Thus, I feel more empowered to take on the upcoming year.  Lastly, goals also serve as a reminder that time is short and that I should always be conscious of a timeline for the things that I want to do.

And as 2013 draws to a close, I would like to assess it in terms of the goals that I made for myself before the year started.  Here they are:

☑  1.  Change jobs if <secret goal> fails. – This has been my goal for the past three years and God finally gave the go signal this year.  He banged the gavel and voila, I landed a new job during the last quarter of the year.  My secret goal?  I guess it’s another case of God’s “please wait, child” decisions.

☒  2.  Reach <insert ludicrous amount> in savings. – With all my traveling and other activities, I was not able to make any significant amount of savings in 2013.  Okay, I’ll be totally honest now:  I made a total of ZERO savings this year.

☑  3.  Reach <insert a more practical and definitely much smaller sum> in stocks.  – It’s no secret that I have been investing in the stock market (I even advocate it) since 2012 when my officemates got into it.  What I wasn’t able to add to my savings, I was able to make up for in my investments.

☑  4.  Visit 3 different countries. – I’m really proud of having achieved this goal!  This year, I went to Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia.  It was a couple of very special trips because the trip in the first two countries was the first time I went abroad with my family while the last was my first solo trip ever.

☑ 5.  Visit 3 different Philippine provinces. – The year 2013 had been a travel-filled year for me.  I was able to go to a lot of different places.  January sent me to Baguio, then February flew me to Cebu to swim with the whale sharks then March whisked me away to the beautiful islands of Batanes (with a side trip to Cagayan Valley).  Then I got into some surfing trips to Baler, Aurora during the year as well as some road trips to different places like Subic, Laguna and Cavite.  And because I met goals 4 and 5 with such relish, it’s not a wonder why goal number 2 was a big fail.

☒ 6.  Be a stronger swimmer. – I wasn’t able to improve much when it comes to swimming.  Maybe next year.

☑ 7.  Learn a new skill. – This is another recurring goal for the past several years, but I don’t always get to meet it.  But this year! Gosh, was I able to meet this goal big time:  I learned how to drive (despite the fact that I never wanted to).  The responsibility of being the family driver was thrust upon me hence there’s no way out of it.

☒  8.  Acquire a part-time job. – I remember just throwing this last one in last year because I could no longer think of any other goal to meet.  Maybe that’s why I wasn’t too successful in this one.  This blog isn’t money-making so it’s out.  Our photo booth is also earning money very intermittently so I can hardly call it a part-time job.  Again, maybe next year.

All in all I got a score of 5 out of 8.  But despite this average grade, I am rating my 2013 with 9 out of 10 stars.  This is mostly because I was able to meet goals 1, 4, 5 and 7, which are really major achievements.  And this is also in consideration of my other great achievements:  I ran 42km on the Skyway last February and Moche and I celebrated our 5th anniversary last October.  Who knew I had such stamina?  Hahaha!  Kidding.  And with that, I feel that 2013 had been one of the best years of my life!

Now, I’m off to listing my 2014 goals.  I hope I’d get to do as well as I did this year.  ^______^

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.


  1. It’s nice that you met most of your goal in 2013 and I hope you get the rest in 2014.

  2. Nice and good evaluation for yourself this year 2014, because you know when and where to start.

  3. its really good to have goals because it reminds you where you have been and tells you where you are going and reminds you what you need to do.

  4. I don’t know if my first comment went through coz I got disconnected when I clicked submit. Anyway, I’ll just try again.

    I don’t know you personally but I am proud of your achievements. It makes my 2014 set goals super lame, but I didn’t want to add “travel” to my list since I wasn’t sure I had the resources to actually do it. I’ll chuck it to spontaneity and maybe if I’ll be able to at least go to a province then maybe I’ll add it to my 2015 goals.
    Congratulations and I hope your 2014 will be even better. 😀

    • Thanks! Don’t be too conscious about your goals. We all have to start somewhere. The important thing is that you learn the discipline of setting goals and meeting them… sort of like knowing and having a direction. =)

  5. It does feel good to accomplish what we set out to do even if we don’t get to do everything. As you said, you still have this year and the many years to come.

  6. Oh my super relate.. youre not alone girl, lol. I always list a lot of goals at the start of the year and at the end of the year it kinda disappoints me whenever I saw a lot on my list that were not accomplished. Maybe more motivation?? I hope 2014 will also become one of the best years for you 🙂

    • Maybe you should put your goals some place where you’ll see it a lot… so you can be reminded about them. I don’t do that. Hahaha! I think I was really lucky last year because I wasn’t conscious of my goals the whole time but I met a lot of them anyway.

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