2015 – My Professional Goals

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I trust that everyone had a super holiday yesterday. For me it was extra special because it was my 36th birthday. Yes, that means I am a Christmas baby. (I’ve come to terms with it so no need to feel sorry for me!)

Anyway, today I want to share with you my 2015 goals and what I plan to do to achieve them. I actually made this list back in August when I decided that I wanted to dedicate most of 2015 to pursuing a life coaching course! Yes, you read right: I’m going to be an official coach by October of next year. Seeing as that’s one of my main goals, it’s the focal point of my 2015 plans.

Also, I’d like to point out that below are my professional goals for 2015. All of these are work related because I see 2015 as being a year of big decisions and streamlining. By year’s end, I aim to be laser focused on where I’ll spend my time, effort, and energy in 2016.

Now that we’ve got all of that housekeeping out of the way….

Here are my 2015 goals:

Goal #1 – Complete a life coach training course

I’ve already taken the first step in this goal and that’s signing up for a life coaching course. Starting in late January 2015, I’ll be part of the Courageous Living Coach Certification (CLCC). I applied in September and have known for quite a while that I’d be participating in it but have waited to announce it. To say I’m excited about this is an understatement. I’m absolutely thrilled about the prospect of becoming a coach. I’m especially excited about the journey getting there – the course itself. To achieve completing this course, I’m cutting back on some other projects and clearing out part of my calendar to be more focused. This will be a year of new things and exciting opportunities for me.

Goal #2 – Launch life coaching business

As the CLCC training unfolds next year, I’ll be starting to take on coaching clients thus launching my life coaching business. As time passes, I’ll be sure to announce to you when I hit milestones or if I need to tap you all for something – like when I need clients to work with! 🙂 By the end of the year, I plan to have a bona fide coaching business going on that will take up most of my working time.

Goal #3 – Evolve this blog into coaching platform

For the last year I’ve been using this site as a platform to express my ideas and thoughts on personal development. As the year progresses in 2015, you’ll see some changes here physically on the site. I’ll be purchasing a real domain name so that I can have my own name on my site for real. Further, I’ll be transitioning from WordPress.com to WordPress.org early next year so that I can get a better looking site up and running. Finally, I will also use this site to house my coaching business and platform. I’m looking forward to making this happen.

Goal #4 – Determine feasibility of [secret project]

The name of this particular project is redacted because I’m not ready to tell the world about it yet. Actually, I just want to be able to decide in 2015 whether or not I feel like this project is doable or worth pursuing. As my coaching program unfolds, I think it will become more clear to me whether or not I’ll be able to pursue this particular avenue. Of course, if I make the decision to move forward, you’ll be the first to know!

Goal #5 – Sell our entire stock of “Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition” books

Jeremy and I made some good in-roads on selling our book stock this fall. We started with 19 cases of books, and now we’re down to only eight cases. We’ve sold well over half the books already and are looking forward to selling the rest in 2015. This means we’ll be doing book signing events most of the year so keep an eye out for us if you live in New Orleans or southeast Louisiana. In all, I feel this goal of selling all our books next year is totally doable in the next 12 months.

Goal #6 – Grow our Culture Curious site

You may or may not know that Jeremy and I have a travel site called Culture Curious. We’ve had it since last year but have just started publishing on it in earnest this fall. My goal for 2015 is to take that site from a double-digit page view (PV) number per day into a four digit PV number. So for example, I’d like to grow from the 20 or so PVs per day we currently get to over 1,000 average PVs per day. Consistent publishing and good SEO should help with that. We are basically starting from zero now so it will be quite interesting to see how much we can grow this year.

Goal #7 – Maintain Culicurious until I determine the fate of Culicurious

Overall, I have three websites that I run: this one, Culture Curious, and my food/culture blog, Culicurious. While my focus continues to shift away from my Culicurious site, I do still plan to maintain the site until I make a final decision about its fate. I have given myself until the end of next year to decide what I want to do with the site moving forward. I’ve been giving myself some space from it in the last couple of months, having only published twice since the start of November. With so much else going on, it’s been hard for me to focus on this site and give it much attention and love. But I want to do right by it so I am going to publish at least once per month in 2015, and I will also make a serious plan about what to do with it come 2016.

Goal #8 – Generate cash flow for both saving and spending

Perhaps this goes without saying, but I like to put it here anyway. My final goal for 2015 is to generate cash for both saving and spending. At this point, any of my writing income is going toward paying off my tuition for CLCC. The transcription work that I do provides our “fun money” – the money we use to eat out and get a couple of drinks every now and then. When my tuition is paid off, I plan to funnel writing money into our savings account. This year I had a pretty good year on income, and next year looks to be even better, especially with my coaching program. I’m also already looking at pitching freelance writing ideas to some food-related outlets. We’ll see how that shapes up. In the end, I look forward to having a higher income and more cash in 2015!

To Wrap:

So those are my 2015 goals. Sure, they seem a bit vague but realistically, that’s just where I am right now: pretty vague in most things. As I said at the top, I am looking for clarity, focus, and a streamlining of my efforts in 2015 to give me what I need in 2016. Giving myself broad goals this year will help me to figure out what it is that I want to be doing and what I want to work on. When I decide something’s no longer good for me, I’m doing away with it. Being broad in my goals will give me the latitude I need to make some tough decisions. Also, I’m hoping that I can take some of these goals for 2016 and become more specific with them. That’s the whole idea.

What about you? Do you have goals for 2015 that you’d like to share? They can be personal or professional – let me know! I like to hear about what other people have going on!