Wow, 2016 seems to have flown by at a pretty good clip! I remember as a kid thinking that a year moves very slowly and wondering if the time would speed up when I was an adult, boy did it ever!
Last year, I set seven short term goals for 2016 and while I didn't meet all of these goals I still feel that I accomplished a lot. Here are the goals I set for myself last year.
My Goals for 2016
- Begin the NGS's American Genealogical Studies program no later than April 2016. NOT MET and I have postponed starting until this year.
- Find more genealogy webinars and/or programs that are going to help me reach my goal of becoming a Certified Genealogist. DONE. But more are needed in my opinion.
- Progress from writing for one blog to two. DONE.
- Contribute 2 to 3 posts about family for both blogs. Not including already set weekly and/or daily posts. DONE. However, not to my satisfaction and because of things "popping" in my biological family tree my weekly posts fell to the wayside.
- Plan for at least one cemetery research trip close to home. DONE. I visited 3 cemeteries on a trip to Charleston.
- Plan for at least one research trip for this year. Ideally I would like to plan at least one out of state and maybe 3 or 4 small day trips that are close to home. STARTED but not completed. I started with a trip to Charleston and then drove Savannah for a death certificate!
- Add one new series of posts. That would be my "Remembering Those From the Past for the Future" inspired by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen and Ryan Kelly. I will publish these posts once a month. NOT MET. This was one I really wanted to do but found to be the most difficult. I have several half written posts about my son Kenny but the writing and the memories lead to a lot of tears that it makes it difficult to write.
Another project I am instituting for both of my blogs is an idea I found on Facebook from a radio station in Columbus, Ohio known as 104.9 The River. You begin with an empty jar (the example shows a quart size Ball Mason Jar) and the goal is to fill the jar once a week with a note of something good that happened during that week. Then on New Year's Eve 2017, you read each of the notes to see what an amazing year you have had. I have decided to do this from a genealogical perspective to see what I can accomplish in one year doing genealogy. I have one really big candy jar that I will be using and I have chosen to use one color for Dawning Genealogy and one for Scarlet and Dawn.
In addition to the two projects listed above as my goals for 2017, I also have the following goals for 2017:
- Begin the NGS's American Genealogical Studies program before the end of 2017.
- Continue to find webinars, classes, books and other materials to reach my goal of becoming a certified genealogist.
- Write at least 1 or 2 posts per week for each blog.
- Plan at least 2 research day trips and 2 cemetery research day trips.