I started thinking about 2018 and writing a wrap up post. Or a series of wrap up posts, because a lot happened in 2018. And when I started thinking about these posts, I couldn’t remember if I made 2018 goals??? I had to search my blog to find my goals.
Okay, this is bad. If you have to search for your goals, *alarms ring*, you probably FORGOT ALL YOUR GOALS and maybe didn’t do them???? WHAT A SURPRISE! And 4 semesters of French makes me say surprise like suuuprreeeeeeeze.
SO SUPRREEEEEZE GUYS, I kind of only did a few of my 2018 goals. Some of these goals made me laugh, because did I really think I could do that? Past me was so innocent.
Also, no I’m not linking to the old goals post. Just nope. But you don’t need to go look at the old post, because here I am telling you how I did with my 2018 goals.
Goal #1 Run 218 Miles … ✘
This is the goal that made me laugh. A lot. I had this insane idea that it would be SO! COOL! to run 218 miles because the year was 2018, so numbers and miles combined.
But sorry, past me, but I haven’t run a mile since February. So, all together I might have run 12 miles in 2018.
Now, I know I need to exercise more and not spend my days holed up in a tv studio, or working on a laptop, or watching YouTube. But running outside when it’s cold and hot…well, it’s hard to motivate myself to do that. But as I put together my 2019 goals, actively working at being fit and exercising is a definite future goal.
Goal #2 Drink More Water … ✔︎✘
Okay, how do you judge how much water you drank for the WHOLE YEAR??? Past me was super smart. I know I drank lots and lots of water this summer because I was working outside.
So, the first half of the year, I drank water regularly. Second half, especially the fall, well, not so much. I’ve been living off coffee. not a surprise, right?
But saying DRINK MORE WATER is such a vague goal. Not smart. You know the smart goal thing? write goals that are…
And,,,, just saying DRINK MORE WATER is kind of not any of those smart goal points???
Goal #3 Start a Bullet Journal … ✔︎✘
This goal is worded in such a way that I technically accomplished the goal. But if I’m truthful, the wording isn’t exactly what I meant by this goal.
Because technically I started a bullet journal, but haven’t touched it in months. Soooo, I could say yes, I did this goal! But I now know, well, bullet journaling is apparently not my thing. A lot of work just to stare at graphs of all the water I didn’t drink.
Goal #4 Budget my Money … ✘
Hahhhahahah, I’m still a financial disaster. Such a disaster. But I’m not spending as much, and I’m kind of keeping track of my credit.
But that doesn’t mean me and budgets are friends. Cause we’re not.
Goal #5 Finish the 1st draft of my Little Mermaid Retelling … ✔︎
This lovely, finished draft
Okay, I did this!!! I finished this draft in February and I love this story so much!!! This is my little baby story that has actually grown into something precious and beautiful. It’s not my first WIP but it is the first story I’ve written that was both character and plot driven and well-rounded.
I’m working on querying this book, and possibly drafting a sequel.
Goal #6 Publish Twice Weekly … ✔︎
Why do people even say this? Because there simply has to be times to take a hiatus and not post every single week. Yes, I took breaks. But for the most part, I did publish twice a week this year! yay!
My next few goals were about blogging stats and followers and those sorts of things, and I think I’m going to keep those goals private. 😊
First, because numbers can be intimidating for many people and can easily lead to creator comparison. And second, because setting expectations publicly and then publicly sharing how it didn’t happen is really hard for me. Especially with things like stats, which can sound and be very impersonal online. Maybe this is just me, but talking about reaching stat numbers causes anxiety and is in general, not good for my mental health.
Yes, I still set these goals! But they’re for my own journals and not the blog.
Whew, that was kind of fun? I am still laughing at some of my goals. Really, Liz, you thought you were actually going to run 218 miles? Because I know, really, I should have known this, I don’t go outside to run when the weather leaves my magical, favorite 10 degree range. Too cold or too hot and I am not exercising outside.
And yes, I know I can try out an indoor treadmill. But gyms are terrifying! Though I am working on trying out going to the gym. *nervous breath*
Anyway, in this post I talked about some goals I accomplished, even when I failed. And that’s great! I am super proud of writing a book this year and blogging consistently!
And a bit of housekeeping – this is my personal goals from 2018 post. I’m planning a 2018 reading look back post before I delve into publishing my 2019 personal goals and reading plans.
I just ordered my 2019 planner!!! Yay, yay, yay! I will be putting together a video + blog post + survey planning for the new year.
I’d love to hear what content you’d guys would like to see on the blog in the next twelve months. You can A) let me know in the comments or B) wait till the survey and tell me then! Or, I mean you could tell me in the comments AND in the survey.
Are you good with keeping up with goals? Or running when it’s cold outside??? How do people run when it’s cold, because my ears hurt when it’s cold.
if you made 2018 goals, how did you do on your goals? What are you most proud of accomplishing this year?
Ideas for blog content or video content I should create in 2019?