I Actually Made Some 2018 Goals? Opps, well, Here’s How I Did

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…

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic

Time-related

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.

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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? 

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22 Comments

  1. December 1, 2018 / 2:24 pm

    I don’t really make yearly goals! 🙈 I’m the type of person who doesn’t with until the new year to make goals, so I usually just go by the month XD

    I will say that you should read Lilly Singh’s self-help book. She has a whole chapter on setting goals – and she uses drinking more water as an example – and it’s really helpful!

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:07 am

      That makes sense!
      Oh, I need to read Lilly Singh’s book, especially because I love her youtube, haha!

  2. December 1, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Congrats on finishing your first draft of your retelling, that really is a huge achievement!

  3. December 2, 2018 / 9:07 am

    Oh my goodness. Your blog is ADORABLE. (I feel like I might have said this before when I commented like a super long time ago, but I’ve been so absent on the blogosphere lately that it’s not even funny.) BUT ALL OF THE STRAWBERRIES!!! All the cuteness!!!! I’m in love with your design skills…

    But anyway. The post. I can totally relate to not meeting like…any of my 2018 goals. XD (except you DID meet some of yours, so you’re clearly better at this than I. XD ) I always seem to overshoot in my goal making, and then I just look back on all the things I thought I could accomplish at the start of the year and laugh/cry because #fail. (I’m actually working on drafting a 2019 goal-making/2018 goal look back, so I seriously relate to this post… Aha.) But OH MY GOODNESS!!! You wrote a book!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I absolutely ADORE The Little Mermaid, so I am SUPER stoked for this!!!

    • December 3, 2018 / 9:20 am

      Ah, your comment made me smile so much!!!
      For some reason New Years makes everyone think we’re super humans and we make the most grandiose goals, haha. Good luck on your 2019 goals draft!!! I’m having SO MUCH FUN making mine, so I hope it’s fun for you!

      And thank you! I ca’t wait to find an agent and publish this book because I really think people will enjoy it! I mean, it’s the Little Mermaid, so of course people will love it, haha!

      • December 3, 2018 / 11:02 am

        Yeaaaaah. That’s definitely me. XD But making goals is just so much fun!!!! I can’t really stop once I’ve started. XD
        Meep, thank you!!! I’m actually having a ton of fun on it! And EEK I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOURS!!! I think I’m a little new to your blog, but it’s just so cute and fun and I can’t wait to read all your content!!

        Right?? The Little Mermaid is perfection. And I wish you the best of luck on finding an agent and landing a publishing deal!! You’ve got this!

  4. December 2, 2018 / 9:15 am

    I’m excited to read about your 2018 reading goals- and your 2019 ones! I would love to read posts following your writing process on the next story you’re working on.

    • December 3, 2018 / 9:21 am

      Oh, that sounds like a good idea! My writing process is a mess, so I have no idea what that post might look like 😂

  5. December 2, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    I think we all start with some ambitions goals at the beginning of the year. Haha. One of my goals was to write an entire first draft of a new project this year. Well, it’s safe to say that I added way too many projects on my plate this year that the new draft thing didn’t work out. We’ll get more done next year! 😉

    • December 3, 2018 / 9:21 am

      Ah, I’m sorry! I hope you’re able to work on that new project in the new year! Good luck!

  6. December 3, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Ahhh congratulations again on finishing your Little Mermaid Retelling draft, that’s so exciting and it sounds INCREDIBLE, I’m certain it is so, so good!
    I 200% understand your thoughts about statistics goals and sharing them and so on, I feel the very same way about it all, something about sharing it is just so stressful somehow? :/
    I can’t wait to read your goals for the new year! 🙂 <3

  7. December 3, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    Congratulations on finishing the draft of your retelling! I really hope it does get published, because I definitely want to buy it!!

    Budgets and I are not friends, either! But, a big goal for me in 2019 is to change that, once and for all!

    I’m so close to finishing the first draft of my 2012 WIP, tentatively titled “Experiences From Camp.” That’s a huge goal for me!

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:05 am

      I definitely want to master budgeting in 2019! And yay for almost finishing your WIP! That’s so exciting!

      • December 5, 2018 / 9:44 am

        Awesome! Good luck to you. It can be done. I’m very excited about being so close to being finished with round one.

  8. December 3, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Oh my, I love your writing voice! I really hope you publish your Little Mermaid reselling, because I’d love to read it!

    And goals? Me? If you listen closely, you can hear the collective laughter of my high school teachers, guidance counsellor, and one too many unfinished to-do lists in the distance. 😅

  9. December 4, 2018 / 10:47 am

    I forgot all of my goals besides my reading goal (which I completely failed lol). Yay to drinking more water and finishing your first draft!!! I didn’t even know you were writing a Little Mermaid retelling ahhhh that’s great. Hope it gets published one day. Maybe join a gym and use a treadmill to run? It’s not as fun as running through nature but during the cold months it gives you no excuse to skip a workout haha. Also, I’m still not getting emails for your posts??

    • December 5, 2018 / 9:03 am

      I need to go my campus gym more! I tried it out for the first time just the other day and it wasn’t all terrible 😂 That’s so weird that you’re not getting email updates?!? I have no idea what to do to fix it, either! So frustrating!

      • December 5, 2018 / 11:30 am

        It’s a struggle to get to the gym but once you do you feel better. Exhausted, but better lol. I’ll just make sure to keep checking up on your blog if I don’t get updates

  10. December 8, 2018 / 10:49 am

    So I had no clue how many miles 218 is (but I guessed it would be a lot) so I had to convert it to km and oh my goodness. I’d be in Belgium or Germany (I live in Amsterdam) if I were to walk 218 miles! 😂 But congrats on finishing your novel! That’s amazing 😀 I have no idea if I set any goals for myself this year except the Goodreads Challenge. I’m too scared to find out 😂

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