Happy first full week of 2019!
I’ve shared my goals on the blog the last two years (2017 here, 2018 here), and wanted to do the same this year. Though I love the idea of starting fresh with a new year and setting goals for myself using January 1 as a marker of change, I also tend to take stock of my life in a similar way on my birthday each year in November. I make a list of more personal goals in a the same notebook each year on my birthday for what I hope to accomplish for the next year of my life. When I was 27, I accomplished every private goal I wrote down except for one—find a new job. I was then offered a new job four days after I turned 28, so I decided to count it. Some years, not all my goals come true, and many times, my goals change throughout the year. But regardless of what they are, whether or not they come true, or whether I change directions, I do think it is really important to take stock of what you want, write it down, and put it out into the universe.
Last year, the three goals I shared publicly were to save more money, eat/drink better, and take a solo trip. I’d say I really only accomplished the last goal when I took my solo trip to Charleston in June. On the money goal, I did increase my 401(K) savings contribution twice, but I didn’t grow my emergency fund in a significant way. On the eat better/drink better, my diet didn’t change in any significant way—but I didn’t gain weight, so at least there’s that, hah. I think one of the reasons I failed at the first two goals is that I didn’t attach specific numbers to them, which made it hard to measure them or work towards anything concrete. So this year, I am trying to be more specific about my goals.
So, without further ado—here are my goals for 2019. (I wrote goals to accomplish by the time I’m 29 in my notebook this year like always, too!) I’d love to know what you’re working towards this year—drop me a note in the comments below.