Did I pass or fail? Check out my 2018 goals recap to find out!
In some ways it feels like the year just started. I remember originally writing out these goals and thinking that the year was going to look a lot different than what it ended up being. I had no idea that I was going to be moving to a new state. I had no intention of getting a second job and then later changing career paths. So much can happen in a year, and when changes happened in my life, I decided to do a mid-year check-up and amend some of my goals for the year.
I’ve had a very emotionally tolling year full of change – some unexpected, others not so much. I didn’t focus on the things that I needed to focus on, so many of my goals that I set for 2018 were pretty unsuccessful. I’m choosing not to see 2018 as a year of failures though. Instead I’m hoping that it will help me get my butt in gear for living the last (and hopefully the best) year of my 20s.
JOURNAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK | FAIL
I failed on this one…hard. Writing in a journal used to be something that came naturally to me, but as I got older and my priorities changed, journaling has fallen way down on the priority list. This is why I always put it on my goal list. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out for me in 2018, but I have a plan to be more successful with journaling next year.
SEND AT LEAST 5 CARDS/LETTERS A MONTH | FAIL
Even though I sent out more cards and letters this year than I have in years in past, this one was still a big fat fail. I started off strong, but with so many changes in the middle of the year, including my address change, this just fell to the wayside. Sending out cards and letters is still something I’d like to do in the new year, but I have plans to amend this goal to make it more manageable.
TALK TO SOMEONE ON THE PHONE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH | SUCCESS
I’m so glad this was a success, and it’s something I want to continue to do in 2019. Now that I’m living far away from my friends and family, talking on the phone, even if it’s sparingly, is a much more personal way to keep in touch. I definitely plan to continue the success of this goal in the new year.
READ 12 BOOKS | SUCCESS
I’m proud to say that I exceeded my reading goal for the year. My original plan was to read one book each month, which was pretty easy once I decided to reread the Harry Potter series. I ended up reading 13 books this year, and I plan on more than doubling my goal from last year. You can follow along with my reading journey on Goodreads.
GET A JOB | SUCCESS
I added this to my goal list after my move to Ohio this summer. I had been looking for remote jobs for several months before the move. Once we got to Dayton, I decided to take a chance on applying to jobs locally. Originally, I planned to stick to marketing and event planning jobs, but there wasn’t much being offered in the area. I randomly decided to look into childcare positions, and that helped me make the decision to go back to school to get my teaching degree. This may even be considered a double success because I’ve actually worked at two different childcare facilities since moving. I’m very happy with my current job situation, and I plan on sticking to it as long as it keeps me so.
TRAVEL TO 5 STATES I’VE NEVER BEEN TO BEFORE | SUCCESS
This was my favorite check off of my 2018 goal list. One item on my bucket list is to travel to all 50 states, and being able to check off five in just one year is helping me move closer and closer to that goal. This year, I traveled to eleven different states, but the five new ones were Nevada, California, Washington, Ohio, and Indiana. I just recently checked Indiana off the list, so a full Indianapolis post will be coming soon!
TRAVEL TO 2 COUNTRIES | FAIL
I didn’t travel out of the country at all in 2018, which was such a bummer, but not all years can be international travel years. Hopefully I can change that up in 2019.
GO TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL | FAIL
We had plans to go to a music festival right after we moved to Ohio, but it fell through, and we never really looked into going to another. I’m totally okay with this though because seeing Taylor Swift for the fourth time pretty much fulfilled all the live music feels I needed.
DO A BLOG AUDIT | IN PROGRESS
I started the year off pretty strong with my blog audit, but then it kind of fell to the wayside after I made the move to Ohio. I definitely plan on continuing to make progress on this bit by bit in the new year.
MAKE A BLOG BUSINESS PLAN | IN PROGRESS
Again, I started making my blog business plan earlier in the year, but then I reprioritized it. It’s still in progress, and I plan on finishing it up in the new year.
RESTART MY NEWSLETTER | FAIL
With all of the GDPR changes and such, I couldn’t bring myself to take all of the steps I needed to take in order to start my newsletter back up. I realize the importance of having a newsletter, and my goal is to start it back up in 2019.
REVAMP THE BLOGGING ELITE | IN PROGRESS
This is something that I feel is always in progress. I have many ideas, but I need to be better about putting them into play. I want a have a much more active blog group, and I’m hoping the changes I’ve implemented and will continue to implement will help make that happen. If you’re a blogger and interested in joining the Blogging Elite, click here.
CREATE A SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT CALENDAR | KINDA
I only put “kinda” because I did, in fact, create a social media content calendar, but I only actually used it for one month. Trying to keep up with every social media platform has always been super overwhelming to me, so next year, I want to focus solely on building just one or two platforms rather than trying to be super present and awesome on all of them.
Did you succeed at fulfilling your goals for 2018?