Sharing an update on my 2019 goals!
We’re more than halfway through the year, so I figured it’d be the perfect time to share an update on my 2019 goals. To see my original 2019 goals post, click here!
COMPLETE: 31 of 31 days
I loved Juicing January, and it was the perfect way for me to start the year. The goal for this month was to have a healthy smoothie everyday. I found some great recipes on Pinterest and even created a few of my own. There were some recipes that weren’t as tasty as I wanted them to be, but I still drank them, and I’m glad I gave them a try. I still have healthy smoothies from time to time.
Reward: A haircut – I needed one bad, but I hate the stress of finding people who can deal with my hair, so I was procrastinating. I finally took the plunge, and while I probably won’t be going back to the place I got my hair done, I’m glad I finally checked this off my list.
First Class February
INCOMPLETE: 19 of 28 days
This month started out great, but then it slowed down real quick. The goal for First Class February was to send a letter in the mail to a friend or family member everyday during the month. I chose February because of Valentine’s Day, and that’s when I sent most of my letters. I sent a few birthday cards, some Galentine’s Day cards, and some just because cards. I lost momentum toward the end of the month, so I didn’t end up finishing.
Reward: A new book
INCOMPLETE: 20 of 31 days
If you know anything about me, you know that I hate working out. Absolutely loath it. My goal for March was to workout everyday during the month. It started out fine, but on day 6, I spiked a fever because of something going around the childcare center I work at. I was sick for four days, and it was hard to motivate myself to jump back in. I worked out on and off for the rest of the month, and I’m honestly surprised I even got 20 days of workouts in.
Reward: Harry Potter date night
COMPLETE: 29 of 30 days
The reason I’m marking this one as complete is because the one day I missed was one that I had a horrific stomach bug. I ended up making up for it on a later date. My goal for Arranging April was to basically Marie Kondo my apartment. I got rid of so many things that didn’t spark joy for me anymore. I still fold my clothes Marie Kondo-style, and even though I find myself getting lazy and a little messy sometimes, I’ve improved mounds over what I used to be like. The most satisfying thing was cleaning out my closet. I started selling some of the clothes that don’t fit me anymore on Poshmark, so if you’re interested, you can check out my shop.
Reward: A T-shirt blanket from Project Repat – This was a 2-in-1 reward because I cleaned out a bunch of my t-shirts, but I get to reuse them in a fun way. I have a t-shirt blanket that a friend of an old coworker made, and it’s not the best, so this time, I’m treatin’ myself and getting it professionally done. I have all of the shirts I plan to use, but I still haven’t sent them off and purchased the blanket yet.
COMPLETE: 25 of 31 days
There’s some reasoning behind the six days that I missed this month, so I’m marking it as complete. The goal for Municipality May was to get to know Dayton a little better. Everyday, I went out and experienced something new about the city because there’s so much that I haven’t done since Kyle and I moved here in August. The reason six of those days are incomplete is because two of them were spent in Kentucky when Kyle and I went to the Kentucky Derby, two of the days were spent in Cleveland visiting Kyle’s family, and also a series of tornadoes hit the Dayton area at the end of May, so I took two days to kind of get my life together as we were trying to deal with the aftermath (and shock) of going through that. Municipality May was one of my favorite months because I got to explore Dayton a lot more and discovered so many fun things (and some not so fun things) about the area.
Reward: Taylor Swift merch – I’m so excited about Taylor’s upcoming album, and I’m in love with so many of the things in her new merch shop. I still haven’t bought this yet, but I definitely plan to soon.
Jubilant June Rejuvenating June
COMPLETE: 30 of 30 days
Originally, I had planned for June to be Jubilant June where I did some kind of social activity everyday, whether that was hanging out with friends, calling someone on the phone, etc. I ended up scrapping this for a couple reasons: (1) Kyle and I had a lot going on in June. We traveled to three different states in June, and there was just a lot going on, and (2) I started taking classes for my post-bacc, and between traveling and focusing on my schoolwork, the idea of being extra social just exhausted me. Instead, Kyle gave me the idea to do Rejuvenating June where I did some form of self-care everyday. I took lots of bubble baths and utilized lots of bath bombs. I also did a lot of reading and started a new journal. I even took some time to just turn my brain off and watch some feel good TV. It was nice to allow myself to take lots of mental breaks and do my best to relieve some stress.
Reward: Take a day off of work for a mental health day 🙂
Alphabet Reading Challenge
I’m wayyyy ahead of schedule for my Alphabet Reading Challenge, which I’m high-key proud of. I’ve read 23 books this year, but I’ve doubled up on some letters because I was so ahead of schedule and there were other books that I really wanted to read, so I ignored the fact that I had already checked the letter off. I’ve crossed off 19 letters already. The ones I have left are E, K, P, Q, X, Y, and Z, so if you have any books that you love that start with any of these letters, holla atcha girl. I’d love some suggestions.
Go Back to School
Even though it stresses me out, I love the fact that I’m back at school and getting my post-bacc. For those that don’t know, I got my Bachelor’s in business management and entrepreneurship, and after five years of doing that, I got burnt out. I took a daycare job and rediscovered my love of working with kids, so I’m pursuing my post-bacculaureate in elementary education online at Western Governors University. I was officially enrolled last month, and I’ve already finished three classes. I signed up to take the Praxis next month, so cross your fingers that it all goes well.
Pay Off a Credit Card
I was able to cross this off thanks to Kyle. We’ve been working on weaving our finances together, and Kyle was a huge factor in allowing me to get one of my credit cards paid off. As soon as I made the last payment, I canceled the card immediately, and it was so satisfying.
Get Involved with a Local Charitable Organization
Kyle and I signed up to volunteer at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, which is where we adopted Gunther. We went to training and have gone to volunteer a couple times. We’ve kind if fallen out of it because life, but it’s such a great organization, and we try to go to events that support it.
Work Out Twice a Week
Read: Muscle March. Obviously this goal has fallen to the wayside, but shockingly, Kyle and I have started light jogs around the neighborhood in the mornings. Granted, we literally started last week, but maybe it’ll become something consistent, and I can call this goal a win at the end of the year. We shall see.
Go to 2 Concerts or Live Shows
I’ve gone to so many, and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Concert-wise, I’ve seen Ariana Grande on her Sweetener tour in Indianapolis, and Kyle and I went to see Pentatonix in Columbus. For live shows, we saw Wicked in Denver, and we saw Corteo, a Cirque du Soleil show, here in Dayton. We also saw Waitress and Chicago, and we saw my favorite true crime podcast live in Detroit – Wine and Crime. Plus, we have tickets to go see The Book of Mormon at the end of next month.
Go to 5 New States
I’ve done lots traveling in America this year, and it’s been so fun. I’ve gone to Detroit and Ann Arbor in Michigan, Denver and Colorado Springs in Colorado, Indianapolis, Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago, and Louisville in Kentucky. The only two new states I crossed off are Kentucky and Colorado. We have plans to go to West Virginia for a weekend just to cross it off the list. We’re meeting up with a friend in September in Missouri, and hopefully we’ll make it to Washington, D.C. this year.
Travel Out of the Country
This still hasn’t happened yet, but my hopes are high to go to Canada at some point this year.
Visit a Friend or Family Member
With all the traveling I’ve done, most of it has actually been to see and/or meet Kyle’s friends and family. The only person I’ve visited is a friend in Denver, but my sole purpose of going to Denver wasn’t to visit him. We were actually in town for the wedding of one of Kyle’s college friends. I don’t think I can technically mark this one off as complete yet since I haven’t gone to visit any friends or family yet.
Go to a Music Festival
Still haven’t done this one yet. I’m itching to go to one though.
Get Involved with the Local Blogging Community
I’ve gone to a couple events that were lots of fun. I was super sick for the lat event I had planned on attending several months ago, and all of the events after that have taken place when I’ve been out of town. I’m semi-involved, but also not concerned with digging my roots too deep since I’m moving in a few months.
Publish 2 Videos Per Month
Editing is the worst, but I also haven’t even tried to plan any content for my YouTube channel. I’ve gotten super into watching videos again though, and it sparks my desire to get back to filming videos. Unfortunately, it’s hard enough to juggle school, work, blogging, and life, so making videos is not a top priority. I did, however, finish editing all of the footage from my road trip with Kyle moving from Louisiana to Ohio, so if you haven’t seen that yet, check out my channel!
Organize an Exchange
I honestly haven’t even thought about this and forgot it was a goal for this year. I may just nix this one because it’s just too much to my already full plate.
Restart My Newsletter
I’ve made zero moves to make this happen in spite of the fact that I’d really love to get it going again. I’m definitely keeping this one on the list, and we’ll see if I can get it up and running before the end of the year.
How are you doing with your 2019 goals?