Sharing my 2019 goals recap!
Holy geez, y’all! I can’t believe that 2019 is already coming to an end. This was such an incredible year of growth for me. I went through so many changes, most of them for the better. I’m so grateful for all of the challenges that were thrown my way and for many of the challenges I created for myself. I pushed myself to become a better version of myself, and I’m excited to see how those changes continue to shape me in the coming years.
In July, I shared a mid-year update on my 2019 goals, so if you’re interested in seeing how successful I was for the first half of the year, be sure to check that out!
My word for 2019 was WORTHINESS. My ultimate goal was to crawl out of my dark places, focus on my mental health, and recognize my worth. Overall, I know this will be a battle I fight for the rest of my life, but I’m proud of the strides I was able to make this year. In January, I made the choice to start seeing a therapist, and she has honestly changed my life. She has helped me understand so many things about myself. She’s also helped me recognize my toxic thoughts and behaviors and has given me actionable ways to turn those things around. She’s strengthened my relationship with myself and also had a hand in helping me with difficult conversations in my relationship. The one act of deciding to see a therapist opened many doors to help me recognize my worth, and I’m so proud of the progress I’ve made.
INCOMPLETE: 16 of 31 days
My goal in July was so take 30 minutes every day to study a new language. This did not pan out how I wanted it to. Even with notifications, I kept putting it off and overall did not commit myself to this goal.
COMPLETE: 31 of 31 days
If you know anything about me, you know I have a love for the written word, and journaling when I was younger is a huge part of that. I wanted to bring back my love to journal in August, and I was able to succeed.
Sober September Scarf September
COMPLETE: 30 of 30 days
My original goal for September was to go a whole month without drinking, but honestly, I don’t really drink that much, so I didn’t really consider it much of a challenge. Instead, I decided to change my goal to Scarf September where I knitted everyday. This was helpful because it allowed me to turn my brain off for awhile and simply knit while watching TV or a movie. It also helped me decide to knit scarves for all of Kyle’s and my nieces and nephews for Christmas.
COMPLETE: 31 of 31 days
This was seriously the toughest challenge to get through, and I’m high-key proud of myself for doing so. Even though some of the posts were less meaty than others, I still managed to do a full month of blogging. This was the second time I attempted this, and it went so much better than the first. Honestly though, I doubt that I’ll ever take on the challenge again.
NEW WAVE NOVEMBER
INCOMPLETE: 15 of 30 days
Watching a new movie everyday for a month sounds like it would be an easy task, but what I didn’t realize when writing this goal was how much time I would have to take out of my day to complete it. Older movies are so much longer than modern day movies, and with balancing school, work, and just life in general, fitting a movie into my day everyday routine was harder than I thought it was going to be. Plus, I went on vacation in November. Luckily, I got to watch and experience some incredible classic films during this month, and it pushed me to try to see even more in the future.
SHUT DOWN DECEMBER VLOGMAS
INCOMPLETE: 20 of 25 days
I decided to challenge myself to do Vlogmas this year, and I’m so glad I did. I had so much fun creating video content, and it made me excited for doing more of it in the future. I decided that after day 20, I would cut it off so I could focus on myself and on the holidays.
ALPHABET READING CHALLENGE: MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL
Even though I managed to read 32 books in 2019, I did not officially complete my Alphabet Reading Challenge. The only letter I missed was the letter X, and honestly, I didn’t want to force myself to read something that I knew I wouldn’t enjoy. There options for books that start with X are slim, and none of them appealed to me. Plus, I finished my Q book with little time to spare.
If you’re interested in what books I read for the challenge, be sure to check out my Alphabet Reading Challenge page. Book reviews for my winter reads will be published toward the end of next month.
GO BACK TO SCHOOL: SUCCESS
For those that don’t know, I decided to go back to school to get a post-baccalaureate in elementary education. When I originally wrote this goal, my start date was supposed to be February 1st, but I ended up having to take a few pre-requisite classes before I could officially start my degree program. I was able to start my first term on June 1st, and I ended that term in November with seven classes complete, and I also took and passed my basic skills exams for reading, writing, and math. I’m currently in the midst of term two with the hopes of graduating in December 2020.
PAY OFF A CREDIT CARD: SUCCESS
I did manage to tick this one off toward the beginning of the year.
GET INVOLVED WITH A LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION: KIND OF SUCCESSFUL
Kyle and I spent a few months volunteering with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, but with trying to balance school, work, and life, sadly this fell to the wayside.
WORK OUT TWICE A WEEK
GO TO 2 CONCERTS OR LIVE SHOWS: SUCCESS
I’ve been able to cross this one off multiple times. I shared some of the concerts and live shows I’ve been to in my last 2019 goals update.
GO TO 5 NEW STATE: SUCCESS
I had so much fun completing this goal! I traveled to:
— Colorado: Colorado Springs and Denver
— Kentucky: Louisville
— West Virginia: Charleston
— Missouri: St. Louis
— Virginia: Middletown
— Washington, D.C.
TRAVEL OUT OF THE COUNTRY: SUCCESS
Kyle and I decided to spend our Thanksgiving holiday in Canada this year. We traveled to Toronto and Montreal, and we had the best time. I’m sad that I didn’t get a stamp in my passport, but I thoroughly enjoyed getting out of the country for a few days.
I haven’t had the chance to write blog posts for our travels yet, but you can check out these videos for our travel recaps:
VISIT A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER: KIND OF SUCCESSFUL
I didn’t get to do as much of this as I wanted in 2019, but I’m thankful for the few catch-ups I did manage to make. Most of the travel I did this year was to visit Kyle’s family and friends for weddings and such, but I already have a few trips planned for the new year for my own reunions.
GO TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL
This unfortunately didn’t happen this year, but with all of the travel, concerts, and shows I experienced in 2019, I’m not even disappointed.
GET INVOLVED WITH THE LOCAL BLOGGING COMMUNITY: MOSTLY SUCCESSFUL
There was a new blogging community in Dayton with regular events for a few months, but the organization fell apart for whatever reason. Hopefully I’ll be able to find another blogging community after Kyle and I move next year.
PUBLISH 2 VIDEOS PER MONTH
This didn’t happen, but I did manage to publish 20 videos in December for Vlogmas. I also published a few vlogs with some of my travel adventures. That’s a start!
ORGANIZE AN EXCHANGE
Blogging was not a super huge priority for me this year, so making time to organize an exchange was very low on my list, and it didn’t happen for me this year.
RESTART MY NEWSLETTER
Again, blogging wasn’t super high on the priority list this year. Unfortunately, that also meant that starting my newsletter back up was not even close to being on my radar.
How did you do with your 2019 goals?