2018 vs 2019 goals for the year

So, this year I wanted to try out a new idea that I definitely stole from a friend. Before I came up with my goals, I chose a word for the year. I bounced around a ton of ideas, but the word I landed on was optimism.

One of the hardest things about 2018 was that I didn’t accomplish any of my goals. I usually try to choose things that are attainable, and I didn’t feel like any of them were particularly huge or difficult. But the year was just not what I had hoped and I was pretty much a wreck the whole time. In case you missed 2018’s post, my goals last year were:

  1. Fill a sketchbook
  2. Get hired into a permanent position
  3. Get a tattoo
  4. Talk to more people
  5. Eat at a new Disney restaurant
  6. Explore my state more

While I didn’t check off any of these, I still feel like I accomplished some good things. I didn’t get hired on permanently, but I did get extended at my job multiple times. My family and I made the worst of several crummy situations and went out to do fun things as often as we could with a broken down van and a dying and/or loaner wheelchair. Including a few trips to Disney!

So, this year I wanted to try out a new idea that I definitely stole from a friend. Before I came up with my goals, I chose a word for the year. I bounced around a ton of ideas, but the word I landed on was optimism.
[IMG: “hello 2019” written on the first page of my new bullet journal in thick black ink. Colorful confetti is spread across the page.]

I think I want 2019 to be the year I focus on being as happy as I can be rather than just doing things. In a perfect world, I’d love to travel and go on tons of adventures with my friends, but realistically I know that’s not in the cards. At least not right at this point in my life. But what I can do is learn to love where I am.

So, this year I wanted to try out a new idea that I definitely stole from a friend. Before I came up with my goals, I chose a word for the year.

I bounced around a ton of ideas, but the word I landed on was optimism.

Things are still pretty hard right now and I don’t know when they’re going to change. And I’m nowhere near where I thought I’d be in life. So for quite a while, it’s been pretty easy for me to fall into super negative thought patterns and I know that needs to change. I’m hoping in 2019, I can find optimism in all the shitty situations and in my plans for the future. And speaking of plans, the goals I came up for this year are:

1. Waste less time

I spend so much time thinking about what I want to do and planning that I end up not doing anything at all. I want to learn to waste less time overthinking everything and just get on with it. Also, I’m desperately in need of a burst of motivation because my take has been empty for a long time now. Less Netflix binging and more creativity. Although, I could never give up Netflix binges entirely, cause well… I’m me and water is wet. Anyway, you get the idea.

2. Take more pictures.

This sounds so basic and boring, but it’s something I’m actually really excited to work on. I take less and less every year and I always wish I had more. Plus, having a Pixel and not taking advantage of the camera is such a waste. My polaroid camera needs some more love, too.

3. Work on my mental health, which has been Very Not Good

2018 was pretty brutal and I need to work on myself. A looot. A lot a lot. Which is the main reason I chose optimism to be my word for 2019. But more than optimism, I think it’s important that I make a legit effort to get a handle on my messed up brain. Closing my eyes and hoping everything magically gets better just doesn’t cut it anymore.

4. Find new fun things to do locally

Taking it down from all of Florida to just my local area in hopes that I’ll actually have a chance at ticking this one off. There’s got to be some hidden gems that I’m missing out on because I’m always daydreaming of getting far away. If I can’t leave, I want to make the most of where I live. I’m hoping to find at least a few new restaurants, maybe some cool places to shop or some new spots to take pictures.  

5. Write more! Whether that’s for my blog, journaling, or something fictional – I just want to write more.

I’m always so bummed out with myself when I let creative projects fall to the side. So, this year I really want to focus on writing and try to get as many words out of me as I can. In every way! I want to experiment different styles, try writing something fictional, maybe take a stab at poetry again. I don’t know or even really care, I just want to write. I’m even thinking about Nanowrimo this year because I always talk about it. Maybe it’s the year to give it a go?

So, that’s my plan for the year! Fingers crossed I have better luck than I did in 2018, but either way I’m excited to see what’s next.

What are your goals for 2019?



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