2018 Wrap-Up & 2019 Goals
Welcome to 2019! Do you set goals for the year ahead or do you carry on living as if nothing is different? I tend to do a mixture of both. The new year isn’t a huge deal because it’s just another day with another number. However, when the new year arrives, I seem to get a burst of energy and motivation to set some new goals for myself to try and achieve throughout the new year!
Today, I’m going to share a quick recap of the past year and everything I’ve done, and then have a quick look at some of my 2019 goals. I did one of these posts at the beginning of 2018 too (read that here), so it’ll be fun to look back and see what I’ve achieved this year.
A look back at 2018
January: My sister and I moved out of our house that we didn’t feel very happy in, and moved into a new flat which we absolutely love! We’ve been here for almost a year now and we love it. It was such a relief to move a place that felt nicer, safer and a lot more homely than before.
February: Ticked something off my blogger bucket list: getting quoted in a published book! More specifically, my review was quoted in the final installment in the Firebird Chronicles series by Daniel Ingram-Brown.
April: I did one of the biggest things I’ve done this year and got 20+ inches of my hair cut off for the Little Princess Trust! I’ve had long hair for years and it got to a point where it got a bit ridiculous. I wanted to get it cut so I thought I may as well do it for a good cause. I went brave and had it cut up to my shoulders, which felt so weird considering it was down to my waist! You can read my full blog post about this here.
May: Went on a spontaneous weekend away with my sister to Weston-super-Mare and it was such a nice time away! It was SO HOT that weekend and we spent most of the time walking around the beach and exploring the town, which was especially nice after it cooled down in the evenings. This was the first time I experimented with my DSLR and I was (and still am) proud of my photos I took. I realised I didn’t share these photos in a blog post, so I should do that soon! Here are a couple…
May: My great grandmother turned 99 and we spent a lovely family day at my nan and grandad’s along with my uncle and twin cousins. It was such a nice day and my granny was even out in the garden playing football. At 99 years old! She’s incredible.
May: One of my goals for 2018 was to go ice skating, and I did! I went to an ice rink near Manchester with my pals Beth and Sophie and it was a lot of fun, but I realise I’m not very good at it. I also fell over onto my bum and bruised my coccyx and I couldn’t sit down without being in pain for about 4 weeks, so that wasn’t fun. But the ice skating was fun!
June: I went to see Bill Bailey, who has been one of my favourite comedians for over ten years! It was so exciting to finally see him in a show after watching his shows on DVD for so long.
July: This was a crazy month. I saw two shows (Stereophonics and Mischief Theatre), dyed my hair orange on the ends and it made me more willing to be experimental with my hair colour, and I also went to YALC for the second time! I spent the week with wonderful pals and saw A Monster Calls at the Old Vic Theatre. I can’t wait for YALC again this year!
August: I went on holiday for Falmouth in Cornwall for a week with my sister, best friend and her mum and dad. We’ve been a few times now and I love it every time we go. Falmouth is such a beautiful place and we stayed in a house with the BEST view overlooking the entire harbour. It was the perfect week to relax for a week and I got so many blog posts written! I need another week like that because it was the most productive I’ve been in a long time!
September: Booked tickets to see Tim Minchin, and I can’t wait!!! Only 13 months to go… aaah! I also went to see PJ (KickThePJ on YouTube) and met a bunch of other great comedy YouTubers who were also part of the show – Chris (Crabstickz), Dean (one half of Jack and Dean), and Bertie Gilbert. It was such a good show and I loved meeting them!
September: In September, I also launched my podcast and that was very exciting! It’s been a bit of a bumpy road getting it out there because I’ve been a lot busier than I thought so I haven’t been able to keep up with posting regularly. It’s still a lot of fun to post when I can though, and I want to get back into it this year as much as I can.
October: We welcomed Roma, a 10-week old kitten, to our little cat family! He was part of a litter that was abandoned at only a few weeks old, and we rescued him from the RSPCA. He’s quite a bit bigger now at around 20 weeks, but still as adorable as ever. He’s so playful and, unlike our other two cats who are scared of everything, he’s so confident. We love him to bits!
November: After a couple of years of saying I wanted to do it and then flaking at the last minute, this year I finally took part in (and completed!) my first NaNoWriMo, meaning I wrote 50k words of a novel in just one month! I haven’t worked on it at all throughout December, so I’m looking forward to getting back to it this month ready to submit to a very exciting competition. At this point I very much doubt it’ll go far, but it’s exciting to submit it anyway! You can read more about NaNo by heading to my blog and reading all of my NaNo updates.
December: This is always a crazy month with Christmas and my birthday on 27th December. I absolutely loved this Christmas – we made it fun with all sorts of games and childish activities, and ate a lot of great food (as usual!). It was my 24th birthday this year and we celebrated by going for a meal at Prezzo and then playing more games and watching a Starkid musical. It was a great day!
Did I achieve my 2018 goals?
In my previous annual wrap-up, I wrote down a few goals for the following year. Here’s a quick look back on them to see if I completed any of them…
Read 52 books. That’s one a week. I read 45 in 2017 and I had a couple of months where I hardly read anything at all, so if my motivation stays high, 52 books should be a doddle!
Nope. This year has been an awful year for reading and I don’t think I even read half of what I read last year. I’m determined to read more this year, but I’m not going to push myself, especially when I’m busy doing other things. I have to prioritise and sometimes reading unfortunately falls to the bottom of the list (despite running a book blog).
Get up and walk more often. It sounds simple, but with my job, I tend to sit at my desk all day without moving. It’s so bad for my health and fitness, so I need to get up and go for a walk. When we live in our new flat, there’s a park right behind it so that’ll hopefully motivate me to go for a quick walk every day!
I was rubbish at this too. That’s not to say that I didn’t try – I really did try. I went to the gym for a few weeks, went out walking a few times, but again, I didn’t do very well as prioritising my time and when I did have time to be active, my motivation hit the floor. My sister and I are going to be joining some sort of online lifestyle program this year to get us on track!
Lose some weight. This probably links to the fact that I don’t move. I’ve put on weight over the past year that I’m not very happy with. So this year, I want to go on a mission to eat better, get daily exercise, and lose some of it. I want to feel happy about myself by the end of the year.
See above. I think I’ve actually put more weight on this year than I did last year. 😐
Start writing a book. The problem with this goal at the moment is that I had a grand total of zero substantial story ideas, so this year I need to sit down and find something I want to write about. I have a few very small, undeveloped ideas, so I need to flesh them out and start writing.
I did this one!!! I completed NaNoWriMo this year which was very exciting! Woooo, at least I completed one goal on my list!
A few days ago, I noted down a few bullet point goals that I want to achieve in 2019. Some are small and some are bigger, and I hope to be more successful than I was with my 2018 ones! They are…
- Journal as much as possible
- Learn to drive
- Travel to more places
- Read more than I did in 2018
- Up my Instagram game
- Start a fitness/lifestyle program and get my life together
- Declutter the house and learn to live with less stuff
- Finish my first novel and submit it to WriteMentor
- Start on a second novel
- See more shows in the theatre
- Join the local theatre??? (This is a big maybe)
Let’s do this!
Do you have any goals for this year? I’d love to know what they are!