As 2018 draws to a close and a new year is on the horizon, I’ve started to reflect on my year and what I would like to accomplish in 2019. For the past several years I have not done New Years Resolutions, but after the dumpster fire that was 2018 I’ve decided to take the time to set mindful goals for my bookish and personal life. I want to live the best life possible and with that comes being mindful about my choices and practicing self-care.
This has been a rough year for a lot of people, and I was not exempt: from work stresses to career disappointments to friendships crumbling, it has been a difficult year for me. The best thing that happened this year was starting Reader Voracious and meeting all of you, hands down! I am looking forward to starting the next year of my life with positivity and carrying it through the months to come.
2018 in Books Review
I didn’t set any goals for 2018 except for my Goodreads Reading Challenge, which I originally set at 52 books. When I surpassed that goal in April, I upped it again. And again. My final goal wound up being read 125 books, and as of December 29th I have read 136 books!
I have one book remaining on my Currently Reading shelf – Firefly: Big Damn Hero – and I intend on finishing it before the end of the year. I’m driving back home from San Diego tomorrow (er, right now as this post goes live) and can’t wait to pick it back up!
My average rating for the year was 3.6, which is higher than I would have expected! 19 of the 136 books that I read were 5-star reads, and my list of favorite books will be published in early January.
Bookish & Blogging Goals for 2019
Read 52 books I know this is a low goal but I like setting attainable ones that don’t stress me out. One book a week is a fabulous goal and who knows, maybe I will actually get promoted this year and my situation will change.
Continue to read more diversely and boost those stories I want to continue to actively seek out stories by POC that feature non-white characters and use my voice to boost these books.
Continue my commitment to read review posts & leave thoughtful comments we all know that reviews tend to be the least viewed kind of posts on our blogs. I don’t know about you but I started my blog to post reviews and they are my favorite kinds of posts to write besides discussions. About six months ago I made a commitment to read reviews in my reader and leave a genuine comment if I have something to say, and this is something I want to carry over into 2019.
Blog hop daily/every other day to avoid being constantly behind I started to be about five days perpetually behind on my reader about two months ago, and I don’t like it. I prefer to hop daily in the mornings and want to get back into that habit.
Life Goals for 2019
Practice / keep up Spanish language fun fact: I used to be fluent in Spanish, but despite living in California I have let it get very rusty. When I backpacked in South America during the summer of 2014 I was able to get back into practicing and regain some of that back, and I want to continue practicing. I will use Duolingo at least 3x a week.
No more non-social eating out I have had a really fantastic time ordering takeaway or delivery, causing my waistline to increase and my bank account to hemorrhage. No more going to the food trucks for lunch at work unless I genuinely need to, and no more going out to dinner unless they are with friends.
Saving $2,000 for emergency savings fund my financial planner urged me to build at a liquid savings account for emergencies, and recommended at least $2,000 before I can look at increasing my retirement contributions. Now that I have sorted out my debt this year, I am ready to tackle this – which would have come in handy when I had to take a medical leave from work for 5 weeks at the end of 2016. If I save $77 per paycheck, I will save this in 12 months.
Self-care 2018 has been the year of learning that I am worth taking care of. For me, self-care is as much about getting outside in nature as face masks and bubble baths. I have become far too lazy and complacent in my depression and the habits are strong – I want to take the time to do the activities that I enjoy doing like hiking and camping.
Start walking and hiking I’ve let myself go physically and one of the big reasons that I don’t start is that it is too hard when I am out of shape. Well… I will continue to be out of shape until I get out there! So I am committing to walking during my lunch 3x a week and at least 2 outdoor hikes per month. Being outdoors brings me a lot of peace and joy, and I know the more that I move the easier it will be.
Hike the West Highland Way in September the main reason I am committed to walking and hiking is that I am finally going to hike the West Highland Way in Scotland! I’ve wanted to do this ever since I took the train along the Way in 2013. It’s a 96-mile thru-hike that goes from Glasgow to Fort William through the highlands where you can camp along the way, and I will probably aim to complete it in 10 or so days. I’ve chosen September because the heather will still be in bloom and the weather should still be good, plus off-season tourism. I turn 35 years young next month and I want to celebrate my birthday on this adventure in the outdoors and my favorite country.
Train for a fall half marathon I used to be a runner, and I want to be again. This is a tier 2 goal because my primary focus is hiking the Way, but as I get fitter I can incorporate some running back into my life. I’d like to maybe run another half marathon in late October or November if I can manage.
What about you?
How did you do on your 2018 goals if you set them? What are your plans for 2019? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Let’s go on another adventure together!