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Resolutions and Goals for 2019

In a manic pursuit of self-improvement, I created an extensive list in Todoist of my goals in 2019.

goals, resolutions, 2019

Really, I’m setting myself up for failure, because there are so many damned goals:

Meditate twice daily! Exercise! Stop smoking! Meet with Gelo! Read more books! Write more often! Eat at new restaurants! Go to the theater! Meet with YC! Visit a museum! Arrange an out of town trip with Boopy! Meet with the squad! Donate to my preferred animal shelter! Meet with Kath!

Just a few of my goals for 2019.

It’s ironic that one of my goals is “make time for yourself”. Seriously, after doing all this, how am I supposed to even keep my eyes open?

I know, I know: it’s better to focus on a few key goals than half-ass a whole bunch of them. But I know myself, and I know that if I don’t set these (admittedly overwhelming) goals, I’ll likely forget about it. And I’ll be damned if I don’t at least try.

Still, there are a few key things I want to focus on in 2019.


Quit smoking cigarettes.

For real, this time. I’ve relapsed in September, and I’ve smoked a pack a day for 2 months. My mom got so mad that I went back to smoking, she even offered to buy me a new atomizer for my vape.

As of writing, I have gone over 1 week without a cigarette, relying solely on vaping for my nicotine needs.

Make mindful purchases.

From 2016-2017, I was spending money as fast as I could. Unfortunately, that meant I accumulated quite a bit of debt. I managed to curb the worst of my spending in 2018, but I still made some unnecessary purchases (though my Huawei P20 Pro was my best impulse buy ever!).

This year, I want to be more mindful of what I buy. I need to take into account several factors:

  • Does my budget allow for this purchase? What will I need to give up if I buy this item? (YNAB will be a great help in making these decisions.)
  • Do I own anything that serves the same function as this item? (i.e. I have several lipsticks already, does this purchase really add anything new to my collection?)
  • Do I need this item now, or can it wait?
  • Am I making this purchase because I am sad or stressed?

Write more. Write better.

I’ve never really stopped writing, but I want to step it up. Just last month, I bought a domain for my blog. I don’t want to waste the money I paid for that, so I want to update my blog on a regular basis.

The thing is, I want to publish content that I’m proud of, not just filler posts to remain SEO-friendly.

New year’s resolution – to write something of value

New year’s resolution – to write something would be fine


New Year’s Resolution, Camera Obscura

To achieve this, I spent literal hours organizing using Todoist and Evernote. I made schedules for blog content (deadlines for drafting, editing, and inserting media) and social media publishing.

I’m hoping that this structure will lead to consistency. I’m a creative person; I just need the discipline to let that creativity shine more.


People don’t need a new year to change their habits, but if it’s a catalyst for change and reflection, I don’t see the harm in making resolutions.

Self-improvement is always a worthwhile goal, and I’m excited to look back in a year’s time to see my progress.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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