Resolutions and Goals for 2019

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.

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