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
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.