I’ve emerged on the other side of my exam season mostly intact, just in time to start meditating on the fast approaching end of the year and write too many blog posts about it. I’ve never really put much stock in New Year’s Resolutions, partly because giving up on resolutions somewhere in the middle of January seems to be just as big of a tradition as making them in the first place. However, for the last couple years, I’ve started writing down a couple of general goals to just keep in mind with the fresh calendar. Or more accurately, to periodically forget and remember throughout the year. So with the last few weeks of 2018, I’m revisiting my goals for a little self-assessment.
Establish and follow a workout plan
My success in this goal has been extremely variable this year. Back in high school, I had been tied to year-round running teams where it wasn’t unusual for me to only get an off day every couple weeks. But then I was cut free, and at the end of last year I was finally getting around to realizing that I had no idea how to motivate myself to work out when it wasn’t a non-negotiable part of every single day. Through the year, I had a few good months keeping up a schedule, but whenever school gets busy, gym time is usually the first thing to get cut. Back on the horse though, yeah?
Find clubs to fully participate in
Moderately well achieved! My resume is slightly less angry with me! But I’m not going to sit here and list out all my extra-curriculars because I feel like that would be boring, so let’s move on.
Be open to people
Up until a few weeks ago, I would have said that I’d done fairly terribly on this goal, but the tides may be changing, if saying so doesn’t jinx it. Basically, I’m well aware of the fact that I am very bad at making friends, which is probably something that needs to change.
- Draft sequel
- Poetry months (4)
Read this blog post to see why the first of those bullet points didn’t happen. I did succeed in the second, however, and you can find them on my blog if you’re interested. Apart from the specifics listed, I also worked through a revision this summer of a novel I wrote in the past, and I have more than a few short stories from my university classes that I’m a little proud of. This goal gets a check mark.
As evidenced by the fact that I haven’t posted on my Instagram in six months and the lack of a header image on this post, I’m going to go ahead and write this one off as a failure. Which is a real shame. I really love the idea of getting into photography, but I don’t quite have the instincts for it.
Read more (18 books)
For some people, 18 may seem like a ridiculously low number, but I had never actually kept track of how many (non-academic) books I’d read in a year and was afraid of aiming too high. As of the posting of this blog, I’ve actually completed 34 books this year. I checked out a stack from the library on Friday, so we’ll see if I can’t inch that number higher before the end of the month. I’m also planning a full recap of my reading this year, so look out for that on the horizon.
Here we are at the meta goal where writing about it helps me fulfill it, how fun. Jokes aside, I have managed to keep up with weekly posts all year, and I’m rather proud of that. I am however, still very bad at self-promo and reaching out to other blogs. If you’re banging around here on WordPress and want some bloggerly friends, please drop a comment or shoot me a message! Because I’m definitely too socially anxious to make the first move.