Happy New Year!
Au revoir 2018 et Bienvenue 2019!
I’ve decided I don’t believe in New Years’ resolutions. They waste my time more than anything and are often forgotten completely. Instead, I’m setting myself goals in 2019 – how is that different from setting resolutions?
A resolution is decision to do, or not to do, something whereas a goal is an aim based on a person’s own effort.
To me, I’ve found resolutions often revolve around someone changing something about their appearance in a way that can seem unachievable. Which is understandable – who doesn’t want to go into the year with the idea that they’re going to come out of it better-looking based on society’s superficial standards? And of course, it’s not always exactly like that, but if you listen to the vagueness of a resolution, there is no structure or real drive and motivation behind it. (Hate to break it to you but once it hits 12:01am on January 1, you don’t get magically hit in the face by the Motivation Fairy.)
So, without further ado, here are my 5 goals for 2019 – things I wish to achieve, will actively plan to achieve but won’t stress myself out over if it doesn’t happen straight away for one reason or another.
1. Reading Goal
First and foremost, my reading goal for 2019 is starting at 100 books! I say starting because this year that’s where it started and I reached 231 books yesterday. The reason I’ve decided to keep my reading goal lower again for 2019 is mostly that I will be travelling a lot next year and I’m not sure if I will have as much time to read as I did this year. This travel also means that I want to read books from foreign authors and in other languages!
By the end of 2019, I want to have read 100 books with a few of them being in a different language – most likely in French!
What’s your reading goal for 2019?
2. Writing Goal
I’ve been writing on and off for the last two years – this one huge project which I am always super excited to keep building on but then never have the time to act on my motivation to write. At the moment, I stand at about 50,000 words over five drafted books and outlines – I told you, it’s a really big project – so my goal is to focus on one of the books from this series and write everything. As much as possible, without a thought about good grammar or plot holes, I just want to write and get this story out there.
The origin of this project began with its prequels – origin stories about a war which laid waste to a fantasy world where gods ruled from gilded thrones and monsters dwelled in the shadows. These books set the foundation for the main series, which is what I’m focusing on! Book one is called Blood of Sin (thought it’s a working title right now!) and it follows the grandchildren of the god, Hades, and their search for each other and the truth about their family. There’s epic love stories and dysfunctional relationships and I keep building the story plot so much that I’m sure there are more plotholes than plot points (my timeline is always all over the place!)
By the end of 2019, I want Blood of Sin to be done and ready for editing!
Do you have a creative hobby like writing or craft?
3. Language Goal
As I mentioned, I’ll be travelling quite a bit in 2019 (I’ll post a lot of travel photos on my personal Instagram if you’d like to keep up with that!) In February, I’m travelling to New Zealand for 2 and a half weeks with my brother and in June, I’ll be going to France for a month and a half for personal travel and a study tour. My aim is to get my French language skills back from high school – it’s been a few years and my skills have definitely regressed quite a bit, especially in the aural department. (Writing and reading is not as bad, I’ve retained a little bit – I think)
By the end of 2019, I want to be able to hold a conversation with my French sister* without returning to English!
Have you ever wanted to learn a language?
4. Health Goal
Sometime during this year, I told myself I would start eating healthy. I would eat larger lunches of healthier foods and cut out most sugars. I would try to meal plan so that I could offset my intake of carbs and healthy fats. I would confuse my metabolism into working for me.
Upon moving house and the holiday season, that kind of went out the window though so I really would like to get back into it. And I know this sounds like one of those superficial kinds of goals, but this is less about looking good and more about my health.
By the end of 2019, I want to be actively eating healthier and physically active. (The gym is not in my foreseeable future, but I’m thinking 30-day challenges which I can do in the comfort of my own home will be easier to handle.)
Do you have a health goal for next year?
5. Driving goal
I’m not the only one in this boat. I’m almost 21 years old and I’m still on my learner’s permit for driving – it’s kind of sad, but I live in a metro city where public transport is abundant, albeit a bit cumbersome sometimes. I’m used to getting everywhere early in case a train is cancelled or a bus delayed – I know I need to walk everywhere.
The laws here state that a learner driver must accumulate at least 120 hours of driving in different road conditions, with 20 of those hours being night driving. Once I reach 21 though, I am able to do the driver’s test for my probationary permit without having done all the required hours – we’ll see how it goes though.
By the end of 2019, I want to be on my probationary permit!
Do you prefer driving or public transport?
6. Blog goal
It’s not a secret. I haven’t been very active on my blog since starting it up last year but I really do want to build myself up on this platform. I want to write better reviews and share more content that’s related to the bookish community. I want to branch out into topics about travel and photography, and my creative journey. (Like, did you know I started up a RedBubble store?)
Leave a comment with your bookish blogs so I can follow you!
And that’s it, the list. My six goals for 2019 which I hope to achieve in some way or another. I won’t be disappointed in myself if I don’t achieve them all, I won’t agonise over every little detail. What are your goals for the New Year?
*I say sister, because that’s what my French exchange and I have called each other since 2015!