Whether or not you want to believe it, the new year is here. 2019. The year of the pig and the Vegan according to Google, which seems contradictory to me. The year before another election. The year when some graduate, start new jobs, achieve their goals. Speaking of goals…
2018 has been a year.
You can read about my thoughts and goals from last year here. In 2018, I finished freshman year and started
sophomore year second-year in college. I read a couple books, traveled, created, and challenged my beliefs.
I didn’t complete all my goals, but looking back I did more than I thought. Here were my goals from last year:
- Decide on a major path at school. Be confident in my choice. I am much more content with where I am at school, and I realized that my major does not matter nearly as much as I made myself believe.
- I will be working at a summer camp again this summer – I’d love to help show Christ in a way that will inspire campers to live out the gospel beyond the camp setting. Hard to tangibly say if I reached this or not, but I completed my job at camp!
- Also get re-certified as a lifeguard for camp. I was asked to be head lifeguard and loved every minute of it.
- Ha, probably should swim some laps before this summer then. GOAL: actually use my gym membership at school. I did! I swam, took yoga classes, learned what an elliptical was (#newbie), and did Zumba with my friends.
- Read twenty new books this year. I only counted 17, so this is definitely a goal I want to improve on next year. My favorites from the year were Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Rising Strong by Brené Brown, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
- Learn basics of Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, HTML, and Jython. Well, I learned half of them. I still would love to learn Photoshop and Illustrator.
- Become more confident speaking French. I got more comfortable when I visited Paris (!!), but unfortunately I think I’ve since lost whatever improvements I made.
- Sell ten items that I made by hand. My online shop had over ten sales after launching it in the spring, including a fun custom order, and I also dabbled in retail. This is a dream I’ve had for a while! So cool to see people enjoying items I spent so much time creating.
- Visit every coffee shop in Midtown. I’m so close, still have to hit up Brash and Revelator.
- Go on a road trip to a new state. Check! Texas!
- Respond to texts. Go outside of my comfort zone, initiate, befriend people. Remember my friends’ birthdays. Be present. I did better – still can work on the responding to texts and initiating though.
- Practice contentment this semester. This is a continually applicable resolution!
2019 will be something else entirely!
2019 will be the year where I…
- Read 20 books! I can do it this time around.
- Also finish reading the Bible all the way through.
- Keep in touch with all my friends when I study abroad. I’m the worst at maintaining communication, but I realized more in 2018 how valuable my friendships are. The next five months will be good practice.
- Participate in a craft fair.
- Learn how to properly cook chicken.
- Apply for a summer job or internship. Then, fingers-crossed, land it.
- Conquer latte art at my job as a barista
- Improve my relationship with my siblings…be more proactive in showing them love.
- See a koala and a kangaroo and try vegemite!
- Grow in contentment, same as last year, but also, grow in confidence.
You don’t need New Year’s resolutions. I make them, and usually forget about them by February 1st (please tell me I’m not the only one who does this). Nonetheless, I’m going to keep making them and probably forgetting them because it’s so fulfilling to look back a year later and see how far we’ve come. Resolve to have the most amazing 2019, guys.