Goals For The Year Ahead

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I feel weirdly pressured to set myself some wildly exciting goals for 2019? What’s up with that? 2018 was the biggest year of my life, and while I’m so happy to finally chill out and catch my breath, I feel this random pressure that if my goals aren’t sensational enough, I’m not preparing myself for a great year? Someone please tell me they feel the same. Anyway, here’s what I genuinely want to do in 2019. This is the first time in what, 15 years (??) that I won’t be studying, and while it feels surreal to not set goals around what kind of marks I want to get, it mainly feels super liberating. Keep reading to see how I went with what I set myself in 2018, and to know what are my goals for the year ahead.

Quick recap of my 2018 goals:

“Graduate university” – Can tick this bad boy off. At the start of 2018 I felt goal was kind of set up for me in a way, I just had throw the basket in the hoop and not drop it on the way (however I suck at sports so that’s an achievement). However on reflection, I know so many people who aren’t graduating on their ‘expected date’ due to a multitude of different reasons. I’m only just now realising what an accomplishment it is to get through your full time studies. So, while I used to think this was an easy goal, it wasn’t and I’m so proud of myself for reaching it.

“…with amazing marks” – This was a goal that definitely wasn’t set up for me. I worked so bloody hard to maintain my marks and improve them, and after raising my GPA to a 6, getting straight 7s in my final semester and graduating with Distinction, I can happily tick this off and feel so proud about it.

“Get my drivers licence” – Eeep, okay this didn’t happen. But! I made so much progress and I’m still so proud of myself. If I didn’t set this goal, I know I wouldn’t have come as far as I did in 2018. Not only did I finish my 100 hours of required practise which felt never ending, I gained so much confidence. 

“Save up” – Can safely tick this off. I thought my initial savings goal was a bit unrealistic to meet, but actually exceeding that goal was really fulfilling. I have the ultimate rewards purchase in mind though which has helped me along the way.

Goals for 2019

Get my drivers licence – I will achieve this this year! My 100 hours of required driving have been completed, my book has been sent off and approved, and I’ve already had a proper lesson to fine tune everything. I 👏🏼 will 👏🏼 achieve 👏🏼 this 👏🏼

Read (at least) a book a month – Not only do I want to read more this year, I can feel my passion for it coming back. Last year I read about four books and luckily hit a home run with all of them (Seriously – Love Simon, Crazy Rich Asians, The Hate U Give and Everything I Know About Love were all amazing #wouldrecommend) but recently I’ve been really feeling the ‘hobby’ vibes of reading again which I haven’t felt since like, middle school? I’ve always loved reading but studying and social media really suffocate your love for it sometimes (always). So here’s hoping there’s a book in each of my monthly favourites (because they’re returning in 2019!).

Refresh my blog – This is probably the key reason why it’s January 8th and I am only publishing my first blog post of 2019 now (I feel somewhat late to the party, which is ridiculous.) I have small to medium (maybe considered big??) plans for my blog! But Christ on a bike, it took me a while to figure them out. After much overthinking, many conversations, a lot of Googling and even a hand drawn Venn diagram, I’ve finally pinned down where I want to take my blog in the (foreseeable) future. I knew I wanted to give it a lil’ shake up, but then I started getting all these wild ideas that really took me away from the core of why I do what I do. I don’t want to sound like one of those YouTubers who is always like “working on some sick stuff guys but I can’t tell you yet but it’s savage guys,” but good things are coming. I was about to write “(I hope!)” on the end of that sentence but we’re going to stop hoping and start doing. Bottom line: there will be small changes around the place, but they will mean a lot to me.

Be way more active – This is such a cliche ‘New Years resolution’ but seriously I need to be more active, but I’m genuinely excited about it. Before, when I was a uni student studying full time and working two jobs, the last thing I wanted to do in my free time was go to the gym. But now that my life has more routine (and I now sit at a desk all the time) the want to exercise is there, which is really motivating.

See more of Australia – And by Australia I mean… Melbourne and probably Sydney! Just some quiet cities no one has heard of. I travelled overseas to Florence, Paris and London last year and it was amazing. I don’t have anything of that scale planned for 2019 yet, but then I realised I haven’t even experienced some cities in my own country. I’ve been wanting to go to Melbourne for years, and I’m going to make sure it happens in 2019.

So those are my goals for the year ahead! I have little resolutions scattered around the place, including to be more environmentally sustainable and to be a better listener, but above are the points I want to really grab hold of a tick off.

What are some of your goals? And do you also relate to the weird pressure to make them bigger and better than ones of previous years? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to know!

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  1. Yes! I thought I was the only one who felt pressure to make my goals bigger, or have more of them! So glad I’m not alone. Especially when you’ve been so successful with your previous year’s goals, it’s hard not to think, “why not set the bar a little higher?” x

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  2. Great resolutions! I know what you mean about traveling and getting to know where you live as well as visiting other countries 🙂 Do you have any driving trips? I have my Learner Licence and I’ve had 8 hours practice so far but it still freaks me out to think about controlling a vehicle 😥 the journal and calendar in your main pic are cute btw x

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    1. My biggest tip is to just keep practicing! It took me forever to get confident but driving short distances or for shorter amounts of time regularly instead of a one hour lesson weeks apart from each other will make the biggest and most effective difference! I also think driving the same car every time is helpful as you begin to really understand how it drives and also what it’s dimensions are. I was driving like 4 different cars when I started and each one drove slightly differently which was another obstacle I didn’t need. You’ll get there, there is absolutely no rush, but remember it gets so much easier the more you do it! 💗 Good luck with it! And thank you so much, both about the goals and the journal 😂💖

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  3. Your goals are the same as mine really! I really hope you achieve these! I really hope I get my license this year….I really lack of confidence and really would like to pass!x

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      1. Thanks, you’re totally right there! I’ve been reading your other blog posts as well, they’re good 😊

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  4. Congrats to a successful year of 2018! I wish I could finally tick off uni but I still have another year to go 😦 Getting your driver’s license must be a big deal. I remember what it was like when I got mine. All the best for this xx
    I personally want to see more of Australia this year as well but first I have to make it back haha. If you need any recommendations for good places check out my blog. I did a couple of bush walks and Sydney guides.
    Great post xx

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    1. Aw thank you so much Nicole! I’ve finished I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (fiction) and The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (non-fiction) and they were both fantastic so I highly recommend each of them if they interest you! 🙂

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