Halfway Through the Year: How Am I Doing on My 2018 Goals? (and Making Goals For the Coming School Year)

We’re halfway through 2018.

I feel so old thinking about my January 2018 self even though it was literally… six months ago. Six months ago doesn’t seem that long? It’s just half a year? Kind of?

Since we’re halfway through the year, I’ve decided to check in on my goals for 2018 and see how well I’m doing! I totally forgot some of the goals here so it’s good that I revisited them so I can do my best to accomplish them by the end of the year (I’m very competitive).

And because I’m taking a vacation in July* and won’t have time to post them, I’m also making a few goals for my 2018-2019 school year! I go back in 5.5 weeks and I’m crying inside.

*SURPRISE! I’ve literally never talked about this trip before oops. More details in my June wrap-up!

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  • Read 100 books. Well I’m supposed to have read 50 books by now to be on track for 100 books but GUESS WHAT!! I’ve read 45. I hate everything.
  • Read more diversely. I’ve only read two non-diverse books (one was for school, and the other didn’t mention any marginalized characters but I feel as if there were some POC in it) so I’m REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THAT. Last year I read just over 50 diverse books… out of 100. So I’m doing much better than that.
  • Keep track of reading stats in a… spreadsheet. Little did Fetus May know that my spreadsheet tracking would get out of hand.
  • Read more ARCs! Yes!! I’m so happy this year to have gotten more ARCs from publishers, especially the ARCs of books I’m really anticipating. I know we shouldn’t measure self-worth based on ARCs but it’s a good feeling when a publisher sends you a free book (for review), you know? But now I’m feeling stressed from all the ARCs I have to read why can’t I be happy.


  • WRITE. MY. REVIEWS. Did I actually think this would happen or was I deliriously optimistic about my abilities.

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  • Rewrite Glittered Ghosts. Oh my god no please no I can’t even look at this piece of trash anymore.
  • Write another novel! Novel? Who?? Have not heard of her. (I seriously want to achieve this by the end of the year though, most likely for NaNoWriMo, but I have NO INSPIRATION.)
  • Brainstorm and develop other plot bunnies. I thought I could develop my Peter Pan Sapphic Gender-Flipped Retelling idea but I apparently completely forgot that I SUCK at plotting so there goes that.
  • Write 5K in one day. …Yeah so no.

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  • Reach… 1500 followers??!?!? It’s kind of discouraging to know that last year in June I was getting more than 1,000 monthly views than I am this month, and I’ve been getting followers at a slower rate this year… but that’s because I’ve put my health first in 2018 and I’m really, really happy about that. (ALSO THANK Y’ALL FOR ALMOST 1.4K FOLLOWERS!!)

  • Finish up my new blog design! I did and it’s gorgeous and I’m still in love with the look of my blog. (Another huge thanks to Madeline for all the designs she did!!)
  • Take all the breaks I need. I’m so so proud of myself for putting my health before blogging because that is the most important thing, and I didn’t do that last year. I’m still a mess and at this awkward stage of posting-things-but-not-really-interacting-with-other-blogs and I HATE it but… I’m getting there. Thank you all for continuing to support me even if I’m not supporting you. It means everything.
  • Make a new blogging/internet friend. This is such a weird goal looking back on it but I TRULY want to get closer to all of y’all!! This community has some of the best, sweetest, most supportive people and I adore all of you. But I definitely have to say that I’ve become friends with Mel @ Mel to the Any and Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams and they are both precious precious people and I will continue to boost them forever.

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I literally have no life but okay ← this is a still true comment from half a year ago and I hate it

  • Exist more in the real world. Uhh not really? I kind of went into a depression period for most of the year so far and that pretty much prevented prevents me from doing much more than just “existing”.
  • Drink more water. THIS IS SUCH A HARD GOAL but I’m proud to say that as I’m writing this post, a water bottle sits next to me and I’ve drank (drunk???) almost all of it. I’m going to say that I accomplished this though, because self-esteem.
  • Learn more things about myself. This is such an odd goal but YES I’ve finally figured out my sexuality and kinda my gender and I’ve also found out that I definitely, most certainly have depression.
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I know I use this for everything I talk about but it just fits me so well
  • Take care of myself, not get so anxious, and de-stress. That did not work but we’re going to pretend it did.

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Reading: 3/5 accomplished!

Writing: 0/4 accomplished (this makes me cry)

Blogging: 3/4 accomplished!

Life: 2/4 accomplished!

Total: 8/17 accomplished!

The “you can do it!” part of my brain is saying “well 8/17 is pretty much half of the goals and we’re halfway through the year so you can still accomplish all your goals!!!” while the “lol you’re going to fail” part of my brain is saying “you think too highly of your own abilities”.

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Because I’m That Person, I need to make some goals for the school year. I just know that without any sort of goals or some SEMBLANCE of motivation, I’m going to flop everything. So here we go.

Also someone please cry with me I can’t believe it’s halfway through my summer break I really really don’t want to go back to school.

  • Use SOME method of organization. I tried using a planner, it didn’t work. I tried making to-do lists, it didn’t work. But I swear that this year I’m going to use SOME method of organization to stay on top of my work because I’ve gotten anxiety attacks over homework I’d forgotten was due and it wasn’t pretty.
this is my 2017-2018 planner and as you can see: nothing
  • Please, for the love of myself, do homework early. I remember nights earlier this year where I just stayed up finishing homework or promised to wake up early and finish it and end up completing it at school in the morning the day it was due. It brings me SO much stress and I really, just really, want to do anything that keeps me from being overwhelmed again.
  • Schedule blog posts ahead of time. This is kind of a weird goal, but if I’m going to balance blogging and school HEALTHILY, I can’t neglect homework to write a blog post that’ll go up that day. I really want to get in the habit of scheduling posts (regardless of school) and I think this will help me be less stressed!!!
  • Go to sleep earlier!!! This is an issue I’ve had regardless of school, but with school, the problem is definitely worse. I need 8 hours to kind of function, 10 to fully function, and some nights last year I got 6 hours. (Or I would try to go to sleep early, panic when I wasn’t falling asleep, and then end up staying awake longer.)

shall we chat

has 2018 been good to you so far?? anything you want to gush or vent about in the comments? if you’re heading back to school, what are your goals (if any)? what do you still want to achieve in the last half of the year? i’m wishing you the best last six months of 2018!!!

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25 thoughts on “Halfway Through the Year: How Am I Doing on My 2018 Goals? (and Making Goals For the Coming School Year)

  1. Good luck with continuing to reach all your goals!❤️You can do it, there’s still a ton of time left, and you’ve already done amazing by reaching nearly half of them! Agh, I feel you with the homework and sleep. This coming school year I need to be really focused on homework because I know school is only going to get harder, and I’ll have dance, and…I want sleep. *laughs because what is sleep*


  2. I wish you the best of luck with achieving all your goals! I think it’s really good that you’ve read nearly 50 books! You can still definitely reach your goal of 100! And, congrats on reading nearly 1.4 K followers! I need to catch up with homework and sleep as well. Haha 💗


  3. Dude, we’re again on par with the Goodreads goal lol (I’ve moved on to 45 books too). You seem to be doing amazingly and I hope it just gets better.
    Also, about the whole writing thing? I. So. Get. You. I’m pretty sure the hardest thing for writers is to actually write. It ridiculous. Who made these rules? :/


  4. Which grade are you going into next? (I’m doing grade 10 but uggghhhhh high school is scary. Even though everyone tells me I’ll be fine and it’s not as bad as I think. I DON’T BELIEVE THEM. *runs screaming for the hills*)

    Okay so this is a wild suggestion: do online homeschooling. I do it, and honestly, it’s way more relaxed (that’s not me saying that it’s not hard work; you have to work VERY HARD to do well 😂) because you have more control over your schedule. YOU CAN EAT AND BE IN CLASS AT THE SAME TIME. You don’t get to see people face to face unless you sign up for something, so if you’re a really social person, that might be a downer. But you can still talk online with people! I personally do the online school Saint Pauls Academy through Center For Learning at Home. But that might just be for Canadians. In Alberta. 😂 I’m sure that there are more online homeschooling options out there though!! 😃


  5. Honest to God, one of the biggest highlights of 2018 is becoming friends with you, love! I will forever and ever boost your voice, and gush about all the Asian books with you! I love you, and you deserve the entire universe! Happy reading and happy July! 💗xx


  6. I’m failing at my goals so bad right now. I’m honestly terrified to look back at them, because… I am failing. So much.
    Like, I’m actually on track with my reading challenge, and I suppose I technically have completed my very vague goal of “write something”. But barely. And only because I had no confidence in myself to complete anything more than that, so left it very vague. Oops.

    Good luck with your goals!


  7. I know how frustrating it can get to be behind on your goals! I hope things start moving along better in the next few months. ❤️ Also, I used to hate planners! I could never stick to one. But I managed to successfully keep one last year (if we disregard the huge chunk of empty pages in the middle of 2017, oops), and I’m trying it out again this year. It’s been really helpful. I put cute Pokemon stickers on it to motivate me /not/ to completely abandon it! 😂

    Good luck with your goals! You can do it!


  8. I am so with you on the not doing homework at the last minute thing. I did that only a couple of times during my school-days, and it was the absolute worst. Stressful is right!

    I liked planners for every day to-do lists and calendars to get a sense when longer term projects were due. Combining those things confused me for some reason.


  9. Happy New month may. So I don’t even want to look at my goals cause I’m sure I’ll just cry cause I haven’t really achieved anything.. 😂. I spent most of the first four months of the year in a depressed funk. May was better due to supporting friends and now I’m actually okay. Still in a reading slump though. Wishing you all the best this month of July.


  10. I am so proud of you for taking more blogging breaks and taking care of yourself first and foremost – that’s what matters the most honestly ❤ And congratulations on the followers, this is incredible, as well as getting more ARCs of your anticipated books, that's the goal so YAY! 😀
    Best of luck for achieving all of your goals for the upcoming school year, take care of yourself love! xx


  11. Good luck on all of your goals; you got this May!! We all believe in you. ☺️❤️ And you’ve already accomplished so much this year, including taking care of yourself (which is so important), so that’s great! 💕

    Ahhh, I’m also starting school in 5.5 weeks (ish) and I can’t believe it; summer’s flying by ugh. 😩 But I’m actually going to a summer program for four weeks (I’m living at a university since the summer program is held there) and I’m excited for it but also nervous (homesickness, social anxiety cuz I gotta make new friends, etc 😅). Lmao but hopefully it’ll all be fine; I just worry and overthink *a lot*.

    I hope you have a great rest of your summer!! 💗 Wonderful post as always.


  12. Oh wow!!! This is amazing!!! I may use this format for my Fall Goals!! You’re doing so well!! I’m so excited for you. I love seeing people accomplish their goals. Believe it or not, you’re motivating me. Good luck with the rest!


  13. I’m not even sure I made 2018 goals, tbh. Sometimes life’s just like that. But 8/17 is pretty great!! And prioritizing your health is always, always so important. ❤ (And DANG those school goals are relatable as hell. I use a bullet journal because making it pretty motivates me to actually use it, but as for actually getting my work done on time- THAT'S A BIG OLD MOOD.)


  14. I’M SO PROUD OF YOU, look at you achieving all these goals!! You’re doing so great!! And I’m so, so happy we became friends this year, your messages always brighten my day (even if you roast me or are being naggy), and please let’s both help each other achieve that goal of going to bed at a reasonable hour!! ❤

    Love you & please continue putting your (mental) health first. ❤


  15. Good luck with your goals for the rest of the year May, I think at the end as long as you’re doing the right things for you that’s the main thing that matters right? ❤
    I was a little behind a while back for my Goodreads Challenge but I managed to pull ahead again so I'm sure you can too. There's still six months of the year left to get as much reading done as you can, and I wouldn't say you're miles behind either. Also that sucks about being a little uninspired when it comes to writing, and I really hope your inspiration comes back soon. 🙂 ❤
    I hope you're doing well in terms of life in general, and again good luck with your goals for the second half of the year. I'm sure you'll kick 2018's butt by the time it's over! 😀 ❤


  16. I am so proud of all of the goals you have accomplished so far this year 🙂 you are doing amazing! I wish you the best of luck with the rest of the year, and I know you can do it! if you ever need to talk, feel free to message me on IG or Twitter, I’m always here 🙂 ❤


  17. I feel you on the getting followers slower and it really brought me down for a couple months at the start of the year BUT now I’m just going with it and I’m just like WELP *shrugging emoji* and I found myself enjoying my time more now that I’m not freaking out over that!


  18. Hi, it’s us again (you probs don’t remember us lol😂), stalking your posts so we can catch up (somewhat at least).

    As you can probs already guess…we took a very long (unexpected) break from blogging…mostly because life and education just took over for us!!
    Although we never really forgot about blogging and couldn’t solidly come back to it before (but now we have 😉…hopefully lol😅) – we knew we couldn’t make posts that we would be (somewhat at least lol) happy with…or there’d just be more added stress!! So guess what we’re trying to say is that take your time when having your break because HEALTH is first and really blogging should be fun and not a chore!


    We shall continue to stalk through your posts, until your return from your holiday!😉


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