Goodbye 2018: Seeing How Well I Did on My Goals for the Year and Making New Resolutions for 2019!!

In case you didn’t know, I love to make goals!

I make them for every month, and I won’t say how successful I am (because I am very bad at them), but they’re always really fun for me to come up with and also hold me accountable! Even when I forget about them until the end of the month!

And this time, it’s no different: I have completely forgotten all of the goals I made for 2018 until this moment, when I look back on them. Like I said, love to make them, not the best at keeping them.

Today I’m going to be reviewing my 2018 goals and making new ones for 2019, aka looking at how badly I failed all my goals for the year and pathetically trying again for the new year. Proud of me!

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2018 GOAL CHECKUP

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  • Read 100 books.  I’m at 97 books as of right now, but I have two poetry books and a short contemporary lined up for tonight/tomorrow and I’m actually pretty confident I’ll make my 100 book goal! (Me reading 9 books in the last week of 2018? A power move.)
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  • Read more diversely.  Yes! I was a bit lenient on what counted as “diverse” this year and next year I won’t be, but because of my leniency I read all but 2 diverse books.
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  • Keep track of reading stats in a… spreadsheet.  I did! I’ve been slacking with the end of the year since I’m in more of a rush to read than track, but I really love my spreadsheet (and you can read more about it here!).
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  • Read more ARCs!  Yup! I requested more ARCs this year and I think it’s definitely taken a bit of a toll on me (I still have two unread ARCs and many other unreviewed ARCs), but I did it.
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  • WRITE. MY. REVIEWS.  Let’s just say I haven’t properly reviewed at least 70% of the books I read this year.

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  • Rewrite Glittered Ghosts.  Well, I ditched the WIP but maybe it did the work for me and rewrote itself??
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  • Write another novel!  I don’t remember whether I intended to FINISH another novel or simply work on one… but I’m going to be nice and say that I did write another novel, just didn’t complete it.
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  • Brainstorm & develop other plot bunnies.  I barely have any recollection of what I did writing-wise this year (was NaNoWriMo only just a month ago) but let’s give myself the benefit of the doubt and say I did!
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  • Write 5K in one day.  Yeah. Totally.

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  • Reach… 1500 followers??!?!?  Yes, I did!! I actually hit 1.6k followers and it means the world to me! I know last year I got 1000 followers in 10 months, and a year later I got 600 more, which definitely shows regression. But though I regret not interacting more this year, I’m happy that I prioritized myself over than blogging.

  • Finish up my new blog design!  Okay this is a bit of a cheat since I knew I was going to implement my new blog design, but yup, I completed this! And I’m still as in love with it as I was when I first got it.
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  • Take all the breaks I need.  I mean. I was on a break for pretty much the whole year, as in I took a break from interacting..?? I regret it a lot, and thinking about it makes me want to curl up and let myself rot away, but I’m focusing on improving for the new year.
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  • Make a new blogging/internet friend.  I did! I’ve made so many new friends, especially since I joined other social media platforms, and I’m so happy about it.

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  • Exist more in the real world.  I am super super proud to say that I’ve been doing this more. I don’t know if I did much of this in the beginning/middle of the year (I have no memory), but I can for sure say I existed more in real life and isolated myself less near the end of the year and I am so so happy about it!
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  • Drink more water.  No. I did not.
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  • Learn more things about myself.  Yes! I said in 2017 that I discovered things about myself, and in 2018 I did more of that as well.
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  • Take care of myself, not get so anxious, and de-stress.  Yeah… I definitely did not do a good job taking care of myself this year. It was hard to, since this year has been so so rough for me, but I’m hoping that next year will be different!

Me, realizing I actually manage to check off most of these goals:

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NEW 2019 GOALS

(god it sounds so weird to be saying 2019)

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  • Read 100 books. I’m probably going to make the same each year, because I think it pushes me to read a lot, but isn’t so overly ambitious that I can’t do it!
  • Actually start writing reviews again! I don’t want to push myself to write reviews and neglect other things, but I do want to make review-writing a regular thing again! Maybe it’s not every book I read, but at least a few. I miss it a lot, actually!
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  • Be more organized with ARCs. And by organized, I mean, actually read and review them before the release date, because I definitely didn’t do that this year.
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  • Read more webcomics! I truly have loved reading webcomics these last two months of the year (in an attempt to hit my 100 books goal) and I definitely want to continue finding and reading more in the new year.
some of my recent reads, in which all but two are webcomics/graphic novels!

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  • Continue working on my WIP! This is the first WIP I actually don’t want to abandon a month after I’ve worked on it, which I’m really happy about! I feel like I could turn this into something I truly want it to be, and that makes me excited.
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  • Come up with other book ideas. Coming up with book premises is so exciting to me: the thrill of a new idea and feeling smart and getting excited. I haven’t been doing much of this lately and I miss it!
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  • Write more poetry! I used to write poems a lot more in 2017, but this year I stopped. But I feel like my voice in poetry has developed into something I’ve proud of, and I want to use it more often!
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  • Write 5K in one day. Using the same goal? Yes. Will I reach it? Probably not.

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  • Reach… 2,000 followers?! Oh my god, typing that out makes it feel more real than ever. Because I think if I continue blogging, I really truly will hit it. But that’s such a surreal number to me and I’m getting all weird just thinking about it!
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  • Actually interact. Meaning: Comment on other blogs! Reply to comments on my own blog! I just want to get back into the rhythm I had in 2017 because I lost it this year and I hate it so much.
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  • Implement a cool feature or something. I don’t know I’ve been wanting to do some nice feature or blog series for a while now, but I don’t actually know WHAT, so hopefully I’ll figure something out for 2019??
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  • Just. be good to myself. I beat myself up so much for my lack of interaction with other bloggers this year, and I just really don’t want it to happen again!!

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  • Practice self-care. This is probably the biggest things I want to do in 2019, because this year was so bad for me because of the lack of care I showed myself, and I really want to take the necessary steps to make sure I’m okay!
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  • Listen to more music and watch more shows! Most of the media I involve myself in is the written stuff, but I want to listen to more things and watch more things too! (Even though I got and lost my new earbuds within one day… it’s fine.)

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  • Do more dance stuff! I’m keeping this vague because I don’t really know what I want to do related to dance, but I feel like I’ve grown a lot more in dance and fallen more in love with it this year so I just want to involve myself more in it!
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  • Prioritize my happiness. I want to do things that make me happy and avoid things that don’t. Because this year has been honestly bad for me, and I truly want to make sure that 2019 isn’t a repeat of it, because I deserve better.

shall we chat

how did you do on your 2018 goals (if you made any)? have any resolutions for 2019?? if you’re doing the goodreads challenge tell me if you completed it ages ago or if you’re scrambling to finish like me??

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47 thoughts on “Goodbye 2018: Seeing How Well I Did on My Goals for the Year and Making New Resolutions for 2019!!

  1. Congrats on reaching most of your 2018 goals!! That is really such an awesome and amazing thing and you deserve all the rewards. Reading these sorts of posts is so satisfying because every time I see somebody say, “Yeah, I actually did this goal,” my belief in humanity (and in myself) goes up a bit. Like, hey, maybe I can do that too. Anyways, you are awesome and I wish you all the luck with your new goals and your new year.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kat!! You’re too sweet to me 😭💗 And yess I feel that as well! Accomplishing a goal is great, but hearing about another person accomplishing a goal is just as good!! I hope you were able to meet your goals (if you made any!) for 2018, and I hope your 2019 is as lovely as you are!! ❤

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  2. Wow, it’s amazing you’ve read so many books! Keep that up. Congratulations on all your milestones and good luck with all your goals for 2019! Especially that WIC, and poetry because I really love that lol. I love coming up with cool story ideas too

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  3. Congrats on reaching so many of those goals! Prioritizing my happiness and self-care is definitely a 2019 goal of mine as well, 2018 did a number on me and I think doing things that I love will really help me get back to being myself. I’d also like to start a new WIP, I’ve been woefully slacking the writing department these last few years. Wonderful post! ❤️

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  4. Congrats! You did so well with your goals 🎉 I actually set a low Goodreads goal (52 books) in 2018, because I didn’t want to stress about it, and I completed it in April. Then I said I wanted to read 100, which I did, and just yesterday I actually reached 150 books, which is the most I have ever read in a year and I’m really happy about it 😁 I hope you make it to 100 book! Happy reading!

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  5. So proud of you for everything you accomplished this year, May!! ☺️ Congrats on reading 100 books this year (and good luck finishing the last three, haha)!! I love your 2019 goals, especially the ones for life – I definitely want to practice self-care and watch more shows/listen to more music, too. (I LOVE The Good Place, btw – it’s amazing, hilarious, & thought-provoking). Great post as always!! Happy new year!! I’m so excited to see how your blog will grow in 2019. 💞

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    1. Aww, Dezzy, thank you so much!! (And I managed to hit 100 at the last moment haha!) And yess I hope you get to practice self-care, it’s so important and you deserve all the care and love! The Good Place — or what I’ve watched of it — is amazing, I love all the characters and it’s definitely thought-provoking! I hope you have a fantastic 2019, Dezzy!!

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  6. You have so many good goals! I’m glad you were able to hit most of them in 2018! My goals are too ambitious because I want to set the bar low and then progress! I’m hoping to hit 20 books in 2019 because I keep either getting close to 50 or staggering at 20+ every year.

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  7. I failed most of my goals OOPS. But I made more realistic (hopefully) goals for 2019 so I hope I can accomplish them! I’m actually not setting a GR goal for 2019 – and I really want to see how it goes! I think it’ll put less pressure on me and allow me to read books I want to read?? Maybe. I hope you start writing poetry again and maybe continue ilc? (was that vague enough??) Honestly, you deserve a really amazing 2019!! I’m sending you all good vibes and hugs!! Please take care of yourself and prioritize your happiness – that’s so so so important ❤ You achieved so many of your goals?? SO PROUD OF YOU. and dude i miss glittered ghosts so much? like i remember how cool it sounded and everything but i get not wanting to work on a wip anymore. YOUR NEW WIP IS AMAZING AND AWESOME AND SO ARE YOU!!!

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    1. ahahah well there’s always 2019 goals to do amazing at!!! I’ve read your goals post (and didn’t comment uhhhhhhh haha) and they all seem like really good goals ❤ and I'm proud of you for not setting a GR goal! literally I don't care about it in the first half of the year and then when it gets to the last few months I stress out lmao. (djflskdjflsd WHAT IS ILC I CAN'T GUESS IT) and flsdkjfsd Ilsa thank you so much I love you you're the best and you deserve everything good I hope 2019 is the best for you!!!

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  8. Ahh, May, congratulations on achieving so many of your goals!💓100 books is so amazing, I admire your reading skills so much, ahaha. I also think you should be really proud of yourself for putting yourself/real life over blogging, and you should be proud of the growth you had this year! Good luck with all your goals for 2019, and I’m wishing you the happiest new year!

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    1. Thank you so much Olivia!! You’re so kind to me ❤ And aww, thank you! I hope you admire you own reading skills too, though, you're a great reader no matter the amount of books you read!! ❤ And aahh thank you so much for saying that, I really needed to hear it ☺💕 Hope you have a fabulous 2019!!

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  9. Congratulations on getting to so many of your goals, that’s amazing and wow I have no idea how you manage to read so much in a year, that’s incredible ❤ ❤ I hope you'll manage to accomplish all of your 2019 goals, May and most importantly that you'll be able to practice self-care a bit more. I know I personally suck with that a whole lot, but it's so important, I hope you and I will both manage to do that more 🙂 All the best for the new year ❤

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    1. Aaahh Marie, thank you so much!!! (And what are you talking about, you read so much in 2018 as well!! ☺💖) And yess I truly hope I’m able to practice some self-care this year — and I hope you can too! You are so worth the love and care ❤ Have the best 2019 Marie!!

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  10. Congrats on all the reading! I think 100 is such a good goal, and so fun to reach! And good luck hitting 2k, that’s such a momentous number! I’m so excited for 2019 and all the blogging, writing and tv show exploring we get to do!!!

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  11. May, you absolutely ROCKED on 2018! You achieved so many of your goals! I think you have even better ones for 2019. Practice self-care and prioritize your happiness is so important! I’ve been very bad at it in 2018 too, and I feel like for this year I’ve pretty much built a bubble of negativity for myself, which is probably why I felt such a lack of motivation throughout the whole year. Please share more of the things that make you happy! Hope you have an amazing 2019! 💛

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  12. Wow congrats on completing most of your 2018 goals! I forgot a majority of the goals I set – like you, I prefer making them over keeping them ^_^ Yay for 1500 followers I definitely think 2000 is on the way!

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  13. OMG You watched the Good Poace!!! FSKDGDJD THATS MY FAV SHOW EVER. Also, congrats on 1.6I followers!!! I think I have 25..? 😂 Also yes coming up with book premises is so fun. I do that while I fall asleep. I have so many ideas in my head lol. Again I have to say how amazing your spreadsheet is. So amazing. I tried copying it but I failed. I’m so disorganized. Sorry to hear you got stressed! Hopefully 2019 will be so much better! Cheers to a great 2019! 🍻

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  14. drink MORE water and start DESTRESSING bish, or else ill fite you 😤😤😤 ugh your spreadsheets are amazing, how are you so organized. and omg yes !!!you finally care about your WIP, we (your fans) can all rejoice

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  15. Well you definitely crossed off more goals than not for 2018, and in my mind that’s the sign of a successful year (I say knowing full well I can’t say the same about myself and my 2018 resolutions. Oh well).
    Good luck with all your goals for 2019, I’m sure you’ll be able to read 100 books in 2019 as you managed to last year and you never know you may be able to write 5k words in one day. We try writing 50k words for the month of November when we take part in NaNoWriMo so anything’s possible right?!
    Great post, and again good luck. 🙂 ❤

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  16. You did so great on your goals this year! I am very impressed. I completed most of my reading goals, but my blogging and life goals were a mess. I think I completed one of each. (Mostly because I completely forgot about them… oops…)

    And I was SO behind on my reading goal 😂 I ended up binge rereading a bunch of Shadowhunters short stories on the 30th and 31st, and managed to complete it, but just barely. (I was actually doing okay for most of the year, and then the slump hit around the beginning of December, and I fell wayyyyy behind.)

    I love your spreadsheet! It’s so cool! I really want to do something like that, but I always forget hahaha.

    Good luck with your 2019 goals! 🙂

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