This post was actually supposed to go online last week. But I kind of neglected this blog while I was in the Netherlands with my parents. So here it is – me reflecting and looking back on my goals for 2018 and the whole year in general.
How was 2018?
If you have been following this blog, you might have read my monthly updates. I’m definitely going to continue those in 2019. They keep me accountable.
So, how was 2018? It was a crazy year that went by incredibly fast. I got my first piercing, my first tattoo. Then two more piercings and another tattoo. Went out on dates with different boys I met on Tinder (none of them stuck around). Made friends. Lost a friend. Overall, I had a pretty good year. Of course there were moments that I was stressed and in a bad mood but in general, I’ve been very happy with my life.
2018 was definitely a year in which I grew a lot as a person. I’m more confident than ever before and have finally learned how to let go of things that I have no control over (though it’s still a struggle sometimes). A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about 18 things that 2018 taught me. In that post, you can read more about what I learned in the past year and how I have changed.
I travelled a lot in the past year (and I think 2019 is going to be filled with even more travel). During my travels, I stayed in the UK (except for my last trip of the year). Let me just list all the places that I’ve been this year:
- Harry Potter Studios in London
- Sherwood Forest
- Land’s End
- Lake District (more specifically, Hawkshead, Windermere and Ambleside)
- Eyam (Hope Valley, Peak District)
My goals in 2018
Let’s just list the goals I made last year and comment on them, shall we?
This was my biggest goal for 2018 and I’m really disappointed that I didn’t get to finish school. But I did do everything I could to reach this goal so at least I tried!
- Finish writing a book
I did finish writing a short story that I published on Amazon called Long Overdue. Not quite a book – but I’m still counting this as a win. I also started writing three new books.
- Read 75 books
I set this same goal every year and every year I reach this goal somewhere around the summer. This year was no different. I read a total of 173 (!) books. If you want to know what kind of books I read, you can look at my year in books on Goodreads!
- Business plan
Haven’t really done this. Maybe a good idea to get this sorted in 2019?
- Get finances in order
I only started this a few weeks ago, but I now have several savings accounts for different purposes, a credit card and am working on improving my credit score.
- Create something
I did not create anything that I can think of – not taking the published short story into consideration. I wanted to make something I wouldn’t usually do – like knitting a scarf. And I still like the idea of this but my priorities clearly lie elsewhere.
- Do something cultural every month
YES, I did do at least one cultural thing every month. Whether it was travelling to a new place, going to see a movie at the cinema or the theatre. You can look back on exactly what I did in my monthly updates.
- New blog post every week
I actually forgot I wrote this down as a goal. I have been so consistent with creating new content for my blog. The beginning of the year, it was just one post a week but around June I started posting twice a week and have been doing that consistently ever since!
If you want to read what my goals for 2019 are, that post went live on Tuesday! How was your year?