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2019 Resolutions (2018 Goals Recap)

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Hello fellow bookworms ๐ŸŽ†ย The new year has begun and it’s time to look back on what I managed to achieve in 2018 when it comes to all the goals I have set! Spoiler: it was good in some areas and bad in others, as I divided my goals into reading, blogging, life and writing. Surprisingly (or maybe not considering 2018 as a year) my life resolutions have not really been met, but reading and blogging wise it was a good year!

Not only will I talk about how I did with my 2018 Goals, I will also share my 2019 resolutions, as the new year is in full swing already and I have a few things I want to achieve this year, to make it better than the last! I have quite a few more life resolutions this time, as there are lots of things to improve!

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Looking Back on my Goals

Reading Goalsย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

  • Read 65 Booksย โœ… I read 145 Books this year and managed to surpass my goal!
  • Try out more Adult Booksย  ๐Ÿ”œ I read 11 Books in the NA/Adult category, which was better than I expected, especially as I didn’t set myself a set amount of books to read, but as I read 145 Books this still wasn’t a lot
  • Read even more diverselyย โœ… I managed to complete the Diversity Bingo I set myself, even though I later quit it, as after a while, I wasn’t very keen on my initial idea anymore. Generally, I did read some great diverse books this year!
  • Complete 10 to read in 2018 TBR โ›”ย I ended up getting to 7 out of the 10 Books I wanted to read this year, but didn’t manage to read The Broken Eye, Fireblood and Wayfarer!
  • Participate in the Supernatural Reading Challengeย โœ… I made good progress and completed many challenges, but I wasn’t that involved with the community side!

Blogging Goalsย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

  • Promote my posts a bit more โœ… I use Twitter a lot to promote my posts and even remembered to post my link when I did a Top 5 Wednesday, so I would say that I got a bit better at that!
  • Improve my schedule furtherย โœ…ย I didn’t really stick to my only 2 posts a week goal, but I managed to work out my schedule a bit and decided to only review books I rated 5 stars to decrease the amount of posts I had to write, which was a relief!
  • Discover a lot more blogs and peopleย โœ…ย I really think that I discovered lots of amazing new blogs, that I now comment on frequently, so this was a success!

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Writing Goalsย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

  • Finish the draft of my WIP Intoxicated โœ…ย & Edit itย โ›”ย I managed to FINISH my draft of my WIP Intoxicated, which I’m super proud of, but I didn’t manage to edit it, as I didn’t get to it during summer break and things were too stressful at the end of the year.
  • Outline the second bookย ๐Ÿ”œย Technically I managed to outline the sequel to Intoxicated in November (with a lot of effort), but I didn’t manage to order it into an actual outline.
  • Outline a completely new ideaย โ›”ย NOPE.

Life Resolutionsย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

  • Get more healthyย โ›”ย Omg absolutely no. I got back to eating junk food so quickly, when University got stressful, as I’m a horrible stress eater and sometimes just want to treat myself, as this year has been a mess.
  • Keep up with my new Happy Journalย โ›”ย ย I quit in February, as this journal didn’t make me happy anymore and once I forgot to update, I couldn’t get back into it ๐Ÿ˜ญ
  • Draw once a Monthย ๐Ÿ”œย How much I drew varied a lot over the months, sometimes I had phases were I used my coloring books a lot, but then I went months without, so there was no real consistency.
  • Fix my sleep schedule a bitย โ›”ย AHAHAHAHA. No.
  • Catch up on TV Showsย โœ…ย Not on every Show I wanted, but thank god for Sandra, who became my watch buddy and boosted my own Netflix-ing a lot!!

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My New Year’s Resolutions

Life Resolutionsย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

  • Focus on self-careย ๐Ÿ“ย I am so bad at this, but with the uncertain and challenging year ahead, I truly need to take care of myself better! That means taking more breaks and allowing myself to breath and destress with activities I enjoy doing! This also includes my goals to take walks outside and eat more veggies, as both is good for my body! I just cannot let things get as bad as last year again!
  • Regularly take a walk outsideย ๐Ÿ“ย I don’t move nearly enough, as I spend too much time sitting, be it on my computer or with a book, so I want to get moving a bit. Now I hate sports and never keep up with them because of that. However, I have recently enjoyed taking walks and get moving in the nature and the fresh air outside, so I want to do that as often as I can to get some steps in!
  • Focus more on positivityย ๐Ÿ“ย I have gotten a bit bitter towards the end of 2018 and often felt like I was only talking about everything that was bad, so I want to change my perspective on things. I’m planning on maybe using a journal to record anything good that happens, as I want to get more in touch with thinking positive and notice the good things about what is happening!
  • Eat more fruit and vegetablesย ๐Ÿ“ย I really didn’t want to write ‘eat healthy’ here again, as that never works out, so I decided to go with something else I noticed about my eating. The main problem I notice with what I eat, is that I don’t eat nearly enough fruit and vegetables! Therefore, I plan to use what is recommended: eating 5 portions of fruit/vegetables a day to improve my food intake! having a clear goal like that seems to be a good way to keep up with this!
  • Develop a better sleep routine ๐Ÿ“ย ย My sleep routine isย  pretty horrible, I stay up too late and then cannot get out of bed the next morning. I hate that actually, as I waste so much of the day and often feel not that motivated. Therefore, I want to try to improve my sleeping habits and go to bed a bit earlier, making it possible to get up better in the mornings!
  • Get back to learning french ๐Ÿ“ย I love languages, but unlike with English, I have not been keeping up with my French at all ever since I left high school. I was pretty good at it back then, but now I haven’t used it for over 3 years. That’s such a shame as I did have all this experience, so I want to get back into it in this year. Does anybody have Recs for how to learn it by myself?? I don’t have the time for a course and idk about Duolingo because I heard itย  sends you pressuring e-mails??
  • Use my coloring booksย ๐Ÿ“ย I didn’t do that well drawing in them consistently in 2018, but I want to regularly use my coloring books in 2019, as I don’t do that nearly enough. I usually have bursts of coloring, but then I do nothing for months and I really want to avoid that. Drawing in my coloring books (adult coloring books are truly the greatest invention!) is always so relaxing for me, so I have no idea why I don’t do it more often.
  • Watch more TV Shows ๐Ÿ“ย I did well with this last year, but there are so many TV Shows I have not gotten to yet and that I have been pushing off forever, so in 2019 it’s time to tackle the shows I have been wanting to get to for years now! I plan to make use of my Netflix subscription a lot, as my list is quite full!

Blogging Goalsย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

  • Post more freely and get more relaxed ๐Ÿ“ย I’m always very intense about blogging, so I’m trying to get less stressed out by having to keep to a schedule. I plan to post more whenever I want without having to feel like I have to post at a certain day (excluding T5W posts). I also want to try to limit it to 2 posts most weeks, especially during exam season and my internship!
  • Figure out how to do Reviews in a timely manner ๐Ÿ“ย ย I love writing Reviews, but with my reading pace they have been hard to keep up with the last year. In 2019 I’m planning to maybe cut down on the length and allow myself to write more short list Reviews. I always feel like I have to write a longย Review, but I want to reserve those for m 5 star reads!Trenn Kopie

Reading Goalsย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

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  • Read 65 Books ๐Ÿ“ย Goodreads Reading Challenge ahoi! I always choose 65 books as my goal now, as this is how many books I read my first year when I got back into reading!
  • Read more out of my comfort zone ๐Ÿ“ย This can be sci-fi, historical fiction or adult books and more, basically everything that I don’t read regularly and have to push myself to read. I definitely want to read some books that are not part of whatย  I usually reach for to challenge myself a bit and maybe discover some unexpected favorites!
  • Support my library even more ๐Ÿ“ย I want to read even more books that come from my library, because I might have to move in 2020, so I want to make the most of having a really great library right now, as I don’t know what the future will bring! I’m very grateful to have such a fantastic library and want to read as many of the books I’m interested in as I can! This is the time to read all the books without having to pay! (other than my annual library fee that is)
  • Make an effort to read diversely ๐Ÿ“ย This is on my list of goals every year, because it’s incredibly important to support diverse books and authors! I try to read as many diverse books as I can each year, so in 2019 I aim to do the same and check out some great diverse books on my physical TBR or in my library!

P.S. there will be an extra post for my 2019 reading challenges! ๐ŸŒท

Writing Goalsย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

  • Edit WIP Intoxicated ๐Ÿ“ย I did not get to this in 2018, something that I’m still very sad about. However, I definitely want to make this a priority in 2019, because this draft needs to be polished a lot and I want to finally start editing for the first time ever! I definitely do not want to leave this for the last months of the year and get to it before hand!
  • Write WIP2 during Camp NaNo ๐Ÿ“ย I have to put together the outline in an orderly fashion first, but afterwards I aim to write the sequel! I likely won’t be able to do NaNoWriMo this year, so I plan to write it during Camp NaNo in April (and maybe July?? Depending on how that goes, I have no idea what my plans are then yet)!

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What are your resolutions for 2019? Did you complete all your 2018 Goals?ย ๐ŸŽ‡ย 

19 thoughts on “2019 Resolutions (2018 Goals Recap)

  1. What a great list of resolutions you have here, Caro, I really hope you’ll achieve all of them โค I'm with you about self-care and positive thinking, I need to do that as well and maybe we can remind each other of it, too โค If I can help for anything, with French, or just chatting, you know I'm always here ๐Ÿ™‚
    Best of luck for all of your resolutions โค โค

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    1. Thank you so much Marie!! ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒท I hope you manage to achieve all of your goals and resolutions as well!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• That would be really great! I’m always so bad at actually keeping up with self-care instead of just doing all the things are getting overwhelmed ๐Ÿ˜… That would be lovely โค I really have to fresh up my French first though, because it’s really not what it used to be ๐Ÿ˜…

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  2. I love reading through everyone’s reading/life/writing goals for 2019! You’ve got some really fun ones on there and something that might make taking walks more fun is listening to audiobooks! I usually try taking advantage of the 30-ish minute walk to my parents’ place to listen to a bit more of whatever audiobook I’m in the middle of. Plus, once it gets warmer again, I’m already looking forward to just sitting in the park and getting more listening done. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Honestly, getting into a normal sleeping schedule is part of my goals every couple of weeks/months it seems. xD I’m pretty bad with it too as we all know but what helps me is having an alarm set that gives me about 6ish hours of sleep and then it’s just forcing myself out of bed and to the kitchen to get that much-needed coffee. xD Maybe you could give that a try?

    Can’t wait to read about your reading challenges for 2019!

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    1. Me too, it’s super interesting to see what everyone else has set as goals for 2019!! ๐Ÿ˜Š That’s definitely a good tip!! Walking is so much more fun when you can listen to a book and it would actually motivate me to go outside for once! ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŒป I’d have to get me an audible subscription first though! My library is great, but the audiobooks are either shortened or not really available (not offline and somehow only for android phones) … I kind of miss my Scribd free trial from last year ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Coffee is definitely the KEY for even getting out of bed, I neeed my dose every morning โ˜• I definitely need to set my alarm … but I’m so good at ignoring it ๐Ÿ˜… I have actually gotten better at going to bed sooner, but I still don’t want to leave my bed in the morning … too cozy!

      Thank you!! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’—

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  3. WOW caro I don’t know how you’ll manage with so many goals! If I hope to achieve something I need to focus on one to three priorities max ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. You did so amazing with your reading and blogging goals in 2018! This is a really wonderful list of goals and resolutions. I love “Post more freely and get more relaxed”, I should work on that too. I get really intense about blogging too, but it’s just cause we love it so much! I hope you accomplish all of this (but especially self care cause it’s the most important โค๏ธ) Best of luck! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Thank you so much!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’Œ I’m glad you could relate, because getting super intense about things is what I usually do, but I really want to chill a bit more, because I know I love blogging, so I will definitely do it in som way! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!! Best of luck with all of your goals and resolutions ๐Ÿ’–

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  5. You’ve put so much thought into your resolutions! Personally I love Duolingo, I find it great to keep my knowledge of Spanish up to date and keeps me using it – although I don’t have anyone to converse with, so my oral skills are severely lacking. They do send you emails, but I think you can turn those off!

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    1. Thank you!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒบ I have been eyeing Duolingo because it’s free, so thank you for sharing your experience with it!! ๐Ÿ’• I think I will definitely try out using it for some basic revision to get to the level I was at with my French! Even better if I can turn off the infamous notifications/e-mails ๐Ÿ˜„

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  6. While your lifestyle goals may not have worked out all too well, you did amazing on reading and blogging and in my humble opinion also writing! I hope 2019 works out the way you want it to ๐Ÿ™‚
    I really, really like Duolingo! I randomly started learning Norwegian for no apparent reason (Netflix made me do it, or one of their shows at least) and you get notficiations from the app as well as emails to remind you to keep working on the language. Best of luck getting back into French! May I recommend you watch Plan Coeur on Netflix with subtitles? It was such a good show!

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    1. Thank you so much Kat!! I hope the new year is kind to you as well ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒท
      Ohhh I find the Scandinavian languages soo interesting, I lowkey want to learn Danish or maybe Swedish?? I just wish I could learn all the languages at once ๐Ÿ˜„ Thank your for sharing your experience with Duolingo, I’ll definitely start with it and fresh up my French! ๐Ÿ’— Ohh I have seen you recommend that one, so I’ll finally make more use of Netflix AND do something productive – it’s a win-win situation ๐ŸŽ‰

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  7. These are some great resolutions Caro, and I’m definitely keeping my fingers crossed you manage to keep them all too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not the best at keeping resolutions but I always try, maybe this year will be the year I actually cross more than half off my list come the end of 2019! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Good luck with your WIP goals, I’d be interested in hearing more about WIP2 if you ever felt like posting something about it, and good luck with your GR Reading Challenge too. I’m completely in awe that you read double that in 2018 so I’m sure you’ll smash it this year too.
    Great post, and good luck! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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    1. Thank you, Beth!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’– I hope you will be able to cross off lots of resolutions for this year as well, you can do it!! ๐Ÿ‘ Ahhh thank you so much!! I’m planning to do more writing posts this year and will definitely talk about WIP2, as I plan to focus more on writing in 2019 ๐Ÿ’• Thank you and good luck with your challenges as well!! โค๐ŸŒป

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