2018 – It’s gonna be great

2018

It’s nearly mid-January so I thought it was time I got around to my annual Resolutions post. First, a look back. In 2017, among other things, I…

  • Found a puppy and accidentally fostered him for a whole year. Who wants him?
  • Moved to a new house that I love and adore.
  • Worked three very different jobs – hostel manager, Area Director with YouthWorks, first grade teacher.
  • Died my hair pink, twice.
  • Got a Canadian work visa and spent three months traveling between Ohio, New York, and Ontario (in a brand new rental car!). #soblessed
  • Started an English class in my garage!
  • Lost virtually every piece of fiction I have ever written when my dogs knocked my computer off the table.
  • Brushed myself off and wrote 50,000 words of The Nation (again) during NaNoWriMo.
  • Became an aunt!
  • Spent my third Christmas in the DR – but this time my family came!
  • Wrote and shared 30 blog posts!
  • Felt more settled than I have ever felt in my life. Praise God.

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I’ve typed up and published my yearly goals for the past few years. It’s something I look forward to and get excited about. Not only do I enjoy setting goals, but I also enjoy accomplishing them! Most of them. Some of them I just forget about, but those are the ones that obviously aren’t that important to me. For those that are important to me, I have found I work best with visual accountability – checklists, charts, spreadsheets, etc.

Without GoodReads and Google Drive none of these 2017 goals would have had a chance.

Read 100 books. Done and done. You can read about some of my favs here.
Get more tattoos. Done times three!
Visit 3 new Dominican cities. I visited one new Dominican city. And a bunch of new North American cities as an Area Director with YouthWorks. So I’m gonna count this one accomplished. 😉
Start an English school. We did it!
Join a church. I haven’t been to church in a long time and I’m feeling okay about it.
Hike Mogote. Whoops! I forgot this was a goal.

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Most of my goals are pretty transferable year to year, which is perfect because I am nothing if not a lover of routine. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. (If it’s incorrect grammar, though, please let me fix it. #irony) So here they are! My 2018 goals:

Read 100 books. More books! More books! I am off to a kicking start with 6.25 books under my belt already. As ever, I’d love to knock out my TBR list. There are currently 76 books on this list and I am increasingly picky about what gets added to it. I also have no mercy about booting books off the list. I’d love to get it down to 0 and start over. If that could happen this year, that’d be awesome. I’ll do my darndest.

Get more tattoos.
Always and forever, amen. Praise the Lord I found a teaching job that doesn’t care about tattoos or pink hair.

Write 500 words every day. My NaNoWriMo accountability partner and I decided to extend the NaNoWriMo goodness and do a year long goal. The idea is to write 500 words (of whatever) every day. I’d like to finish The Nation (again) and I’ve also got a collection of flash fiction in the works. Plus there are my extensive blog posts that usually take care of two days worth of words for me. (Thanks for powering through, readers.) By the by, I made a spreadsheet to keep track of word counts and you can totally have it.

Establish a steady yoga practice. I started practicing yoga years ago (with Adriene) but have never been able to keep up a steady practice for longer than a month or two. I recognize a big difference in my body when I am steady practicing and it’s a difference that I like. This year I’m kicking things off with 100 Days of Sun Salutations. Here’s hoping 100 days is long enough to firm up a habit.

Cut out meat. The idea of cutting meat from my diet has been rambling around in my head for years now. Sometime mid-December I realized that in order to live a more consistent life, I had to at least try life without beef and pork for a while. I can’t say that I love and care about animals and then also eat them, especially with the prolific library of videos that exist to document the cruelty of the meat industry. Since January 1 I haven’t had any meat at all. I am surprised at how easy it’s been. I could see myself easing chicken back in, but I’m going to try January with no meat at all and then reevaluate.

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A good friend of mine tagged me in this Facebook post today:

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I commented: “Girl, I am getting my life together! This is how I do it! And how I keep it together.” Making lists and writing things down and crossing them off and setting goals is how I accomplish everything. Oh, and prayer and contemplation. But even that has a spreadsheet. (You can totally have that one, too.)

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What are your goals for the year? How are you keeping track and keeping yourself accountable? Let’s hear it!

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