2018 Goals: Update

Its New Years Eve, and Its hard to believe that another year has flown by. Last January I wrote a small post outlining my goals for 2018. I wanted to circle back on those goals I set. I believe in transparency, so here is an update on my 2018 goals.

Write One Page everyday

I did really well with this. Except for the week of the wedding, I did this for the whole year. This helped improve my writing skills. I plan on bringing this goal into 2019.

Practice Mindfulness

This one went surprisingly well. For the wedding, I wanted to avoid being a Bridezilla. Through it the wedding, I was able to stay calm and keep things in perspective. It showed me that I do have the ability to stay calm under pressure. I have been able to take a deep breath and deal with things as they come along.

Do better managing money

Yeah… lets not even talk about this one.

Plan and execute a garden

I did my best with this one. We had a year with crazy fluctuating temperatures and rain. I planted about 200 annuals, none of which did well. But my tulips came up, so it wasn’t all bad.

Healthy lifestyle

This was a challenge, but Progress was made. I changed jobs in July, and left my desk job for a teachers role. I have been more active.

Commit to updating the blog

I struggled with this. I spent a bunch of time planning my wedding. The wedding was perfect, but my blog suffered due to it. The funny thing is when I didn’t write, my mood suffered. Writing helps improve my mood, and it needs to be prioritized. In 2019 I am planning on spending more time committed to it.

Live life by my own rules

I am slowly learning to do this. I have spent most of my life living by other peoples rules. It has led to me feeling unmoored and miserable. In 2018, I began to live a life true to my values.

I started to do this by putting my needs first. I made choices with my own happiness in mind, even if others didn’t agree. I am happier and plan on continuing this into the new year.

More exploring

Adventures were limited this year due to the wedding. We were able to get some small trips in. In August we spent some a day on Block Island, which was fun. We also spent on Honeymoon on Deer Island in Maine. The trips were brief, but I made vivid memories on both. I wish that we had done more, but I’m thankful for the adventures that we had.

This year was a mixed bag. I had some incredible moments, and some painful failures. I am thankful that I set these goals. They give me a change to strive for more, and better my existence. At the end of the

they give me an opportunity to reflect on the year. I am thankful for the lessons I learned, and the people I spent it with. I look forward excited for what the new year will bring.

What were your 2018 goals? Did you achieve them? I hope that you are able to find some successes, even if the year was challenging. I also hope that you have a safe and happy 2019.

Till next time.


Published by Colleen

My name is Colleen, and I am a writer and photographer from New Hampshire. I love exploring and discovering. I write pieces that focus around the history and landscape of New England, and other things that may come to mind.

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