2019: Goals Update for Q1

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April.

As slow as the winter was, it’s difficult to comprehend that we’re already in April. Q1 is over! A blessing and a curse.

At the beginning of this week, I was in sunny Florida (pictured above). Back home it’s cold and rainy. At least summer is coming!

Now that we’re officially in Q2, I want to reflect on how Q1 went in terms of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2019. I shared my goals and declared 2019 the year to focus, learn, and love. You can read all about my goals and the reason why I chose those words for 2019 here. 

It’s important to frequently remind yourself of your goals and aspirations. It keeps you motivated so your new year’s resolutions don’t become distant memories with no future of moving forward.

Here is how 2019 is going so far.

FOCUS

At the beginning of the year, I wanted to spend less time on social media and more time writing, focusing on my relationships, and developing personal habits. Although I can’t completely quit social media (it is my job, as you know), I definitely can say I’ve made active progress limiting my scrolling. I didn’t do anything drastic like deleting apps or turning off notifications, but I have started consciously recognizing when I’m tempted to scroll so I can spend my time doing something else.

I have begun to write more in my bullet journal and also made it a goal to blog at least one time a week (on Fridays) so I can hone my writing skills. I have, admittedly, been struggling with implementing daily habits in the morning, though. Although I do have a morning routine, it definitely could be more productive so that’ll be a focus for Q2.

LEARN

I resolved to listen to more podcasts and read more books. I started tracking my podcast consumption in my bullet journal (such a Type A thing, I know). I try to listen to at least one podcast a day, usually in the car on the way to work. At the end of March, I also had finished 12 out of the 35 books I’m aiming for this year, so I feel good about that! You can check out my bookshelf here for updates. 

Bullet journaling is also something I’ve grown to love this year. Admittedly, I struggle with doing it daily but I have found a lot of use out of it and can’t wait to keep practicing in Q2 and beyond. Check out this post for a sneak peek of how bullet journaling is going.

LOVE

This year I’m doing the 1-second challenge again and I still love it. It’s a great way to capture everyday moments and I love going back and watching how the year is turning out so far.

I admit I haven’t sent as many handwritten cards as I’d like, but I hope to continue that this year! It’s such an easy yet thoughtful way to show someone you’re thinking about them. I sent a few of my friends cards for Galentine’s Day and used it as an excuse to show my appreciation for their influence in my life. I encourage you to do the same!

 

So far, April is off to a good start. I can’t wait to see what the rest of Q2 has in store!

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2019: The Year to Focus, Learn + Love

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I’m a huge fan of goal setting and new beginnings. Ever since I can remember, I loved checking things off of to-do lists and brainstorming ways to create goals and achieve them. There has never been any doubt that I’m Type A, let me tell ya.

I think that’s why the new year is so exciting for me. I love that people get excited for a fresh start and have so much hope for the year ahead. In years past, I would write a long list of goals for myself and have trouble keeping them all year long. Some I would achieve, but others were dropped along the way. (Who else can relate?!)

Last year I decided that instead of creating specific “resolutions,” I would theme my year with a few key words that motivated and inspired me. In 2018, I chose First, Do, and Joy. You can read all about why in this blog post.

This time around, I struggled with choosing words that best fit my feelings going into 2019. Nothing felt as right as the words did last year so I started to really think about what I wanted to achieve in 2019 and why.

That’s when it hit me. I kept using three words over and over again to describe my 2019 goals and dreams.

Focus, Learn, and Love.

Now let me tell you why.


FOCUS

In a world of the “need it now” mentality, we don’t focus like we used it. Did you know a goldfish has a longer attention span than a human does? F’real. Look it up. It’s sad. In 2019, I want to focus on a variety of aspects in my life: personal, relationships, habits, etc. including:

  • Less time on social media so I can focus on the present. This is a huge reason why I chose “focus” as one of my words. It’s so easy to get distracted because our phones are constantly buzzing with texts, updates, and notifications. This year I want to step back from the noise and focus on the moment.
  • Focus on my relationships by removing technology and spending quality time when we’re together.love coffee shop hangouts and good ol’ fashioned game nights. Quality time is definitely one of my love languages and I can’t wait for more of these moments in 2019.
  • Spend time developing positive daily habits. It’s so easy to rush, rush, rush through each day but this year, I want to truly slow down, enjoy the moment, and develop positive habits that will help me grow.
  • More time writing. I definitely say this at the beginning of the year, but I want to spend more time writing. Whether that’s on the blog or in my journal, I want to continue writing for fun and not just for work.

LEARN

Never stop learning. In 2019, I aspire to learn so many new things, big and small. Some will come from life experience while some will come from me seeking it out. I always want to grow and learn. There are so many ways to do this! A few of the ways I want to learn this year are to:

  • Listen to more podcasts. Current favorites include How I Built This, Girls on the Go, Serial, and Date Night Diaries with Steve and Stacy Hart. I’m always on the search for new ones to add so let me know your favorites!
  • Read at least 35 books. In 2018, I read 25 books. I want to challenge myself to read at least 35 books this year now that I’m back in the habit of reading regularly again. Check out my 2018 bookshelf here. 
  • Better educate myself on the world around me. I admit I’m not always in the know when it comes to world news and politics. Tech and current events, absolutely, since it’s part of my job. One way I plan to increase my knowledge of all things news is to actually read TheSkimm emails that arrive in my inbox every day. Subscribe and join me here. 
  • Be better at cooking. I’m definitely nowhere near where I want to be so I want to better my kitchen skills and cook more healthy meals.
  • Teach myself to bullet journal (and do it consistently). I recently discovered this new form of organization and planning and I’m obsessed. I received bullet journaling supplies for Christmas and already love it. More to come on this in a future blog post!
  • Start actively playing/practicing the piano again. I don’t want to lose the skills I gained taking lessons for 15 years. It’s time to start it back up and relearn some of my favorite classics while also teaching myself new pieces.

LOVE

This may sound cliche but I want to love more this year. It’s so easy to find the negative in a situation, but it’s so detrimental to your well being. Expressing love to others does not take a lot of energy either – just a little time and effort to truly show others that you love them. A few ideas:

  • Write more handwritten notes. A text is great but I don’t want to forget about the art of handwritten, snail-mail letters.
  • Enjoy each day. Even if it’s a “bad” day, there is always something good in it. I read a quote one day that resonated with me: “Just because you had a bad day doesn’t mean you have a bad life.” One way I’ll do this is to continue the 1-Second Everyday Challenge.
  • Serve more. I don’t know what this will mean in 2019, but I know I want to serve others more. God first, others second, myself third.

So there ya go! My three words for 2019. What are your New Year’s Resolutions or Word(s) of the Year? Comment below; I’d love to see them as we encourage each other to live the greatest year yet.