2019 Goals

To whoever is reading this (probably only my mother, hi mom), earlier this year I decided to make some changes in my life.

Last year, I hit 25 and had a bit of a mid-life freak out. I was not happy with the direction my life was going. I was addicted to my cellphone and social media, I was not getting enough sleep, I was under-eating and over exercising, and I was just generally becoming a negative person. So I decided to make a change.

On the 1st of this year I listed out 34 things I want to accomplish this year. I am not sure how I ended up with such a random number of goals, but 34 it is. Over the course of this year, I aim to meet all 34 of the goals in order to create new, healthy habits and a life I am proud to lead. It is my hope that by tracking progress in a blog, I can hold myself more accountable, and perhaps any readers out there can hold me accountable as well.

If you are reading this, I hope to provide you with some encouragement to meet your goals this year and every year.

Here are my 34 goals (some have been edited to limit some personal specifics):

  1. Travel more. See a new city, state, and country.
  2. Find a job that inspires you.
  3. Be less judgmental of others and try to see the best in all.
  4. Spend less time on your phone. Limit your time on your phone to a maximum of 4 hours day.
  5. Cut back on social media. Only check Instagram to post or get inspired (I deleted Facebook and Snapchat on the first).
  6. Be with nature more. Go on a hike, see a State Park, visit a National Park.
  7. Save some dollars for the future by 12/31/19 (keeping that dollar amount to myself).
  8. Treat yourself every once in awhile. Take yourself out to dinner or invest in something new.
  9. Be more environmentally conscious. Cut back where you can on plastics, energy use, and water use.
  10. Find a new hobby (or hobbies).
  11. Keep working out and focus on eating better on the weekends. Work on getting stronger and eating cleaner.
  12. Drink more water. Drink at least two bottles of water a day.
  13. Drink less alcohol, your liver will thank you.
  14. Live up to your own expectations and not anyone else’s.
  15. Focus on what makes you happy.
  16. Learn how to graciously walk away from things not meant for you.
  17. Volunteer.
  18. Spend more time with your family and keep in better contact with those not in this city.
  19. Think about where you want to be in five years and make an action plan.
  20. Do not put so much pressure on finding someone to spend your life with. Do not let others pressure you either.
  21. Learn new activities. Take up bike riding, rollerblading, kickboxing, kayaking, rock climbing, golf, and whatever else sounds interesting.
  22. Cut back on products full of chemicals. This includes makeup and processed foods.
  23. Cut back on spending money on things you do not need.
  24. Try to read, be active, draw, or listen to music instead of watching TV.
  25. Eat less meat.
  26. Find new ways to save money.
  27. Learn a new language.
  28. Write down at least one thing you are grateful for each day.
  29. Master and cook new recipes.
  30. Grow a plant (and keep it alive).
  31. Cut out added sugar.
  32. Eat less dairy and heavy carbs.
  33. Run a race. Any race.
  34. Recycle.

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