2018 Wrap-up 2019 Goals

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Yet another year has come and gone. How have you done with your goals? What (if anything) got in the way of you accomplishing them last year? How will you prevent those things from getting in the way this year?

I accomplished some of my goals from last year, but not all. Today I wrap up my final quarter of 2018 and lay out my goals for 2019.

Final Quarter of 2018:


The husband and I have successfully transferred our main date time from one day of the week to another. We are still having dates once a week, sometimes twice. We have done no hiking in the last three months, but I am okay with that. I think I’m ready to write off my hiking goal from last spring as a hilarious failure. Next year I am definitely not buying more than day passes.

I visited my grandma once or twice in the last quarter for no particular occasion, plus I got to see her at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last week I had a movie marathon with one of my nieces. I went to a birthday party for another niece and got to see some family I don’t see often. I would like to see my family more often, but for some of them “more often” is once a quarter, rather than once a year.


I’m still having tea parties with my girlfriends about once a month. Over the holidays, Megan and I hardly saw each other (she works retail), so we haven’t been having many writing dates.

The husband and I have transitioned to another church in our community, but haven’t plugged into it as much as I’d like yet.


I’ve cooked a lot of the stuff in my pantry that I wanted to get rid of. Surprise, surprise—pantry food can be fattening if not eaten with large quantities of vegetables to crowd out more calorically-dense stuff. So I gained more weight than I lost last year.

Remember last quarter how I said I was going to incorporate resistance bands into my fitness routine? I totally fell out of exercising again. I should seriously learn my lesson and get rid of all of my non-Pilates exercise equipment. It’s the only thing I use consistently anyway.

I quit caffeine for a month or so, just to see how I felt. Even with sleeping 10+ hours/day, I was tired, so I’m back to drinking a pot of caffeinated tea every morning and now I feel normal again. What have I learned from this experience? Too much caffeine is bad, but I also can’t seem to function well on none. Between moderate daily caffeine consumption and the medication my doctor prescribed me last August, my energy levels and mood have been pretty reasonable. Yay!


Last quarter I was all gung-ho to write the next draft of my book. I didn’t get far with that—maybe 1K words. Then I got sidetracked on writing blog posts (I wrote a TON before the end of October) and a nonfiction project I’m calling Lunch Notes. I got about 5K words on Lunch Notes During NaNoWriMo, and about 5K more in December. It’s still not done.

The main distraction, however, was not writing other things—it was making things. Bath & body stuff, knitting, etc. for Christmas. It was my weird, all-consuming passion project for over two months. Two months! That’s what I was doing when I forgot to finalize and publish Writing Roundup #8 on time (oops!).

I haven’t drafted any new blog posts since the beginning of November, so I have a bunch of books to catch up on. Some of them will get series reviews because that just makes more sense.

Grand-total last year I published 37 blog posts. That’s not bad, especially considering that I didn’t start posting consistently until April (and I took a break in August because moving is hard). Post-wise I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish this year, but I still have a bunch of standalone pages I’ve been meaning to write for ages. Gah! The work is never done. The blog also got a labor-intensive template update last year. That’s one thing I hope to not do again for many years…or I could hire a professional and stop acting like I can do everything myself.

 Re-drafting my work-in-progress was a fail multiple times last year. I also never joined a writing group. Moving further away from town made incarnate meetings even less practical, so that’s not likely to happen in the future either.


I haven’t read La Mirinda Sorĉisto de Oz or Trans La Spegulo kaj Kion Alico Trovis Tie yet but I did read  La Aventuroj de Alico en Mirlando. I also haven’t read Megan’s books, though a couple of the other ladies from our tea party group have. She’s working on a minor revision of one of her books, so I think she might not want me to read it until she’s done with that.

Beyond those specific books that I wanted to read, I got a lot of reading done. I closed out 2018 with 76 books counted for my Goodreads challenge.  Four were actually radio drama adaptations of Tolkien books, and there were a few health-related books that I read twice. Six were Adventures of Tintin books (comics). Many were children’s chapter books. Others, like The Count of Monte Cristo (review coming in two weeks), were massive. You can see my 2018 Goodreads challenge here.

Goals for 2019

I’ve thought for a while about what I want to do in 2019. I’m cutting my categories down again this year—because there are only a few areas where I need blog accountability, and reading about my casual successes can’t be interesting. So romantic, social, and spiritual are out. Music, Esperanto, and needlework likewise will find no place on this list, because I’m trying to prioritize health, reading, and writing above other hobbies this year.


I have been slowly transitioning to Dr. Joel Furhman’s Nutritarian style of cooking, shopping, and eating. My blood pressure is so low that limiting sodium would not be a good idea, and I plan to keep using Stevia, but in most other ways I’m trying to stay on-plan unless I’m having a weekly cheat meal. I’m still working out the kinks on scheduling my cheat meals to coincide with family events and such.

My husband is joining me on the getting healthier bandwagon, and this time I’m sending notes in his lunch to explain the nutritional stuff, because knowledge is power, and having us both on the same page will make success possible, if not quite easy. I’ve already begun sending the notes (this was my NaNo project).

I got a new activity-tracker for Christmas. I’m aiming for at least 10K steps on most days, but cutting myself some slack the day after 24K step days (they happen with remarkable frequency for me—cleaning is brutal and I’m addicted to pacing).  On my non-cleaning days, I plan to return to doing a short Pilates and yoga routine, because my back needs it.

I’m also trying to return to a steady sleep schedule. I haven’t decided whether I want to go to bed at 10 and get up at 6 or go to bed at 9 and get up at 5. Next quarter I’ll let you guys know what I settled on.


There are a number of specific books I want to read or reread next year, but I have no real goal for the number of books. For now, I’m setting my Goodreads goal to 50, but I’ve never read that few in a year of my adult life, so I’ll probably hit it without trying.

This year I want to read:

  • All seven books of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (reread)
  • All thirteen books in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (reread)
  • A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  • All of my Joel Furhman health/diet books, but especially Eat to Live (reread)
  • The Letters of C.S. Lewis (finish)
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (reading it to my husband)
  • The Elements of Style (finish rereading)
  • The Elements of Grammar by Margaret Shertzer
  • The Elements of Editing by Arthur Plotnik
  • The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne (finish)
  • Trans la Spegulo kaj Kion Alico Trovis Tie by Lewis Caroll (translated by Donald Broadribb)
  • La Mirinda Sorĉisto de Oz by L. Frank Baum (translated by Donald Broadribb)
  • Genre short stories & fairy tales (I have several volumes of fairy tales)
  • The Writer and Its Story by Ann Charters (finish)
  • Other nonfiction writing books (I have a lot of ebooks)
  • Megan’s books

I cut down my podcast subscriptions to just my four favorites so that I can listen to more books while I’m cleaning and doing needlework this year.  I plan to keep my library audiobook holds in Overdrive maxed out (6 at a time) and borrow some audiobooks on disc from the library to listen to as well. Public domain Librivox books will probably also make it onto my mp3 player.

I’ve downloaded the Voyzer app to listen to some of my ebooks read aloud, especially writing-related ones that don’t have audiobook versions. The synthesized voice isn’t great, but better than the other apps I’ve found so far (it’s at least tolerable and understandable). The UK English female voice is definitely my preference over the American English one.


My first writing goal of the year is to finish my healthy-eating Lunch Notes project for my husband and gather together some resources for him to look into when I’m done lecturing him.

I also plan to continue writing weekly blog posts. I may need to do more writing, what-I-learned-from, or hobby-related posts this year since I plan to review entire series’ at once instead of writing a review for each book. I also really need to get a bunch of technical pages written for the blog, and I need to learn how to use SEO for my posts and for my blog overall. There are lots of ways for me to grow in blog-land.

Fiction-wise I plan to rewrite/revise The Spirit of Sacrifice (working title) enough that I’m comfortable letting Megan read it. That will take some serious work.

I also want to look into virtual writing communities more this year since getting together with my regional NaNo-ers in person twice a month or going to other writing groups in Salem is so impractical with my current living situation. The NaNoWriMo forums, Wattpad, and some Facebook groups are on my radar, but let me know if there’s anything else you would recommend. I really need people to help keep me accountable and cheer me on when I’m in a funk.

What goals have you set for 2019? Leave a comment below or my hairless ghost lemur will haunt your dreams.

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