We have reached that reflective point in the calendar, a week in which lots of us cast a thought back over the previous 12 months and linger on the good and the bad the year had to offer. I thought I’d take a moment to wrap up by looking back on the goals I set way back in January.
I wanted to spend lots of time outside and move more in an effort to improve my general wellbeing. I think my success with this varied over the months but I did get out the house quite a bit and I did give basketball, yoga and running a crack. Through these activities, I attempted new things and overcame old anxieties; I’d say that’s a win even if exercise did fall off my radar as the year toppled into the colder months.
Something I think I’ve done a lot better with is being more creative: I’ve taken more photos (particularly street photography), become acquainted with the arty side of bullet journaling, and consistently blogged for the majority of the year. That’s pretty good, I’d say. I only started getting back into reading novels in December, so I wouldn’t say that’s a goal confidently ticked off just yet, but I heard somewhere that starting is the hardest part… I guess time will tell.
2018 was the year I wanted to hold onto valuable friendships and forge some new ones too: this has been a lot easier with the start of university. I have pushed myself into social settings and even feel comfortable in some of them now. I actually managed to contribute to group discussions without feeling quite so self-conscious (I’m not sure that feeling ever completely vanishes, I’ll keep you posted). Some aspects of acting confidently in social environments are relatively new to me though so this isn’t something I feel comes naturally yet (please tell me it does at some point, that would be nice).
I wanted to exercise greater focus and stay organised – there were definitely times of the year during which I procrastinated more than I would have liked, but in comparison to previous years I think I am getting better at this. My bullet journal has massively improved my ability to remain calm when planning in events, and doing so in an arty way has made the process less daunting (dare I say, ‘fun’).
I also wanted to think about myself more kindly and my life choices more reflexively, be spontaneous sometimes, practice patience, worry less (easier said than done, I know), and appreciate present moments: these are hard things to track in any kind of quantitative way, but I think many of them come through in my writing on this blog. Particularly my end-of-month reflections and mental health posts.
This year has been pretty successful in terms of most of these goals – there are still lots of things I’d like to be doing more of in the coming 12 months but one human can’t do everything, right?
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