As usual, I’m late to the game. It’s already been ten days into the New Year and I’m just now putting down into words what I want my 2019 to look like, well the other 354 days of it that is.
2018 was a wild ride, a bunch of ups and some downs that really through my life into a loop. This year should actually be more of the same, to be honest. I’m currently in the hiring process for the Foreign Service with just one more step to pass before hopefully being put on the register. I’m trying not to freak about the government shutdown and how it might affect my current job, and I’m also in the waiting game with trying to remove the conditional status of my husband’s immigrant visa (we were just told that our region has an 18-month backlog…..).
So to sum it up, my husband and I are waiting on a lot of things, but really big things. I’m trying to start 2019 with that in mind, and treat everything as a potential learning experience no matter what happens and to have a few backup plans up my sleeve.
With that being said, here are my top 5 goals for 2019, how I want the year to pan out and be productive, balanced, and happy.
1. Listen and Trust my Body
I need to be more honest with myself. I’ve always hated the way that my body looks, or have always thought that I need to go on a more vigorous diet and exercise regime. But this year I want to focus on listening to my body, and trusting what it needs.
If I am too tired to workout, I need to realize that maybe I did too hard of a work out the day before and my body needs a rest. If I am hungry, eat. If I’m not hungry, don’t eat. And if I do have a treat, I need to stop beating myself up for days afterward- I am healthy and a treat every once in a while is not going to throw off my whole diet and exercise routine.
In order to make sure that what my body is saying is what it really needs I also need to work on my sleep schedule. Working on the night shift has made my sleeping schedule very strange, and I’ve had more nights of insomnia than ever before.
My plan is to be active more than just walking at least 4 days a week, walk 10k steps every day, and to use my standing desk at least half of my shift. I am also currently transitioning my diet to more plant-based foods, and trying to cut out almost entirely processed foods and meat. There will definitely be an exception when I eat with my family or if there is a special occasion, but when I am fixing food for myself then I will be eating mostly fruits and vegetables. Oh, and don’t think I won’t be eating cookies…. I will make those my treat every once in a while. Everything in moderation.
2. Read More
This is probably on everyone’s list, right? I’m already a pretty big reader, I’ve always got at least one book in my bag – a lesson learned from Rory in Gilmore Girls. But I’ve noticed that I have a few books sitting on the bookshelf that I have collected over the years that I have been planning and meaning to read, but just haven’t yet. This year my goal is to wipe out that list and get them all read.
To make this more exciting, I wrote down the title and author of each book on small scraps of paper, folded them up, and put them into a mug that I keep on my bookshelf. This way I can randomly select a book every week or so, to keep it a surprise.
3. Write More
It has always been a plan to write a book- like most people in the world. I a few ideas for fictional stories that I’ve written a full outline and a few chapters, to begin with. However, my true passion is writing non-fiction.
Writing my Master’s Thesis was both the hardest and best thing I’ve ever done. This year I want to have a book proposal and a full outline ready to submit by the end of the year. I have a topic in mind and have already begun the research. I know I’m being vague, but I’m not at the stage yet to fully outline what I am writing about. I’ve got the topic but not the thesis yet, in other words.
In our post about our combined 2019 Business Goals, I committed to writing one blog post per week. I hope to keep these mostly as response type posts, that answer a question that is specific and is relatable to starting a business as a mother/daughter duo.
To make sure this happens, I am going to set aside time every week strictly for research and for writing, and keeping those separate because both are equally important.
I only work four days a week, so my plan is to use that day off to work equally split my time between planning/writing for A Simple Cookie and also on my own writing goals. This will be the year of producing and creating.
4. Languages, Languages, Languages
I have been putting off re-learning Spanish for a while now. I learned the basics in High School- which means I can say “Hello” and “I’m sorry”, and that is about it. But I’m living in Tucson- it is almost rude to not know Spanish, especially with where I work.
I absolutely love languages, I am fluent in Farsi and am not that bad in Turkish but I’ve let my Spanish get way behind. It has become one of those things that I know I want to do but it seems like such a large task/obstacle that I just don’t know where to start. Or, I get into a good pattern for practicing and am making progress and then life gets in the way and I lose everything that I just re-learned.
By the end of this year, I want to be able to test into the Intermediate-Advanced level of a phone interview language proficiency examination, but also be able to read a Spanish language newspaper and understand upwards of 70%. So I’m going to focus on my vocabulary and listening to Spanish language podcasts and news reports this year, and then schedule my exam for December 2019.
5. Be Proactive
I have begun to slip into my old High School and University ways of putting things off until the last minute, and then scrambling to get things done. Even though I always end up getting it done, and its always quality work- it just doesn’t seem like it is a good way to be productive if I’m always playing catch up.
This year my goal is to focus on finishing tasks as soon as I get them, whether that is replying to an email to updating the finances on ASC. I’m going to get back into the habit of block scheduling my time so that I allow myself time to get these things done and to get rid of the ability to make excuses not to do them.
Well, there they are, my top five goals for this year. I’m not really big on making resolutions, but more on making goals that are measurable and achievable. What about you? Do you have any of the same goals? What are your goals? Let me know in the comments!
And now to go start reading!