I followed one of the trends at the beginning of the year and set 19 goals for myself in 2019. Let’s check in and see how my year went:
- Read 100 books.
Ding ding ding! I actually read 139 books (and there are a few days left in the year, so we’ll see if that number goes up as at all). It was really fun to be able to read so many different genres and types of books, and overall I loved the majority of the books I read. I can’t promise to read this many every year, but being unemployed for a good majority of the year helped me surpass this goal.
- Start doing tarot readings for other people.
Ding ding ding! I don’t think I ever officially planned on doing it as a business, but here I am, an intuitive card reader at Beyoutiful Intuition! I was so proud to look back and see this as one of my goals for this year because I remember thinking it seemed so far fetched but like maybe something would come of it. It’s crazy what a difference a year makes!
- Learn one new skill.
One could argue that learning how to do readings for other people is a new skill, but I’d say that I also learned how to advocate and stick up for myself more this year. Being an empathic introvert, it’s hard for me to speak my mind and stand up for what’s right because that usually creates rifts, but this year I learned the importance of speaking your truth even if other people don’t like it. I think learning at least one new skill a year will definitely be one of my goals for the foreseeable future now.
- Build up my Facebook group organically.
I don’t want to say womp womp, but this one didn’t pan out. And that’s okay! I made a Facebook group with the intention of connecting with other women and sharing about our lives and struggles and such, but it feel aligned with me and my goals after a while, so I shut the group down. On to bigger and better things!
- Take more selfies.
Ding ding ding! I definitely did that this year. I believe seven out of my top nine photos on Instagram were selfies or photos of me, and that’s a huge improvement from previous years. I’ve struggled with confidence and body image issues for years, but I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress this year and I’m very proud of that. And all those selfies and full body pictures on my Instagram feed are proof of that!
- Inspire one other person.
Ding ding ding! I won’t name names, but several people have told me this year that I’ve inspired them, which is just such a cool and surreal feeling. Some people have said it about my writing on this blog, some have said it with my selfies and full body photos on Instagram and some have said it about me starting my own business. I’m doing what I’m doing because I want to inspire and help other people, and I feel like that is my mission and what I keep coming back to both personally and professionally.
- Paint my nails at least five times.
I can’t honestly remember if I did this or not, but I feel like I did? Maybe? I’m calling it.
- Start a podcast.
This is something I’m still thinking of doing but I haven’t gone through with it yet because I’m not exactly sure what it’d look like or what I’d talk about. But I do have a lot of ideas and we did buy a microphone to use for podcasts, so maybe 2020 is the year! We shall see.
- Get another tattoo.
I didn’t do this yet either, but that’s okay. I have so many possible ideas but nothing has felt quite right or aligned yet. I’m sure I’ll get at least one if not several more tattoos in the future, but I’m not going to put a time limit on it.
- Tap into my witchy ways.
Um, 1,000% ding ding ding! I remember I used to have a lot of issues and resistance with the word witch. Sometimes I’d identify with it and other times I thought I was the furthest thing from that. Now I fully embrace my witchy ways! No matter what I seem to do or not, I keep getting called back to witchy and spiritual and intuitive things, so I’m rolling with it.
- Finish updating my vision board.
I did do this! I had to take it down when we moved into our house, but I did finish it! I can’t prove it now, but just trust me.
- Find little ways to upgrade my life.
I’d say I definitely did this. I’ve found so much gratitude and contentment in different aspects of my life that I didn’t last year or the year before that even. Upgrading your life is a state of mind that only you can bring about through gratitude. Having more things won’t make you happier if you don’t come from a place of being grateful for what you have and how it already enhances your life.
- Start making my own beauty products.
I did not end up doing this, but I’d love to in the future for sure!
- Incorporate more sparkle into my life.
Ding ding ding! I’ve been wearing more sparkly makeup, I have a new sparkly phone case and in general I’ve just been embracing sparkles more in general, and I’m glad that this was one of my goals for the year. It’s been fun to add more brightness in my life!
- Create a resources page for my blog.
I remember wanting to do this for a really long time, but it hasn’t felt aligned with me anymore so I didn’t do it. But who knows about the future!
- Buy one big ticket item.
I honestly don’t remember if I did this or not, but it really doesn’t matter. I have so much more gratitude in my life now that I see stuff like this differently than I used to.
- Find more ways to move my body.
I’ve learned that dancing really just is my jam, and I’ve really started to embrace it more by having more solo dance parties and cranking up Spotify in my car more.
- Make new friends.
I’ve made so many amazing friends this year, and I’m so so so damn grateful for each and every one of them! My word of the year was connection, and I believe that has summed up my year really well.
- Revamp this blog.
Partial ding! A revamp is in the works, but I did get a spiffy new logo courtesy of my awesome friend Christina (who I met online in February of this year)! I feel like reworking this blog has been one of my goals for a long time now, but I realized I didn’t know what I wanted it to look like or how I wanted it to be until recently, so I’m glad I didn’t change it around until now.