Last January 1, I posted my goals for 2018. And now that this is the last day of year 2018, I want to review all those goals and share with you my progress against what I’ve written.
As I mentioned, 2018 is like a fresh start for me. While I have been doing better, I realised that you can’t just brush off trauma easily. I’ll do better in time ☺️
Re-sharing my 2018 vision board with you as I shared during my 2018 new year post. Also, adding my progress for each of the goals.
Cancelled/To Carry-over in the future
😢 – Sadly did not achieve the goal.
🥳 – achieved the goal or had great progress in achieving the goal!
Health & Fitness
- Run a 10km race 😢
I tried to jog for a couple of weeks but wasn’t able to sustain it. Initially, I tried to follow the Nike Running app’s coach plans but sadly, it didn’t work for me. I intend to try again in 2019. This time, I’ll use another app to train myself on running. Hopefully will be successful on my 2nd try.
- Achieve my target weight of 115 pounds 🥳
My weight last January 1 was 129 pounds and I’m proud to say that as of today, my weight is 119 pounds. I lost 10 pounds!!! While I didn’t reach 115 pounds, I still consider it a success. As my 2018 theme goes – progress NOT perfection.
- Sleep 7-8 hours daily 🥳
Luckily, I found an app that can track sleep accurately. As time passed by, I realised that I just couldn’t sleep more than 7 hours (due to several factors). So I stuck with a 7-hour goal. It’s still a hit or miss but I achieved the 7-hour sleep goal most of the time.
- Get ITIL Expert certified 🥳
I was so scared not to get the certification because I didn’t have time to study at all. I deliberately took a holiday leave to give myself focused time to study and review for the ITIL MALC examination. With God’s grace, I was able to pass the ITIL expert certification exam last December 27! This is such a great way to end 2018! My happiest achievement this year!
- Finish reading the Bible 🥳
I consistently read the Bible from January to October so I read 75% of the Bible already. I decided NOT to continue as I felt I was just reading it to achieve a goal. I probably only understood 10% of what I read and I know that it wasn’t sustainable. I’m going to do a different approach in the future. For now, I’m leaving the bible reading at that.
- Finish reading 12 books 😢
I think I only read 3 books this year. It’s sad because I thought my goal was already realistic. But I guess I didn’t anticipate the stress that I have with other aspects in life. I’ll carry over this goal for the coming new year. I’ll manage my time better.
Blog + Social Media
- Blog more often 🥳
I stopped blogging for 2 years but I revamped my blog this year by doing a total refresh! I retired my old blog, got a new domain and created new content. While I still didn’t post much, there was at least a couple of blog posts every quarter so I’m quite pleased with the progress this 2018.
- Start a YouTube Channel 😢
I created a YouTube channel but didn’t make any videos. I just didn’t have the time and I didn’t plan this well. I’ll carry over this goal to the coming new year.
- Connect with people via Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & Facebook 🥳
Finally, I am able to decide what to do with the different social media accounts that I have. I’ll use Twitter to post about my opinions on stuff especially politics, Instagram for photography/travel/food/people, Pinterest for blog links and craft ideas and Facebook for connecting with friends and sharing blog content.
- Show my gratitude by posting daily on Happier 😢
Initially, I wanted to use Happier to show my daily gratitude. But there is just no-one I know using the app (even people from my own country). So I’ll use a different medium for it. I’ll probably use Twitter or Instagram for it.
- Start working on my emergency fund 😢
I failed miserably in building my emergency fund as I was busy online shopping. huhuhuhu.
- Continue working on my investments & savings 🥳
While I failed in building my emergency fund, I was able to successfully increase my investments and savings this year. So I still did a decent job in managing my finances in 2018.
- Learn to play the piano😢
- Learn the Japanese language😢
- Finish 2 cross-stitching projects😢
- Finish 5 perler beads projects😢
Hobbies were my last priority and it surely was as I wasn’t able to achieve anything on this aspect. I even stopped my piano lessons during the latter part of the year as I couldn’t give any time for it. There is no more excuse for me for 2019 as my piano lessons are non-cancellable so I’m working on a good plan to manage my time to squeeze this in.
Overall, 2018 was a challenging year. However, I do know that we are the driver of our lives. There are a lot of circumstances that we can’t control but it’s how we manage those circumstances that matters. I end 2018 with a hopeful mindset. Thanks 2018 for the great friendships old and new and the super great lessons that it brought into my life. I close this year with the will to survive, to have a grateful heart and a more positive mindset.