Revisiting 2018 Goals

revisiting 2018 goals

We’re halfway through June and halfway through 2018. It’s time to revisit the resolutions and goals that kicked this year off. 

2017 was one of the most exciting and stressful years of my life. I spent a week in Beijing, graduated high school, landed my first job, got my driver's license; there were so many first times… 

I spent the last few months of the year embracing tacky shirts and wearing my hair the longest it’s ever been. I had my first semester of college behind me and a couple of new friends. For once in my life, I began feeling comfortable in my own skin.

I wanted that to set the tone for 2018. I wanted to focus more on living in the moment.

I love the concept of New Years Resolutions, but it's important to not only set attainable goals, but a plan to achieve them. Otherwise, you're setting yourself up for disappointment come December. In other words, you should view your New Years Resolutions as long-term goals, and you need to set short-term goals for helping you achieve them. 

Being the kind of person I am, I outlined a couple of things I wanted to achieve this year. Here’s some of them;

Establishing a routine

In order to establish a routine, I had to think about everything I wanted or needed to do each day. I wanted to go to the gym, eat three meals a day, and have time to read and do other things. I needed to go to work or school, depending on the day.

I would be too tired to even think about going to the gym after work or school, so I had to get it done before. Since I had morning classes, that gave me one choice: to wake up at 5 AM.

It took awhile to get used to, but after I did, I actually began looking forward to the morning. It became my time. The world was quiet and calm, I had the streets to myself, I even felt like coffee tasted better. The days felt a lot longer too and just by waking up, I felt more accomplished. 

I have to admit, I’ve been slacking on this one. Ever since school and my internship have ended, I’ve been a mess. All I want to do is sleep! Although there’s no reason for me to be waking up at 5 AM anymore, it doesn’t give me a reason to wake up at noon. 

I realize that I need to make a new routine to cater to how I spend my time in the summer. As much as I like being free from assignments and deadlines, they do help keep my life in order.

Taking Fitness More Seriously

I’ve been going to the gym regularly for a couple of years now. But it wasn’t until 2017 when I stopped being afraid of lifting weights. Not only that but actually doing research, eating well and having a consistent workout schedule. 

Like I mentioned before, in the summer it’s much harder for me to stay motivated. I just have to keep telling myself that the longer I stay away from the gym, the harder it is to go back. — That usually scares me enough to get myself up and go. 

These days I’ve been trying to go to the gym at least three times a week. I spend lots of the summer walking and swimming anyway, so I’m not worried about not being active enough.

I can't say that working out is habitual for me. I really need it for mental clarity; it's a great release. By being able to tune out the world and focus on one movement at a time; it's cathartic. On the other hand, during the school year, going to the gym was essential in order to prepare myself for eight hours of sitting still.

I’ve already made significant progress. At the beginning of the year, I could only curl 15 lbs, now I can do 25! I’m stronger than I’ve ever been and can't wait to see where I’ll be at the end of the year. 

Focus More On My Art

This is something I’ve finally started focusing on. I let my art slip away last semester. School, my internship, and work seemed to take all my energy. When I got home, I felt too tired to even think about art. 

While all those things are important in their own right, I have to make a priority for the things that are important to me. That being said, for the rest of 2018, I’m going to prioritize my own happiness, goals, and projects. I believe these things will give my prosperity in the future, but not if I don’t give them the time and commitment that they deserve. 

Documenting Everything

Not only has this been helping me in making art and writing blog posts, but having tangible evidence of my existence is reassuring by itself.

I’ve been writing in the same journal since 2017. I don’t write in it every day. I don’t even write in it every week. However, whenever there’s something I need to get out of my head; an event that happened, something I heard, a conversation I had; I document it. Something inside me tells me it might be useful later. 

This has also been the first time in my life that I’ve consistently kept an agenda. At this point, I don’t know how I survived without one! Keeping up with assignments, work schedules, daily tasks, if someone were to steal this from me, my life would surely fall apart. 

Overall, 2018 has been a very unusual year for me. I've been more open to new experiences. I’ve had my first internship experience and have been appointed to my first leadership role. I’ve shaved my head, adopted a new cat, been to Los Angeles, and am going to New York City in the fall… I can’t wait to see what lies ahead!

Don’t give up on your goals. Revisit them, refine them and tailor them to where you are today. Your dreams will always be attainable if you remember to nurture them! 

May the rest of 2018 reveal what you’re searching for…

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