19 Goals for 2019
This year, I’m not setting a New Year’s Resolution. I’m setting 19. I’m taking a page from Design Darling’s 101 goals in 1001 days lists and setting many small goals for the year.
I’m unapologetically a fan of resolutions big and small. I’ve probably done every variation of the new year’s resolution in existence.
I’m hoping that these 19 goals for 2019 will shape my year into one of the best of my life. Are you setting a new year’s resolution this year?
19 Goals for 2019
Read 52 books Yes, this is the same reading goal that I set in 2018. I hit it in the eleventh hour. It was enough of a stretch to motivate me without causing unnecessary stress. In other words, it’s the perfect reading goal for me.
Read 4 classic books Last year, I was more focused on reading anything than I was about reading the right things. This year, I want to choose smarter. I figure 4 “classic” reads will push me to be selective without taking the joy of lighter reads out of my life.
Read 4 big books There is a real temptation to choose short books for the sake of hitting a reading goal. To counterbalance that, I want to make sure to read 4 long books this year particularly because I tend to enjoy epic family sagas.
Track my reading progress consistently 2018 was the first year that I had ever counted how many books I read. In 2019, I want to really start tracking, rating and reviewing my reads. I’m not sure exactly how I’ll be completing this. It might be a bullet journal page, finally keeping up with goodreads, or a monthly post right here on Pages to Passport.
Be an au pair in a foreign country This is a bit of a cop out considering I’m going to begin my life as an au pair in New Zealand in less than a week. Still, it’s something I’ve been interested in for years now so it has certainly earned a place on my 19 goals for 2019 list. I’m excited to see how this goal transforms the way I travel this year.
Go to the Australian Open tennis tournament I’m on a mission to experience all four of the tennis grand slams at some point in my life. Last summer, my sister and I queued up for grounds tickets to Wimbledon. Since I doubt I’ll ever be as close to Australia as I am while I’m in New Zealand, 2019 is the year that I head to Melbourne to experience the Australian Open. Technically, I’ve already purchased my flight and tournament tickets!
Travel by campervan in New Zealand New Zealand is a place where the journey is truly the destination. A campervan allows for maximum journey appreciation time. When my parents visit New Zealand in March, we’ll probably rent a motorhome to explore in.
Go scuba diving again I have absolutely no idea where or when I’ll have the opportunity to scuba dive in 2019, but I want to make it happen.
Take a hike at least once a week I love hiking and can’t imagine that I’ll ever stop, but I’m not the most consistent hiker in the world. As I’ll be spending a few months in one of the most beautiful countries to hike in the world, I want to make a more consistent effort.
Pause to witness a sunrise once a month While on the Camino de Santiago this fall, I enjoyed dozens of sunrises. They were one of my favorite parts of that experience. This year, I’m making it a goal to experience at least a dozen more.
Keep a bullet journal I’ve dabbled in bullet journaling on and off for most of 2018. I even used bullet journaling to keep me motivated while saving money for long-term travel. I’m excited to see what lessons bullet journaling might teach me in 2019.
Post on Pages to Passport at least twice a week I’d like to be much more consistent with my content in 2019, starting right here on this site.
Start to write a novel or travel memoir I’ve always been intrigued by writing a book of some kind. I have a few ideas floating around in my head but haven’t acted on any of them. I’d like to spend some of my free time exploring that interest.
Call or text someone from home every day I’m not the the most proactive when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family. I’ve always wanted to change that though. Now is the time!
Attend a meetup event I’m not the most extroverted person in the world, but I want to make a small step to proactively meet new friends in 2019. Attending a meetup is a relatively painless way to start.
Meet a fellow blogger, writer, or bookstagramer in person I want to build genuine connections through this space and meeting a fellow travel blogger or bookstagramer will certainly help me achieve that.
Watch 10 classic movies My friends always tease me about my lack of film and pop culture knowledge. When I’m in the mood for a movie night in 2019, I’m going to reach for the movies that are missing from my pop culture education.
Create and follow a “daily do” list for at least one month A daily do list is a short list of very attainable tasks (think “make my bed” and “go outside”) It helps to foster a productive daily routine that isn’t soul crushing.
Keep up with a one second everyday video I started this goal and bailed on it in 2018. I’d like to stick with it this year.