2019 Resolutions

Where would this blog be without my ambitious annual resolutions posts? As much pressure as I put on myself with both publishing them and trying to keep them, I truly do look forward to writing them and love looking back on them.

With the setbacks I dealt with this year, it was very disheartening to realize I was not keeping my resolutions that I was so excited about at the beginning of the year. Still, in light of all the good that happened, despite all the bad, I have to just dust myself off and try again.

Here’s the short and simple list of resolutions I will be keeping in 2019, with my long-winded explanations to come in a follow-up post later this month. I’ll try update this list at the end of year to see how I did with these resolutions, too!

(Note: I would like to add a little more polish to this post as well, so stay tuned for some spiffing up here and there.)Word of the year: Present, as in being present.

Measurable, concrete resolutions:

  1. Read 30 books
  2. Work out at least 3 times a week
  3. To be determined fitness achievement: pull-up? # number of push-ups/sit-ups? #-minute plank? #-minute mile? that full split that has haunted my resolutions posts for years?
  4. Watch at least 2 movies a month
  5. Start journaling
  6. Start meditating
  7. Write at least one piece of snail mail a month
  8. Spend less than an hour on my phone a day
  9. Do at least one new New York thing with Ben every weekend we are in town
  10. Cook one new dish a month

Less measurable, abstract resolutions:

  1. Control my temper
  2. Get my mental health in check
  3. Keep in touch with my old friends in the DMV
  4. Deepen relationships with my friends in New York
  5. Make new friends in New York
  6. Deepen my relationships with my family members
  7. Improve my relationships with my future in-laws
  8. Be mindful of my spending and personal finances
  9. Cook more and eat out less
  10. Talk less (is it kind, true, or necessary)
  11. Speak up about what I want and don’t want
  12. Try a few month-long challenges outside of Lent

Also, inspired by the Local Adventurers’s resolution to donate money for every resolution not completed, I will think of some kind of penance that will correlate with the number of resolutions I have not achieved. (While I like the idea of donating money, I can’t help but think I’ll just start allowing myself to not do things in the name of altruism…)

Do you have any goals for the new year?

Any suggestions for good month-long challenges I can try out in 2019? A few that I’m considering are:

  • Any junk food I eat I must make myself from scratch
  • No social media
  • No meat
  • BEDA (or blog every day a different month 😅)
  • Work out every day

Past resolutions: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 concrete + abstract | 2014 | 2013

4 thoughts on “2019 Resolutions

  1. Love these! I feel like some of our goals overlap 🙂 Let me know what your plan is for journaling (bullet notebook, regular journal, app, or online). I’m trying to get back into journaling as well! I have like 20 notebooks-worth of journals from when I was younger but since college I’ve totally fallen out of the habit.

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    • YES, we should work on our overlapping goals together!

      I’m not sure what I’m going to do for journaling quite yet (I almost moved that to abstract resolutions because of that) but I think I might try to do a combination of bullet journaling for organizing my life and maybe find a good journaling app for organizing my thoughts. I want to do something ~cool~ like morning pages but I can’t handwrite as long and fast as I often end up typing my life story 😅. Junior year, I just used a password-protected OneNote notebook so maybe I’ll just do something like that with EverNote or something? I remember trying out the Bear app in the Apple store the other day and it seemed nice for journaling but if it offers any extra benefits to what I already have. Let me know if you come up with a good plan for it too!


  2. Goodluck! I think one of my goals will be to get into writing again and keeping up with my WordPress. I miss Xanga a lot during moments like these – also, love that you have concrete, measurable goals.

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    • Thank you, and good luck to you, too! I really miss the Xanga days but I don’t know if I can go back to blogging that way, because I think I tended to overshare and under-reflect. Now I need to find a healthy medium because I’m so scared of blogging that obnoxiously again so I just keep it all to myself hahaha. The concrete measurable goals have been big for me, especially if I set a really concrete plan to achieve them!

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