Looking Back At My 2018 Goals

Looking Back At My 2018 Goals

It feels like a lifetime ago that I wrote about my 2018 theme and goals! I almost didn’t write this post because I didn’t really do great on my goals. I certainly don’t feel like it was a year of living intentionally. While I didn’t hit all of my goals out of the park, it wasn’t the epic failure I originally believed. Let’s be honest, 2018 as a whole was better than I thought overall. Today, I’m looking back at my 2018 goals before looking ahead for my 2019 hopes and dreams.


  • Run a half marathon PR. I didn’t even run a half marathon; I was registered for the 2018 Gazelle Girl, but deferred my entry when my heart just wasn’t in it for training. So, I’m looking forward to taking on Gazelle Girl in 2019 instead.
  • Race (and crush!) a triathlon rather than simply aiming to finish. I was registered for the Grand Rapids Triathlon in June and felt really confident going into race day, but woke up that morning miserably sick and never made it to the start line.
  • Do a handstand without a wall assist. I am getting really close on this! Well, I was, but I haven’t worked on it for a few weeks now. I honestly think it’s the fear of falling holding me back.
  • Reach my goal weight. No, but I ended 2018 closer than ever before. I am confident that 2019 is the year that this broken record goal will actually happen.


  • Pay off one debt. Done! It feels great to be one step closer to debt free, although I have a long way to go (hi, grad school, I’m looking at you).
  • Attend a Major League Baseball game. I went to two Cubs games (one in July against the Tigers and another in August against the Nationals). Wrigley Field was a dream come true.
  • Attend a concert. I saw Taylor Swift in August and it was easily one of the best concerts I have ever attended, and I’ve been to easily over a hundred. This tour was iconic.


  • Finish Game of Thrones – both the books and the television series. I’ve got about 300 pages in the final book and have yet to start the series. I realized in therapy there’s a lot of emotion tied to the books because I was reading the first one when my grandma was in Hospice. Finishing the series feels like a closure I hadn’t been ready for until recently.
  • Read 52 books. I finished 32 by the end of the year. Considering I’d go for weeks long stretches without picking up a book, I’m really proud of how many I did finish.
  • Break the snooze button habit. Hahaha. Not even close.


  • Throw away or donate one item a day. This was a success (sort of)! Although I didn’t technically do one item a day, I did several mass cleaning/purging days. I have no doubt that I surpassed getting ride of 365 items. The hardest decision was my middle and high school year books! I ended up keeping senior year, but throwing away the rest.
  • Buy a new mattress and boxspring. Yes! I made the purchase in January and it was completely worth the investment. The bed I had was a hand-me-down surely older than me. Having a good mattress drastically improved the quality of my sleep.
  • Brighten up my home with new decor (pillows, artwork, etc.). I didn’t do this, but mostly because I haven’t decided on what look I want for my home and didn’t want to purchase for the sake of purchasing.
  • Use all the candles I have sitting in my linen closet. I’ve cleaned out quite a few, although not all. I had more than I realized and some of those big ones from Yankee Candle last a long time! I did donate a few that I realized I’m never going to use.

How did you do on your 2018 goals? What was your biggest accomplishment for the year?

Photo credits: Nikolai UlltangTirachard Kumnatom

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