How are we halfway through April?!
This year has being going by so quickly for me, especially since starting my new job; I was hoping to keep on track with my blogging but I feel like I’ve not had the energy outside of work! My last post was three weeks ago, and already it feels like my blog needs a bit of dusting up.
As we’re three months (+ three weeks!) into 2019, I thought it would make sense to take a look back at my new years resolutions. As tedious as it sounds, I like to check back on my goals every few months just to make sure I’m not going off on a tangent, and to make sure I stay fairly on track with them.
This is where I’m currently at with my 2019 goals:
♢ Finish my next writing project
I’ve planned and started writing a short story that was hovering around my brain for a while over Christmas, and am now around 3000 words into it.
♢ Write 52 blog posts
I surprised myself and wrote a total of 16 posts by the end of March – although I’ve hindered myself with my lack of April posts!
♢ Be able to sing and play guitar at the same time
I’ve been playing a lot of guitar recently, and as I’ve been noodling away I’ve half written a few little tunes, and I’ve been making a point to sing as I do it. Some improvement ♥
♢ Save up at least £7000 over the year
I’ve saved an average of £670 a month since January; if I continue like this, I could potentially save £8k overall, which would be fantastic!
♢ Read at least 12 books
So far I’ve read Fairyland by Paul McAuley, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, and Circe by Madeline Miller, so that’s an average of a book a month… I’d love it to be more, but I’m glad I’m not falling behind either!
♢ Learn another programming language or framework and update my portfolio
As part of a test before my interview for my current job, I built a video streaming application using React JS, so I think that’s a framework I can add to my CV. Over the next few months, I believe I should focus more on my self-doubt at work, as that’s something that really affects my confidence with speaking up in meetings.
♢ To keep my room free of clutter
I have gotten rid of a few things in my wardrobe and clothing drawers, and taken a lot of things to charity, but there’s still some things floating around that I definitely don’t need. I had a productive visit home to my parents’ and had a bit of a clear out of things I clearly don’t need or use. That was pretty therapeutic!
♢ Travel to 4 places I’ve not been to before
I’ve had a couple of short trips already this year! In February, I visited Athlone in Ireland, and in March I went to York in England.
♢ Cook more & try more recipes
For Christmas I got a vegetarian recipe book and I’ve tried a few recipes from it! I’ve generally been cooking a lot more too.
♢ Improve my Italian speaking and writing skills
I’ve not done much in the way of Italian speaking or writing, so I think this is one to focus on in the next few months.
How on track am I and do I need to make any amendments?
As I’m going on holiday in May, I might need to still keep an eye on my savings. I want to also focus on my guitar playing, and Italian writing goals too, as they’re the ones I’ve least confident with, as well as handling my confidence at work.
So my to do list for the next few months will be:
- Keep writing my WIP
- Aim to write weekly blog posts (… from now on)
- Keep playing guitar and singing, because how else will I improve?
- Save at least £565 a month
- Read at least 3 more books
- Work on my self-doubt and confidence when it comes to work
- Have another day where I’m clearing things out, and make sure I take it all to charity quickly
- Visit Granada, Cordoba, Seville and Malaga in May!
- Keep cooking more and trying new recipes
- Focus on translating English into Italian
I’m going to keep these on a post it in my diary so I can keep myself on track!
How is your year going so far?