My first official post of 2018! I hope everyone had a splendid NYE – I had a wonderful time with my family back at home, but today is my first day back to school, eep! Winter break was great, but I’m actually glad mine is only two weeks; I don’t know how much more laying in bed watching Parks and Rec I can take (Type A personality problems)!
If you read my last post, you know I did some reflecting on 2017 and things I want to keep thinking about in 2018. While I don’t making “resolutions”, I do like to make goals. I feel like resolutions are just so New Years-y and they have a high rate of failure, whereas goals are more likely to be checked on throughout the year, at least for me personally.
The past couple of years, I’ve used a word/theme to head into the new year with, and I intend to do the same for 2018. For 2018, I want to:
Simple as that.
To get into more quantifiable or “SMART” goals, I’ve broken down specifically a few things I want to achieve this year. I like to share with y’all to hopefully inspire some of you but to also hold myself accountable. I’ve organized my goals into “personal” and “professional” goals for clarity, and obviously, I have a lot more personal goals I want to accomplish. Here they are:
PERSONAL: Set aside two hours every week to R&R //
I can’t stress enough how important relax & rewind time is as I head into this year. I really just want more time for myself, which probably means going to coffeeshops and reading for pleasure. I’ve already scheduled recurring events of two-hours in my week to R&R, so that’s a good start.
PERSONAL: Read at least 35 books //
In years past, I’ve been able to read 100+ books, but with classes and more obligations, I only hit 20 books in 2017 (crying!!). In 2018, I definitely want to make more time for myself to read more books, which I know I’ll be able to do because I’ll have loads of time to do so in the summer.
PERSONAL: Write a blog post every week //
I truly truly truly love blogging. Those of you who are bloggers, I’m sure you understand how therapeutic it feels! This year, I want to focus more on my blog and not go weeks without posting something. I’m sure it’ll be much easier for me to accomplish this in the summer just because travel recap posts are pretty easy, but during the school year it’s definitely trickier because of time and lack of content/things happening in my life other than school.
PERSONAL: Workout/exercise 4-6 times a week //
I’ve been pretty consistent about working out frequently during the week, and I definitely want to keep it up. I think it’s so important for people to understand that when one exercises, it doesn’t have to be an hour long of grueling torture! I keep my workouts short, just something that gets my blood pumping and muscles sore for the next day; most of the time, I keep it under one hour so I can go about my day. It’s so much more achievable when you think about it as a minimal task to accomplish daily, just like brushing your teeth or showering.
PERSONAL: Volunteer somewhere //
This one is one of my least quantifiable goals since I’m still figuring out when I can fit it into my hectic schedule, and where I want to volunteer. In high school, I volunteered every week at my local library (I will surround myself in the presence of books any chance I can get!), so I’m thinking about volunteering at my local Seattle branch. I’ll keep y’all posted.
PERSONAL: Get to 1,000 Instagram followers //
Y’all, a few months ago I started experimenting with Instagram stories (I know, I’m so behind on the game), but they are so fun. I also recently changed my Instagram account to a business account for this blog, so we’ll see how that goes. I overall want to engage with my followers and people I follow more. 1,000 followers would be so cool, wouldn’t it?
PERSONAL: Keep dancing //
As most of y’all know, I’m a Dance minor, and I’ve been taking a dance class pretty much every quarter. However, this winter quarter, I couldn’t fit it into my class schedule. BUT I do want to keep dancing, so I’m rejoining a dance group I was part of my freshman year – so exciting! It can be as simple as choreographing something, etc. For example, over winter break, I was really obsessed with Charlie Puth’s “How Long”, and found this routine on Youtube and managed to self-learn and teach myself the choreography. It took a couple of hours in my garage, but it was so fun. I want to do more things like that!
PROFESSIONAL: Get to 500+ LinkedIn connections //
This has been an ongoing goal of mine since I made a LinkedIn account. However, my perspective on LinkedIn has shifted a lot in my time in college: it’s not really about the number of connections but the quality. I’ve truly enjoyed reaching out to more people in the Seattle area, and while this means getting to 500, I want those remaining 100 or so to be genuine connections.
PROFESSIONAL: Get coffee with at least one professional every month //
This ties along quite nicely with my LinkedIn goal, and it’s something I’ve pretty much been doing since early sophomore year, so this goal should be pretty attainable. I love constantly learning from people, especially those who have been in the workplace for awhile.
PROFESSIONAL: Land an internship for 2019! //
I know it’s crazy to start thinking about 2019 internships already, but with accounting, a lot of students are able to know by the end of the summer to see if they get an internship for summer 2019. I hope I’m in that pool of students! Ideally, I’ll also have figured out if I want to go the audit or tax route in public accounting. Fingers crossed!
So that’s it for my 2018 goals; I’ll be sure to reference this list as frequently as possible. Eyes on the prize, people! What are your goals for 2018?
Thanks for reading,