Wow, 2018. What a year.
When I look back I see a lot of typical ups and downs this year, but more ups than usual. I tried and failed with some things like getting a podcast off the ground and training for a 10k, but I like to consider them learning experiences.
The big event was going to Europe in April. My BFF and I went to Copenhagen, Berlin and Prague, and it was both of our first times being in Europe. It was a life-changing experience for me, and I can’t wait to go back. I really should write a blog post about this trip.
Things changed a LOT on the work front this year. My team changed almost entirely, with key people leaving and new hires coming onboard. I got a new boss who has been enabling me to learn and take on more challenges. I took a Scrum Master course and became a Professional Scrum Master, and now I facilitate our daily standups and sprint planning. I crawled even further out of my shell and hosted our monthly company meeting, which might be the most terrifying thing I’ve ever done, but I survived.
In the same vein, I also became an event host for my company. In trying to remain anonymous I won’t name my company, but we host fun social events that require an instructor. I taught a class of 27 how to do something, and I had a ton of fun doing it. Not only that, but it gives me a little more money in my paycheck.
I read eight books this year. That may not sound like much, and actually my goal was 10 books, but it’s more than I normally read. When I was younger I would spend entire weekends reading in bed. I still love reading but my attention span isn’t what it used to be and I’m trying to get that back.
Another huge change this year was that I moved to a new town. My work commute went from 90 minutes to 20 minutes and my rent decreased by nearly $1000/month due to acquiring a roommate. I am finally starting to make some slow progress on my financial situation.
I also lost 15 pounds this year, and although I gained every bit back (thanks to Europe’s delicious food) I now know that it’s possible to lose weight, and I am confident that I can do it again.
Lastly, I gave up alcohol for the most part. I have had a few drinks since posting about quitting, but I didn’t really enjoy it and the desire to “go out drinking” has totally gone away.
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So what is 2019 going to bring?
I have so many things I want to accomplish, and I was even skeptical about my list as I was writing it, but why not aim high? I started to push myself this year and I am ready to take it to the next level.
Here’s my TODO list:
- Run five races (5Ks are fine!)
- Hike seven 4000+ footer mountains
- Get my National Parks Passport and three stamps*
- Read 12 books
- Lose 70 pounds
- Have 3 months’ salary in savings
- Go to Iceland
(*The stamps don’t have to be from previously unvisited parks. I’ve already been to a few but didn’t have my passport book then.)
Aside from these specific list items, the main theme of 2019 is “Mindful spending”. I don’t want to acquire any more material possessions, as I’m already trying to pare down my belongings, and I don’t want to spend money on things that provide little value to my life. I’m not going to make any hard rules; I just want to be more present and mindful instead of impulsive.
This may not be very exciting for my readers, but to hold myself accountable, I’m going to post monthly recaps of every single thing I spent money on. Another blog that I used to follow did this every month and I was surprised at how much they actually spent. I can do better. 😉
This is the year where I really have to change my lifestyle completely. This time next year I’ll have age 40 in my sights, and man, if I’m still eating cheese and playing video games in my pajamas all day, that’ll really be depressing.
Happy New Year, everyone! ❤