2019 Resolutions ⁂ ✧.: *: ・

Happy New Year!

This post is coming at you a little later than originally anticipated on account of the fact that I’ve been dealing with a flare up of back pain since last Friday, and it is probably the worst my back has felt in the five years since my first back injury in 2013. It’s slowly getting better, but it was hard to do anything that involved sitting up properly. Which is to say most things.

Fortunately for me, I’ve not had regular work hours. So I had already been planning for 2019 all last week! I had set my goals for the new year, prepared my January bullet journal, and even been working on some new blog ideas. I’m ready to make 2019 the best year of my life despite this rough start!

  1. Upgrade my blog. I’ve been thinking of recommitting myself to my blog by upgrading so I can take more control of what it looks like into my own hands. I’m currently playing around with new blog names, but I have some brainstorming to do before I make anything official.
  2. Read 24 books. My mini-goal at the moment is to read one fiction and one non-fiction book each month. I know I will have months where I will read much more than that, but I do feel like I want to get through more of the older books in my physical TBR this year.
  3. Journal. I have so many notebooks I’ve collected over the years that I want to finally put to good use. Last year I started dabbling a bit more seriously in bullet journalling and I would like to start blogging about it.
  4. Write like it’s 2012. My best times writing were my sophomore year of college, and I would like to take myself back to basics this year. Outlining has not been working out. I feel like I need to stop trying to force myself to work on WIPs when I don’t feel like it. So I simply want to write anything on a regular basis. It doesn’t have to be a cohesive. I just want to write.
  5. Level up my German and Spanish. I started learning both casually in early 2018. I’ve kept up with the German, but I want to pick up Spanish again as well. I’m hoping to find a good balance of study time between the two languages this year.
  6. Reset my forms of online recreation. I want to start a new YouTube account for subscribing to different kinds of channels and eventually start uploading my own content. I want to stop using Tumblr and Goodreads, because they are not essential.  I want to cut myself off from my smartphone after 8 p.m. each night so I can end the night doing more chill activities. Basically, I want to shake things up.

These are just a few of the goals I have for myself. I also have some collaborative goals with my writing buddy, some personal health/wellness goals, and some career-related goals that I don’t want to get into on the blog just yet.

I’m hoping to start posting every other day or so on the blog, but only so long as 1) it is fun and 2) I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time or yours. Next up I will probably talk about my bullet journal and my most recent reads.

Let me know if you have any similar goals!

12 thoughts on “2019 Resolutions ⁂ ✧.: *: ・

  1. Eleanor @ On the Other Side of Reality

    Best of luck with all your goals!! I got SO many journals for Christmas, I’m definitely going to have to step up my journaling game to fill them any time soon. One of my micro reading goals is to read a lot more lgbt+ fiction this year.

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      Oh, that is so cool! Stationary is an awesome gift. I’m bullet journalling in one notebook and keeping a diary in a separate one. I’m also using other ones for language study. Some of my notebooks are from as way back at 2014 so I’m excited to finally use them.

      Good luck with your reading goal! I don’t own much LGBT+ fiction, but what I have I’ve both read and adored.

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      That’s a great goal! I really don’t feel like Spanish is all that hard to learn, so you may find it easier than you think if you were good with it a while ago.

      One of the funniest things I learned last year, in between breaks of being committed to practicing German and Spanish, was just how easy it was to recall everything after weeks or months without revisiting DuoLingo!

  2. czai

    I’m hoping to regularly do regular journalling as well but not exactly bullet journal. more like a personal one.
    I’d like to learn a bit more Spanish since some of our words came from it but I don’t really have the patience to learn a new language. Luckily I already know two because we have 2 official languages in our country. hahaha
    Good luck with your goals, Lori!

    1. Lori @ Betwined Reads

      Thanks! Good luck with your journalling. It’s been a major mind-shift already for me to be hand-writing every day. I used to take daily notes online, but now I’m forced to go more slowly and record my thoughts more carefully to avoid mistakes. I think it will help me feel a lot more present in my life and less manic ^_^

      Have you tried DuoLingo? It’s like language learning gamified so it barely feels like a chore. I do it a lot when I’m in waiting rooms or have just a few minutes to kill between tasks/errands.

      1. czai

        I can’t remember if it was DuoLingo I tried before. I tried learning Japanese before. Although did learned a few things (and watching anime kind of helps me with the learning), I stopped studying all together just because I wanted to put my time onto other things :)

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