2019 Goals

As discussed in December, I’ve decided to make my individual 2019 goals to all aim toward a specific end: to help me discover the person I am again, and to then become that person. I’ve split these goals into four chunks accordingly.

General aims are to move toward a healthier weight/size; to become fitter, stronger, and more athletic; to improve nutrition; to improve sleep; and to reduce anxiety. I would like my external and internal selves to better align so that I feel more comfortable in my own skin.

  • Weight loss: As you might imagine, weight loss is high on my list. Since my body strongly resists change, my focus will be on eating and exercising in a way that should promote weight loss. Hopefully my body will relent, and if not, at least I’m treating myself right. Any true weight loss this year (not fluctuating in a maintenance range) would be awesome.
  • Work to be able to run a full 5K by year’s end (some of this will depend on if I can lose weight, so this will be a work-in-progress goal to be evaluated by my efforts, not results)
  • Participate in at least one official 5K
  • Average 3.5 fruits/veggies daily (2018 average: 3.1)
  • Average 10k steps per day (2018 average: 9437)
  • Increase total mileage (2018 total: 381 miles)
  • Increase total yoga workouts (2018 total: 181)
  • Complete 1000+ fitness minutes monthly, except in Jun, Jul, and Aug, which will be 750+ mins
  • Work with my doctor to monitor sleep medications for better sleep-management
  • Meditate on at least 50 days

The goal is to eventually balance our household expenses in a way to zero out debt and start saving again, while being able to live comfortably and help support our children while they transition to adulthood.

  • Strictly stick to a monthly budget to pay off as much credit card debt as possible, preferably all but at very minimum 50%
  • Continue to work weekly with our budget and find places to streamline/reduce
  • Balance budget-management with small splurges (dates, gifts, etc) to avoid an all-or-nothing mentality that will likely backfire
  • Help our kids apply for various forms of financial aid and scholarships
  • Shore up our (falling apart) deck and fences to help them last longer before needing replacement

I would like to once again feel safe, loved, and comfortable in my own home, and additionally I’d like to connect more with friends, extended family, and my community.

  • Have one date night/day outside the house monthly
  • Do something special for our 20th anniversary in December
  • Host one social gathering quarterly at my house (excluding birthday parties or writing groups)
  • Have one group night or day out quarterly
  • Attend Siclovia, a local street festival that occurs twice-yearly
  • Visit 12 new-to-me locations in San Antonio
  • Finish xeriscaping our front yard

Most of what I’ve lost over the last few years include my interests, future purpose/intentions, and long-term goals. I’d like to recover those this year, and test to see if some old interests are still valid.

  • Learn one new skill/lesson/hobby etc monthly (physical or intellectual). Can continue learning from previous months if more extensive. Note: This must be more than a passing TED Talk or article read on a subject. The goal is to discover ongoing interests and hobbies, particularly ones that might lead to a career after my kids leave home.
  • Watch as much of my movie backlist as possible
  • Read six classics, plays, or books of poetry
  • Edit Maldralith, one of my manuscripts
  • Complete monthly writing-related goals
  • Unless circumstances interfere, participate in NaNoWriMo
  • Explore options for returning to school

That’s a lot, but these are the things I really want to do this year. It’s a big year for me, turning 40, seeing my first son graduate high school then go off to college, Jason’s and my 20th anniversary, and a particular personal anniversary (30 years) on August 4th. It’s a big year, and I want it to be a great year as well. So aim big, right?

Do you have goals/resolutions for 2019? I’d love to hear them! Goal-making is one of my favorite activities ever!

About Amanda

Agender empty-nester filling my time with cats, books, fitness, and photography. She/they.
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