The first month of 2019 is quickly coming to a close, and for some unfathomable reason, I’m a bigger mess of a person than usual.
Big yikes. But what do I mean by that? Well, in a very un-Shealea-like fashion (disclaimer: not an actual word!), I am currently without a prepared planner and without an official list of goals and resolutions. In fact, my 2018 planner still isn’t finished — and yes, just typing it into this blog post feels eerily like bringing dishonor to my family (and to my personal principles). But I digress.
I don’t know what to tell any of you, really. For the most part of January, I’ve honestly just been winging it and rolling with the punches. And this has led to the fruition of many an impulsive decision, including this newly rebranded blog.
All things considered, things haven’t been too bad. I mean, the universe hasn’t collapsed into itself just because I’ve been significantly, embarrassingly less organized lately. Nevertheless, I’ve always seen myself as a rather goal-oriented person, even when it comes to blogging. I like lists, I like planning, and I like the feeling of working towards something bigger and more meaningful.
Moving forward, I would like to get back on my feet and start making an effort to be more put-together and organized. With Operation Ambitious Shealea well underway, I really think that planning ahead and setting concrete goals will be incredibly helpful in keeping me sane. Which leads us to the heart of this post: my goals and resolutions for 2019. Hold me accountable, friends!
BUT BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE!
Of course, in setting my goals for 2019, I need to take a moment to reflect on the resolutions I committed to in the previous year and, well, how excellently — or how badly — they turned out.
ACCOMPLISHED GOALS IN 2018
- Watch at least one Filipino film per month. I successfully watched a total of 12 Filipino films!
- Put more effort in having a healthy social life.
- Read at least 48 books. I managed to read a staggering total of 78 books!
- Reach 3,000 blog followers before the year ends. Friends, it brings me great joy and gratitude to say that Shut up, Shealea currently sits at 3,128 blog followers! (Oh, and fun fact: my 3,000th follower is none other than the amazing Victoria Lee, debut author of The Fever King!)
- Attend one bookish event or hangout. Check and check! I met Kate and Cara in person, attended Bookworms Unite PH for the first time, and went to a couple of #romanceclass events, too.
- Save [redacted] amount of money by the end of the year. Honestly, given my sudden interest in skincare routines and my impulsive book shopping, this is a huge surprise to me. But yay!
UNACCOMPLISHED GOALS IN 2018
- General Weighted Average (GWA) of 1.35 or better. I almost made this happen! My average for the first half of 2018 was 1.2500, but unfortunately, my GWA last semester was 0.05 short of maintaining my goal.
- Learn how to paint decently. To be fair, I did buy the necessary materials for painting, but I totally forgot about them.
- Write two (2) book reviews per week. Obviously a Herculean task I failed spectacularly in.
- Write one (1) discussion post every other month. I’ve consistently failed at this. This happens every year, to be honest.
- Reach 60,000 views before the year ends. Considering the number of hiatuses I took away from book blogging, it comes as no shock to me that I wasn’t able to hit this number. Still, my blog did manage to garner 40,296 views, which I’m already quite proud of.
AND SO WHAT?
First and foremost, it means that out of 11 resolutions, I succeeded in accomplishing 6 of them (54.5%), which isn’t too disappointing of a turnout. At least, in my opinion.
Nonetheless, the room for improvement is quite huge! For instance, in terms of blogging, I seem to struggle with consistency, and I think this largely explains why I missed a lot of my blogging-related goals. In line with this, it can be observed that I definitely read more than I write — and this is likely because the undergraduate degree I’m pursuing is quite writing-heavy. Most of the time, I no longer have the motivation or the energy to sit down and write a blog post.
Another thing I noticed is that my 2018 was not as eventful as I hoped it would be, and I think one of the factors affecting this outcome is that most of my resolutions revolve around my longstanding comfort zones: reading and writing. With that said, I think it’s about time that I try to be a little bit more flexible and curious this year. It’s time for more experimenting and more new experiences!
Now that we know which areas I need to work on, let’s proceed with the
possibly extensive list of goals, ambitions, and resolutions that will guide me and my shenanigans for the rest of the year!
- Read at least 69 books this year. A noticeable increase compared to last year’s reading target but still not too intimidating! There are so many incredible upcoming releases in 2019 that I couldn’t find it in me to set a lower goal.
- Of the total number of books read, 70% should be comprised of diverse books. I personally find this goal to be quite ambitious. This means that if I would succeed in finishing 69 books before the year ends, 48 of them should either feature marginalized characters or are written by authors with marginalized identities.
- Get the Giant Panda badge from the Year of the Asian 2019 Reading Challenge. YARC 2019 is a reading challenge organized by yours truly, alongside three other wonderful and passionate book bloggers. In order to obtain this badge, I need to read 31 to 40 books written by Asian authors. Learn more about YARC by checking out this page.
- Read at least 5 academic journal articles every week. I’m still mostly clueless about what I want my undergraduate thesis to be about, and I think the best way of finding the right topic is to read as much as I can. Yes to more academic reading!
- Significantly trim down my NetGalley review copies and increase my ratio to a solid 90%. So that I can finally be rid of my self-imposed request ban, naturally.
- Earn 80,000 views before the year ends. This is essentially twice the number of total reviews I managed to get last year, which makes this a teensy bit ambitious. It’s a pretty huge undertaking, but I think that, as long as I work consistently on my platform, I can get there.
- Reach 4.000 blog followers before the year ends. Another ambitious target — one that I got from Kate’s post, 4 reasons to get Shealea to 4k followers (I say, heed her advice!).
- Write one (1) Shealea rambles post (which is essentially a discussion post) every month. Okay, I know that I’ve had several attempts of making this happen, only to epicly fail every single time. But this year will
hopefullybe different! I’ve signed up for the 2019 Book Blog Discussion Challenge, and I really hope I’m a lot more successful this time around!
- Get rid of my review and comment backlogs. With more than 500 comments I haven’t responded to and with more than 60 books I haven’t written reviews for, I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this resolution is the most difficult one.
MORE PERSONAL GOALS
- Rewatch all the episodes of Game of Thrones before the new season comes out. Up until now, I’m still two whole seasons behind! Excuse me while I shamefully cry in my dark little corner.
- Make more time with friends, especially graduating friends. Believe it or not — I can be pretty sentimental. And I do occasionally like being surrounded by people. You know, occasionally.
- Do eight (8) new things I have never done before. 2019 is the time to push boundaries and to experiment with interests and experiences! I want a year worth remembering. I might be a little too optimistic, but I think this is a pretty attainable resolution. So far, my 2019 has been full of pleasant surprises — and here are some new things I’ve recently done and some new things I’m really looking forward to:
1. Invest in a paid WordPress plan and start a book blog tour business venture.
2. Travel to a foreign country without my family with me.
3. Give bullet journaling a go!
4. Present my research paper in a research conference abroad.
I’d love to hear from you!
🌻 If you would describe your 2018 in one word, what would that word be?
🌻 What are your goals and resolutions for this year?
🌻 When setting goals and making promises, how do you hold yourself accountable?