Laeryn (laeryn) wrote in mission101,

New year, same list - Beginning of the year update!

I thought it would be a good idea to see where I was and what I want to focus on this year. I was actually going to do this end of last year, but it turned out to be an extremely busy time work-wise and I didn't quite have the energy, so here I go with a quick update!

DONE! (Currently completed goals: 12)

1. Read only female authors in 2018.

I intentionally only read female authors, so although I did make a mistake at one point assuming certain name was a woman's (and it wasn't), it was an honest mistake and so I am marking this as DONE! Yay me. It definitely allowed me to read many good (GOOD) books I had been missing. My highlights for the year, in case anyone is interested:

- The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang.
- Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie.
- A room of one's own by Virginia Woolf.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
- Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett.
- In Order To Live by Park Yeonmi.
- Eva Luna by Isabel Allende.
- Becoming by Michelle Obama.

59. Finish my basic conversation book ("Aprende japonés").

A short book on basic Japanese phrases, etc, that I bought back when I was starting to study Japanese. Obviously it was way below my level, but it was a good refreshing ahead of the 4 months of 1-to-1 classes I have just booked.

76. Save every month left of 2018.

I saved every month but then I spent lots of what I had saved in the previous months. I still ended the year with around 500 in savings, however have since invested those in Japanese classes to work on my skills. This will be a goal for the new year too.

83. Visit at least 3 cities or towns in England. (3/3)

I'd previously visited Brighton and York, and have now also been to Windsor! It is a nice, little town, nothing much to say about it since the queue for the castle (palace?) was insane. Wasn't intentional (I had not much idea of going to Windsor) so I probably wasn't as interested nor keen on exploring, but it was a nice visit.


3. Read 50 books in a year. (2/50)
7. Read 50% female authors in 2019.
8. Mark 50 books as read in my Rory's Challenge. (29/50)

My Goodreads reading goal for 2019 is 50 books. Is it very optimistic? Possibly, I finished 2018 on 27, but I didn't seriously start working on rebuilding my reading habits until late in the second half of the year, so I have hopes and I have started strong. I intend of reading at least 50% of female authors (or around) and I am working on my Rory Challenge, with The Awakening by Kate Chopin being the last addition to the list.

42. Go to the gym/exercise 2x week for a month.

Something I am working on. Super good for my mental health in general, plus I am putting on some weight and have had to stop wearing a couple of clothes. Can't really afford to be buying new clothes right now with my plans for the year, and I am only gaining weight due to anxiety-induced binging, so THIS IS A PLAN. Working on a 30 days yoga challenge, while also building up my cardio SKILLZ by working up to a 5k. I hate going/starting but then never want to stop.

51. Learn 5 healthy recipes. (1/5)

Not truly learnt but sort of making up my own mixes of healthy, mostly vegetarian food at home. Not going 100% vegetarian but I've stopped cooking meat at home (and will have it only when I eat out, ie. Korean BBQ!) and am slowly building up a more plant based diet.

56. Reach Wanikani Level 10.

Sort of paused on this one because I am at the level after which you need to start paying, and that will have to wait for next month as I can't quite afford it this month. Wanikani is, for those who don't know, a very useful app for kanji learning that has helped quite a lot and I intend to work REALLY HARD on this in 2019 (on my Japanese skills in general!).

61. Work through "Minna no Nihongo I" once again, to review.

I am going through all my old materials to review since I stopped studying for almost two years. I remember a lot more than I thought I would, in fact I surprised myself holding my own in my first 1-to-1 class when I managed to keep most of the conversation in Japanese. I aim to finish this by end of the month at the pace that I am going, maybe mid-February if something happens.

70. Write 5 short stories.

2019 is also the year I want to focus on my writing. It gives me joy, what can I say? At the same time, though, I am always too easily discouraged. There's no place for that in my 2019. Well, a tiny corner.

77. Save every month of 2019.

I will probably save around twenty pounds in January, but it is better than nothing, isn't it? I have a good budget plan set for this (beyond the absolute debacle of Extremely Expensive Japanese Classes in London), so I hope to success.

85. Travel to Japan again.

This is going to be a hard one, but I am going to try my best to make it back this year. Have some friends that I really want to see again, and I simply miss the place and the happiness it always brought to me.

86. Get a promotion.

Already working on my development plan with my superiors for this. WISH ME LUCK. Hopefully 2019 is the year.

I might still go and create new goals for 2019 OR change some of the previous ones, but I still haven't sat down and reviewed and thought it through beyond what you can see above. Let's see how 2019 goes, GOOD LUCK TO US ALL!

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