I don’t like to think about my life in year increments. Living in New England/NYC, I typically divide my life into seasonal sections, but for the sake of this post, I will consider 2018 as one singular block of my life.
I read a lot. I completed 28 books, about 2 a month, which is pretty good for me considering I am a slow reader. I finally finished the whole of the Harry Potter series and read Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol and E.T.A Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker at Christmas time, which was very nice and soothing (and something I’ve been wanting to do for years). Continuing off my last book update post, I finished the year off having read:
23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling (nov ’18)
24. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (nov ’18)
25. Sky Island by L. Frank Baum (nov ’18)
26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling (dec ’18)
27. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (dec ’18)
28. The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffmann (dec ’18)
I posted a ton about books this past year, and I think that trend will continue. In 2019, hope to read 35+ books. I’d like to include more posts reflecting on books I enjoyed or found interesting in some way. I am also thinking of incorporating posts about studying and general school tips. For the coming semester, I am writing my senior thesis so I may do posts regarding researching tips and informational bits on my topic.
I’ve gotten very interested in philosophy during the second half of the year, and I may touch on this as well. There is one book, in particular, I am planning to do a post on that speaks on the importance of liberal education and philosophical texts.
I also want to expand my fashion category. I’ve been paying a lot of attention to sustainability in the fashion industry (as have so many b(v)loggers), and I really want to comment my thoughts on this as well.
Because I studied abroad in Europe, I was able to travel to loads of new places in 2018. I want this to still be a reality in 2019 as well. I am going to attempt to travel more within the United States, something that was inspired by my European travels actually.
I’ve had this blog for a few years now. It was never designed to generate large growth because it was always seen by myself as a personal online journal; however, I do want to make strides this year. One of those strides includes growing my website’s population. Therefore, I am thinking of posting once every 2 weeks, or once a week if I can. At the moment, any more than this would be an unsustainable goal. I want my content to have substance, and substance requires time and thought.
2019 will definitely be a big transformation year for me, as I am graduating from my undergraduate studies in May and am currently in the pursuit of my first post-university job. This may make it difficult for me to keep a solid set of goals, but to list a few, in addition to my blog and reading goals, I hope to go to the gym 3 times a week, try out new recipes and be more adventurous with food, go to new bars and restaurant in the city, visit Washington D.C., invest, budget my money better, buy some nice jeans (!!), and paint more.
Let me know some goals you have for 2019. If you have any book or food recommendations please list some below as well!