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Happy New Year 2019!

Should auld aquaintance be forget, and never brought to mind? I’m not entirely sure of the question being asked here, but I know it means another year has come to an end – Happy New Year!

And with the new year comes new resolutions, of course. But let’s see how terribly I did in 2018 first. Because that’s half the fun, right??

Farewell 2018

First on the list was a goal to blog more – more consistently, and more variety. Well, I’d say I failed that big time, since I’m still back-posting a few entries this week. Oops. And variety? Ha. I posted my hiking trips – usually late – and that’s what you get!

Next up was hiking. What a simple goal, eh? I didn’t make any specific, just to knock off more of my never-ending bucket list. And I did that, so I guess that’s a win.

My next goal was to eat cleaner. I started off pretty strong, with meal preps and whole foods. But that quickly went to the wayside, and while it’s not all about the fast foods for me, I am definitely not getting the nutrients I should be getting. Fail.

On to the financial goals of 2018 – this wasn’t entirely terrible. I’m not exactly where I want to be, but I’m definitely not where I was. Another one with no specific goals, so I’m going to count this as a win.

And lastly, I wanted to clear out the storage locker. Which meant a lot of work at my mom’s place. Which didn’t happen. Like, at all. So I still have a storage locker. Fail.

Hello 2019

Last year didn’t go very well for me, in terms of meeting of those resolutions. I think because they were so vague? This year I’ve made some more traceable goals, broken down in to monthly or quarterly targets. Hopefully, this will keep me more on track!

Let’s take a look at the list, in no particular order:

  1. Hiking – 600km over 2019. That’s 50km a month.
  2. Running – 250km over 2019, or 5km a week.
  3. Reading – 25 books over 2019; one every other week.
  4. Stitching – one pattern per month.
  5. Volunteering – 8 hours quarterly.
  6. Give blood – once quarterly.

I’ve never given blood before, so that’ll be a new experience. I don’t even know what blood type I am, I hope they don’t ask me.

Running is a joint effort with a friend. I haven’t properly run since grade school, and I kind of miss it. Starting small here.

Volunteering is something I always have in the back of my mind, but it’s never been a priority – until now!

Stitching has fallen back to just gifts in recent years, if at all. I enjoy it but I never set time aside for it, so that is the point here.

Hiking and Reading are really the only constants in my life but I haven’t ever tallied them before. I think this might be more fun tracking, rather than being a challenge. But I could be wrong!

And that’s my 2019 in a nutshell, I guess.

I’d love to see what goals you’ve set for yourself. Let me know in the comments!

About Mia

I'm a weekend warrior, escaping the bustle of Toronto by exploring a new trail in south central Ontario nearly every weekend. Hiking, camping, backpacking, crafting, baking and beer are a few things you'll find here.

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