2019 Goals & Resolutions: 6-Month Check-In

Wow, I cannot believe how quickly 2019 is flying by. It feels like just yesterday I posted about the Intentions for 2019, and now here we are, already halfway through the year!

I figured now that we are reaching the end of June it would be a good time to update you all on my progress toward my 2019 goals and resolutions. We are just going to jump right into it, so please enjoy!


Intentions for 2019

Academics

  1. Get a 4.0 in Spring 2019 [X]
    • I’m very pleased to say that I accomplished this goal! While I no longer derive my self-worth from my grades to the extent that I did in high school and my early years of college, I still like to challenge myself and maintain a high standard of work. Thankfully, it’s all paid off so far. Only one semester left…
  2. Complete at least one research project for/with a professor [X]
    • While the research is not officially “complete”, we should have the work submitted for review by the end of the summer at the absolute latest, so I’m counting this one as checked off. I’m looking forward to continuing my research throughout the summer and into the fall semester – who knows, maybe research is in my future πŸ˜‰
  3. Complete my internship in Fall 2019 with flying colors*
  4. Graduate with my MSW*

*The rest of the goals from the Academics section are those that will be completed in the second half of the year for obvious reasons, so I’ll update you on those in December.

Health & Fitness

  1. Run an 8-minute mile [X]
    • Y’ALL. I DID THIS. AND I DID IT MULTIPLE TIMES. This all being said, traveling for the whole month of May really took my off my running game and I’m trying to work back up to this speed once again.
  2. Do 10 proper pushups*
  3. Nail the headstand without the wall*
  4. Run a 5k in 26 minutes or less*

*I’ll be honest, I’m finding it hard to find motivation to do strength training and ab workouts, which are two key components to completing goals 2 & 3. As the rest of the year continues, I’m going to attempt to prioritize doing things like Pilates and yoga, which I hope will help me reach those goals. As for the 26 minute 5K, I think it might be a stretch, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try my hardest to get there.

Finances

  1. Spend less than $200/month on food and groceries*
  2. Reach $x for the β€œPayment History” of my student loans by the end of 2019*
  3. After loans are subtracted, have at least $x in savings by the end of 2019 [x]
    • I’m actually pretty surprised that I was able to complete this goal already. My ultimate goal for this account is to create a solid, 6-month emergency fund. As of now, I’ve only have a 3-month emergency fund (based off my current standard of living as a grad student, so it’s really rather unimpressive). I’m going to up this goal for the second half of the year just to see if I can reach the 4-month “mark”, but I really won’t be too bummed if I don’t get there.
  4. Invest $100 in my Acorns account by the end of 2019 [X]
    • For those who don’t know, Acorns is an investing app that is compromised of Acorns Core, a micro-investing account, and Acorns Later, a simple IRA account. I am nowhere close to being proficient in talking about investing and IRAs, but I’m slowly starting to learn.
    • This goals was actually far easier to complete than I expected; I think I had this completed by early March. For the time being, I’m only putting in minimal amounts every month and seeing where is grows (do you like what I did there? πŸ™‚ )

*For goal 1, I’ll be honest and say I haven’t been keeping very good track of the exact amount I spend on groceries. I already do as much as I can to keep my food spending as low as possible; I shop at Aldi, I almost never eat out, and I almost never go out for drinks of any kind, whether that be coffee or alcoholic beverages; so even if I’m not hitting this goal exactly, I know I’m doing everything I can to keep it low. For goal 2, I will say that I’m making decent progress toward paying off the desired amount, but I’ve still got a ways to go. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the next 6 months…

Lifestyle & Personal

  1. God comes first – pray, meditate, reflect, bible study, church, worship*
  2. Practice sustainability consistently – recycle; less fast fashion; natural beauty and cleaning products; produce less waste*
  3. Get to a good place with my mental health – take my medicine; see a therapist/psychiatrist; talk with friends*

*I will never be able to say I successfully “crossed off” any of these goals because they are the types that will forever be works in progress. I will say that I think I’m doing a good job so far though. My relationship with God and the sense of community I’ve found in my current church is stronger than ever before. While I haven’t been perfect, I know I’ve been taking little steps toward practicing sustainability every day. And finally, I am so, so, so thankful to say my mental health is remarkably better than it was (a) a year ago today and (b) at the beginning of this year. That is definitely my biggest blessing from 2019 so far.

Other Goals for 2019

  1. Financially invest in the blog [X]
    • I’m so happy I did this in January!
  2. Watch less Netflix
    • This is a work in progress. While I can definitely say that I watch far less Netflix now than I did last year (I’ve gotten really strict with myself about watching series mindlessly and I try to only watch documentaries, docu-series, and the occasional movie. However, you best believe that L and I will be binging the third seasons of Stranger Things, La Casa de Papel, and Jessica Jones when he gets here in July), the amount of Youtube I watch has definitely increased. As I said, striking balance is a work in progress.
  3. Read at least 15 books on the 100 Book Bucket List Poster
    • While I haven’t made it to 15 yet, I have made decent progress! So far I’ve read:
      • Watership Down by Richard Adams
      • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
      • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
      • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Hellen Fielding
      • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
      • Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson
      • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    • Currently, I’m working on The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and then I will reread The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
  4. Do/buy something for myself 1x month that helps me reach these goals
    • Here is what I’ve done so far:
      • January: I paid for my annual WordPress plan
      • February: I had a “makeup free February”
      • March: I took a much needed spring break trip to NYC ❀
      • April: “No Spend April” – I didn’t spend money on anything beside the absolute necessities
      • May: My study abroad trip to Athens and my subsequent visit to France to see L
      • June: I (finally!) bought myself an essential oil diffuser
    • I normally decide on these the month-of, so I’m interested to see what I come up with for the last six months of the year.

Thanks for reading all the way to the end and check back soon for more.

Until next time,

Michaela

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