Intentions for 2019: A Final Recap

I missed my blog post last week (you probably didn’t even notice) but if you did notice, it wasn’t skipped because I am living it up here in France. Au contraire, I came down with a lovely gastrointestinal virus on Christmas (thanks France, love you) and six days later, I am finally feeling like myself. Thankfully, I’ve got a lovely belle-famille here is France that took amazing care of me and I’m back on my feet once again.

It is hard to believe that it is the end of 2019. It was a beautiful, challenging, life-changing year and I pray for a continuation of that beauty and growth into 2020.

For now, it’s time to give a final recap of my intentions for 2019! In case you missed it, I did a mid-year check-in back in June (you can find that here). Let’s get to it!


Intentions for 2019

Academics

  1. Get a 4.0 in Spring 2019 [X]
    • I accomplished this goal in April, but I am happy to say that I have officially graduated with a 4.0 gpa. It was a long three semesters, but we made it!
  2. Complete at least one research project for/with a professor [X]
    • While nothing has been submitted for review or publication, I completed my part of the research manuscript for one professor, and I worked on another manuscript at my internship. Hopefully sometime in 2020, there will have two published articles with my name on them!
  3. Complete my internship in Fall 2019 with flying colors [X]
    • Boom, done. It broke my heart to say goodbye on the last day, but I know that I’ll be back and visiting very soon.
  4. Graduate with my MSW [X]
    • I did the dang thing! If you want to read my mini post about graduation, you can find that here.

Health & Fitness

  1. Run an 8-minute mile [X]
    • This is another goal that I accomplished back before my mid-year check-in. Sadly, my pace has definitely plateaued around the 8 minute mark. If anyone has any tips for how to work on this, please let a girl know!
  2. Do 10 proper pushups
    • I was doing so well practicing my pushups toward the end of this year, but I did not get (even remotely) close to being able to do 10 proper pushups. Keep on, keeping on.
  3. Nail the headstand without the wall [X]
    • Where I didn’t get much stronger with my pushups, I made strides with my headstand. I am now able to get up into a headstand without a wall and keep my balance. I included a video of where I’m at now just below this section if you want to take a look.
  4. Run a 5k in 26 minutes or less
    • Just as my mile pace stagnated, so did my 5k time. Sadly, I also was not able to accomplish this goal. Not having access to a gym since the end of April put a damper on my ability to run consistently (contending with weather and sunlight), but I am not going to let that continue to hold me back in the new year!

Finances*

  1. Spend less than $x/month on food and groceries
    • Honestly, I did a terrible job of tracking my food and grocery budget this past year, so I can’t even say for sure if I stayed within my food and grocery budget or not.
  2. Reach $x for the “Payment History” of my student loans by the end of 2019 [X]
    • I did it (and with one month to spare)!! I still have a l o n g way to go before these bad boys are paid off, but I am proud of the progress I have made.
  3. After loans are subtracted, have at least $x in savings by the end of 2019 [X]
    • I did this one too (with a little extra cushion)! As January rolls around and I am no longer receiving a paycheck, I am happy to have this in reserve until I get a job offer.
  4. Invest $100 in Acorns by the end of 2019 [X]
    • This was one of those goals that I completed in the first half of the year, and that money is just chilling.

*The goals are here but the numbers/amounts are personal, so I’ve kept those out

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

With all three of these goals, they aren’t things I can just cross off the list and move on with; they are continual goals compromised of personal values that far outweigh the length of a year. I’m unbelievably happy with the strides I’ve made in each of these three arenas and I am excited to continue growing in each as well.

Other Goals for 2019

  1. Financially invest in the blog [X]
    • Not once, but twice (thanks, WordPress subscription reminders!).
  2. Watch less Netflix [X]
    • While I was definitely a lot stronger/stricter with myself in the first half of the year than the second half, but I would say overall, I did spend a lot less time mindlessly rewatching series. Plus, I was able to cut my habit of watching Netflix to help my fall asleep, so that is a huge plus!
  3. Read at least 15 books on the 100 Book Bucket List Poster [X]
    • We did it!! Here is what I 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
      • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
      • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
      • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
      • Tess of the d’Urberville by Thomas Hardy
      • Animal Farm by George Orwell
      • Les Miserables by Victor Huga
      • Matilda by Roald Dahl
      • And one other mystery book that I forgot to write down/ I cannot recall
  4. Do/buy something for myself 1x month that helps me reach these goals [X]
    • This was kind of a stretch goal for me, but I did try and choose something every month – either a challenge or traveling or an experience – and make it an intentional highlight for that month.

With all that being said, here’s to 2019 and cheers to 2020!

Until next time,

Michaela

(p.s. bonne année!)

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