2018 was a year of new beginnings for me, and for many. I came into the year with a group of friends celebrating the hard work of building finally coming together, leaving 2017 behind, and looking at the year with excitement that I hadn’t faced a calendar change with in awhile.
2018 was by no stretch of the imagination my best year yet, but looking back on all that I have accomplished I cannot honestly say that this year was truly bad. Yes, I lost my dog, I gained a lot of weight, I had to take out more loans, I busted one of the rims on my car - twice, I spent long hours working on big projects alone, I didn’t have enough free time to really create, I lost touch with a lot of people, and a host of other things… but I also had so many good things happen to me. I directed 2 shows, I performed in multiple shows that I didn’t even expect to do, I worked in places I didn’t intend to, and I completed so many of my new year’s resolutions without actually trying.
I don’t mean that I didn’t try this year - I did, a lot. I mean, I didn’t really refer back to this list throughout the year until around October when I started looking through my social media presence to update things. So what were my goals for 2018? If you want the full in-depth view check out the original blog post here, but for this post’s sake here’s a brief overview:
Watch 100 Films
Read 24 Books
Buy a New Phone
Visit New Museums
Get Back on YouTube
Get Something Published
Tell Everyone About the Thing
Apply to Grad School
Do Something Worthwhile
So how did I do? Well it depends on how you decide to factor success. To me, success is not a hard and fast completion of these goals. To me, success is actually making any progress on these goals. So while I was unable to watch a full 100 movies (and definitely cannot reach that goal in the next few days), I still made substantial efforts in an attempt to reach this goal. With that said, let’s dig into these goals, shall we?
1. Watch 100 Movies
I tried so hard at this one, I really did. In 2017 I attempted this goal for the first time and was able to reach 67, which is just barely over 1 movie a week. To me, this was a success. In 2018 I was able to blow this result out of the water and currently sit at 81 films seen. It is so close to my goal that it is a bit irksome, but I’m proud of myself none of the less.
3. Save Money
Ah yes, the dreaded vague resolution. I can say with confidence that I wasn’t able to meet this goal. With changing jobs, taking out loans, and my ridiculous spending habits, I’m ending the year at roughly the same place I started in - after a roller coaster in my bank account. Though, I can say I set up a second online bank account that has a much higher interest rate and set money aside in a way that I won’t easily touch it. So there’s that.
5. Visit New Museums
Surprisingly enough, I completed this one in January. I visited the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with my partner and friend of mine early on. I also managed to work in an art Museum over the summer which was an experience in and of itself. I didn’t make a lot of progress on this, but I still did it so there’s that.
7. Get Something Published
With this one, I was really hoping that it would be something creative that was published. Though in a surprising turn of events, I joined my school newspaper and began writing twice a week. So, I’ve technically had my writing published in a small local newspaper. Success right?
9. Apply to Grad School
Who would have thought that a few months into the year I would receive a message from the director of a grad program at my Alma mater? Well, I did, asking if I was interested in the program. I took it as a sign and with a few weeks, I had submitted my application. I got in. Not only that, I was offered a position as a Teaching Fellow, instructing my own classroom of undergraduate students. So, I left my job at the high school, even though I was being promoted to being the Special Education teacher, and went back to school full time. I’m studying Professional Writing & Communications and I finished off my first semester with straight A’s.
2. Read 24 Books
So this goal I didn’t try for quite as much. This is no surprise as I generally reach my Goodreads goals at the end of the year during my winter breaks. I’ve kept this pattern since I’ve started setting reading goals for myself. Working as an educator in a high school definitely influenced my patterns though, so I’m ending out the year having read 19 books.
4. Buy a New Phone
This one I actually met right at the beginning of the year. I traded in my old, broken, iPhone 6 for a new, sleek, Samsung Galaxy S8. I have had only the slightest of minor issues with the phone since getting it and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. We also switched carriers with this purchase which actually was the only reason for the new phone. Plus, I got unlimited data with it. Yay!
6. Get Back on Youtube
So technically, I completed this one. I posted 8 new videos for the first three months of the year before dropping off again. I get in the habit of being super excited and then just getting busy time and time again. At this point, I’ve realized that consistency and YouTube isn’t really something I want, and that’s okay.
8. Tell Everyone About the Thing
I’m not so sure I made this obvious or not but “the thing” was a non-profit theater organization I founded with 8 of my friends under the name Attitude Check Theater. If you want to know more about that check out my blog post or the site at AttitudeCheckTheater.org
10. Do Something Worthwhile
I have no idea what I really intended for this goal when I wrote it, which I think was a good thing for me. I still don’t quite know what could fit in here. Maybe it was helping all the different age groups of students I had. Maybe it was directing my first ever show (and second ever show for that matter!). Maybe it was taking time out of my life to write for this blog throughout the year. Maybe it was starting my podcast. Maybe it was just the fact that I got out of bed even when I wanted nothing more than to sit in my dark room and cry. Maybe it was all of that. Maybe it was none of that. I don’t know. But, I do know that for me 2018 was worthwhile.
There we have it - my goals for 2018 reviewed. I’m so happy that I’ve been able to look back at these goals positively as 2019 approaches. In these last few moments of the year I’ll be focusing on all of the good that’s happened this year, all of the great memories, and all of the wonderful people I met along the way. Here’s to 2019, I’ll be back with my resolutions a week into the year like I usually do. Happy New Year!