Reviewing My 2018 Goals

We’re more than halfway through the year now, can you believe it?! You probably can as that’s perhaps the most oversaid sentence around the beginning of July. As well as being the perfect moment in the year for grabbing an ice cream or acquiring a sunburn, the start of July is a great time to pause and reflect on how your life is being lived and whether this matches up to your expecations and wishes from January.

At the beginning of 2018, I wrote a post about 18 things I wanted to focus on for the year, kind of like a list of resolutions but also not really. Resolutions aren’t particuarly my thing, but I thought by having a few aspects of my life to hold in mind over the months I would find it easier to define my priorities.

Stating all the wonderful things you’re going to do is all well and good until life take over and you forget all about them three weeks later. Which is why this check in of sorts could prove useful. Throwing it right back to my school days, in which I had to identify bits of my work that went well and skills that could be improved in some way, I’m going to evaluate the good, the alright and the not so good aspects of my progress with these goals since January.

The pat-on-the-back list

Let’s start with the most positive things, that goals that have got off to a good start and show no signs of slowing down…

Photography – this has been the year of learning manual photography for me. In January I wrote a couple of posts about my first week trying to take only manual photos and my tips for other newbies. Since then, my confidence behind a camera has grown immensely and I’m loving it more than ever: I just completed a month of travels and took literally thousands of photos… Don’t worry, they’re not all going up on Instagram at the same time but I am slowly getting my favourite 100 or so out there.


BloggingΒ – I have tried remaining as consistent as life has allowed me to on my blog, endlessly writing, planning and even dipping a toe into a month of scheduled posting. This will be my 78th post in 2018, which works out on average as if I was posting every 2.4 days. I’m starting to really find my passion for writing about both mental health and travelling, and it makes me happy to know I have this platform to share my writing on.

Reflection and appreciation – this is something I am definitely getting better at, mainly due to having a blog and writing monthly reflection posts like this one I wrote about June. I have gratitude pages in my bullet journal as well as a few posts on here focussing on the small positives in life.

Getting outside – this has been a wonderful way to keep my mood up. I have gone on a lot more little walks around the park or to the beach this year than I normally would have done.

Spontaneity – I think this just about slides into the going well category but I could definitely loosen up a little more with letting rigid plans go sometimes. Summer will help with this for sure. I did spontaneously go sledging when it snowed in February though which was an Experience, with a capital E.


The it’s-kinda-going list

Moving onto the things that have had a little attention and effort but perhaps not enough of either…

Organisation – this was going superbly at the very start of the year, and if I had written this post a couple of months ago it would have made it to the top of the other list. However, since spring this has slipped. Things happened; I got stressed (I know, that’s when the usefulness of organsation is meant to kick in). I will be getting back into bullet journalling and making lists soon though.

Moving more – again, this was going very well. I was doing yoga, basketball, running, walking… And then it all fell apart when I got stressed and then really ill. I’m determined to pick everything back up as the summer ticks by and get some good routines in place.

Having patience – I’m definitely more aware of my levels of patience and how I present this to the world but I don’t always manage to maintain a good level of it. I’m trying!

Maintaining/making friendships – I’m making more of an effort to keep in contact with people but there are still some people I’d like to connect with more. In terms of making friends, I think the opportunities for this will become more available once I get to university in autumn.

Speak out and discuss – I’ve made good steps towards speaking out for things I believe in on this blog, mostly through advocating for mental health awareness, but there’s always more to do.

Create more – definitely ticking this off with blogging and photography, as well as writing lots of poetry, but I still feel fueled to create more than I currently am.

Focus – I lost focus when I was stressed; I lost it again when I was ill. I need to learn how to maintain ambition when I’m knocked down.

Practicing self-love and being present – I have had some wonderful moments that fall into these categories, and the travelling I have done this year certainly feels like it fits into both of these things. I don’t think I’m present a lot of the time though, and can often catch myself dwelling on the future.


The yikes-get-a-move-on list

And finally the things that need a little tender loving care…

Worrying less – as you’ve probably picked up from reading this post, the first six months have had their fair share of negative feelings: stress has featured several times on the schedule. I think by giving a little more time and focus to some of the other goals in the list above, I’ll be able to contemplate tricky things without letting them impact me so much. It’s just about working on it, little by little.

Reading more – I really wanted 2018 to be the year I got back into reading novels for fun. I have read a few books but nowhere near as many as I had hoped. I’d like to prioritise this goal for the coming months.

Apart from helping me to identify what I should probably be turning my attention to over the next few months, creating these three lists has been a very welcomed surprise in terms of the things I actually have done! Reflecting in this way has shown me that despite various challenges that have made 2018 feel a little tricky at times, I have kept trying to push towards my goals. That makes me happy and inspires me to go at everything with a new flare of motivation.


How are you doing with your 2018 goals?

Photos in this post were taken in Athens, Greece (June, 2018).

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74 thoughts on “Reviewing My 2018 Goals

  1. n1413704 says:

    My two goals that I hope to accomplish by the end of 2018 was to become a starter for my high school varsity basketball team (I currently do not get much playing time), fully overcoming my anxiety towards my former friends, and getting into college as a computer science major.

    Among my goal related to basketball, I have spent a lot of time playing basketball and being in the weight room every day, and I guess that goal cannot be truly answered until the season comes along for my high school.

    However, towards my anxiety, not until recently had I accomplished this goal. I fell in love with basketball three years ago entering high school, but I got a lot of criticism, even from my closest friends, for spending so much time on a sport that I was not good at (and I had just started playing…). I felt as if I was super disconnected from my friends and they had began to dislike me as a result. I moved high schools (not because of my anxiety) my freshman year but I am still local to my former high school. I recently played for my high school varsity (summer offseason team), and even though it is not the in-season team, it was a step towards it and I feel a sense of accomplishment for being able to prove that criticism wrong.

    I would say that my goal for trying to get into college as a computer science major has been successful so far; I have taken two years of AP Computer Science, and this summer I have a job working as a software developer for a local marketing company.

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    • Alys says:

      Wow sounds like you’re pushing towards a lot of goals at the moment. That’s very impressive. Also sounds like you’re doing pretty well! It’s great that you don’t let anxiety put you off going for what you want. Keep going and good luck!


  2. Karen says:

    Sounds like you’re doing great with your goals. It is very hard to keep on top of things when illness takes over, but you have a good awareness of this and that’s the first step in trying to overcome the inertia that often sets in.
    Your post comes across as very balanced, you appreciate the things you have done and plan to try harder with the rest. It’s really lovely that you aren’t getting stuck in a cycle of self blame.
    I think you can be very proud of how the first half of the year is going for you. Keep going, you’re doing great x πŸ˜‰

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  3. Chloe O'Keeffe says:

    Great post, and well done on a fantastic year so far! I’m excited to see what the rest of 2018 has for you! Don’t knock yourself down too much on losing focus in your tough times, it can be hard to juggle everything all the time! xx

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  4. Annie says:

    I loved the layout of this post! I think it’s clever the way you separated your goals into categories. I think you’ve got a great list of goals here! Good luck for the rest of 2018!

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  5. nowheretobeproject says:

    What wonderful progress you’ve made with your resolutions for the new year! You put it out there and are taking great strides to make it happen. Be proud😍❀️✌🏻

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  6. Johnzelle says:

    This was a great post and gave me some great ideas about blogging; more specifically, doing monthly, quarterly, and annual reflections. Thanks!

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  7. glowsteady says:

    I can’t believe we’re over half way either! It’s great to see you’re doing so well with most of them! I love that you’re managing to do so well with your photography goal. That’s an area I’d like to improve on too. And don’t beat yourself up for not moving more when you were ill!!! The body needs rest as much as it needs to move x


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  8. candohannitude says:

    EXCELLENT list of things to focus on for the year! And your photog skills are paying off. They look great! I’m inspired you write every 2.4 days. I personally haven’t made enough time to blog and I love it and interacting with others. Keep up the good work!

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  9. Nancy says:

    Love that you’ve been working on your self-confidence. Your pictures look stunning. Wow, halfway through 2018 and you’re kicking some major butt with rolling posts out!

    There’s still time to do the rest of the things on your bucket list! Don’t give up~ Sending you LOTS of positive vibes!

    Nancy β™₯

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  10. Bexa says:

    Well done on all your achievements so far this year Alys! πŸ’– Can’t wait to see more of your travel photos on Instagram, you really have an eye for capturing a great shot and your adventures look so fun! I’m glad you feel happy, inspired & motivated going into the second part of the year. All the best with your goals lovely! 😘 xx

    Bexa |

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    • Alys says:

      Thanks Bexa! That’s very kind of you. Yes it’s lovely feeling a little motivated and inspired! I hope you’re doing well with the things you wanted to do this year! x


  11. ruthinrevolt says:

    Sounds like you’re doing really well! Worrying less is a skill which takes a while to master, I think, so it’s understandable that it’s taking a little longer than the others. Also, I love your photos, so you’re definitely nailing that one! πŸ˜€

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  12. jennyinneverland says:

    I really can’t believe we’re in the second half of the year already literally WHAT! I didn’t make any goals for this year, I started doing smaller, monthly ones which I still do occasionally. These are a LOT of goals but you sound like you’re doing super well πŸ™‚

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  13. Sanna Vegancruiser says:

    Wow.. that is a big list and you’ve established much already. Blogging can be so time consuming but we need to leave time for ‘other’ things. Don’t be hard on yourself as you’ve set yourself so many different goals for the year… and you do have half a year left. Looking forward to seeing how you feel at the end of the year – most of those are ongoing anyways, it’s not like done and ticked off the list πŸ™‚

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  14. Eva says:

    I actually love this post! I love that you’ve focussed on things you’ve done well on as well as things you’d like to improve. So often we don’t consider what we’ve achieved and only lament the things we haven’t! I can’t believe it’s half way through the year already to be honest! But there’s still so much time to get lots more done!

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  15. Rachel says:

    I made a massive goals update post a month ago and I wish I organized it like you did, haha! I’ve been on the ball with listening to new music, travel (both locally and internationally) and keeping up with family, but I’m rubbish at any sort of goals that involve exercise… but I’ve started swimming so I’m trying to get better!

    Rachel ||

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  16. vameny says:

    very nice goals for 2018. And I love your photography skills! Just followed you on insta πŸ™‚ I hardly set any goals for 2018 – I just wanted to create more and consume less – which turned into traveling, meeting people, work in different cities and creating a totally different life than the one I lived a year ago. How awesome to look back on the last half year knowing it has been grand! πŸ™‚

    Best wishes for you!

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  17. Tyas says:

    I liked the idea of reflecting on the year’s goals and see which goals are being accomplished more and which should be paid more attention to. Glad to see that you’re doing great with most of your goals and I hope you can accomplish all these by the end of the year, or even continue it to 2019! ^^

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  18. Imogen Chloe says:

    This is such a good post and I love that you have taken the time to reflect on each and every one of your goals – definitely in the same boat as you about the reading more I really need to do some more! Excellent post, can’t wait to read at the end of the year if you accomplish them all! πŸ˜€

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  19. Hannah says:

    It sounds like you are definitely on your way to achieving more than you are not on your way to which is good – sounds like a good start to 2018! From reading what you have said, it sounds like you need to find a good way to manage stress and hopefully everything else will fall into place around that. xx

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  20. JustaKidd says:

    It’s so inspiring how well you’ve stuck to your goals and recorded your success, it’s so amazing and I wish I could do something like this too but I don’t think I’d be able to remember my progress! This is a great post and I hope you keep smashing your goals through to the end of the year!

    Lon x

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