Making goals and reflecting on my progress is important to me. It helps me grow and I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I didn’t push myself to achieve the impossible.
I don’t always “win” when it comes to my goals because I purposely set the bar high. I’d rather do that, try my best and fail than set the bar too low. Choosing goals that are easy to achieve doesn’t teach me anything. I need to be challenged. I need to work hard. It’s more rewarding, it changes me as a person and I learn more from the experience.
I’m not sure where I publicised the specifics of my goals for 2018 (I may have posted them on Facebook) but I had hoped to read one book a week (52 total for the year) and continue studying Polish and French on Duolingo by completing daily lessons.
I failed at my goal of reading one book a week. I still managed to read 20 books in 2019, so I didn’t completely abandon my reading goal but still, I didn’t read as much as I intended. I didn’t make it a priority. Instead, my priority shifted to making daily vlogs. Soon after I set the goal, I dove head first into daily vlog production. Filming and editing each day consumed most of my free time (but not all of it because I wasted a lot of time scrolling through Instagram and Facebook).
I also failed in my language studies. I studied daily for weeks at a time but lost all motivation once we moved into the van. Again, I just didn’t make it a priority since making daily vlogs was more important to me. Not having reliable internet in the van also made it tricky since I’d need a decent internet connection to use the Duolingo website. I still managed to complete the Polish course but since maintaining my studies wasn’t a priority for me, it fell by the wayside….