An Evaluation Of My 18 2018 Goals At The Middle Of The Year

Day 167/365: I am doing extremely better than I thought!

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We‘re almost at the middle of 2018, which is why I thought it would be a great idea to look at the reasonable goals I set for myself at the start of the year and see how I did. Then I saw Mr. Molly Magguire did it, so I knew I had to do it!

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If you have no clue what I’m talking about, at the beginning of 2018, I wrote a list of 18 realistic, reasonable to-do items for this year. I swore I’d do everything I can to make all of them a reality. It’s now been over 6 months since I wrote that piece, so I thought it would right to see how I’m doing.

So, from top to bottom, things look like this:

1. Write one article per day for a year

Well, the challenge is going absolutely great. I’m on track. Haven’t missed a day. I myself am very proud and impressed with myself on this one.

2. Move out of my parent’s house

Not yet. I find this move simply unproductive now. But the year is just at its middle. Still plenty of months to go.

3. Travel to at least 3 new countries

I’ve travelled to Italy and the UK as of now and I’m going for a 2-weeks trip to Bavaria starting next Monday. I’ll travel to Turkey and Austria next, so this too is on track and very doable.

4. Read one new book per month

I read about 7 books as of today, so I’m doing well here. I don’t have as much time as I’d like for reading, but vacation is coming up so I’ll catch up.

5. Get my Psychology degree and CBT Practitioner course done

My CBT course is done and I got my diploma, but I’m still struggling with finishing the Psychology degree. It’s getting harder, which was to be expected, so I’ll take my time and finish it by the end of this year.

6. Open my own business online

Well, hello there!

7. Earn at least 1000 USD per month by September

Scratch “September” and put “March” in its place, then scratch “1000” and put “2000” instead. That’s what’s up when you really work your ass off.

8. Sell everything that I don’t use

As I’m writing this, I’m waiting on the buyer for my old car to come and take away his new vehicle. I’ve also sorted out some old clothes and found an online shop that will sell them for me and split the money. Nice!

9. Face my biggest fears, one at the time

I’ve did more than faced my fears this year. I went above and beyond in that category. I can’t but be happy with my progress about trying new stuff, doing things on my own and really face the shit with nothing but my willpower.

10. Buy a treadmill and use it daily

Not to make it into an excuse, but my house is still under renovation, so I couldn’t buy a treadmill because I have no place for it. I bought a brand new bicycle and I’m riding it at least once every other day.

11. No social media before breakfast and after 10 PM

I still have no Facebook on my phone, so this one is working on its own. I don’t even feel the need for social media. When I want to talk to people, I go to the market and talk to people. Or to my cousin for a beer. Or buy dinner to some friend I haven’t seen in a while. It’s easy if you really want it to be.

12. Visit one new place in my country every two months

This is a failure thus far. I had but one trip in my own country this year, to the gorgeous Transylvanian town of Sibiu. I’ll do better in the second half of the year, I have no doubts about it.

13. Spend more time with my family

I spend at least 2 hours together with my family every day. I am grateful I have a great, supporting family around me and we can be truthful towards each other. As I can tell, this openness is unfortunately a luxury with most families.

14. Eat more good food, less take-out

I had no McDonalds, no KFC and no Chinese take-out for the past 6 months. I bought a grill a month ago. I use it at least 4 times a week, not only for red meat, but also for chicken and fish. Also, zuchinnis are in season here and they taste fucking amazing on the grill, with some balsamic vinegar on top.

15. Spend two weeks in Italy, riding the train

I don’t know if it counts or not, but I’ve spent close to a week in the Veneto region in northern Italy about a month ago. I went on many trains, ate many pizzas and pasta and had way too much prosecco. It was splendid!

16. Publish my novel online

People and goals change on a daily basis. Today you’re a barrel of motivation and happiness. Tomorrow you’re a beaten-down clown with no urge to even get out of your room. That’s what’s happening to projects also. My novel is still in its works, as I’m currently doing another personal project that’s due at the half-way mark of the year. Wish me luck!

17. Limit my social media intake to a minimum

This is very similar to the 11th goal, so I’ll leave it at that.

18. Laugh more

I did received the bracelet from the Smile More store and yes, it does its job beautifully. I smile every day, regardless if good or bad. I learned that smiling is the best medicine, and laughing in the face of a bad day is the best thing you can possibly do on this planet. It’s fun!

How’s your year going thus far?

Thank you for your time!

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