The Year That Could Be

Now that 2018 has been filed away under things of the past, it’s time to look to the future and what it could be. More specifically, it’s time for me to write down the things I want to achieve before the clock ushers in yet another new year.

Oh So Lofty Goals

  • To put it simply, I need to get off my butt and move. Given my lacklustre performance in this domain in 2018, I’m not going to set some wild goal for the new year. Instead, I simply need to spend more time on all the aspects of my personal health and wellness. More exercise. More meditation. More healthy eating. More time with friends and family. More time away from screens. This will become especially important when my sabbatical comes to an end and I return to my regular academic life.
  • 2018 was a good year for writing, and I think 2019 is going to be much the same. Academically, my goal is to publish 5 peer-reviewed papers and submit at least 5 others. I’m also aiming to finish a course manual that I started in the fall, and perhaps even begin planning a broader book on transdisciplinary education. Beyond the academic, I’m going to continue writing at least one blog post per week here, and at my professional blog. Additionally, I think I am going to challenge myself to also publish at least 12 posts each on my other blogs, and the websites I help manage.
  • While I didn’t travel as much as I first expected in 2018, nor was I away for as many days that I had predicted, I still managed to accumulate more than 2 times the circumference of the earth in air travel, and more than 110 days away from Guelph. This was the 5th year that I’d hit my distance goal so 2019 will be an attempt at 6 years in a row. I also want to try to add at least 3 new-to-me countries to my list of countries visited, and perhaps another Canadian territory.
  • Although I managed to surpass my goal in terms of raising money for charitable causes, I think I’m going to stick to a goal of raising, on average, $1000 per month. This includes any money I donate or that I help to collect for any charitable organization.
  • Due to some events outside of my control, I happily managed to increase my net worth significantly in 2018. I don’t necessarily think that I can reasonably expect the same thing to happen in 2019, so I’m going to aim for an increase of about 15%. This will mostly come from continuing to pay down debt/mortgage, and building up my savings.

Not So Lofty Goals

  • Picking up where 2018 left off, I’m setting a goal of reading more for fun. This time, however, I’m going to up my number to 12 novels; one per month. This might be a bit of a stretch given how much of my reading time is focused on academic stuff, and given how little I’ve read for fun in the past few years.
  • This year I’ve decided to move cooking back to the list of Not So Lofty Goals. In previous years it was moved to the Likely So Easy To Accomplish I Won’t list because I was doing such a terrible job of meeting what should have been an easy goal. Anyway, given last year’s success, I’m going to aim for 12 new recipes in 2019, of which at least 2 will be bread.
  • I’ve also moved renovations of the main floor and continuing my condo purge to this list because, well, both are already started and well on their way to completion. But to be complete, this goal includes extending the hardwood into the main foyer, retiling the entranceway, kitchen, and bathroom, removing cabinets, moving the fridge, stove, and dishwasher to create a more open concept, installing shelves, updating the bathroom fixtures (including the toilet), removing the popcorn ceiling, painting everything, installing trim, installing an island, updating the furniture and coffee table, installing new light fixtures, purging things that aren’t needed, and then adding any aesthetic pieces that might bring everything together.

The Likely So Easy To Accomplish I Won’t

  • Given that the renovations on the main floor are now in motion, I think it might be possible to also do some work upstairs. In particular, I want to restain the bannister to match the dark hardwood of the main floor, recarpet the stairs and hallway with something that is resilient to kitty barf, install hardwood floors in the bedrooms, and paint everything again. Oh, and the guest bedroom is likely going to be converted to an office. I’d also add remodel the bathroom here, but I think that’ll be a job for 2020.

And there you have it; a set of goals to help shape my 2019. As always, I don’t expect that I’ll necessarily achieve all of these because life happens and priorities change. However, I think they’re a good place to start from.

Happy 2019 everyone.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Beth says:

    If you are interested in making an Irish soda bread, I just got a recipe from a friend and it is both dead easy and delicious! I put the link to the recipe (which my friend tweeted!) in this posting: https://www.nottobetrustedwithknives.com/2018/12/31/all-the-rest-of-the-new-foods-that-i-made-this-year/

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