Gosh, what a year. I passed the CPA exam, swam with sea turtles, started with a personal trainer, and did a bunch of stuff in between. As for my 2018 goals, let’s review together:
- Pass the CPA exam- check!
- Lose 10 pounds and be healthier- I could have done better here. I got really close to the goal, but I got really lazy this month which put me at half my weight goal. I did lose an average of 1.5 inches all around, and people keep telling me muscle weights more so maybe I can blame some of the weight on that. But I mostly stuck to a workout routine and ate healthier overall so I count that as a mostly win.
- Increase monthly savings- check! I now put money into 2 different savings account at each paycheck. One is for our future house and the other is for vacations.
- Focus more on mental health and self care- This one was a hit and miss during the year. I did get back into reading which is relaxing for me, but I did not do things like face masks and I still need to work on telling people no and removing myself from stressful situations even if it is just a ten minute break. Balance is another struggle that will need more work in the coming year, both in my work and personal lives.
- Improve back/ posture- honestly no idea on this one. I never got my scoliosis checked (it’s been almost 15 years since I’ve had to wear a back brace) but I did yoga and wear a lumbar brace sometimes. Soooo 50/50 check?
- Went on 3 vacations this year, two beach trips and a cruise.
- Had a fairly food handle on finances even if Christmas went a little crazy
- No more studying!
- Got more serious about health goals
- Some issues at work that have been discussed and won’t be said here
- Passing of family members
- Did not won 1.6 billion lotto
- Had to get new mouthguard that insurance didn’t cover but it was very needed
- Rent and other expenses increased
- Tax season is always ugly
So 2018 could have been a little better goal wise, but it was still a great year. I know what I need to work on in 2019, and I really hope it does not involve too many intense, serious conversations (I know I can’t avoid it in some situations, but I really hate it).
So back in August I posted about the books I’ve read from January till then as a celebration of hitting my reading goal of 30 books. I’ve read a total of 60 books this year (thank you Goodreads for keeping tack), and here are the rest of them, in order that they were read.
- The King’s Curse Phillippa Gregory
- The Hammer of Thor Rick Riordian
- The Kingmaker’s Daughter Phillippa Gregory
- The Warrior Queen Emily R. King
- Outlander Diana Gabaldon(Love the show, but it was a slow read for me)
- Mistborn Brandon Sanderson (Not as good as his work with Wheel of Time, but still great)
- The Red Pyramid Rick Riordian
- Caraval Stephanie Garber (I loved this one. I’m on my library waitlist for the sequel)
- Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty
- The Throne of Fire Rick Riordian
- The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern (This one was weird, but I enjoyed it)
- Ready Player One Ernest Cline (Liked both the book and the movie despite all the differences)
- Star Wars Trilogy George Lucas
- A Court of Mist and Fury Sarah J. Maas
- Crazy Rich Asians Kevin Kwan (Loved it! Still need to see the movie)
- Hocus Pocus & The All New Sequel A.W. Jantha
- Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi (Totally counting down to the sequel. This one was one of my faves of the year)
- Whiskey in a Teacup Reese Witherspoon (I just love her)
- Crown of Midnight Sarah J. Maas
- A Court of Wings and Ruin Sarah J. Maas
- Circe Madeline Miller
- Furyborn Claire Legrand
- Girls of Paper and Fire Natasha Ngan (This one was really good. I think James Patterson is helping her? Anyway, totally recommend)
- An Ember in the Ashes Sabaa Tahir
- The Outsider Stephen King (I read this in 24 hours cause holy crap)
- Heir of Fire Sarah J. Maas
- Skyward Brandon Sanderson
- Queen of Shadows Sarah J. Maas
- The Well of Ascension Brandon Sanderson (This one took me a good while to read, mostly because library books were priority)
- Crimes of Grindelwald J.K. Rowling
The Throne of Glass series was probably my favorite of the year. I know I still have a few more to go, but I believe it is better than A Court of Thorns and Roses. My other favorite new series was listed on the other post- the last book comes out next year.
I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings book wise! My reading goal is 40 books (there is a lot planned for 2019, including buying a house), but hopefully I can beat it again like this year.
Hello lovelies. I know, I went quiet after passing the CPA exam. It’s been a hectic few weeks. My office moved locations (lots of packing and unpacking and trying to figure out computer cables) plus all the fun that Christmas and December birthdays bring. I baked at least 200 cookies over 2 weekends. I was tired.
But I gave myself this week off to chill before tax season starts next week. I have cleaned, read, shopped, and played video games with no regrets. I’m still tired, but mentally I feel good.
Anyway, I wanted to share my word of the year for 2019. In 2018 it was perseverance and I had a page in my planner dedicated to it:
And it worked!! I passed the exam and I felt motivated all year. Finding quotes was more difficult than I thought it would be, but I’m proud of the page.
This year the word is “renaissance.” The dictionary definition that does not involve the European era is a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc; rebirth; revival. With the exam out of the way, I’m starting a new chapter of my life. We plan on buying a house this year and I hope to see a revival of old and new hobbies- I really want to learn quilting. 2019 is going to be a year of new beginnings.
Let’s just hope finding quotes is not impossible this time around.