Here we are again, at the end of another year of our lives and nearing the beginning of one more. That means it’s time to look back and see how I did with my resolutions from last year. I’ll be honest, it’s not good. I’ll say that right now. This year seemed to kind of get away from me and it doesn’t help that in the last two months of it, I was in a depressive episode. That really put a dent in my goals. Excuses aside, here is how I did during 2019:
Run a 5k
Yeah…this didn’t happen. I started off the year pretty strongly, running on the treadmill a couple times a week. I just stopped at some point. I think I had to miss a couple times and I let that discourage me enough to just give up. I really didn’t exercise much at all in 2019. I tried to get Just Dance and do that regularly, but I just didn’t follow through. I have a fitness-related goal for 2020, but this is a much more realistic one.
Get 100 subscribers
I may not have hit this goal in 2019, but I am proud of the growth my YouTube channel saw. I started the year with 74 subscribers and ended it with 85. That may not seem like a lot, but to me, every new subscriber means so much to me. The fact that anyone watches my videos is amazing to me, so the fact that someone would subscribe to see them all is amazing. Maybe next year with be the year I finally hit that 100 subscriber mark I’ve been after for about 2 years.
Increase watch hours to 400
Just to remind those who aren’t familiar, watch hours are how many hours have been spent watching your videos total. At the end of last year, I was at 195 watch hours. And at the end of this year, I managed a grand total of 112 hours! Hooray! Yeah, so I didn’t do very good in this department. A huge part of that is that comes down to the fact that I haven’t really been making videos for the second half of the year at all. That is due to the aforementioned depressive episode.
Receive 10,000 views on my blog
My goal for 2019 was to go from 3,450 to 10,000. Instead, I regressed back to 2,866. My theory on why I set such a lofty goal is because, at the end of 2018, I got a big boom of search engine and Pinterest referrals. It seemed like things were on the up. And maybe I would have been able to reach such a goal if I actually wrote a good amount of posts in 2019. However, from basically September onward, I didn’t write any posts at all, let alone good, searchable, relevant ones. I think I could have hit that goal if I had been writing.
Complete the Popsugar 2019 Reading Challenge
This resolution might be the closest I came to succeeding all year. Instead of just giving myself a number of books to read all year, I wanted something a little more creative and challenging, so I decided to do a reading challenge. Popsugar does a reading challenge every year. It’s two pages of prompts relating to different aspects of books, from specific words in the title to the art on the cover. There were 40 regular prompts and 10 advanced prompts. I did 35 regular prompts and 0 advanced ones. So all in all, I completed 70% of the whole challenge! I think that’s not bad. It was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. Finding books that fit such random criteria as having a plant in the title or on the cover or set in Scandinavia AND I also thought it sounded interesting and compelling? Not so easy. It led me to reread a lot of books that I knew were short, easy reads that matched a prompt. I don’t want to have to do that again, so 2020 will not be featuring this type of challenge.
Learn sign language
Find a form of exercise that I enjoy doing
This resolution is about as simple as I could make a fitness-related goal. I’m tired of trying to make running more interesting or fun. It’s just not that interesting or fun. Neither is doing different workouts on the ground or mindless cardio. I want to find something I actually look forward to doing and does not feel like a chore to do. There are a million and one ways to get my body moving out there, and I’ve only tried such a small percentage. Things I am going to try first include: Just Dance, Ring Fit Adventure, yoga, and some fitness classes.
Listen to music every single day
This goal might seem lofty since it requires I do something 365 times, but this one is important. Music makes me feel good. It inspires me, energizes me, and makes me want to get things done. The only reason I don’t already listen to it every day is that I know it’ll make me feel this way and my depression brain would rather lay in bed and be sad. If I listen to anything, it’s My Favourite Murder, which is an amazing podcast but hardly does anything to inspire or motivate me. So from now on, I have to listen to at least one song a day. I think I can take 2-5 minutes a day minimum to help with my mental health.
Get 100 subscribers
Yep, we’re doing this one again! I swear, one of these days I will reach 100 subscribers, it’s just taken a couple years longer than I thought it would take. No biggie. 2020 is the year, I can feel it!
Reach 5,000 views on my blog
Last year I really shot for the moon with trying to go from less than 4,000 to 10,000 in just one year. That’s a pretty lofty increase to try to complete. This year I am going to shoot lower and then I might be able to blow the goal out of the water instead of failing again. I know that all I need to create content regularly and the new views will come. For over a year I’ve been getting views on my blog every single day. Not a ton, but its the consistency that is the key. Search engines are working for me. I just need to work for me.
Read 60 new books
As I mentioned in my wrap up from 2019, I have a bad habit of just rereading books in order to reach my reading goals. I choose short, easy reads that don’t really challenge me and definitely don’t give me a new experience. So instead of doing some big list of complicated prompts or just giving myself a number to reach, I just have to read all new books. I can read sequels of books I’ve read before, but not if I’ve read that sequel before. This should be easy for me since I have such a huge to be read list, I just keep ignoring it to meet arbitrary goals.
Those are my 5 new resolutions for 2020! What resolutions do you have for the first year of the new decade? Do you bother to set resolutions anymore? Let me know!