Planning to Achieve in 2019
I’ve decided my word for 2019 is “action”. I’m a definite planner and dreamer. Coming up with new ideas and planning them out step by step is probably the number one way I spend time. I’m really future focused and like to think out all the details of an idea. The part where I fall down though is usually action. The reason for this resistance, like most resistance in our lives, is fear. As someone who previously had a very fixed mindset (I’d say I’m halfway between fixed and growth now, it’s a work in progress!) the fear of failure is still pretty large on my mind. But as I move further towards that growth mindset I know a key factor in getting me there is actually taking action on my plans. Even if the flop, even if they fail, even if people think I’m absolutely crazy for even trying, I want to make 2019 the year I take action on my plans and dreams. Because what if they actually workout and my life becomes even better because of it?
This week my friend Shelly Stone posted a YouTube video about accountability and made her plans of becoming a lawyer this coming year public knowledge. Accountability was a topic we discussed last time we met up in Brisbane and I was reminded of that conversation this week by her video… And how I hadn’t made much of an effort to get that accountability since we talked. In her book The Four Tendencies author Gretchen Rubin introduces four personality types and what motivates them to actually achieve their goals. I fit comfortably into the Obliger category. And what do we obligers need to meet our goals? Accountability.
So with accountability on my mind I’ve decided to post my goals, plans and aspirations for 2019 here for all y’all to see. And some steps I plan on taking to actually enact my plans. Feel free to hit me up throughout the year and see how I’m progressing.
Improve Japanese: I’ve got the basics of Japanese. I can ask where the toilet is, order my favourite foods and exclaim over the cuteness of an object. My listening skills are actually pretty good too. I’m surprised how much I understand when I hear people talking in passing or if a show is on and I’m away from the screen. But the moment someone actually speaks to me directly I go completely blank. It’s like every Japanese word I have ever learnt flies out of my head. So plans to improve Japanese include:
-Study the book Remembering the Kanji and actually remember the Kanji
-Practice speaking more! I’m actually thinking of recording short YouTube videos.
-Find a conversation partner and see if I can actually get past the mind freeze.
-Watch anime and dramas… Ok maybe this isn’t overly studious but it definitely helps justify my anime addiction.
Teach creative classes: Last year I planned on teaching classes over the summer. I built a website, got a mailing list going, things were progressing. Then we moved to Melbourne and it all fell apart. One of the stories I was telling myself that was holding me back was that I couldn’t find a space to teach in but really I think that was just fear.
-Find a space to teach (if you know of a space let me know!).
-start mailing list
-set dates and take sign ups.
Yoga: I did yoga classes twice a week for a year while we lived in Texas. I loved it so so much! But somehow it slipped here in Australia and I really want to get back into it this year. It really helped with the management of my health and it shocks me to see how much flexibility I lost again in the space of a year. Time to turn that back around!
-Sign up for regular classes
-Make yoga part of a daily routine
Meditation: Meditation is another one of those things that I know is so good for me but that I let slip all the time. Mostly I think that comes down to my not having a solid daily routine.
-Make meditation part of a daily routine.
Writing: I mentioned how writing had gotten away from me in my post of Big Magic. There’s a definite trend here on letting things slip isn’t there? So I want to make a much more conscious effort to write more consistently.
-Make “Morning Pages” part of a daily routine
-Keep Gratitude Lists
-Daily writing and updates in my Hobonichi Techo (Post on this coming soon).
Making: Making things keeps me sane! But I do it pretty sporadically. So I’m thinking this year of setting myself a little challenge. I also want to actually sell the things I make! I’ve had Etsy stores and market stalls in the past and they were so empowering. Sometimes though I lose confidence in my abilities so this coming year more effort to list the things I make.
-52 Makes. Make one thing a week for the whole year.
-List the things I make
-Have a market stall
Start some “homesteading” hustles: Mine and Josh’s goal is to become as self reliant as we can and to create a life where we can live and work from home doing work that we feel is fulfilling for us. My favourite homesteading YouTuber, Jess of Roots and Refuge talked about wishing she had started actually hands on learning for her homestead sooner, before she had her property. Seeing as property is still a while off for us I want to start working out small scale business ideas I can get going wherever we live that I can continue to do on our own property. I want to learn skills and earn money now doing the same activities I dream of doing when we have a little more space one day.
-Start a seedling nursery
-Make jams and preserves
I have a few more goals floating around and I’m sure Josh and I will share a post on our combined goals before the end of the year. Hopefully now with this post up on the internet for a little bit of accountability 2019 really will be my year of taking action.