THINGS I’M PLANNING TO FOCUS ON IN 2019
“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”- C.S. Lewis
As I reflect on 2018, I can’t help but be ready for this dreadful year to end. If I’m being honest, I started 2018 out with so much expectancy and excitement, but nothing has panned out the way I thought it would. To say that this year was tough would be an understatement, but nevertheless, I’m still thankful and grateful. With a new year on the horizon, I’m starting to think about what I want to focus on in 2019. A new year is always the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, and begin making goals for the next 12 months.
Lucky enough, when I turned 23, I made a vow to myself to begin working on some of my new year goals early. For the last 10 years I’ve made goals to prioritize my physical health in the new year, and have failed miserably year after year. For the first time, I can actually say that I’ve started achieving this goal. After my 23rd birthday, I made it a point to clean up my diet and try to find exercise programs that I genuinely like. Since making these changes, I’ve finally started to see the results. I’m nowhere near where I want to be, but I’m so happy that I’m not where I used to be.
With a few goals already crossed off my list, it’s got me wondering what exactly I want to focus on in the new year. Although I don’t have it completely figured out (when do I ever), I have some general ideas of what I’d like my 2019 to look like:
While I’ve seemed to get into a rhythm with my physical health, my emotional health over the last year has been questionable. I have struggled with depression and anxiety most of my life, and this year it has continued to become more aggressive. In 2019 I want to focus on the things that make me happy. I’ve quickly learned that the best cure for my depression and anxiety is to do something that brings me joy, so that is what I want to focus on in the new year. I’m in a season of life where I’m being forced to reevaluate what actually brings me joy, and what I want out of life. I still can’t answer that 100%, but I know that I’ll figure it out.
The biggest personal goal of them all is to finally make the move back south after all this time. I’ve had to be honest with myself this last year, and I’ve quickly learned that no matter how much familiarity I’m surrounded by, Chicago will never be my home. It’s just not where I’m meant to be. I love this city with everything in my being, but my home is and always will be below the Mason Dixon. I have a few ideas in terms of cities I want to move to, but I don’t want to put anything out there until I know for sure where things stand. More to come!
2018 was a whirlwind/complete shit show in terms of my career. I quit my corporate job in January, freelanced from February until end of September, and I just started a new job in October. While I’m quite happy in my job now, I’m starting to think about what I want out of my career long term. My passion is and always will be writing, so something that I want to focus on in the new year is doing more of that. I want to focus on blogging more, but more importantly, I want to set aside time to pitch content to other publications I love. I’ve always gotten fulfillment from writing about lifestyle, politics and news, so I’m hoping to get more opportunities to grow in that space.
I want to continue growing in my faith in the new year. A relationship with God is not something that should ever truly stop. I think everyday we have a new opportunity to discover something about God that we may not have known before. I’ve been going to City Church Chicago off and on for almost 9 months now, and I’ve been loving it. Although I am more of an introvert, one of my biggest goals is to push myself out of my comfort zone and become more involved in my church. I truly believe that being in the body of Christ provides safety and protection like nowhere else in the world. God created us to be in community with one another, so my prayer is that I break out of my shell and allow myself to be apart of the body and not just a spectator.
What are you focusing on next year?