Back at the beginning of this year, I wrote a blog post called My Hopes and Goals for 2021. In it, I lamented about the struggles of 2020 and how I was making a mental shift from resolutions to hopes. No one I knew was making New Year’s resolutions for 2021 because we saw how well that went in 2020. But what everyone did have were hopes—in fact, we had a lot of hopes. We couldn’t get enough of them.
In addition to my public blog post, I also created a private, more extensive list of hopes/goals in my bullet journal. Since typical resolutions don’t ever seem to stick much longer than April (some might say February!), I thought giving my goals a more generous, flexible deadline would up my motivation and success rate. I also tried to be as specific about my goals as possible. So, instead of “Read more,” which is vague, I wrote, “Read at least six books by June, or one book per month.”
Now that we’re halfway through the year, I thought now’s a good time to check in on my progress. Revisiting this list is my way of holding myself accountable, while also remaining humble and optimistic.
Even if I haven’t reached all my goals yet, there are still six months left. And for many things in life, that’s plenty of time. Here are some of the goals I’ve been working towards lately.
Exercise at least 10 days each month.
For the most part, I’ve been staying on top of meeting this monthly goal. Especially in recent months, I’ve been doing closer to 15! My ultimate goal is to exercise every other day and strangely, I’ve been more and more motivated to do this as the year continues on.
Take and share more personal photos, even just for me.
While this goal is a little more on the vague side, I have been taking more photographs just for me. I do end up sharing a lot of them on my Instagram Stories (especially with Close Friends), but mostly I aimed to appreciate the beautiful things in my life without worrying about whether they were Instagram-Worthy.
Write and publish at least four blog posts each month.
Working full-time and still making time for personal writing and hobbies has always been a puzzle for me. There never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything (which I wrote about recently). So, I asked myself: what’s the minimum amount of blog posts I can write that will still make me feel accomplished, active, and happy?
I decided that number was one 800-word blog post per week. I found that when I was writing more than that, they often felt like fluff pieces, and anything under 600 words felt forced to me. In addition to my newsletter twice a month, that’s six pieces of thoughtful content written on a monthly basis. Apart from my break in April to focus on my mental health, I’ve been meeting this goal comfortably and happily.
Read at least 6 books by June and 12 for the year.
So far, I am on track for this goal and aim to read at least one book per month between July and December. Last year, I only read two books (quarantine was all TV and video games, I’m afraid) so this is already a great accomplishment in my eyes. More books, less TV this year is a must for me!
Keep a passion journal for all my other hobbies and entertainment.
Back in February, I shared my passion journal setup with the world, and so far, I’m so glad I decided to make one. I’ve kept track of my favorite watches and video games in the past, but never to the extent as I have for my passion journal.
Filling out my thoughts, saving quotes, and writing reviews for each thing is just another layer of journaling and record-keeping that I enjoy. It’s been fun to do and more fun to look back on. I have a feeling in five years, it’s going to be even more of a gem.
Create a Ko-fi page for people who want to support my work.
A big career/financial goal for me was to finally create a Ko-fi page for anyone willing to support me. I like having the option available in case anyone does want to say thanks, support my work, or simply make my day.
I was recently gifted a Gold membership for Ko-fi, so I will soon offer rewards, exclusive content, and special thank-you notes for anyone who does support my work. So far, it’s been such a warm, positive experience and I appreciate all the people who have supported me thus far.
Did you set goals and intentions for this year going in, or were you deterred after the uncertainty 2020 brought? How’s your progress so far? I’d love to know!
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Megan Portorreal is a professional writer, editor, and creative in the New York City area. In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, writing about her life, and playing video games.