Friday 28 December 2018

Did I Complete My 2018 Goals?

This time last year feels like an actual age ago, I could barely remember what my original goals were by the time I sat down to write this post. Luckily for me, the Internet had my back (the real reason I publish my yearly goals on here).

Get into uni

Check! I am now attending my first choice uni and am loving it so far. Despite the stress of deadlines and a never-ending reading list, I’m loving learning new things about books and politics and theories. Let’s hope I feel the same way this time next year.

Read 25 books

At the time of writing, I’ve read 60 books this year, and I still have about a week and a half to go. So yeah, a little more than I was aiming for. I aimed lower than was the reality due to my trepidations about how much I’d be able to read during A Levels, when in fact I read more during my A Levels than in the summer. I’ve read much more non-fiction this year, and I think I’m going to try to make more of an effort to read more fiction next year. 

Do more direct campaigning on an issue I care about

I have done a lot more in regards to several issues important to me, including the death sentence of Nadia Hussein and period poverty. Period poverty and stigma is something I’ve particularly done a lot of this year – from an increased amount of blog posts about the topic, adding to social media campaigns and doing more to help in my local community. There’s still always more to do though. 

Have a second draft of The Bookshop

Ha! Yeah. I feel like I need to devote some more time to this. For real.

Go vegan for at least a month

This time last year, I was a relatively new veggie dabbling in veganism but unsure of what I was doing and serious doubtful that I’d be fully vegan in under a year’s time. At the beginning of the year, I thought that I may try out a month of veganism in November and then see how it went, but as it turns out, I’d already been fully vegan for several months before November hit. This is probably something that has been a major feature of my year.

Write 50 blog posts

This one hasn’t gone quite so well as a few of the last ones. This will probably end up being my 35thpost of 2018, leaving 15 left unwritten. Whilst I may be disappointed with the number of posts I’ve written this year, I am feeling great about the direction my content is going in. I feel like it’s what I should be writing about. Not to mention that I did my first sponsored blog post this year – a massive milestone for me which seriously makes up for the missing 15 posts.

Go on at least 4 trips with friends

I think I’ve just about managed this one. Maybe. Brighton in March, Ireland in June, Paris in July are all definite. Do a couple of trips to London count even if they were only day trips? I think they do. Check!

Research more into fast fashion and ethical consumerism

If I’ve learned one thing in the past year, it’s that being the perfect ethical consumer is a complete myth. It’s a dream, a fantasy. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try. 

I’ve been trying to make sure my wardrobe is made up of items that I truly love and use often. I had a proper cull in the summer and donated a lot of items to charity, significantly reducing what I have. Now, I think a lot more carefully about the origins of my clothes and tend to buy new items from charity shops or Depop. I’ve been looking into more sustainable brands, but haven’t bought from any yet as they tend to be a little out of my price range. 

I’ve been following a lot of ethical influencers who discuss all sorts from fast fashion to lowered waste and veganism (some of my faves are Sustainably Vegan and Venetia Falconer, but keep an eye out for a more substantial recommendations post in the future), all of whom have really helped me develop my understanding and find new areas to help my learning. 

I have to admit that I’m quite proud of what I’ve achieved in 2018 – let’s hope 2019 is a goodun!

If you liked this post you might like: Goals for 2018

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