Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I spent some time yesterday thinking about what I wanted to accomplish in 2019. I didn’t come up with anything life-changing, ambitious, or particularly interesting. I’ve never been an especially goal-driven person; setting goals and planning out how to achieve them doesn’t motivate me. In the past when I’ve tried goal-setting, I usually come up with a reasonable goal and plan, become derailed, and feel vaguely guilty for not achieving whatever it is I thought about doing. Maybe I’m just a wishy-washy weirdo. (I tell myself I’m just laid-back and easygoing.)

So for 2019, I’ve made some resolutions, but they aren’t crazy and big and wild:

  • Send birthday cards to friends and family. I like receiving mail and figure that other people do too. I’m off to a strong start on this one- I sent a birthday card to a friend today!
  • Read 65 books. I read 63 books in 2018 and would like to surpass that number this year. I’m starting the year with Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. You can find me on Goodreads if you’d like, though I’m not very active on it other than marking books “to read” or “read”!
  • Score 63%+ at Training Level with Candy. Candy can totally do this, so this goal is more about both of us being comfortable at shows.
  • Take 3 trips that aren’t work related. Last year, almost all of the travel I did was work related. This year, I want to get out of town for fun more often!

That’s pretty much it! There are some things I want to do that aren’t really resolutions or goals, like continuing my yoga practice, continuing to meditate, and continuing to cook at home. Those are more “continue to live your life” things, though.

Are you a goal-oriented person or does the whole process leave you uninspired?

Author: Stephanie

Equestrian, amateur cook, people person.

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year!”

  1. I’m kind of with you – goals don’t do much for me, particularly in terms of the horses…. They’re living, breathing animals with a propensity for getting in trouble! And the weather is in control of whether or not I can ride about 80% of the time haha. After trying and failing with the horse related goals, I set some individual ones for myself this year, in terms of physical/mental health and awareness — so hopefully those go better for me in 2019!

  2. My comment got eaten but I am also pretty goal oriented. This year I’m going to try to keep mine kind of open ended as I want to make sure I set myself up for success since I have no idea what will be possible with Dobby and being a newish mom 🙂

    Looking forward To seeing what adventures you go on this year!

  3. I used to be pretty goal oriented, but ever since my horses got old, it’s harder to plan. So I’ve become more of a go with the flow and see where life takes me kind of gal.
    Love the idea of sending birthday cards!

  4. Really great ideas! I sent birthday cards to my cousins for a couple years to help foster camaraderie between us. I had to give it up recently but hope to take it up again once my whole wedding schtick is over.

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