In December of 2016, I made a post about my new year’s resolutions and goals for 2017. So, did I meet my goals?
Goal #1- Getting a Driver’s License
In June, I was able to receive my diver’s license which has given me so much independence. I had a lot of anxiety surrounding the situation, but it went really well and I enjoy driving. I drive myself to school everyday, to some of my doctor’s appointments, and I’m able to run errands whenever I need to. When I couldn’t drive, I always had to do everything on my parent’s time table, which is difficult to do when you’re chronically ill. Now I can run errands or go somewhere when I’m feeling well or when I want to, which is very nice.
Goal #2- Obtain a GED
This goal was crucial for me to continue my education. I got my GED mid-may, which made it possible for me to attend college this fall. It was an incredibly hard decision to make, but I’m so glad that I chose to get a GED! I’ve enjoyed being able to go back to school and continue my education.
Goal #3- Be more positive
Being positive is something that isn’t always easy for me, especially when I’m feeling particularly depressed. I do think I’ve been more positive this year at times, but I also think this is something I’m going to have to constantly work on. When your life is chaotic and lots of negative things have happened, positivity can seem scary and vulnerable. I’m working on viewing positivity as a strength instead of a weakness (as weird as that sounds!).
Goal #4- Say “Yes” More
This year I’ve definitely stepped out of my comfort zone when it came to continuing my education. I’ve tried to say yes more when people asked me to hang out, or come to a gathering. Saying “yes” isn’t always easy for me and it’s definitely something I need to continue to work on. Being uncomfortable can be a good thing, and I’m trying to learn to embrace it!
Goal #5- Read the Bible More
I keep a journal of when I read the Bible, and comparing my notes from 2016 to 2017, I have spent more time in the word. I go through phases with my faith, where I’m really dedicated to prayer and reading scripture, and then I fall off the bandwagon. In 2017, I’ve tried to be more present in church. When I’m sitting in the worship service, I try to listen to what the Pastor is saying and listen to what God’s saying to me. My faith is incredibly important to me, and so I want to continue an upward trend of spending more time with God.
Goal #6- Volunteer
I’m slightly embarrassed to say I did not complete this goal. The first half of the year I was really sick, and wasn’t able to volunteer. Then I began to feel better, but school started and I got really busy. I have applied to volunteer at my local hospital, and so I hope to be able to help others more in 2018. I did volunteer multiple times this year for my church, but I haven’t continuously volunteered anywhere. I’m looking forward to hearing from the hospital, and helping out wherever I can.
Goal #7- Reach Out
This year I’ve reached out to a couple of people I used to go to school with. While the conversations were nice, I’ve realized that I don’t need nor do I want to continue any sort of relationship with these people. That may sound harsh, but I was never very close with any of them and I feel as if I’m currently in a different stage of life than they are. It’s also not like they’re trying to actively pursue relationships with me either. There’s no hard feelings, in fact I wish them all of the best. One thing I’ve learned this year, is that people are in your life for a time and a reason. Most people won’t be in your life forever, but it’s important to recognize the good times you’ve had with them.
I can’t believe it’s about to be 2018! The year “2018” sounds futuristic to me, and I swear it was just 2012. I’m really excited about 2018, because I know my life is going to change dramatically over the next twelve months. It’s both terrifying and amazing, and I can’t wait to see where life takes me. I’m going to be posting my new goals for 2018 very soon!