2019: Let’s do this.

Oh hi, 2019, I didn’t see you there.

I just finished my first day back at my graduate assistantship — and it hardly felt like I had left for three weeks at all. But in a good way. Yes, this morning was a little slow, going through the “how do I do this again?” feelings — but overall, being back on campus just feels natural. Hopefully as classes pick up, along with my thesis writing, that feeling will continue because, eek!, this is my last semester of grad school. (Well, of this degree at least.)

Can you see the panic in my eyes?

2018 was.. well, it was actually a pretty damn good year.

I gave a good presentation at annual conference. I received maybe some of the most encouraging feedback ever from my mentor. I had some fun mini adventures. I took care of my health, both mentally and physically. I got a fish (well, 2 actually, RIP Siggy the First). I bought a new car. I rearranged my room, and built a new little gaming/streaming corner in the apartment. And I got rid of so much stuff. I left 2018 feeling free.

In looking at my goals for this year… Pretty much all of it revolves around finishing my thesis, defending it, graduating, and then getting a job. That is the concrete, must-get-done goal of the year. However, I do have a few things that aren’t really resolutions, but also aren’t the “everything depends on this” goals…

Be more active

I’ll admit, this one is already intimidating me a little bit because I talked so much about doing this spin class this evening, and now anxiety sort of has me wanting to chicken out. This is free week at the gym, though. So I really want to check out the class now so I can see if this is really something I want to commit to for the rest of the semester.

Go on an adventure

I’m actually going to find out in the next week or so whether this will be domestic or international. I potentially have the opportunity to head to Europe this year, and I’m already making a bucket list of places I want to go.

Decide on my outlet

Originally, my plan was to commit to Twitch. Figure out a schedule and start streaming more. However, I also want to commit to blogging. So I need to figure out which I really want. I know I can do both, but I will have to find some sort of balance. Priority One is still grad school, so anything else has to support that goal as well (or rather, support my ability to complete that goal).

Spend less

This is a big one. With graduation looming, I’m going to need to make sure I have enough money saved up to move wherever my potential new job is as well as possibly support myself without a job for a short time. Ideally, most of my loan money will go into savings and I won’t touch that — I can use my assistantship stipend to live on. But oh man, my list of “treat yo self” items… I need to be careful!

Release more

I want to continue reducing the amount of things that I have. I’m finding that as I release the material tethers, it’s getting easier to release the emotional ones. Life is good, and I’ve got so much ahead of me — I just don’t want anything holding me back.

What’s on your list for 2019? Big or small?