It’s the end of June. The year is over halfway over. I want to take this time to reflect on some of my goals for the year.
At the beginning of 2018, I did the most stereotypical thing anyone can do in the beginning of January: I made a list of “New Year’s Resolutions.” For the sake of being a little less cliché, though, I decided to call them my Goals for the Year instead. So, since it’s halfway through the year, I should be halfway through my goals, right? Let’s assess a few of these things…
At the beginning of the year, I was only working part-time at the job I’ve had since August 2014. I’d been searching for a new job for over six months. In May, last month, I was starting to give up hope when my mother forwarded me a Facebook post about a job opening for a 90-day internship. So, that same day it was posted, I applied. And then two weeks later, I started working there. I’ve been working there for four weeks today and I genuinely enjoy it. I learn something new every day. I get to do things I love, like write things and read things while sitting at a computer for most of the day. It’s cool. I really, really like it. I’m glad I have it.
So, goal #1 is done.
Since I was only working part-time for so long, I obviously didn’t make a lot of money and I wasn’t able to add much money to my personal savings. As I am “adulting” more every day, I obviously will need to increase my savings. I haven’t quite added $2,000 to my savings – yet – but I’m hopeful that I will be able to do so very soon.
Goal #2 is not quite there, but I’m optimistic.
Goal #3: I’m not there yet, mostly for financial reasons. Books are expensive, okay?
So far in 2018, I’ve read the following books: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Girl on the Train, On the Road, Turtles All the Way Down, Invisible Monsters, Skinny, The Great Gatsby, and Girl, Interrupted. That adds up to eight. And I’m currently a few hundred pages into the overwhelmingly long A Game of Thrones, the first book in the series that inspired the HBO show.
Goal #4: I am over four-fifths of the way there. I swear I’d probably already be there if A Game of Thrones wasn’t so tremendously long.
I haven’t quite reached my goals, but I think I’m on my way there. I’ve gotten a new job and accomplished goal #1, which will then allow me to accomplish goal #2 and add more money to my savings. When I’m not saving my money, I can also spend some extra cash on Duckett’s book so that I can then read it and finally fulfill goal #3. Lastly, I know I just need to take a few hours out of each week to continue reading George R. R. Martin’s extremely long (but extremely good) fantasy novel, and once I finish reading that, I will be even closer to finishing goal #4.
I’m over halfway there. So why give up now?
P.S.: I highly recommend anyone and everyone to listen to “Halfway There,” the Rise Against song I can’t seem to get out of my head.