2019 Goals

January 2, 2019

1. Read 16 Books (Outside of School)

I absolutely love to read. Whether it be fiction, nonfiction, fantasy, or an autobiography, I love immersing myself into a good story and escaping from the stresses of the world around me. 

Rather than choosing to read one book for a certain number of days, weeks, or months, I decided to simply create a number of books to read as my goal because it fits my busy school schedule much more, allowing me to complete much of this goal in the summertime when I have an abundance of free time.

2. Get my Driver's Permit

Getting my driver's permit is something I've been meaning to do for over a year and have not yet done. I am currently sixteen and a half (I'll be turning seventeen in May), and still do not have my permit. I was eligible to get it in November of 2017, and have simply been putting it off. 

3. Volunteer or Intern

As of the summertime, I will be a seventeen year-old rising junior in high school. I have wanted to volunteer in previous summers, but have found that many organizations (specifically animal shelters) have strict regulations about the ages at which volunteers can help out with certain activities and often require parental presence. I'm hoping that because I will be a year older, many of these restrictions will no longer apply to me, and I can have a variety of options for volunteer work and internships to choose from.

Not only is volunteering and interning simply a kind and generous deed because you are offering up your time and effort free of charge in order to help someone, I also feel that it would be a great way for me to get out of my comfort zone and would be a great learning experience.

4. Run 25 Individual Miles

If I'm being completely honest, running a mile is not at all something that I look forward to doing. It's not that I don't enjoy physical activity, because I love playing sports, hiking, and simply being outdoors, but I always seem to dread the timed mile runs that I try to encourage myself to do.

That is why this goal, to run twenty-five individual miles, may seem very minuscule seeing that there are 365 days in a single year. However, I wanted to be realistic and honest with myself when creating my goals, and I'm hoping that when I do get to the twenty-fifth day, I'll enjoy running a bit more and perhaps will continue running despite having completed this goal.

5. Have My Poem Accepted in a Poetry Magazine or Contest

Though I have always loved to read and write, I've only recently discovered that I have a love for writing poetry. Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a poem simply because I was feeling inspired and submitted it to a couple of poetry contests I found online. I thought that I had no chance whatsoever of winning any of the contest I submitted by poem to, but did it anyway simply "in case." I am so happy I did though, because I was chosen as a young poet for the Bethesda Urban Partnership Poetry Award!

I would love to submit another poem I recently created to possibly be accepted for another poetry contest or some sort of writing award. It was such an incredible opportunity and I learned so much from my experience, so I would love to try and submit another one of my works again this year. 

6. Go to Chile

One of my biggest dreams for 2019 is to visit my cousin and his family in Santiago, Chile. I have dreamed of visiting this beautiful country since my cousin, a foreign service officer, was sent there, and have spent countless hours on Pinterest scrolling through photos of the bright and colorful streets of Santiago and the incredible natural beauty surrounding this historic city. Also, besides being able to visit this extraordinary city, I would be able to reunite with my cousin, his wife, and their adorable kids whom I am only able to see via Instagram and miss very much.

Because my cousin will be reassigned to a new location in June, this year is really the only one in which we will have this perfect opportunity to visit my cousin in Chile, so I am really hoping that we are able to make it there before it's too late.

7. Maintain Grades I am Proud of.

Lastly, my goal for 2019 is to maintain grades that I am proud of. Rather than having a set number goal for my grade average, I chose for my goal simply to be to work hard and do my best so that I can continue to earn grades that I feel proud of.


  1. I'm also hoping to read a bunch of books this year.

  2. Best wishes for you to achieve your planning goals, Very nice post.
    xo Corina

  3. Wishing you all the best, especially on your goals dear! Happy New Year!
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  4. Wow these are really great goals. I have yet to travel internationally and don't see that happening this year with my already existing travel plans, but you have inspired me. Who knows!

    I love the goal to read and run more. Those are two things I LOVE. Exercise for the brain and body (:

    Love this post! Happy 2019!

    Juliana Grace | www.julianagraceblogspace.com

  5. Your goals are so productive! Good luck! // I also like setting a number of books to read per year. I keep track of it with Goodread's annual Reading Challenge, which I've been doing since 2015! // I'm 22 and have been telling myself to get my driver's license since ever... Public transportation where I live just makes it too easy to not need to drive myself! // Happy New Year! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    1. Thank you, and Happy New Year to you too! I'll have to check out Goodread's annual Reading Challenge, that sounds so cool!

  6. I highly recommend finding a single cause that you're committed to and volunteering with it regularly throughout your last few years of high school, especially during summer!