2019 Goals

Apparently, I started writing these out back in January and then forgot about them. Even though I’m publishing this pretty late in the year, I’m writing it as if it’s Jan 1, 2019.

Grad school

  • Finish all of the foundational courses by the end of the year.

I’m a year into graduate school. Time sure does fly. Because my undergraduate degree (Communication) is so unrelated to my graduate degree (Data Science), I had to take three prerequisites before I could start the four foundational courses. And because I’m still working full time, I’m doing one class at a time. But by the end of the year, I should be 44% done with the necessary classes.

Fitness

  • Build back up to a 10-mile long run.
  • No injuries – keep up with weight lifting / pilates-style workouts, and yoga.

Fitness has taken a backseat to school, unfortunately. I say unfortunately because it’s a great stress reliever, plus, you know, I want to be healthy. However, I know with better time management, I can keep up with something of a fitness routine and still do well in school.

Debt

  • Reduce total debt.
  • Increase my total income.

The second bullet point will really help the first. Also hidden in this goal is “Get a new job in 2019.” At the end of 2018, I started pretty aggressively job hunting. (As of 1/1/19) I’ve been with my current company for 6 years, I’ve changed roles and done a few different things during my time there. During 2018, my little sub-team has shrunk from 3 positions to 1 position (me), and I felt like it wasn’t helping me to grow and achieve my long-term goals anymore. I have also done enough research to know my salary isn’t competitive. It’s time to move on.

Personal Enrichment

  • Work towards the life you want.

This is ambiguous because I feel like it’s constantly evolving, as it should. But, some things I’ve been thinking about (and working on with my therapist):

  • Feeling lonely and isolated and how to not feel that way.
  • Living an authentic, honest life.
  • Making time for myself.

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