Looking back at resolutions from 2019- success or failure?

resolutions 2019

Well here we are at the end of another year. I kind of feel like I’ve sleepwalked towards 2020, cos OOF this last month has been a toughie- sorry I’ve not been as active on here as I’d have liked! Hope to rectify that in the New Year! And speaking of changes… it’s time to reflect on my resolutions. I won’t say this has been the easiest or most exciting year for me, but it’s been better in a lot of ways than many of the years that have gone before and there’s a few things I’m really happy about – SO I’LL TAKE IT! Let’s see how I did with my resolutions…


number 1

10 More Books from My Challenging list

I did pretty well with this, reading 7/10, even though I just wasn’t feeling some of the tougher books on this list this year.

number 2

10 Non-Fiction Reads

15/10 – Knocked this one out of the park! Here’s some of the highlights…

number 3

5 Rereads

5/5 – There were a lot of books I hoped to reread for fun and that didn’t happen- but I still managed to complete this goal.

number 4

5 Poetry Collections

4/5 – nearly made it! Well, that’s if you’re not considering how most of these aren’t poetry collections, but I reckon it counts cos they were all in verse. Plus, I did read a lot of individual poems this year.

Non Bookish:

number 5

Compile notebooks

Soo my last goal was to type up the wolfy notebook… of course I’ve filled up another one since then… Okay I’m always managing to fill up notebooks. This is a never-ending task lol. 5/5

number 6

Complete another language on Duolingo

5/5 midway through the year

(as I mentioned in my mid year’s resolutions I pressed pause on any language learning midway through the year)

number 7


monkey typewriter

I finished everything I wanted to do around August, so 30/30, but I will say my writing habits got *weird* after I finished the BIG PROJECT. I did do a bit of tinkering in October, then tried working on something else (big fail), fell into a killer writing slump, had a bizarre surge with a new(ish) project towards the end of the year… only to fall off the wagon with that too. Regardless, this was definitely a win!

Score: 66/70 94%


Definitely better than my C from last year!

And for extra credit…

number 8

Art- start painting again and finish sketchbook

orangutan artist0003

I’ve been working on drawings a lot more this year and I even started an Instagram for it- though I’ve been using various sketchbooks, so it’s not easy to tell if I’ve done this or not. Definitely counting this as a win too.

number 9

Yoga challenge x2

Ah this was a late addition I couldn’t complete in time. I managed to squeeze in one yoga challenge, but not two. This is something I’ll have to work on next year!

And that concludes my wrap up! Pretty happy with how that went! How have you done with your resolutions this year? Let me know in the comments! And a ***Happy New Year*** to you all!

52 thoughts on “Looking back at resolutions from 2019- success or failure?

  1. You have such an inspirational way of presenting things, I love it. I hope you don’t mind if I steal a few of these challenges ☺️


  2. Due to the lack of accountablity last year my goals for the year did not go well. I did succeed in Nanowrimo and the number of pages I committed to reading, but certainly fell short in the numerb of books on the reading list.

    Hopefully next year will go better.

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  3. Great list of resolutions and congrats on reaching so many of them.
    I’m a resolution-making person. When I think back to what I have decided at the beginning of 2019, I don’t really remember! This time I want one resolution though, less cursing! I have this bad habit of cursing a lot even in normal conversation, of course not in public but when I’m in my comfort zone (home). Now that my daughter will start speaking and learn words in 6 months, I don’t want her to utter those words and then say to people ‘I heard my mama saying those words’! That would be horrible.

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  4. Every time I see Beowulf show up on someone’s blog, I always want to revisit the epic. I had to read it back in 9th grade, and I absolutely hated it. But, I feel like I should have liked it. And for some reason, when people write about it on blogs, they always express love for it too. (Same goes for Heart of Darkness, now that I think about it). Also, I’m curious, what language did you set out to learn in 2019?

    2019 was a great year for me, but it was also rather aimless. I went into it without any resolutions and goals. Sometimes just rolling along like that is nice, but I also wonder how much more I could have accomplished if I was intentional about it… I may have overcompensated for this in 2020, haha!

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    1. I was surprised by how much I loved it to be honest! Part of the reason was I happened to get lucky with an amazing translation (the Seamus Heaney version). I feel like that could easily effect how much you liked it or not (I like heart of darkness too- but I can completely understand why that’s not for everyone). Oh I was learning a bit of Spanish (badly- I could do the vocab, but just didn’t have time to sit down and learn the grammar- that’s why I took it off my to do list midway through the year- maybe sometime in the future).

      I’m glad to hear that! I can understand that- I think that works to be honest- I’ve only started tracking my resolutions like this really recently- and I only feel like I can do them cos I don’t ask too much of myself- which I think is the best way to go about it 😉


  5. Oooh that’s a success then! And I have seen your paintings on IG! You are talented! Drawing will also be on my plate this year as my husband offered me a graphic tablet. But it’s only a tool and it won’t draw alone so I need to get back to drawing and relearning the basics.

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