2018 Goals Wrap Up

Taking it all the back to the beginning of 2018, I made some goals for myself that I wanted to achieve throughout the year. These goals were:

  1. To Complete the A to Z reading Challenge
  2. Post a minimum of once a week on Harper-grae
  3. Exercise at least 3 times a week
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
  5. Try at least one new recipe a week
  6. build a night routine with less technology
  7. practice positivity and optimism
  8. Travel to Greece

As you can see there is a pretty even spread across what I achieved, what I didn’t quite achieve every month and what I wasn’t even close to achieving – which honesty should of just given up on!

I am really happy with how much reading I achieved as well as how frequently I began posting here on Harper-grae.

I definitely want to continue to focus on exercising as well as trying to focus on the positive side of things (although I don’t think I’ll be making it a goal in 2019) I do think there is some room for improvement next year but overall 2018 has been a pretty good year.

I definitely learnt a lot about myself as a person and definitely found a passion or two a long the way. I am grateful for the year 2018 has been and am definitely looking forward to what 2019 will bring.

Moving forward I think accountability is key!

How do you think you went with achieving your goals in 2018?

October Goal Update


OK… So I know its TECHNICALLY the second month of spring but not it is really beginning to feel like spring. The days are longer – bless daylight savings – and the weather is getting warmer! It really has a way of just improving your mood ten fold!

Now, onto my goals for October and how I went with achieving them….

  1. Complete the A to Z Reading Challenge
    One that I am making progress on. I finally got another letter knocked out and will get at least one more done in November. Yay for reading progress!
  2. Post at lease 3 times a week
    I have stayed really consistent with this over 2018 and I couldn’t feel prouder of that, next step is to really focus on WHAT I’m posting and then maybe move into posting even more frequently.
  3. Exercise 3 days a week
    This is one I have 100% improved on. I was struggling to get to 3 days a weeks on September but have consistently hit 3 days and then some weeks even been able to do more!
  4. read 30 book in 2018
    So I completed this goal and have upped it to 35! I’m currently sitting at 33 books with 2 books that I am currently reading so will most likely need to increase my goal before November. Screen Shot 2018-10-22 at 8.30.43 am
  5. Try a new recipe each week
    We really haven’t been good at this one, however we are starting to develop a list of meals to make because each week when we make our shopping list both of us seem to blank as to anything we can cook with what we have. So who knows maybe next month!
  6. Practise positivity and optimism
    Things have been getting super stressful in the last month and a half both and home and work, I have been actively trying to focus on the positive and not let the stress overwhelm me. Although if I’m honest there has definitely been some stress cleaning and stress organising going on.
  7. Less technology more reading before bed
    Ok so this is a goal I really do struggle with. I did do some reading last night while I ran an update on my computer, which I don’t think really counts.
  8. Focus on what I am putting in my body and work towards maintaining being gluten free and dairy free
    I’ve definitely been better with this. I am working on having heathy weeks and then letting my self chill a little on the weekends. It is definitely a more maintainable approach for me.

Overall a pretty good month! What a great way to head into the end of the year!

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How are your 2018 goals going?


September Goal Update

Here we are again, the end of another month and its time to check in with my goals for 2018.

I feel like I’ve really hit and end of year rut, probably due to being so tired, which seems understandable but still. The weather is getting nicer her in Melbourne – finally- so I feel like I can be a whole new person now!

Anyway, here’s how the goals went for September…

  1. Complete the A to Z Reading Challenge
    So another month has gone by and I haven’t actually read any books that I can add to my A to Z list, mostly because I’ve already read books with the same letter. The downfall to reading series.
  2. Post at least 3 times a week. 
    So this one is one that I’m doing well with keeping up with. I think I missed one day last week, because to be honest I forget what day it is sometimes on school holidays. This is probably one of the goals I’ve been able to be the most consistent with!
  3. Exercise 3 days a week
    To be honest this is another one I’ve been struggling with, probably because I exercise after work and I’m usually exhausted after work. I will say I’ve definitely ben doing more. I did boxing a couple of times after school with some people from work and then I convinced George to box with me – granted I’ve only managed to convince him once – so I would say PROGRESS is being made!
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    I am so excited because I have EXCEEDED this goal in September and have actually increased my reading goal to 35!
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  5. Try a new recipe each week
    I don’t know if I’ve kept it up on a weekly basis but I have at least tried a few new restaurants lately which has been nice. I’m trying a new recipe the day I am writing this post – for dinner I am making Cauliflower Gnocchi – so excited to get back into it. Again the weather effects me so much that I just get so down and sloth mode in winter.
  6. Practice Positivity and Optimism
    Still struggling with this in September, yikes. But I have been feeling more positive lately, which is a great start!
  7. Less Technology more reading before bed
    I am a technology fiend apparently! I’ve honestly been unable to just put down my phone and read at night, which seems ridiculous. I end up in a YouTube hole just watching Survivor Challenge videos – which don’t get me wrong are absolutely amazing and I love them.
  8. Focus on what I’m putting in my body and work towards positively maintaining being gluten free and dairy free
    I’ve been average at this at best, which is bad because I always feel it and then instantly regret it. Onwards and upwards though!

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July Goal Update

It feels like its been ages since I posted a goal update – read accountable I know – but keeping to my goal of staying positive, better late than never right? So today is the day that I actually take account for how poorly I’ve done on my goals of late, however I am adding/editing some goals to align with me aims.

Lets dive in…

  1. Complete the A-Z reading Challenge 
    In July I finished ‘The Lost Hero’ by Rick Riordan. Which completed my ‘L’ book for the challenge. I did also read ‘Mythos’ by Stephen Fry, but I already have an ‘M’ book so I can’t add it.
    Chalking it up as a win!
  2. Post at least 3 times a week
    I managed to still post while I was in Greece. It wasn’t 3 times a week, but considering I was on holiday, thats ok. As soon as I got back I was in the swing of things and started posting in my usual schedule.
    Another win. 
  3. Exercise 3 days a week
    I’ve book pretty bad at this… I came back from Greece with a new goal and did not start off strong. So I am changing this goal to: Exercise 5 days a week. I want to really focus on my fitness and health, since in Greece I ate a lot of things that I definitely can’t.
    Fail this month.
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    This has definitely a great goal, its really been keeping me motivated.
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    I think this will be a goal that I’ll need to update this goal and add more books!
    Definite win. 
  5. Try a new recipe each week
    I tried a new recipe this week, although considering we were in Greece we did try a lot of different food. I think we will need to work on this one a little more.
    bit of a fail.
  6. Practise positivity and optimism
    This is a goal I am definitely finding tricky. I was positive and optimistic in Greece, but I feel like everyone would feel more positive soaking up the rays on a beautiful island! Now that I’m back home and in the depths of winter its been hard to stay positive. I think I need to set myself a daily reminder to make this goal more achievable.
    Fail for now. 
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed
    This is a goal that I am not even trying to achieve honestly, I don’t why its so hard for me to put down my phone and read at night!
  8. NEW GOAL: So a little fun fact – I got engaged recently (If anyone wants a post about how it all went down/ my experiences so far with planning a wedding let me know) 
    So I decided for the purpose of getting my health back on track and looking and feeling my best while I’m trying to organise an important event in my life. My goal is to focus on what I am putting in my body and work towards positively changing my eating habits to maintain being Gluten and dairy free.  

Of the 7 goals I was working on in July I achieved 3 and failed towards 4. Lets hope I can make more progress in August.

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what goals are you working towards in 2018?



Goal Update: April

April has come and gone in the blink of an eye and honestly I can’t even remember what happened during the month. So I don’t know how well I’ve done on achieving my goals throughout the month. Thank goodness I do these updates so I know where I am and how I’m tracking.

  1. Complete the A to Z reading challenge.
    In April I was able to finish 3 (the only 3 books I read this month) books that all went towards my A to Z challenge.
    I would say SUCCESS!
  2. Post at least 3 times a week.
    completely successful on this one! I have be really happy with my level of consistency here on Harper Grae.
  3. exercise 3 days a week.
    This goal I’ve gone backwards on. Some of it is due to the fact that my partner’s hours at work changed and he now gets home a lot later than he did before so we can’t go for walks in the afternoon anymore. BUT I know that its on me too, I can work out at home.
    So I think this month would have to be a FAIL
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    According to Goodreads I’ve read 11 books which puts me 2 ahead of my goal of 30, I’ll take that as a win.
  5. Try one new recipe each week.
    I think we did a good job with this in April. We tried some new vegetarian dishes while we were fasting for Easter, We cooked calamari which we hadn’t done before, as well as a tofu curry. We’ve been pretty adventurous for food this month!
  6. Practice positivity  and optimism
    This might be more of a FAIL this month. I have been trying to be more optimistic and positive but have definitely been feeling fatigued from work and I haven’t been great at getting to bed early to help myself to keep a positive attitude.
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed. 
    FAIL again… I’m really not prioritising this goal… I should probably start.

This month was pretty good overall in terms of achieving my goals and working towards them. I’m thinking of including a table of successes and fails for each goal for each month.

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How are you going with your goals for 2018?

2018 Goal Update: March

March was a HECTIC month. Getting into the swing of term one with a new team was exhausting. Which kind of affected everything else. I was also a month into being caffeine free, which is something I never thought I would say in my lifetime, but there it is.

Here’s how my goals went in March:

  1. Complete the A to Z reading challenge.
    So I ended up only finishing 2 books in March and only one of them counts towards the A to Z challenge. So not a complete success, but also not a complete failure.
  2. Post at least 3 times a week.
    100% successful on this! I feel like I’ve been really consistent with my posts! (although if theres anything you want me to post about let me know!)
  3. exercise 3 days a week.
    This one was 50/50 I definitely went for walks at least 1-2 times a week, although coming into Easter it got disrupted a little bit!
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    According to Goodreads I’ve read 8 books which puts me 1 ahead of my goal of 30, I’ll take that as a win.
  5. Try one new recipe each week.
    I think we were much better at this in February and will be better in April (we’ve already tried a new recipe) but in March to be honest I completely forgot about trying new recipes. To be honest it took all my energy to not order Ubereats every night.
  6. Practice positivity  and optimism
    I think overall this was a win. obviously there were days that were more difficult and i would feel more negative but I feel like I had more positive days that negative.
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed. 
    100% failing at this one. I feel like its one I really need to focus on prioritising.


Thats how my goals faired in March. I don’t think I went too bad but I’m also not congratulating myself on the progress because it could use some improvement.

Focusing on a better April!

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Let me know how your 2018 goals are going? Or if you aren’t a yearly goals person whats something your working on at the moment?



2018 Goal Update: February

I cannot believe that February is already over. I mean its Autumn! What?!

I have to admit straight up that I did not do as well on my goals as I had hoped I would for the second month of the year. BUT, I have an excuse. I went back to work. Yes I am a lucky duck who gets school holidays, but that also made me forget how hard it is to motivate yourself after working for 8 plus hours a day.

I will try and be better… I promise.

Here’s how my goals went in February:

  1. Complete the A to Z reading challenge. 
    YES! I did work on this one – huzzah – I finished 3 books this month, and only one counted towards the challenge (the down side to being addicted to a series were all the books start with a ‘C’)
  2. Post at least 3 times a week. 
    I’ve managed that one too… yay me! I’ve been loving posting more regularly. Its been helpful to get my brain going in the morning!
  3. exercise 3 days a week. 
    I was HORRIBLE at this for the first 2.5 weeks of February, only being able to drag myself off the couch after work on day a week. Last week was better. I managed my 3 days but it was a struggle. Here’s to March,
  4. Read 30 books in 2018
    5 down 25 to go…
  5. Try one new recipe each week. 
    So i did change this one a little bit in January to allow for it to include Uber eats and eating out (as we usually do so once a week). That addition has really helped us to stick to it. It meant that if we’d been to exhausted to cook something new during the week we were able to still have some variety by ordering from or heading too a new restaurant. Here’s to a new Lentil Soup recipe tonight!
  6. Practice positivity  and optimism
    This ones another one that’s been a bit tricky. I’ve really been trying to put in an effort to stay positive and to a degree I definitely have but I still see room for improvement so will keep striving for it.
  7. Less technology and more reading before bed. 
    Big fat FAIL on this one, I failed in February and the streak as continued. I don’t know what it is but man oh man I cannot put my phone down at night!

Other things to note: In February I also gave up caffeine. Not coffee just caffeine. Making me a decaf girl for life! It was tricky at first with a few withdrawal headaches – although I was in denial that that’s what it was – which is to be expected considering I’ve been drinking coffee for 12 years… YIKES! BUT its all been positive in terms of how my eyes and stomach have responded.

ALSO… Bless decaffeinated coffee… I don’t know where I’d be without it.