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Birthday Goals for 2018

Konnichiwa minna-san!  And yes, as you can read the post title above, it’s my birthday. Happy Birthday to me! So last year, I started creating sets of goals that I need to accomplish that year. Sad to say, I wasn’t able to accomplish all of them, *sad face. But just because I wasn’t able to do it doesn’t mean I need to stop, *wink.

Last week, I came across this one word post by Karen and I really like the idea. So yep, I guess I’m entering, *wink. And my one word would be…*drumroll*….FEARLESS. There’s actually a lot of words that came to my mind but I guess for this year, fearless would be the most fitting for me. I’ve been living a cowardly life for the past years and I want to get over it and remember what it feels like being brave, being bold and doing what I really love without fear of not being accepted by others. It’s funny because I used to live by this idiom “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” when I was in College but here I am, living a cowardly life of what others may think or say.

So for this year’s goals, it would (more on my personal goals) center around me being fearless.

Books and Blogging

  • Read all the books in my TBR (recycled). This goal was actually my #1 goal last year but since my TBR is still long, I have to recycle this goal. I don’t think there’s any bookworm out there that doesn’t have long list of books to read, so it’s kind of normal for us, but I am starting to feel uneasy because some of them we’re stuck in my list for a long time now and if I keep adding, I’ll lose my mind. Plus, this goal also helps me prioritize but I’m sure along the way, I’ll stray once or twice but I know it’ll still stick to it in the end. I don’t receive much book review requests these days (maybe because I may have unconsciously made my book review request form slow to process, haha) plus I’m also busy completing my collections so I’m quite confident that I won’t be adding (that much? haha) new books on my list, haha.
  • Be happy and blog. I made sure that I mentioned happiness first before blogging. Last year, I was so concerned about blogging MORE that it became like a PRIORITY task rather than a HOBBY that makes me HAPPY. So for this year, I will bring back that “I’m happy that’s why I blog” feeling. Also, last year, I brought up my concerns on how to keep this blog running (costs of maintenance, hosting, domain etc.) but I won’t let these concerns worry me that much. Let’s just see what comes along, *wink.
  • Read to be happy. In relations with my goals above, I will make sure happiness would be my priority. I really hate DNF especially if they’re books that I purchased myself, which was also one of the reasons why I’m still having a lot of books in my list. I don’t like giving away or deleting a copy in my kindle so even if I feel like I won’t like it, I still keep them in my list or even force myself to read them. For this year, I will be fearless and start dealing with these books that need to go away.


  • Get the job that I love. I was supposed to review last year so I could finally do the job hunting this year but got distracted plus the idea of “job hunting and then job interview” kind of terrified me, haha, so in the end, I  didn’t continue reviewing. But for this year, I’ll finally deal with it head on. Promise.
  • Go travel if possible. Last year, I wasn’t able to travel much but I still consider it as one of my good years for travel. I don’t want to travel because I have to or it’s required for the blog but last year, I didn’t feel like it should be done but I did it because I love it. So for this year, I am aiming for that same feeling.
  • Get a passport (recycled). I had this goal last year but I waited for the confirmation of the 10 years validity of the Philippine passport so I didn’t get one last year. But since itโ€™s already confirmed, I am going to get one hopefully after dealing with my work goal, *wink. 


  • Take good care of myself (recycled). I got seriously sick two times already and I don’t want to feel that helpless anymore. So as a part of my long term goal, I am going to really take good care of myself. That includes food, sleep, and staying fit.
  • Use cruelty-free or natural beauty products (recycled). Last 2016, I looked like a human red chili because of the face products that I used. So last year, I started to really appreciate natural beauty products, especially those that labeled cruelty-free. Before, I used to put three or even five kinds of products in my face but right now, I only need to put up to two products. So for the long run, I will continue to search for some natural beauty products that I could use and also some DIYs that I could do at home.
  • Buy my own DSLR (recycled). Camera is a must for every travel blogger, but the main focus of this blog isn’t really travel, so having my own DSLR isn’t really urgent. I am taking it slow so that’s why I am putting this in my long term goal.
  • Be a better person (recycled). Iโ€™m not a politician, talented or even brilliant, so the only contribution I could give to make this world a better place to live is to become a good person everyday and start influencing others.

And these are my goals for 2018. How about you? Have you set your own goals too for this year?

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Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

Great goals. I hope you are able to meet your goals.

6 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Thanks Mary ๐Ÿ™‚

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
6 years ago

Those are beautiful goals and cover all aspects of life. I like them. It’s great to dream and plan. Wishing you well on your birthday goals, Vanessa!

6 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Aww, thank you so much Sophia Rose ๐Ÿ™‚

6 years ago

I love your Word Vanessa! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Those are all great goals too. I think I finally found my happy place with blogging last year after struggling for about 2-3 years to just stay afloat. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by books/reading/numbers etc but I’m pretty laid back about it now.

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6 years ago
Reply to  Karen

Thanks Karen ๐Ÿ™‚

And yes, hopefully this year I could finally found my happy place with blogging. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

Carole's Random Life
6 years ago

Happy Birthday Vanessa! These are such wonderful goals and I love the idea of setting goals on your birthday. I am sure that you will do great with these!

6 years ago

Awww, thanks Carole ๐Ÿ™‚

6 years ago

These all sound like great goals!!

6 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Some great goals! Happy Birthday, too! I hope you have a great year ๐Ÿ™‚ I do a phrase instead of a single word and mine was rather sassy this year. lol

6 years ago

Thanks Anna. Hope you’ll do great this year too ๐Ÿ™‚

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