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Looking Back at 2018 and Looking Forward to 2019

By Aaron Tanner

· Goals,2018,2019,New Year's,Retrospect

Now that Christmas is over, it is time to wrap up 2018 and look forward to 2019. Whether this year was a great year or a tumultuous one, January 1st represents a new start.

Overall, 2018 went better for me than 2017. I got to go on several different trips, including my first visit to New Orleans as an adult, my first time inside the Atlanta Braves new baseball stadium, the Washington D.C. and Baltimore area twice and my first plane trip in several years to Colorado for Christmas to see family.

I am getting along better with co-workers at the dental lab than I did last year. Recently I completed my first video interview with the company’s vice-president for a year in review segment for the company’s magazine. I genuinely believe that interviewing subjects for my magazine interviews helped me prepare for the video interview, which was reflected by the many compliments I received from co-workers.

Speaking of interviews, not only did I complete several articles for Alabama Living magazine, but I also interviewed author and historian Tim Hollis for a brand new Southern-based magazine called Okra. That particular story will run in February 2019.

The biggest highlight of 2018 is finding out that I am going to be an uncle as my brother and his wife is expecting their first child in June of 2019. Honestly, I am a bit nervous as I do not have much experience with babies. However, I am excited for my brother, and I believe God will help me to become a great uncle.

I have a few goals for 2019. Although I need to continue improving my physical help, I am also concerned with improving my mental health as I still have issues with having an anxiety disorder and OCD. Some things that I can do is to pray and meditate along with getting exercise, watching what I eat, and learning to take my thoughts captive and turning negative thoughts into positive ones.

Speaking of exercise, another goal I have is to start getting outside for more vitamin D and going on hikes. The Land Trust of North Alabama has guided walks in the spring, and I can always check with some of the state parks in my area for guided hikes. Getting out in nature may help with my anxiety and depression.

Although I am thankful for the friends I have made at church, I would like to find other organizations beyond church for social interaction and making new friends. Since I am a writer, it makes sense for me to see other writing groups in my area to join not only for forming new friendships but for networking and receiving ideas on how to improve my writing abilities.

I cannot control the chaos that might happen worldwide in 2019. However, I can learn to put down my smartphone, turn off the news, and get out of the house and interact with society. I believe 2019 is shaping up to be a productive year.

What are your goals for 2019? Comment in the section below.

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