2019 Goals - Personal

My 2019 Goals

Last year, I only shared my blogging-specific goals with all of you (and again this year!).  For 2019, I figured adding my personal (or at least non-blogging) 2019 goals might be a nice addition–at the very least, I’ll gain some much-needed accountability!

A lot of these are writing-related, as that’s becoming an increasingly important part of my life. But, that’s not all that’s ahead for the year!

Send 500 pieces in lit mag submissions

Despite starting on my first ever poetry submissions quite a few months into 2018, I surpassed 200 submissions (counting individual poems, not each magazine).  So, 500 for 2019 shouldn’t be an issue at all!  In fact, I’ve got nearly 150 submitted already, thanks to being on bedrest with the flu for nearly a week!

While I’d love to set a goal for acceptances, I can’t really control the editors’ decisions.  So, I’ll just hope for the best on that front!  However, I’m also half-heartedly trying the 100 rejections challenge, too.  While I’m in no way going to be disappointed if I don’t reach 100 rejection letters, it’s already helping me to see them as less of a negative force!

Launch Nightingale and Sparrow‘s first issues

I recently launched an online literary magazine, Nightingale & Sparrow.  I’m hoping to release four issues a year! We’re currently accepting submissions for Issue No. I, flight, due in mid-February. I’d love to feature some of my wonderful blog friends who happen to be literary or photographically inclined, so please feel free to submit!

Read 100 books

Near the end of 2018, I decided to up my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge from 40 books to 50.  I’d been reading in excess, so it seemed like an easy win!  Fast forward to December and a handful of recurring migraines left me absurdly behind.  But I powered through and read some fantastic books, exceeding my goal of 50!

So, I’m hoping to read 100 books this year.  Without schoolwork (and required readings) bogging me down, I think it might be doable!  Migraines have already gotten in the way of my first few days of reading, I’m hopeful that they’ll let up going forward! I’ve already gotten some book reviews lined up for Pencils & Pages, my new book blog, so I’ve got to get going one way or another!

Complete 35 items on my 101 in 1,001 list

While I’ve been periodically updating my 101 in 1,001 list, I haven’t made anywhere near the progress I need to if I’d like to complete even a majority of the items by its end date.  So, I’m hoping 2019 is a big year for progress!

Finish my next two poetry manuscripts

While I’m not sure I’ll actually publish my next poetry books this year (I’m considering going for a more traditional publishing route with these), I’d like to at least get a final draft of the manuscript put together.  I’ve got a majority of the actual material ready to go, so it’s just a matter of arranging and putting the finishing touches on the real documents.

These will be Centre Stage and “How My Cat Saved My Life” and Other Poems, if you’re interested in learning more!

Draft The Affair

While NaNoWriMo 2018 didn’t go in my favour (thank you, migraines), I’m still pretty excited about the novel I started last November.  So, I’m hoping to continue and hopefully finish that first draft in 2019! It’s bound to be messy and far from ready to go, but I’m determined to get this first draft done.

Pay off at least three credit cards

Between being a poor college student and having a multitude of health issues, I have more debt than I’d like. Despite my absurdly low income, I’m determined to work hard to get at least three cards paid off! This is hardly a total solution and it doesn’t even touch the chaos that is student loans, but every little bit counts!

Earn income from the blog

Of course, this dives into some of my blogging goals for the year, but I’m planning on 2019 being the year that I start earning a semi-regular income from For the Sake of Good Taste. Between our planned product launches, (hopefully) some sponsored posts, and affiliate income, my hopes are high! As my blogging skills improve over time (I’m constantly amazed at how far the site has come since its launch!), I’m confident that things can only move forward.

Organise my life

The KonMari method may be having a resurgence of popularity thanks to Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series, but I’ve been utilising her concepts for years now. I’ve worked through her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, in little bits since I first picked it up, but I’m planning to make it through the entire process as intended this year. I’m working on clothes currently!

Build my emergency fund

In paying down debt and increasing my income, I’m hoping that I can get better at saving! I’m using a lot of Dave Ramsey methodology, so I’m starting with a goal of $1,000.  From there, I’d like to get a minimum of six months’ expenses saved, eventually!

What are your 2019 goals?

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101 in 1,001

101 in 1,001

If you’ve been around for a while, you may have seen my 101 in 1,001 list from the very first days of For the Sake of Good Taste. A few months before its time came to a close, I took to Twitter with a dilemma: since I’d begun the list, a lot of the items were no longer applicable to the person I’d become. By the power vested in my Twitter followers, it was decided: new me, new list.

The time period for that first list has since passed and it’s definitely time for me to create a new 101 in 1,001 list. So, here goes nothing!  Italics indicate an item that’s in progress while strike-throughs indicate a finished item.

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101 in 1,001 | For the Sake of Good Taste

Start Date: 5 July 2018

End Date: 1 April 2021

Last updated 20 November 2018

Completed: 2/101

In Progress: 19/101

  1. Come up with 101 items (why is this so bloody difficult?)
  2. Post more than 101 times on For the Sake of Good Taste (31/101)
  3. Have a total of three books (chapbooks like Mistakes Were Made* count!) published (1, Mistakes Were Made*)
  4. Have pieces published in 5 or more literary magazines
  5. Read more than 101 books  (16/101, Peluda* – Melissa Lozada-Oliva, The Constant Princess* – Philippa Gregory, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas* – James Patterson, Keep It Real* – Lee GutkindSelected Poems* – Emily Dickinson, The Matrimonial Advertisement* – Mimi Matthews [read our review], Poems and Songs* – Robert Burns, The Cats Came Back– Sofie Kelly, Death of a Naturalist* – Seamus Heaney, Angela’s Ashes* – Frank McCourt, Winesburg, Ohio* – Sherwood Anderson, The Glass Castle* – Jeannette Walls, The Places That Scare You* – Pema Chodron, Some Ether* – Nick Flynn, The Military Wife* – Laura Trentham, Why Not Me?* – Mindy Kaling)
  6. Adopt a dog
  7. Run a 5k
  8. Go to Knoebel’s at least three times
  9. Have an apartment of my own
  10. Pay off all credit cards
  11. Pay off one student loan
  12. Have six months’ expenses in savings
  13. Apply the KonMari method
  14. Visit Baltimore again
  15. Successfully launch the FTSOGT veganism course
  16. Try a dozen new drinks
  17. Go to NYC at least twice
  18. Own a “Return to Tiffany” necklace
  19. Finish six TV series (1/6, Adventure Time)
  20. Visit at least three friends from out of town
  21. Own a Macbook again
  22. Go dancing
  23. Go to at least two concerts (2/2, Maroon 5 – 14 July 2018, Ozzy Osbourne – 30 August 2018)
  24. Post at least four (paid) sponsored posts (1/4, Self-Care Tips for Working at a Computer All Day (featuring Pure Journi’s Foot Rest))
  25. Feature at least four guest posts  (2/4, Vegan High Heels to Drool Over: A Guest Post from Kelsey of The Lux Authority and How to Stay Organized in College: A Guest Post by Carlee of In Carlee’s World)
  26. Shoot a gun
  27. Make $1,000 with the blog
  28. Attempt bike-riding again
  29. Read three must-read books
  30. Take a solo trip
  31. See a sloth in person
  32. Volunteer
  33. Rewatch the Harry Potter movies
  34. Successfully make vegan mayonnaise
  35. Release an audiobook
  36. Have 100 crowns on Duolingo in both Spanish and French
  37. Have headshots taken
  38. Take a picture with an alpaca (or a llama)
  39. Visit DC again
  40. Make pasta from scratch
  41. Finish a dozen online courses
  42. Sell 50 copies of Mistakes Were Made*
  43. Have ten finished bullet journals
  44. Completely fill a diary
  45. Create a physical photo album
  46. Take the Yuengling brewery tour
  47. Watch three must-see movies
  48. Make $500 from writing
  49. “Renovate” my bedroom
  50. Have a photo shoot with Fitz
  51. Attend a picnic
  52. Visit three museums
  53. Read a book that’s greater than 1,000 pages
  54. Own a DSLR
  55. Learn how to use a DSLR
  56. Meditate weekly for at least three months
  57. Finish a cross-stitch/embroidery project
  58. Visit three new restaurants
  59. Make a t-shirt quilt (or have made)
  60. Have an essential oils kit
  61. Get a tattoo
  62. Write a dozen pieces for The Mighty
  63. Finish three hobby courses
  64. Make hardtack
  65. Keep a plant alive
  66. Catalogue my book collection
  67. Catalogue my movie collection
  68. Organise my flash drives
  69. Complete six 30-day challenges
  70. Organise my Pinterest boards
  71. Purge my Google photos
  72. Be able to do five pull-ups
  73. Make and display art
  74. Try three Pinterest crafts/DIYs
  75. Go to Build-A-Bear
  76. Go to Primark
  77. Go to Wegman’s
  78. Try six new apps
  79. Inspire someone to write their own 101 in 1,001 list
  80. Get a penpal
  81. Get new glasses
  82. Try contacts
  83. Have a “weird” colour in my hair
  84. Meet a blogger friend in real life
  85. Ride a horse again
  86. Send someone flowers
  87. Write a letter to myself for my 30th birthday
  88. Pay for someone’s Dunkin order
  89. Have a real-life friend guest post on the blog
  90. Attend a classic car cruise
  91. Return to Tiffany (pun intended)
  92. Play each of my instruments again
  93. Make croissants
  94. Find out my blood type
  95. Take a DNA ancestry test
  96. Go to an MLB game
  97. Leave a 100% tip
  98. Get Pop’s photos printed
  99. Take a vegan cooking class
  100. Go ice skating
  101. Finish all 101 items

If you’ve read my previous list, you’ll see a bit of overlap in certain items. Some, though, are totally different! I’ll be sure to update this as I complete items and many of them will definitely become posts of their own.

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Think you’ll try a 101 in 1,001 list of your own? Let us know in the comments!

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Bullet Journal Basics

Bullet Journal Basics

A few months ago, I was at brunch with my friend Nancy when she showed me her new bullet journal.  I’d seen plenty of ornate “bujos” between Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr, so I was familiar with the concept, but eternally deterred by my own lack of artistic ability.  These were gorgeous and filled with watercolours and calligraphy—I may love planners and lists, but how could I ever create something like these masterpieces?  Nancy proved me wrong with her simple, but oh-so-perfect bullet journal.  In case you’re like me and you’re terrified to start for fear of it not being pretty enough or that ever-present perfectionism (guilty!), consider this your foolproof introduction to bullet journaling.

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To start bullet journaling, you (rather obviously) need a bullet journal.

I fell completely in love with this notebook (and its price!), so I cannot recommend it enough to my UK friends.  I’m still trying to figure out how to get a replacement while I’m here in the States (let me know if you have any ideas—I’ll love you forever!)!

If you’re like me and can’t get to WH Smith, some highly recommended brands in the States are Leuchtturm*, Moleskine*, or even the official Bullet Journal notebook.  Really, though, you just need a notebook that you like and that will hold up to frequent use. For my blogging bullet journal (blogju, if you will), I simply use a spiral-bound notebook*!

You’ll also need some pens.  Technically, any pen you happen to have on hand works perfectly well!  However, I’m a stationery addict, so I’m always up for new pens!

For my bujo, I use a combination of these:

Check out my updated list of bullet journal supplies!


Fineliners (these* and a pack I got at Paperchase, as well as an eight-pack I got at Poundland!)


Gel pen*

Now, you can technically start with just this and be perfectly fine.  In fact, I recommend it, until you’re sure you’d like to stick with it!  But, if you’d like to add some additional fun, here are some of my recommendations for add-on goodies:

Washi tape*





Paper clips*

Getting Started

Before you dive in (I know, I know, you want to get started!), you should do some research.  Check out bulletjournal.com for an introduction (and some helpful videos!) for bujo basics.

Then, the best place to go is Pinterest.  You can check out our board here to get you started!  Find some spreads you like, find some lists you might want to make, and some doodles you want to try for yourself.  It’s your journal—include whatever you like!

Personally, I find daily task lists to be the most useful, but I’m testing out monthly and weekly for those to-dos that don’t have an assigned day.

Want to add some outside sources to your new Pinterest board?  Check out some of these sites for more ideas:

Productive & Pretty (currently unavailable)

Tiny Ray of Sunshine

Boho Berry

Little Coffee Fox

Life By Whitney

Here are some of my favourite pages, in case you need a little more inspiration:

101 in 1,001 List

Package Tracker

Fruit and Veggie Storage (Reference)

Bucket List

School Supply List

Book and Movie Trackers

Habit Tracker

I also keep a separate notebook for lists and pages pertaining specifically to the blog!  I use it to keep track of my editorial calendar, to-do lists, and expenses.  If you’re a fellow blogger or business owner, try adding some pages to your journal, or start a separate one specifically for your store or site!

Got your inspiration?  It’s time to get started!!

Like Ryder says in the bulletjournal.com videos, the index is the perfect place to start.  Don’t be like me:  leave several pages for the index!  It worked out;  I started a second and third index when the first filled up, then added that index as the last entry in the former.

Then, take the plunge!

The most important piece of advice I can give you in starting your own bullet journal is to let go of perfectionism.  You’ll see amazing, beautiful, supermegafoxyawesomehot images all over the internet.  If that’s your sort of thing, go for it!  If not, don’t stress:  your bujo doesn’t need to look like that!  What’s important is that you like it and that it works for you.  It that involves detailed diagrams and watercolour ombre, good!  If that involves a simple task list written with a pen you got at a job fair, good!

Have you started your bullet journal? Let us know your favourite tips and tricks!

Bullet Journal Basics

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101 in 1,001 Take One

This is my 101 in 1,001 Take One. Check out Take Two here

When I was still at my previous blog, I formed what’s known as a 101 in 1,001 list.  My inspiration came from Kate of Living Colorfully in Copenhagen, who describes it thus:

[101 in 1,001 is] a happy medium between a to-do list and a bucket list. Over the next 1,001 days (or 2.75 years) I will be crossing and checking each item off of my list, making regular progress towards meeting my longer term goals.

After reading her list, I completely fell in love with the idea and have been working on mine ever since!  Naturally, I felt I should share it with you all.

Notice that one of my items is to inspire three others to write lists of their own!  If you find yourself inspired, why not sit down and write one?

101 in 1,001 Take One| For the Sake of Good Taste

Start date: 21 August 2015

End date:  18 May 2018

  1.   Write my 101 in 1,001.
  2. Visit at least five museums I’ve yet to check out in Gettysburg. (1/5; Seminary Ridge Museum)
  3. Try 15 new restaurants.  (15/15 The Ragged Edge (Gettysburg, PA), VLife (New York, NY), White Castle (New York, NY), Waldo’s (Gettysburg, PA), Christine’s Cafe (Gettysburg, PA), The Green Rocket Cafe (Bath, UK), Zizzi Italian (Stratford-Upon-Avon and Cardiff, UK), The Boater (Bath, UK), The Orchard (Frederick, MD), Jane Austen Regency Tearoom (Bath, UK), Acorn (Bath, UK), Boston Tea Party (Bath and Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK), Kazbar (Oxford, UK), The Varsity Club (Oxford, UK), The Swan (London, UK).
  4. Visit a place for the first time.  (About a dozen or so spots throughout the UK!)
  5. Edit a book.
  6. Post 150 blog posts.
  7. Get an internship
  8. Take a dance class.
  9. Try at least 3 new clubs/activities.(3/3; The Mercury Literary Journal, Her Campus, Active Minds)
  10. Update journal at least 60 times.
  11. Take 101 pictures (of actual neat things, not just 50 candid pet shots).
  12. Write 25 letters.  (11/25)
  13. Keep in touch with at least 3 people from freshman year.
  14. Try twenty new recipes.
  15. Get Nanny and Pop back to Gettysburg.
  16. Have a non-journalistic piece published. (Check out my writing website to see for yourself!)
  17. Make Dean’s list again. (Spring 2017)
  18. Make and keep at least five new friends.
  19. But a really nice pair of shoes.
  20. Own something from Tiffany and Co.
  21. See another show on Broadway.
  22. Finish War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
  23. Rewatch the Harry Potter and original Star Wars series.
  24. Finish (or be caught up on) five TV series. (5/5; F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Bob’s Burgers, The Tudors, How I Met Your Mother, Pretty Little Liars)
  25. Help Rachel transition to high school.
  26. Officially declare my public history minor.
  27. Get a smartphone.
  28. Play a game of Monopoly properly.
  29. Have a 21st birthday party.
  30. Find a signature recipe.
  31. Get business cards made.
  32. Have $1,000 or more in savings.
  33. Go on a solo trip.
  34. Get my gun license.
  35. Finish at least 101 books.  (52/101; The Red Pony – John Steinbeck, After the Lost War – Andrew Hudgins, History is in the Land – T.J. Ferguson, Allegiant – Veronica Roth, Social Media – J Wolf, The Hospital on Seminary Ridge at the Battle of Gettysburg, Notes and Views of the War – Dr. James Fulton, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine – Alexandra Kleeman, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – Mindy Kaling, Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Truman Capote, Vegetarian Quick & Easy – Jonathan Vine, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child – John Tiffany, Vegan:  Delicious Low Carb Italian Recipes – Sam Kuma, Self Help:  To Be Me at My Best – Odelia Alexandrovitch, Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Adulthood is a Myth – Sarah Anderson, Andrew’s Brain – E.L. Doctorow, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon, Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus – Clifton Crais, The Time Machine – H.G. Wells, Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen, The Two Gentleman of Verona – William Shakespeare, Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen, The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare, All Quiet On the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque, Othello – William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew – William Shakespeare, Hamlet – William Shakespeare, King Lear – William Shakespeare, The Tempest – William Shakespeare, Une Tempeste – Aime Cesaire, Draft No. 4 – John McPhee, Storm of Steel – Ernst Junger, Gregor the Overlander [Books 1-5] – Suzanne Collins, New American Best Friend – Olivia Gatwood, This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald, How Race is Made – Mark Smith, For Cause and Comrades – James McPherson, The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson is Dead – Jane Langton, Country Sentiment  – Robert Graves, Fairies and Fusiliers – Robert Graves, The Love of the Last Tycoon – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur, Natural Disaster – Ginger Zee, Depression and Other Magic Tricks – Sabrina Benaim, Daddy Long Legs – Jean Webster)
  36. Visit the Cashtown Inn.
  37. Go abroad.
  38. Learn a new skill.
  39. Be ready to graduate from Gettysburg College.
  40. Successfully run a 5K.
  41. Meet someone famous.
  42. Take a group of friends on a paranormal investigation.
  43. Make a really good batch of cookies.
  44. Make someone’s day.
  45. See five “must-see” movies for the first time.
  46. Beat a video game.
  47. Stargaze.
  48. Find out my blood type.
  49. Ride a horse.
  50. Take a self-defence class.
  51. Adopt a rescue pet. (read all about my kitten, Fitz!)
  52. Give a waiter a great tip for a job well done.
  53. Make pasta from scratch.
  54. Go to an MLB game.
  55. KonMari my life.
  56. Watch a sunrise.
  57. Buy something without looking at the price tag.
  58. Memorise at least three poems.
  59. Make homemade hummus.
  60. Go to the farmer’s market.
  61. Take a formal tour of the battlefield again.
  62. Visit a new historic site. (Stonehenge, UK)
  63. Feature three guest posts.
  64. Guest post on two other blogs.
  65. Solve a health issue.
  66. Go to church at least 10 times.
  67. Attend a reading at the Ragged Edge.
  68. Write & send thank-you notes.
  69. Be in top 20 of Gettysburg reviewers on Trip Advisor.
  70. Comment on 25 different blogs.
  71. Make homemade salad dressing.
  72. Get a passport.
  73. Go to three Bullets sporting events.
  74. Vary passwords and update log accordingly.
  75. Buy an “actual” lottery ticket.
  76. List items in my dorm and at home.
  77. Send someone flowers.
  78. Tour the Yuengling brewery.
  79. Go to Knoebel’s.
  80. Successfully wear heels.
  81. Back up my computer to an external hard drive.
  82. Read Jane Austen’s complete works.
  83. DIY something.
  84. Get a credit card.
  85. Eat an orchard-fresh apple.
  86. Learn how to ride a bike.
  87. Make a Pinterest recipe (successfully).
  88. Make a (real) will.
  89. Have my name legally changed.
  90. Learn how to play chess.
  91. Return to the Renaissance Faire.
  92. Go to a concert.
  93. Complete photo albums.
  94. Get a period photo taken in town.
  95. Spend a day watching Disney movies.
  96. Pet-sit for someone.
  97. Put $5 into savings for each item crossed off.
  98. Blog about a minimum of 50 of these.
  99. Try five new hairstyles.
  100. Inspire three others to make a 101 in 1,001 list.
  101. Finish all 101 items.

So, ready to make a 101 in 1,001 list of your own?  Let me know!

Want to help me with mine, but don’t feel like writing your own?  If you’re a blogger, why not guest post here on For the Sake of Good Taste, or ask for a post for your site?

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