I hope you all had a safe, fun, and relaxing start to the year. Whether you went out or stayed in, I hope that you brought in the new year in the best way for you.
I am honestly kind of excited for this year and I really can’t put my finger on the why. 2018 was a tough year for me. While I had a lot to celebrate (and I have made sure to celebrate those accomplishments) I also had some lows. Those lows have definitely helped me see some things I need to change, but it also showed me how resilient I truly am. I am really proud of how far I’ve come. I know I’m not where I could be yet, but I took a massive leap from the beginning of 2018 to the end, and I think it’s only going to go up from here.
I know you are seeing a ton of New Year Resolutions. The phrase “New year, New me” is everywhere, and honestly…not a fan. If you can say that and stick to it, awesome. Unfortunately, I don’t see many people stick to that. I haven’t stuck to it when I’ve used it. Because of this, I feel like I approach the new year a little differently.
Each year I make goals for myself. I find that goals are things I can get to, and once I reach them I reevaluate to challenge myself more. I have found that these evolve more than a resolution would, and making the goals have helped me have even better years (and grow even more).
So, here are a few of my goals for 2019:
- Read 50 books. This is down a bit from last year, but my reading slowed a bit towards the end of 2018, so I figured just roll with it and I can always adjust and add more.
- Buddy read at least 2 times this year. Obviously I’ll go for more, but I do miss buddy reading and did it way less than I had wanted to last year. I started a Buddy Reading group on twitter (let me know if you want to join!) so I’m hoping that it’s a group I can come back to in search of people to read a book with me.
- Blog 2 times a month. I obviously won’t stop at 2 times a month, but I think trying to establish at least 2 a month will help me get back to it. I miss blogging a lot, but I have found myself not always making the time.
- Read more diversely. I think I did a fairly good job of this last year, but I can always do better. I want to read from a wide range of authors and in a wide range of stories.
- Less screen time. I find myself scrolling through my phone all too much. I would love to be able to not look at my phone for at least a half hour before I go to bed, and to try to set more time limits.
- Budget! We have had some financial bumps, as people do, and instead of just hiding and hoping it goes away I am ready to take it on. My husband and I are cutting some things, limiting other things, and trying to buckle down to pay some stuff down. I am hoping that instead of buying books I will utilize my library more. I am hoping to cook more, do more homemade things, and find more fun date nights in. My husband and I are both fed up and so ready for a change. I think we are finally in the mindset to make it.
- Do a pullup. I have gotten back into working out over the past few year but my upper body strength is severely lacking. I want to do an unassisted pull-up. Once I do that I want to continue to add more.
- Take another trip. I haven’t decided where to, but I want to go somewhere new, or explore somewhere known just a little more, with my husband. Vacations are so good for you, and I think taking a trip this past year was so good for me!
- Focus on eating what makes me feel good. I am a sucker for sweets, a sucker for grease, and a sucker for gluten. None of these things make me feel good unless I watch my portions, and even then they don’t always make me feel good. I want to remind myself that I do like vegetables and food that is a little bit healthier. I want to keep my portions in mind and I want to feel better about myself. Food is such a huge step in that.
- Journal. I think I need to get back on the journaling train. I want to set aside a certain amount of time each day to write. I don’t care what it’s about, I just need to write. 2018 was a year of some high emotions and a year of some drama. I think I would have handled things better if I could have written things out instead of letting them bottle up in my head.
I have more goals, but I think some are less firm goals and more ideas. I want less drama, I want more connections, I want to do more and collect less, I want to make running fun and try a few more races…I have many personal goals that I want to keep to myself too. I am just really feeling the whole mindset of the new year lately, and I am trying my best to embrace it.
What are some of your goals for 2019?