Hi everyone and welcome back.
I hope you had a very lovely Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends over the festive period. It is 2019 and the start of a new year. and I am finding it quite scary that we are over a week in already.
2018 for me was a year of weddings (my own, and 3 of my close friends where I was Maid of Honour and Bridesmaid), hen parties and a lot changed at my work.
I am finding as I get older, time not only moves too fast but is also highlighting all the things I am missing out on. I am a self-confessed workaholic who puts everything I can into my work or passions but it has left the rest of my life taking a side line and by September 2018, I was effectively running off steam.
We had an incredible time hosting Christmas and it was such fun to enjoy buffet food and not worry about the gluten (see my blog post coming Sunday on my top tips for avoiding gluten at buffets or meals with family and friends).
Taking the time off between Christmas and New Year was definitely what we needed to recover and reflect on 2018 and prepare for 2019. 2019 is filled with a lot of big changes for me. I am starting a new job, moving house so we are closer to family and celebrating our wedding on a 2 week cruise around the Caribbean.
It is all go, go, go for the first part of the year. I love this time of year because it gives me a chance to reflect on the year just gone, how I coped, what I can improve on as I grow and set my intentions for the year.
Normally, I simply write lists but this year I have really gotten into bullet journaling so I thought I would share my Plan With Me in case this helps or inspires you to get excited for this year.
I have quite a few goals for 2019 as listed below.
- Move closer to family.
- Sell our house.
- Move house.
- Save an emergency fund.
As you can see, my big goals for the year mainly centre around our move down South to be closer to family. My other half and I met at college and started dating shortly afterwards.
Both of our families live close to each other but when it came to decide where we should live after university, I was firmly against living in our local area.
As a result, we ended up 3 hours away from family. While this was a fun challenge in our early 20’s to see if we could live away from family and allowed my career to progress, I am starting to feel the strain and the separation as I am getting older.
We have discussed the idea of moving for over a year, and 2019 is hopefully going to be the year this goal changes from dream to reality. To do so, we have separated this into smaller goals including: apply and get a new job each, sell the house, find a new house and move.
It will be expensive but we are looking forward to the journey and destination.
As you can see, the big dream is to move down but there are other little projects/ habits I would like to work on this year.
If you saw my blog post in August, you will know I undertook a No-Spend challenge from 1st January 2018 – 31st December 2018. I am currently working on a blog post summing up my journey to move away from fast fashion and overspending, so please stay tuned for that.
Take your time
If you have any habits/ projects you want to work on, my first piece advice is to not rush everything. I am a Class A Perfectionist, very goal orientated and more than a little bit stubborn and with past New Year goals.
I would set myself 8 things to change or adjust in 1 month, get deflated when I inevitably broke them in the first week and would promptly fall off the wagon. If I learnt one thing from successfully completing my No-Spend Challenge, it was to pace myself.
Researchers say it can take up to 30 days before new habits start to form and it is best to only focus on 1 or 2 things at a time. With this in mind, I am using my new bullet journal to keep track of my behaviours using charts and so far, I am enjoying the progress.
Pick a New Year goal you actually get excited about
My next piece of advice would be to choose a habit/ project you actually enjoy. I can not even begin to tell you how often “go to the gym” would be more top New Year resolution before this year because I thought this was what you were supposed to do.
There is just one problem with this; I hate the gym. I cannot stand the changing rooms and find nothing more tiresome than cycling nowhere or running nowhere. Now if you are not like me and love the gym, then go for it. I am not saying you shouldn’t go to the gym if you love it; what I am advising is to pick a goal you enjoy.
For me, I am taking part in the Yoga with Adriene – 30 Days of Yoga Dedicate challenge via YouTube videos. I love yoga and find Adriene caters to all types of yogis; from the complete beginner to the more advanced.
Her teaching focuses on being in the present moment and enjoying the journey, not the destination (the final “perfect” pose) which is a vibe I really want to continue into 2019.
Create a dream list
My final piece of advice when setting New Year goals is to create a dream list of things you want to do this year. I have only started doing this when planning my 2019 but I am already loving the idea.
Looking back on 2018, I felt my year was focused on weddings and I didn’t really get the chance to take some time away to explore new things.
Now, I have a bucket list but I don’t want it to be something that I just get around to some day. Instead, I wanted to see if I could complete a few things off this year.
On this list for 2019 includes: going to a classical music concert, go ziplining and visit the Shard in London but it does not have to all include “Once in a Lifetime” experiences.
My list also contains: go to a Spa and get a back massage, go to an ice hockey match and do a sponsored walk. The list should reflect you and what you want to do so get planning and enjoy.
There you go!
Thank you for taking the time to read Lifestyle 2019: my goals and top tips for planning the New Year. I hope this blog helps you create a life you want to live and enjoy it.
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