So we’re already a week into 2019 and although I promised myself not to fall into the trap of setting unrealistic resolutions this year, I have made a list of some small goals that I know are achievable (or at least think they should be) in the next 12 months. I’m not afraid to admit that in the past year I have struggled to stick to things. This is why I’m sharing this list on my blog as a reminder to work towards them and to reflect on in a years time.
Blogging is something I used to absolutely LOVE spending time doing and I want to pick it back up again this year. 2019 is the year of doing more things that make me happy – blogging is one! I’m not setting myself a goal to post once a week or even once a month. I’m setting myself a goal to post more than I did last year and as much as I have the inspiration to.
Get back into photography
Photography comes hand in hand with my goal to blog more! When I was regularly blogging years ago, it meant that I spent more time in taking time with the photography for my blog – setting up product shots, heading outside and exploring more, and just taking more interest into learning the best techniques. I definitely want to do more of this in 2019 to improve the aesthetic of my blog posts. I also want to have more content to share on Instagram (another love of mine) and so this goal will help with that too.
Spend less time on Social Media
Slightly contradictive to the last goal, but one I am determined to achieve. Near the end of 2018 I took a short social media break and felt all the better for it. I think many of us are guilty of spending way too much time on our social media accounts. For some, it is able to completely consume our lives. It may sound strange that I’m aiming to spend less time using it, due to the fact that it is also my job. I am a Senior Social Media Executive so need to be on social media a minimum of 5 days per week. This involves creating content and running paid for social media campaigns. Using social media for personal use is a whole other ball game. This is what eats away at a lot of my free time, which is why it’s the part I want to spend less time doing. This should give me more time to work on achieving the other goals in this list.
Complete my online Wedding Planning Course
I have a real interest in weddings and events and studied events promotion in Brighton for a couple of years. Towards the end of 2018 I started an online course in wedding planning. By the time the year ended I had only completed one unit of it. This year I want to work on my love for events again by completing the course and gaining some more hands on experience in the industry.
Read 5 books
Reading is something I enjoyed and did often when I was younger. It’s also something that, whilst becoming increasingly busier in life, completely got pushed aside. This year I want to set myself a goal to read 5 books I haven’t read before. Know of a good read? Recommendations are welcome!
Watch 50 films
Another past love of mine and something I seemed to have so much time for before. A trip to the cinema (with a tango ice blast of course) or jumping into bed and choosing a film to watch is one of my favourite things to do. I used to make so much effort into knowing about mostly all of the new films in cinema and watching recommended films at home. I want to watch more films in a variety of genres this year and note them all down. More recommendations please!
Drop 2 dress sizes
I have achieved this before and I’m set on doing it again! Relationships are not good for your waistline, let me tell you. Before meeting my ex I had dropped two dress sizes in the space of a year and was feeling the best I had ever felt. Numerous dinner date nights, getaways and pigging out at home meant I went up the 2 dress sizes I lost (of course it did *eye roll*). Now, coming out of that relationship and without the influence of a boyfriend who eats rubbish, I am aiming to get back to how I was feeling before – happier, healthier and the best version of myself.
Raise money for charity
Raising money for charities I care about has been something I have done in the past and want to do more of in 2019. I’m already taking on Dry January this month for Cancer Research UK.. SHOCKER. if you know me you will know how much I love a glass (or bottle… or two) of wine. I’ve set a target of £100 and if you would like to sponsor me you can do so here. The smallest amount really does help and I appreciate any support.
Re-connect with friends/family I haven’t seen in a while
This is another thing that I have had less time to do recently but something that is SO important to me. This year I WILL make more time for those that matter most. This means making an effort to re-connect with family and friends I haven’t seen in a very long time.
Take a trip
I didn’t get the chance to take a proper holiday last year. I never got around to booking anything and also found myself turning into the office on my annual leave. Personally, taking a break is important to keeping me well balanced. I believe that it’s always good for your mental wellbeing to take some well deserved timeout. This year, I plan to take a trip or two. Whether just a weekend getaway or a nice long week away, taking time out is well overdue.
Add at least £3,000 into my savings account
Saving is not something I’m brilliant at. I will save up for something I set my heart on, then spend the money I’ve saved on buying it! This year, I want to buy less and save more. It’s is a good starting point and a realistic goal I know I will achieve. This way, anything else I can put away this year is a bonus.
So, there they are… my goals for 2019, written down and published to the internet. I cannot get away from them now! Who else has set goals for 2019? I’d love to know what they are.
Thanks for reading!