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Guess who’s back? That’s right, I failed blogmas. But it’s a new day, a new month, and a whole new year. So let’s make this year count!
Christmas has been and gone. The new year has been welcomed in, and with it many of us are asking how we can better ourselves over the next 365 days. It seems so many when you break it down into days, never mind the hours. Just think what we could get done in 8760 hours if we didn’t need to sleep or eat, or if the drive to procrastinate wasn’t so strong? I know I would love to be one of those people who does everything they set their mind to.
I was going to take a look back at 2018 in more detail, but it really was a good year. Starting the year off by living back at home, no money, no job, and no real connection to anything, I really do have to admit that 2018 has been a good year. I was offered a permanent position with a company after only 1 day of being there on a temporary contract. I started to explore the blogging events in Northern Ireland, and met some really lovely people through it. I started an Open University course, and spent my birthday lying by the pool in Ibiza. I went to my first ever live Six Nations game, saw both Ed Sheeran and Michael Buble in concert, and did a fair amount of travelling. I bought a car, started to get my finances in order, and became more “adult”. There were a few shows in the theatre, a lot of cinema trips, good nights out, and just generally a decent year.
While it was a good year, all things considered, I was looking back at last years’ resolutions. I really don’t think I achieved any of them overall, but I will go through it all for you below.
2018 Resolutions Recap
Drink more water.
I did manage this I think! But not as well as I would hope.
Exercise at least once a week.
Yeah this was a no… whoops.
Lose 3½ stone in weight to reach my goal weight.
Well before Christmas I was so close to my goal… but I doubt I’m as close now! So this was another no.
Meditate or use my “Breathe” app daily.
Wow I actually achieved this one! And I have really found it helped.
Sleep 7 hours a night.
Lol I wish… nah, but we can always try!
Read 24 books
According to my GoodReads, I read 13 this year, which really is a lot better than I thought!
Create and work from a bullet journal.
Done! And I’ve started one for this year too.
Keep up old friendships
Somewhat? I’m an awful person for keeping in touch with people. Sorry!
Find a hobby/class I enjoy.
I actually joined a choir, does that count? I’m going to count it!
Watch 52 films this year.
I think I managed this? I forgot to track them all, so while I possibly have achieved 52 films, I couldn’t be entirely sure.
Reach 650 blog followers, 10,000 Twitter followers, and 1,000 Instagram followers.
Well at the time of writing this (Monday 31st December 2018 at 3:16pm), I have 630 blog followers, 9197 on Twitter, and 1168 Instagram followers. So 1 out of 3. Ah well, stats aren’t everything!
Create and stick to a blogging schedule.
This was a bit of a fail, but ah well. It came and went.
Work with more brands/companies/authors in the way of reviews and sponsored posts.
Well there were certainly a few different ones, but not as many as I would’ve liked. However, I don’t think I would have coped with more.
Figure out and grow my Pinterest.
I certainly managed this! Just a shame I still haven’t quite figured it all out, but I’ll get there eventually.
Go to blogger meet-ups and events.
I did this! Yay!!!
Does it count as a fail if I got 7 out of 15? I dunno. But with all that in mind, I’d better tell you what I hope to achieve in 2019!
Cut down on caffeine and drink more water.
Reach goal weight.
Sleep 7 hours a night.
Read 12 books.
Find a new class/hobby to take up.
Do something new each month.
Reach the below milestones:
Twitter – 10,500 followers
Blog – 750 followers
Instagram – 1500 followers
Pinterest – 350 followers
Post here 4 times a month
Increase my DA (currently at 21)
Go to more events
Visit one new country in Europe.
Book a weekend city break somewhere different (possibly transatlantic?).
Spend more time in Scotland visiting Rachel and friends.
Go on more adventures!
So there you have it – 16 goals for the year. I’m also using the Stop, Continue and Start system in my bullet journal to help break these goals down into more bite-size chunks.
But now that we have my goals for 2019 laid out, maybe I should set some goals for January? I think so.
January 2019 Goals
Save money. I have a specific amount I want to save this month, but forgive me if I don’t broadcast it across the internet!
Exercise for 90 minutes a week
And yes, taking a family walk will count towards this! Although this breaks down to 15 minutes a day, so it should be manageable.
Drink water instead of coffee
The amount of coffee we drink in work is scary, so I want to make a start in cutting down my caffeine by drinking either green tea or water instead of a fresh cup of coffee each time the kettle is boiled.
Read one book
I got Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty for Christmas, and there’s a new Sarah Knight book out that I would love to get myself – if my budget allows me to! You Do You was a brilliant read, so I can’t wait to get my hands on this new book – Calm The F*ck Down.
Post once a week
Once we get back into a basic routine, we can maybe consider upping it. However, until I get back into blogging consistently, we will have to settle for once a week. Does that sound fair?
What goals have you all set yourself, either for 2019 in general or just this month? Share them below – maybe we can help you reach them!
All that’s left for me to say is Happy New Year, and I hope 2019 is good to you all. May you and your families have a healthy and happy 2019.
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