Happy New Year!!
I have thought long and hard about what my first post of 2019 should be about. I thought about a list of New Year’s resolutions, a wishlist of all the beauty products I want to buy, I even thought about a bucket list because this year I turn 30! The big 3 0!! I came to the conclusion that actually none of these would make a good post as I didn’t feel like I could relate to them at this stage of the New Year. To be honest, I don’t want to write a list of all my New Year’s resolutions because I don’t want to put any unnecessary pressure on making sure I achieve whatever I decided to write.
Last year I posted a list of what I wanted to achieve in 2018, and I found that I actually achieved the vast majority of them in my own time and at my own pace. I wouldn’t call this list a New Year’s resolutions but a list of positive life changes I want to make over the next 12-month period.
This is where I am going to start this post. A reflection of that 2018 list and what I actually did achieve in 2018, before I can think about what I want from 2019.
- Get back into regular fitness and pilates – I achieved this until around September when my amazing Pilates instructor went off sick and my gym didn’t replace her, so I took up Yoga at home and Gym once a week minus the last 8 weeks my routine was very out of sorts and I struggled – but I’m back to it this week!
- Work on my blog and work to start hitting more blog achievements – I blogged throughout the year with content I wanted to share and with some amazing brand collaborations, I didn’t hit any of my statistical goals but hey ho, it is what it is!
- Declutter negative friends and family – A big massive tick to this, I finally found peace with negative people in my life and honestly this isn’t even an issue anymore. For many years this affected my mental health and depression was my best friend. This one achievement alone has made me a much happier and positive person.
- Practice regular meditation – I have fallen in love with Mindfulness, I even wrote a post which you can find here all about my journey with mindfulnes. Meditation has helped me in more ways than I could have imagined. I stress less, worry less, sleep better and have more control over my thoughts and feelings.
- To start reading more (making more time to sit and do this) – In 2018 I read 8 books. I didn’t set myself a target but I’m so proud of myself for taking the time to sit and read and rekindle my love for reading novels.
- Make time for regular family days out with the kids – Family time is precious and this year unfortunately we wasn’t able to have a summer holiday abroad so we made sure we had lots of family days out and made some incredible memories.
- See my close friends more often – As much as I could, I saw my close friends, especially those who have children, we had many play dates, park days and lunches. Somedays I still can’t believe we are all parents!
- Practice self-care more often – I spent 2019 focusing on myself, I tried to reconnect my mind and body and honestly it was a tough journey with health problems, self-doubt and little struggles. I always made time to look after myself, I wrote a list of things I like to do here.
- Learn to love myself again!- This one is debatable, I’m not sure I achieved this one at all! I’ve struggled with certain things about myself and honestly while I sit here and think about it now, I put too much pressure on myself and what ‘loving myself’ actually means. This is one thing I will be exploring and focusing on this year!
So now, on to what I want to achieve in 2019…
- I want to embrace becoming a vegetarian and experiment with new recipes and flavours.
- I want to continue reading regularly
- I want to keep active with gym sessions and yoga. I want to tone up and reach this goal before my 30th in June.
- I want to explore a new career, taking myself onto a new path and a journey I’m really excited to take.
- Keep writing daily in my journal/ planners – self-reflection
- I want to love myself for me, I want to become comfortable in my own skin, believe in everything I want to achieve and most importantly believe in myself.
- Lastly, I want to continue with all the positive achievements I’ve already mentioned going forward to make it my everyday life and not just a point on a list I once wrote. I’m proud with how far I’ve come mentally and psychically but of course there is always room for more positivity in our lives. I want to remain as this positive and happier person because in truth, I am responsible for my own happiness and I will continue to be in control.
Wishing you all the best for 2019, I hope you achieve whatever goals, dreams and even New Year’s resolutions you make for yourself.
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