I’ve always liked the idea of having a fresh start January 1st. Something about it really energizes me and this year is no exception. 2018 was a crazy year for me with a lot of changes. I battled with my mental health, won an award for my blog, left my stable job to take a chance on my dreams, met my boyfriend, celebrated my 26th birthday, moved in with my boyfriend (and out of my parents’ home for the first time in my life), made new friends and lost some as well, and ended the year with a new writing job. There were lots of ups and downs last year and it’s safe to say it’s a year I will never forget!
While 2018 was pretty kind to me for the most part, there were no shortage of growing pains along the way. As I enter the new year I finally feel calm and like I can catch my breath. I’m so excited for 2019 and think it’s going to be the best year yet! As I do every year, I have written down some goals that I hope to achieve. I thought I’d share them with you today in order to hold myself accountable and maybe even inspire you!
Focus Less on Material Objects
I’m someone who loves to shop and gets excited over getting new things. This is something I want to change though. While there is nothing wrong with liking to shop, I personally want to make more of an effort to create memories and focus on the little things instead of getting the latest eyeshadow palette.
Pay Down My Debt
In a mere three months my car will be paid off, which is such an incredible feeling! It will be so nice to have the extra $300 in my pocket every month and I also want to work towards paying off my credit card debt. As I enter the latter part of my twenties, the idea of owning a house and saving for my future seems far closer than it did when I was in my early twenties. By paying off my debt, I can start saving up for the bigger goals I have.
Focus on my Health
I gained a lot of weight at the beginning of 2018 – most of it for a reason out of my control. I had an IUD put in which caused me to gain a whopping 70 pounds in just two and a half months. Eventually, I discovered this was the cause of my weight gain and had it removed but spent the remainder of the year upset and feeling hopeless. I am so self-conscious as I have never been this heavy or out of shape. Something needs to be done about it thoguh and am making my health a priority in 2019. I am determined to lose the weight and start loving my body, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever done. I also want to focus on eating better and drinking more water.
Be Kind to Myself
I am really hard on myself. I rarely let myself rest and I don’t talk very nicely to myself either. Doing this doesn’t make me get more done or improve the way I see myself. This year I really want to be kind to myself. I plan on doing this by talking nicer to myself, having more self care days, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, letting myself rest when I need to, and checking in with my body to see what it needs more often.
That’s what I have for now! Do you like to set goals for the year ahead? If so, let me know what some of yours are down below!