Yes, I’m still behind the times. Mid January might seem late to some to set 2019 Goals but I have to work two jobs at Christmas so I get behind on everything, be nice to me please!
You’ll have seen in my last post that I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I find them oppressive.
However, I do want to build a habit of goal setting and being more ambitious. I also think that today, on Blue Monday, is a pretty good day to get myself motivated to combat the winter blues and start the year in a positive way.
I work well when given a deadline
I’m not saying I’m the kind of person that hands assignments in two weeks before they’re due. I’m more of a “perfecting at the last minute” kinda gal but I do find it helpful to keep me organised.
The last couple of years I’ve felt like I’ve been coasting along. Not going nowhere, just enjoying the ride.
Time is moving on
I’m over 30 now and there’s some seriously big things I want out of life so I need to knuckle down now and get organised!
There’s four main areas that I want to separate my goals into. This will allow them to be more specific but I’ll also feel less pressure somehow!
2019 Goals List
You can use this as a guide, or you can just sit back and laugh at my ridiculous ideas. Are you the kind of person who will have a 2019 Goals Planner or a 2019 Goals Bullet Journal? Or are you a disorganised random like me?
2019 Goals | Blog
Honestly Holly will turn 1 this year and I want to ramp it up! This first 9 months have been a very slow learning curve for me. So here’s what I want to achieve with my blog this year.
- Create a welcome email for new subscribers
- Hit 10k views overall (currently on just under 3k)
- Make my first affiliate sale
- Develop my own photography & editing style
- Bag my first brand collaboration
You’ll see only one of these is super specific. I work a 9 to 6 job Monday to Friday, I live in a pub which I end up working in when it’s super busy. My family and friends all live quite far away. I have a gym membership. I can’t force myself to spend all my time outside of work on my blog, as much as I’d love to!
2019 Goals | Home
Once upon a time, I was A Party Girl. I worked in a nightclub. Then when I got a real job, I still spent three nights a week partying. Now, I consider myself retired from the party scene. I love a good cocktail bar but nightclubs just aren’t my scene.
My home is definitely my new nightclub. I love being at home. I love the peace and comfort. I love having my girlfriend near; even if she’s working she’s only a couple of floors away. One of my favourite things in the whole world is to snuggle with the puppy on the sofa and watch Netflix.
BUT there’s a LOT left to do on our flat. The carpets are in process but the rest… Boy it’s overwhelming. So I’ve limited my 2019 house goals as much as possible so I don’t lose the plot over garden furniture.
- Paint bedroom
- Replace crumbly wardrobe with hanging rail & chest of drawers
- New curtains in all rooms
- Set up spare room
- Build (or buy) garden furniture
I also want to invest a lot in towels. Not just for us, but Guest Towels too because I think that would make me a proper grown up.
2019 Goals | Friends and Family
Last year was a lot for me. Between going away, moving house and generally dying of anxiety every third week, I felt like I didn’t see enough of my friends and family. Having to try and plan activities around work, and M’s schedule so I still get to spend time with her, makes it really tough. Especially when most of my friends live the other side of London and my family are two hours away!
This year, I want to focus on being a better daughter, sister, auntie and friend:
- See family minimum once a month. Especially the nephew because he’s the best
- Have a catch up with my friends in Hastings at least every 3 months
- Host dinner at mine for my Sausage Girls (long story)
- Have a sleepover with all 3 of my best girls. Currently only ever managing to get 3 out of 4 of us in a room at once!
- Take my mum for afternoon tea
We all chat in WhatsApp groups day and night. I love having a never-ending stream of conversations with friends and family and I’m so grateful for technology. But nothing beats a night in with Chinese food, gin and laughing till you cry!
2019 Goals | Life & General
Some of the other things that have been floating about the swamp that is the depths of my brain…. just… can’t be put into a category. I can’t pin down half of it anyone. I need a pensieve like Dumbledore.
- Go to the gym at least once a week
- Eat less meat
- Have one proper date with M once a month
- Be more philanthropic
- Watch more documentaries
- Read more non-fiction books
I’m getting on a bit and I’m no super model. I need to take better care of my body so I can live a long life. Taking care of the planet is also important, so my babies and their babies can have happy healthy lives too!
Do you set goals?
This is my first year ever actually setting myself serious goals. I always have vague ideas in my head and then, obviously, they never come to anything.
If you have any tips or tricks on how to keep on track, I’d be very much up for getting some advice!