Happy New Year! I hope you had a fantastic New Year’s Eve and have plans to recharge today. I bought some ingredients to make black-eye pea soup, for good luck!
Have you set your New Year’s resolutions? Goals are really important to me, and they’ve really helped me in that past few years. Goals help me stay focused and be a little more productive throughout the year, so that when the year ends, I don’t have that feeling that I wasted another year.
Here were my goals from 2018:
- Raise the standard
- Get more involved in ZTA
- Don’t wait for tomorrow
- Attend an estate sale
- Write, just to write
- Treat yoself
- Take a road trip to Marfa, Texas
- Pay off two more credit cards
- Less time on social media + less social comparison
- Meditate + show up for yourself
- Don’t try and please everyone
You can read more about my 2018 goals (why, what they mean, etc.) here. I did all of these things, minus attend an estate sale, so I’m putting that on my 2019 goals list.
There were also tons of things I did last year that were not on my goals list – but I think they all fall under “Don’t wait for tomorrow.”
So, after lots of thinking, here are my goals for 2019:
Attend an Estate Sale
I’m disappointed I didn’t do this last year, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I have no clue how to go about getting it done. How do I find out about estate sales? Do I need to have lots of cash on-hand when I go? Is it only pricier items? If you know the answer to any of these, I would appreciate your advice!
Last year, I vowed to be on social media less, and in some ways, I was. But I also realized that as a Digital Marketer, it doesn’t really do me much good to be NOT in a digital space. Instead, I want to be more intentional when I get on social media – I want to connect with more people, actually messaging, commenting, and making sure I’m putting out quality content that is useful for those following me. Before, I’ve spent lots of time mindlessly scrolling, but now, I want to use my social media to my benefit, and if I like something, I want to let that person know instead of just continuing to scroll.
Keep Actively Living
I basically made 2018 my year of “Active Living” because of my constant effort to throw myself into my life, and it worked. So I want to keep up that spirit, keep living for today (but still planning for tomorrow). Life is what I make it, not what happens to me.
Get to San Francisco
I’m heading to London in March, but I think I’m due for a bout of West Coast flavor. I’ve been thinking about visiting San Fran (I’ve never been) for a few years and it’s time I get there and see what it’s all about. I’m thinking fall? Does anyone know when the best time of year to go is?
I faced a lot of fears last year, but there’s others that I’ve been putting aside. I haven’t been to a dance class in months… I feel scared to jump back in, but I need to. I get social anxiety, so I’ve always avoided networking events, or most things that would put me in a situation to meet new people. I want to dabble in those spaces this year.
Make Time for Creativity
This also goes with “Write, just to write”. As a creative, you have to give yourself space and time to actually BE creative! I’ve had this blog for 9 years now, and each post has happened because of brainstorming, or because I’ve had that spur-of-the-moment thought of, “I should blog about that!”
Don’t Contribute to Credit Card Debt
I paid off two credit cards last year and… there’s still more to go. But the truth is, all of my remaining balances are too big for me to reasonably pay them off in a year. But, I’m going to do my best to not add to my current debt. I’m happy to say that all of my travels last year = no credit card debt. I feel so guilty when I use one anyway, and I’m happy to be getting some sort of grip on this debt.
Develop a Useful Morning Routine
I always see these articles about things successful people do whether it’s before bed or on the weekends, blah, blah. But recently, I’ve seen articles about things you can do in the morning to improve the day ahead. I’ve noticed that if I DO get up on time, or earlier, than I have time to have a leisurely breakfast or start a load of laundry before work, and that makes me feel ready to conquer! So, I want to try a few things that may create a good start for my day.
Change Your Thinking
I’ve been thinking a lot about my initial reaction to things. Such as, when things don’t work as planned, I get terrible anxiety and freak out. Instead, I want to focus on the things that went right, and let it go. Or, if a person disappoints me, I don’t want to assume the worst. Perhaps assume the best and see where that gets me.
In 2018, my apartment complex gave every resident a recycle bin and we have a valet service so you can just put the bin outside your door (as long as your items are in a clear bag) and they will pick it up for you. I was too lazy to get clear bags, but we do have a recycle area onsite, so I’ve started, but I want to make this a better habit – our planet needs it!
Get Back to Podcasts
I used to listen to podcasts almost 24/7 and I got lots of useful information and entertainment out of it. Over the holidays, I listened to the “Dirty John” podcast and loved it! I have a LIST of podcasts I’ve been wanting to listen to, so I want to get back to that this year. If you’ve got podcasts you think I should listen to, send them my way!
…I actually have ONE more goal for 2019, but I’m saving it for tomorrow’s post because it coincides with a kinda BIG announcement I’ll be sharing.
But, until then, I’d love to hear about your goals – what are you looking to accomplish this year?