Happy 2019, lovelies! As I was laying in bed and recovering from New Year’s Eve, I decided to think about what goals I had for 2019. I know this is usually when I go on and on about these huge goals I have for the new year, like losing weight or suddenly becoming someone who likes fitness and kale smoothies, but this year I wanted to be a bit more realistic. So I’ve gathered up the following goals that I really believe I can achieve this year:
Growing My Blog
I’ve always considered lovely in grey and my writing to be more of a side project that I worked on whenever I had the time or the drive. But this year, I’d really like to dedicate a lot more time and effort into lovely in grey to help it grow and take advantage of the creative outlet that it provides. I’d love to not only get more consistent with my writing but also dive a little more into the fashion side of blogging and try my hand at getting more involved in the photography for it as well. I fully intend on treating lovely in grey more like a part-time job than a hobby in 2019, and I can’t wait to see how it grows!
In 2018, my biggest regret was not traveling enough. I tend to feel guilty when I take time off of work or just to myself, to be honest, so this year one of my biggest goals is to take the time off and travel. It’s not good for our mental health to always be working and “on duty,” and I am lucky enough to work at an agency that encourages us to take time off. So whether it’s a half day off to get a jump start on a weekend away to Charlotte or a week off to go and explore the side streets of Paris, I am really hoping that 2019 involves much more travel for me. (And if you have any travel suggestions, please let me know in the comments!)
Anyone else guilty of never saying no? Just me? Since I am always the one to say yes to new things, new projects, and new opportunities no matter the toll they may take on me, I’ve decided that it’s about time I started looking out for myself. So this year I have resolved to only say yes to things that I know I can handle. I already know that the hardest part of this resolution is going to be reminding myself that just because I say no, does not mean it’s because I can’t take it on – it’s because I’m looking out for my mental health. Because let’s face it, even Wonder Woman can’t do it all.
Taking Control Of My Finances
One of the things that I am really looking forward to this year is actually the financial side of my life. I’ve recently started reading a few financial help books that are really opening my eyes to what it means to be in control of your finances in regard to emergency funds, savings accounts, investments, etc. I’ve learned so much from them, and they are full of great advice, so be ready for some major financial Book Club vibes coming to the blog this year.
Cutting Out Negativity
Whether it’s my inner monologue, people, or experiences, I want 2019 to be about cutting out negativity. I’ve spent a good deal of time thinking about this (in the past two weeks especially), and I think that cutting out crap is where it starts. And that can come from myself, people and experiences. So I’m focusing on making 2019 all about changing habits that make me hold onto or radiate negativity, calling out or cutting off the negative people in my life, and eliminating experiences that make me feel negative for the wrong reasons. Life is hard enough as it is, there’s no need for anyone or anything to add more negativity to it.
Though my hangover is still hanging around even after writing this, I am so excited to make the rest of 2019 a year for the books. What are your 2019 New Year’s resolutions?