*insert cliche statement about how fast the year has gone*
Seriously though, 2019? For what can only be described as a transitional year for me, 2018 has been one hell of a ride. I can’t even begin to believe where I started in 2018 and where I am now.
I ended up scrapping my New Years resolutions the 3rd week into the year as you do, but looking back on my initial goals for 2018 I’ve actually achieved a 1/3 of those which I’m pretty pleased with as lets face it I’ve been setting the same goals each year like stop my face looking like a pizza and eat better for the last 10 years. I see a pattern here.
But in a nutshell, petty goals aside, I’m now in a completely new job (I don’t like calling it a job as it’s actually my passion, and my purpose in life – get the sick bucket), I’m surrounded by inspirational people on a daily basis and by people that love and bring out the best in me, I cut many toxic, unsupportive people out of my life in 2018 who were bringing me down, I finally live with and get to share my life with James in Plymouth, I finally cut my hair off and donated it to an amazing, amazing cause and as I sit looking out of my beautiful apartment window at the sea, everything feels just right. The pieces of my puzzle have finally slotted into place and I’m so ready to launch myself into 2019.
It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a few little goals to set that I’ll hopefully achieve, or won’t, but as my life is basically held together by to do lists, New Years resolutions have always worked for me, and oh do I love a challenge.
Here’s 6 things for 2019….
1. Give Up Dairy
I’m going to be doing a VLOG on this and the many reasons why I’m doing it, but to summarise why it’s purely for my acne and asthma. There are many studies that have proven the link to dairy and asthma, it’s a fact that it creates mucus and congestion and after semi doing it this January I had never felt better. I’ve also done so much research on the link between dairy and acne, naturally as I give up dairy my sugar intake is going to vastly decrease which is going to help me on so many levels. Bye bye pizza </3
2. Clear Up My Acne
I’ve struggled so much with my skin since my summer holiday and it’s getting to breaking point where I don’t want to meet up with friends as I’m worried about what people think and the harsh lighting that’s like HEY let’s make your skin like x 1000 times worse. That’s cute.
I’ve come to the realisation that the problem is not my skincare or the makeup I’m using and it’s definitely an internal issue. I’m going to be starting by giving up dairy and cutting my sugar intake back massively in the hope that it will help my skin to detox. Well, that’s my starting point anyway. I have plenty of before pictures, so an after picture would be nice at some point next year…
3. Start Saving Again
Come March I will have been in my apartment for 2 years! Whilst I currently couldn’t imagine living anywhere else I’ve had 2 years of enjoying my freedom without having to save and splurging on things that I want, but now I’m ready to batten down the hatches and start saving again.
The aim is to save up for a house deposit from scratch again and keep my flat on as a long term lease or air b n b property, I couldn’t imagine letting go of my apartment. I love setting myself a savings challenge so this time next year who knows where I’ll be with it!
4. Learn Photoshop
I use a lot of free editing apps that are much easier than Photoshop but I’ve sort of mastered Lightroom this year for just editing photos but photoshop itself is still such an unknown to me.
I can watch youtube tutorials and stare at the screen continuously and still not know what anything means. I’m going to make a conscious effort to put more time into learning this new skill which will be beneficial to me on so many levels. If you know of any courses or sites that I should check out then please let me know in the comments below!
5. Focus On Myself
Towards the end of the year I’ve noticed that I’m worrying over the smallest things and sometimes getting anxious in social gatherings. I had social anxiety badly about 6 years ago but luckily managed to battle through it. There seems to be a lot of things that have made the decline throughout December which I must put down to poor diet, slowing down my exercise, social media, people in general and feeling down about my skin. All of it results in a vicious circle that feeds on it more and more. You cannot believe the link between exercise and good food has on your mental health.
I’ve already identified the areas that cause this so I’m actively going to revert back to normal in January (the cheese and chocolates won’t eat themselves), I’m not going to eat out at all in January, mostly because of the dairy free thing and I’m definitely going to be switching off from my phone more.
6. Get Back Into Blogging
I seemed to turn a corner earlier this year with blogging and rediscovered my passion and love for it. Whilst people in ‘social media’ can say that the future is video blah blah blah, whilst I obviously agree that easier to consume content is more relevant nowadays, I ultimately blog for myself.
I’ve never been here for the freebies or the followers (altho that can be great too) I purely love to write. Why would you suddenly give a hobby up that you love because people aren’t reading anymore or the market isn’t there for it anymore?). I love recording my life and looking at how far I’ve come, plus, I’ve not just paid a £130 WordPress renewal fee for no reason, huh?
So there we go, let’s hope I last longer than 3 weeks next year! I’m just going to leave you with the fortune cookie reading I broke into last night which pretty much sums up my year and how I want to enter 2019 ‘You will be fortunate in the opportunities presented to you’.
What are you hoping for in 2019?