2019 has started and I’m sure there are people who have given up on their New Year, New Me plans already. Don’t worry if you have, I’m not the type of person to judge. I have plans just like everyone else, but I’m going to let you into a little secret: you haven’t failed your new year resolutions until the next year rolls around. So you have the next 12 months to get those resolutions rolling.
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With this in mind, I would like to share with you what I am expecting to have achieved by the time midnight rolls around on 31st December 2019. Have I messed up already? Yes, of course I have. Am I going to beat myself up over it and throw the plan and the resolutions out the window? Absolutely not, and neither should you if you have messed up already.
Before I dive into what my resolutions are, I will give you a bit of advice that might help you to adjust or make any resolutions for 2019. Be aware of what is happening in your family life. That might sound really weird but it is one of the best ways to make resolutions and stick with them. For example, one of my kids will be doing her exams this year and heading off to do her A levels. Meanwhile, I have a boy who has joined the senior part of primary school and is expanding his interests with choir and ju-jitsu. The two big ones are easy enough (in theory). But, I have a toddler and will have a new baby, and both of them will be in the house with me 24/7 for this year. The toddler might get into pre-pre-nursery at the end of the year but that is a full 9 months away. These two little ones will be very time consuming so I have to make plans around them. I can’t plan on full-blown world domination when I’m running on a few hours of sleep with a newborn.
Keep in mind, what I have just said is about my family. This doesn’t take into account anything to do with my mum, my brother, or my in-laws. Or my friends and my kid’s friends. Humans are social creatures and we need to spend time with others and be there for them if needs be. So don’t make loads of resolutions that will cut you off from everyone, unless that is the plan (no judgement, you do you). Plus, there is no point in making unattainable resolutions. While it would be nice to get out for a run every day, it won’t happen for me. Taking my family and kids into account, I would fail that resolution before I even get it going and that would make me feel like a failure. Maybe I can manage once a week pounding the pavements and (if the plan is to exercise every day) spend the rest of the week trying out different exercises. You see? Adjust, adapt, overcome.
Blog Post Every Day
If you can’t tell, I’ve messed this one up already. Since the beginning of January, I haven’t managed to blog every day. In fact, I took time off over Christmas and nothing was posted. Since then, I have had a problem getting back into the groove and staying on top of the site. It has been pure laziness on my part. I could have gotten stuff sorted but chose not too. I have no-one to blame but myself. But, on the flip side of this, I can think of it this way- as long as I get a minimum of 365 posts up for 2019, then I will have succeeded. Hopefully, I will get my finger out and get stuff sorted and content scheduled for your viewing pleasure.
Write 2 Books
My first book was made available for pre-order in November last year and I am nearly finished my second. I could get it finished if I got my finger out of my backside and took the time to sit and get it finished. But, just like the blog posts, I fell out of my routine when I took time off over Christmas. Why two books? Well, I have nearly finished one book and if I got organised, I could do another as I have the bare-bones of about 20 others that are just waiting to be transformed into something suitable for humans to read. With having two little humans in the house all day, I don’t want to over-extend myself in 2019 and fall flat on my face.
Making £10k per month
Ok, this might seem like a really big one, but it isn’t impossible. Over the last year, I started making money with my site, although I’m not sure what those exact figures are. Now that the book is about to be released and I (sort of) know what I am doing to make the site profitable, I feel it is time to set some income goals. Is £10k per month too much of a stretch? Probably, but I would rather be sitting back at the end of 2019 and seeing even just a portion of that than seeing nothing because I didn’t set a goal. And, even though it might seem like a massive number, it isn’t impossible. There are loads of bloggers and writers who are making this amount, there are some bloggers and writers who consider this to be chump change. So, big amount but not impossible.
20 Park Runs
I am terrible for not attending my local Park Runs. Ok, fair enough, I’m heavily pregnant, but I won’t be for much longer. So, for 2019 I have planned to get out and run more. I would love to try out some different courses and do some Park Run Tourism, but for this year I will settle for 20 runs. Why 20? With having a new baby, I will need a month or two to recover. Trust me, I ran 10k not long after having my last baby and it was “an experience” to say the least. I know I have no mission of making it every week but I would be happy if I could manage to get out for at least 20 runs, that’s about 6 months worth of Park Runs.
At least one trip away
I rarely get a holiday. My trip to London was the closest I have had to a holiday in years, and it was the first time I was on a plane in about 12 years. Yes, I am aware of how sad that is, so I’ve decided to step out of my comfort zone and get my butt on a holiday. Because there will be a new baby, I’m thinking about a trip to a holiday camp in England or Scotland for summer 2019. We had planned on going to Greece for a family wedding but we can’t go because of the eldest and her GCSE’s. The wedding is slap-bang in the middle of exam season.
What are your goals for the year? Are you working on your health and fitness? Or are you wanting to revamp your entire life with a career change? Let me know in the comments what your plans are and how you are getting on with them.