Wednesday, 2 January 2019

New Years Resolutions 2019

Happy New Year everybody! 2019 is here and I hope you all had a tremendously fun New Years Eve and Day and that the year has started off with a positive bang. Now however, it's that time of the year where new years resolutions are one of the most talked about things and so today I am going to share ALL of mine with you. That's right, I have more than one resolution again this year. Last year I had three and only accomplished one of them. This year I have several and hopefully can accomplish at least two on the following list. So here we go, 2019's new years resolutions!

Clear Reduce Debt.

This was probably the first resolution that came to mind towards the end of last year as I have more debt than I care to admit. Well, I say a lot but at least it's just a single credit card debt that's not that massive instead of multiple debts all piling on top of one another. You can see however that I changed my resolution from clearing all my debt to just reducing it, that is because Jordan and I are supposed to be planning our wedding this year and you can hardly plan a wedding without incurring at least some debt. After all, wedding's be expensive. So whilst I would love to be debt free for the first time in years, I came to the very realistic conclusion that it's probably not possible to clear off all debt and plan a wedding at the same time. So my first resolution is to clear off as much debt as possible. 

Plan the wedding. 

Coming hot off the heels of my last resolution, planning our wedding is definitely a close second. So far Jordan and I have both been putting off planning the wedding and for different reasons. Jordan hates making decisions and therefore won't take lead with this wedding planning business and I'm digging my heels in the sand because I have planned one before and remember how horribly stressful it was. I'm not looking forward to going through all that headache and stress again and as a result, I'm not wanting to take lead with all the plans. We both want to get married but neither one of us wants to take control over organising the wedding. So that is why I've made it a resolution hoping it'll motivate us to actually make a start. It's going to be stressful and we're going to worry about money and stuff but it's one very important day in our lives and then we can move on to the next chapter so I'm determined to stop putting it off. 

Lose Weight.

Obvious new years resolutions that most people have really. It's a resolution I had last year but never saw through thanks to my postnatal depression. However, again because we're planning the wedding (or planning on planning it) I want to lose weight so that I look good on our wedding day. I want to get out of the triple digits and feel good about myself again so when I look back through wedding photos, I don't want to cry and burn them all. I know it's going to be hard work and admittedly I'm not the most motivated for the hard work right now but I'm sick and tired of feeling this way. It will be hard to start with but as long as I don't give up this time and actually push through, I should hopefully see some results. Hopefully.

Finish my novel. 

Given how long I've taken on my novel already, I think this one might be a little bit ambitious if I'm honest. It took me two years just to write the first draft so right now, I don't think writing the second and third drafts by October is overly realistic but it is still something I'd like to try and accomplish. I want to start planning the sequel novel in October so that I can start writing the first draft in November as part of NaNoWriMo 2019. In order to focus on the sequel, it would make sense to have the first novel finished. Maybe not published yet but at least have the third draft written and ready for final editing. Again, I do think this one is a bit ambitious but anything is possible right?

Establish a self-care routine.

I've put this resolution lower on the list however I do believe it's probably the most important one. As proven in a post from the end of last year, I don't know how to take care of myself properly. I am terrible at self care. And I want to change that. I need to change that. So does Jordan actually as we're both as bad as each other when it comes to self-care. That's why we've both made it our new years resolutions and we plan on working on it together and supporting and motivating each other. Last year I couldn't take multivitamin tablets that were easier to swallow because I had to take specific giant tablets that were safe for breastfeeding mothers. I couldn't swallow them and as a result, lacked a lot of vitamins that my body really needed. I couldn't use half my Acti weight loss products or treat a toenail infection all because I was breastfeeding. There was a lot that I couldn't do due to breastfeeding and I think those limitations helped fuel my postnatal depression. I'm hoping now that Flynn is no longer being breastfed and those limitations are gone, I'll be able to start taking better care of myself and eliminate this PND for good. I have started this year with a '31 Day Self-Care Challenge' and plan on doing weekly posts with updates about how I'm going with it. I've also written up a routine I want to try and keep to that'll encourage me to take better care of myself. There will be a separate blog post about my new self-care routine in the coming days, so keep an eye out for it. 

Those are my five main resolutions for this year however I do have other, much smaller and less important resolutions that I'm not overly fussed if I don't manage keep to. They include:

  • Reading more books
  • Cut back on soft drinks
  • Attempt my 2018 fitness goals
  • Learn to draw
  • Keep journaling and blogging
  • Go out more often (especially with Jordan).
So there we have it; my long list of new years resolutions for 2019. I know I'm asking a lot of myself this year and probably putting too much on my plate and setting myself up for failure but I'm going into this year with the same optimism as last year; if I have multiple resolutions, I'm bound to keep to at least one. Although this year I am hoping to accomplish at least two. I am looking forward to the year ahead though and I cannot wait to see what it has in store for our family. What are you new years resolutions? I'd love to hear them. Why not post a comment below and we can motivate each other to stick to our goals. Good luck with your resolutions and once again, happy new year!

Until next time,
Alli xo

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