I have a confession to make: I’m terrible when it comes to New Years Resolutions. As with everything in life, I’m overly ambitious when it comes to goal setting, and I assume that I will be able to tackle tens of heavy resolutions all at once. I always start off so well, but by the end of the first week, I’ll slip up once… and then it’s all over from there.
This year, I decided to take a few days to reflect upon what I learned in 2018 and to use that growth as a catalyst for the changes that I want to make in 2019. I truly believe that there’s something magical about writing down your ambitions and wishes, so hopefully putting my aspirations out into the universe will give them even more power to come true.
Cut back on unnecessary spending
I’ve always been pretty good with money, and have tended to save more than I spent. Going back to school after spending a few years with a full-time job, however, means that it’s time for me to start living within my new means. Meal prep at the beginning of each week, bringing my own tea from home instead of grabbing Starbucks, taking public transit instead of Uber (even if the TTC is always late), and engaging in less retail therapy are a few ways that I plan to adjust my spending.
De-clutter my apartment
After living in the same space for any amount of time, you’ll find that you just start to accumulate stuff — and after living in Kitchener-Waterloo for 7 years, I’m amazed by just how many belongings I have. In 2019, I’m looking to get rid of anything that I don’t need or use; I’ve already created an Outfit Spreadsheet to keep track of the clothing that I wear this year and anything that is unworn at the end of a season will be dropped off at a thrift store.
Be more proactive about my health
In university, I was the poster child for healthy living: I went to fitness classes every day, drank lots of water, ate (almost) enough vegetables, and always got 8 hours of sleep per night. After my daily commute started, though, I was lucky to get 5 hours of sleep per night and this healthy lifestyle quickly went out the window.
In 2019, I plan to follow the Blogilates monthly calendar and work out at least 5 days per week. Since Blogilates is (mostly) equipment-free, I will have no excuses during the upcoming cold winter months or on nights that I’m staying in the city. I’m going to drink more water, continue to live as an “honorary vegetarian”, and get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. I also plan to reduce the amount of added sugar that I eat – as someone who loves to bake and eat any kind of sweet treat, this is easily going to be my most difficult resolution.
Schedule in social time
The end of 2018 was all about learning to love my own company. In embracing my newfound “me time”, however, I found that I wasn’t nurturing my close relationships as much as I should; in 2019, I hope to find a sustainable balance.
Maintain an 80%+ average
Even though I’ve always done well in school, the prospect of going back to college and completely changing my career trajectory fills me with a bit of anxiety. I feel like I have a lot to prove, both to myself and to everyone else, and getting good grades is just one way to affirm that these huge life changes are a step in the right direction.
Create more content
Last year, I made the commitment to take photography more seriously, and I sealed the deal with a brand-new Fujifilm X-T20 camera. This year, I’m going to set aside more time to practice photography – whether that involves taking more photos, editing photos in a more timely manner (I still have photos to edit from a trip I took in early June), or learning new Photoshop skills.
I also want to spend at least 5 hours per week creating content for my freelance Marketing Consultant job. It’s a great opportunity to apply what I will be learning in school to real-life scenarios, and will hopefully help me to be more competitive when I go to apply for fall internships. Plus, extra income is never a bad thing!
What do you think? What are your 2019 resolutions?