It’s January and the air is fresh in line with the new start. 2019, like, how did that actually happen already? So are you a ‘new year, new me’ or a ‘new year, same me’? I shall explain.
As always, I am a little late in sitting down and having a think about the last year, how it went and what it means for this year. So, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at my 2018 GOALS post, my mid-year review and then do create final thoughts to see how the land lies. I love a good reflection. It isn’t something I remember doing much as I grew up and if I could go back, I would do more. I consider it good for the soul, as long as it is done so in a positive way.
So, my 2018 Goals. Let’s take a look.
COMMIT TO YOGA PRACTICE
Intermittent is the word that springs to mind. If I am honest, I concentrated more on running and making progress within that discipline. I wanted to be a better runner. My yoga commitment often flared in line with the issues I have with my back and I use yoga as a method to stretch, relive and recover. I would like it to be more consistent.
MAINTAIN A BULLET JOURNAL
This I did do. If you head over to my YouTube channel you can see how I used my practice journal from 2018, how I have set up my 2019 journal and also my January 2019 set up. There will be more coming too as I am hoping to upload a monthly spread set up each month. I love my bullet journal and am feeling proud of how it looks this year. As unimportant as that may seem to some, having a journal, or notebook, that pleases the eye makes me want to come back to enjoy it.
FOLLOW SLIMMING WORLD REGULARLY
Another that I consider I achieved last year. Although a little inconsistent, I successfully managed to lose 21 lbs. When combined with the day to day digestive benefits I experience from following the plan this made for a very pleasing experience. The impact it has had on my confidence and positivity in enormous and it has removed so much negativity from my mindset.
WALK MORE AND TRACK MY STEPS
I definitely walked
COLLABORATE WITH OTHER CONTENT CREATORS
Another goal that didn’t come to fruition. 2018 was busy and it was as much as I could do to just maintain my work schedule and live life. Although I hope that my work will remain busy, I am hoping for a little more head space to plan better and reach out more.
START PROJECT PANNING
This makes me smile. I had a go and I really tried but it just didn’t work out. It wasn’t a total failure, there are products that I used up and still continue to use up, but it isn’t a consistent feature in my day o day. This ties into my next goal of doing more of what makes you happy. Wearing my favourite makeup makes me happy and using up the old just feels like an effort. I found that the ‘using up’ aspect wasn’t the bit that made me happy to it has become a chore. I think sometimes you just need to cut your losses and, as I am finding with my decluttering process, just let go.
DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY
As I mentioned in my mid-year review, this one seems hard to quantify. I am happy and there have been many elements of my life that I wish to retain and continue to improve. However, as I said, it has been busy and it feels like I am waiting to be able to enjoy it more. Spending evenings and available weekends on DIY is engaging, productive and enjoyable, but it is also hard work and can feel like a slog. Simple projects evolve and nothing is ever really as straightforward as it seems. I don’t want to feel that way. I want to live for every moment and not wish life away, but that can be difficult at times.
Although 2018 has taught me that having goals can be motivating and provide focus, I just want to continue to improve on the things I learned and achieved. Ultimately, this boils down to that final goal I had last year – do more of what makes you happy. Eating well and fitting into old clothes makes me happy, organising myself through a creative journal makes me happy, getting out into the fresh air and moving more helps me to feel better and happier.
There are other things that I would also love to do more. Read, create, craft, play games… but these will come as my free time actually frees up. Baby steps are still progress and I have the foundations of feeling happy covered. One of the things to remember is that life will often surprises you when you least expect it. Positive mind-sets and happiness can be pulled from beneath you when life throws you curveballs. So, as tough as it can be, I will still try to live in the moment and enjoy the journey. Interestingly, writing this post has me excited to review things next January. No, I am not wishing my life away. However, it has provided me with an incentive to feel this way again as a further year ticks by.
There has been a lot online this year about New Year, Same Me and the idea of a ‘new year, new you’ no longer seems to be leading the way into the new year. I like it. Unwittingly, I have found myself in that very camp. I have no desire to reinvent myself and perhaps that is due to the changes I have already embedded. Maybe next year I will find myself looking to create a new me. Who knows. For now though, I am happy to continue as I am.
Did you set goals this year or, like me, do you just want to do more of the same?