Can you believe it’s 2019? I can’t believe it. 2018 went by so fast, and I can barely remember 2017 now. You can read my recap of last year here, but here we’re going to talk all about what’s happening in this new year. Are the years going by this fast because I’m getting older, or is there something more sinister at work? I don’t know, but this year is going to be an interesting one. For one, it’s the first year I’m going to be completely schoolwork-free (considering I graduated last year). For another, this year will bring about my anniversary at my first full-time job as a legal assistant. I’m still getting into the headspace of “my job is the only thing I’ve got to worry about,” and it’s honestly still amazing.
But what about 2019? What am I going to try to do in 2019? (Why am I sharing these with you, you ask? I’ve always found that it’s easier to keep myself on track if I have some accountability, and going public with my lifestyle changes should help me do that!)
I’ve already got a bit of a head start on setting posts up for my blog this year, and I’m really hoping to keep the blogging going a little more consistently than I did in 2018. I no longer have anything to really worry about except my 8-5 career, so I should have plenty of time in the evenings to write new blog posts and work on making more headers for my book review/recipe review posts, because they’re a little bland right now. Blogging is nearly a full-time job if you’re committed to as many posts per week as I’d like to be, but I’m also not trying to punish myself. I don’t want to fold under pressure, and I don’t want to just spit out posts daily that have no real content to them. Quality over quantity, after all.
I’ve already got a whole shelf of books that I’m looking forward to reading in 2019, and I think I’m going to try that PopSugar Reading Challenge again. I already printed out a smaller version of the list and taped it into my planner, and I’m working on going through my bookshelves to see what I already own to use as part of the challenge.
I didn’t complete this reading challenge last year (and I blame my thesis for that), but I really want to read more this year. I read over 200 books my junior year of high school, and while I don’t think I’ll reach that height again (due to me actually having a job now), I’d like to at least break 100. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
It’s been over two months since I defended my thesis, and nearly three since I finished writing it, and I haven’t looked at it since. I want to try and at least get the last half or so of the book mapped out before the end of the year, but actually working on getting it written would be better. I won’t hold myself to finishing my manuscript, though, but I would like to finish it before the end of 2020. I think I’d also like to try and write at least one short story a month to publish on my blog. Gotta keep my writing brain in shape somehow!
I made a lot of lifestyle changes last year, but this year I really want to try harder. I have reusable bags, but I want to be sure I use them every time I go to the store this time. I have a travel set of cutlery in my purse and I want to be sure I use them every time I eat out at a place with plastic cutlery (and I might get a second set for my boyfriend!). I now have over a dozen stainless steel straws (thanks, Mom!) and I want to be sure to remind people at fast food places not to give me straws, ever (I’m really bad at speaking up for myself). I want to try and reduce single-use plastic items. I want to buy more sustainably. All of this, of course, is going to take some time. I’m also realistic: I know there are some changes I will not be able to make (like family cloth…gross), but I’m going to try to do everything else to the best of my ability.
I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that I purchased a program online called BodyBoss, which I am honestly finding enjoyable. Sure, getting up at 5:15 a.m. isn’t always fun, but I know it’s good for me. (I also know that if I waited until after work to work out, I would never do it, and would say I was too tired to do it.) While I haven’t seen that much change so far (though to be honest, I’m only on Week 6, four weeks of pre-training and two weeks of the actual program), I’m sticking to it. I recently bought myself a folding stationary bike for my apartment in order to do some cardio at home.
I also know that a large part of not seeing much progress so far is due to the fact that I don’t eat very healthy. In addition to working out, I would also like to make better meal choices in 2019. Will I still have unhealthy meals now and then? Sure. I absolutely love sushi and that stuff is so terrible for you. There will also be days when I’m too busy to meal prep and will have to grab something from one of the restaurants around me, but I can at least go in and get something that’s not as bad for me. By the end of 2019, I want to be stronger and more confident in my body, and I know that I’m already well on my way there.
Happy New Year!
It might be a scary time for some, and it might be an exciting time for others, but overall it’s a brand new year, with 365 blank pages ready for writing on. What will your story look like in 2019? Let me know in the comments.
And as always, keep reading.