It’s that time of year of again where people are making New Year’s Resolutions. Most people start them for the first week, like how it’s the busiest day at the gyms. Then again I’ve had a gym membership for 2 years and haven’t actually used it monthly, but that’s another story.
TIP #1: Keep your new promise for an entire month, without exception
There’s some things that we do daily without thinking about it, taking a shower, going to work, how we do our job, etc. Our brain and body go by our habits. So when trying new habits or goals, try them for a whole month. I once heard you need to do something for 21 days in a row, before it comes a natural habit in your every day life.
TIP #2: Keep your goals realistic.
Are you tired of how things are going in your life? Do you want to try something new? Are you doing it because everyone else is? You should only make goals or plans that you actually plan on doing or goals you know you can reach. Long-lasting change is most likely when it’s self-motivated and rooted in positive thinking.” Don’t just say, “I want to exercise more…” Make your goal to take a 20 minute walk each day.
TIP #3: Replace the bad with the good.
Start small, replace one bad habit with a good one. Something as simple as instead of coming home and having a beer, have diet coke. Instead of eating candy loaded with sugar, you can get some sugar free stuff. Do it for yourself, Otherwise, it’s probably not a change worth fighting for in the first place.
Whew ya’ll where has the time gone? It’s like 2018 is almost over with 2019 right around the corner. We’re already looking forward to next year. I strongly believe that everyone should be a goal setter. It’s a great way for self-reflection and it’s encouraging us to grow as a person. There’s power and confidence in completing milestones that we set for ourselves.
[Health & Fitness]
I have a gym membership that I barely use, I need to work on that. Besides the fact, I need to actually lose weight and eat healthier. I want to be healthier and happier with myself as a person.
- Take a walk daily
- Do at least one 5k
- Go to the gym at least 2-3 times a week
- Lose 20 pounds (will update, when I lose more)
I want to say I know I actually have a few trips planned already, so that’s exciting! I will be going to Texas in March and then Nashville in May. Both trips will most likely be on a plane, so that’s a win-win.
Take a random last minute road trip.Went to Charlotte, NC
- Visit a new city in North Carolina, I’ve never been to before.
Take a trip to the beach or mountains.Went to Myrtle Beach.
- Take a train ride.
- Visit the West Coast (CA & WA – I have friends to visit!)
I do the same things each year, so it’s the one thing I know I will actually accomplish this year. This is how I am able to escape for at least one night and get away from the stress of regular day to day.
Go to more bar crawls Go to more concerts
- Go to a wine & paint shop
- Go to a music festival
[Blog + Etsy Shop]
Last year was a rollarcoaster for the blog life, I was going through a lot and trying to blog, wasn’t working in my favor. I need to focus more on doing what’s best for me and my blog and not focus on what other’s are doing. Which can really be a struggle as a blogger. I made my Etsy shop mostly digital prints and it did really well. So I plan on building that more.
- Post at least 2-3 times a week.
- Post at least 1 recipe & 1 craft bi-weekly.
- Be active in FB groups 2-3 times a week.
- Do monthly gift guides – Monthly Favorites.
- Aim for more blog traffic
- Go to a blogger conference
- Make 10 sales a month on Etsy
- Make $50 at least a month
- Make at least 3 new prints a week
This one is hard for me to share, because I become vulnerable when sharing things about myself, in fear people will judge me. But as a blogger, we put ourselves out there to become vulnerable.
- Figure out my self worth.
- Be more confident in my body.
- Get a license & car.
- Build my savings account.
- Work on paying off debt.
- Get some more tattoos, who am I kidding.
For the most part those are my goals for 2019. I finally realized, I have a better chance of reaching my goals, if I know I can make it reachable to begin with. So when goals get set, I will mark them out and make new ones. Because that’s the whole point of making goals.
I resolve to eat healthier. No more fried foods or desserts in 2019!
Good goals and advice – best of luck with them! I don’t really make new year resolutions – I prefer to make goals as and when I realise I need to do something.
Thanks so much for your post. Self-worth is so important to understand and set. I have personally seen that once you are clear on this so many doors open up!
These are all such great tips on staying motivated this year! Good luck with your goals and resolutions in 2019!
These are such good tips! I love that you suggested small, concrete steps to make goals more achievable.
I loved learning about your goals for 2019. You’ve got this!!
I don’t make resolutions but I would have to make them within reason, I do want to keep up physically and bring my blog numbers up.
No resolutions here but I am still working on some of the long term goals I set back in 2017 and 2018. Wish my luck. So far I’m making pretty good progress.
We make and plan goals. There is a workable plan and when we accomplish it we move on to another one
I always try to have goals, but I don’t freak out if I don’t make them. I don’t want to stress. Good luck with your goals!
I think many people set their goals/expectations too high, then quit when they didn’t achieve the goal. These are great tips!
I love your goals for 2019. I would love to work on reading more this year. I’ve really struggled with my reading goals these last couple of years.
I only made a dew resolutions this year. I think they are pretty attainable. The biggest one I have is to find a way to earn more money without using a lot more time in my day!
These tips are very helpful. Keeping a promise for a month is great because it gives time for it to become a habit. Love it. Thanks for sharing this with us!
I’m not a huge fan of New Year Resolutions, but I love your ideas. I try to live one day at a time and make goals that are achievable.
I love the personal tough you gave to this post by listing some of your own resolutions for this year! I would love to see a post about your experience at a blogging network event in the future.
So important to set realistic goals! I need to get around to making my New Year’s resolutions. I definitely need to get more organized and focus on certain tasks. I hope you have a wonderful 2019!
These are great goals! I loved learning about what you are working on especially with your business!
I love the idea of focusing on your resolutions for a month. That seems so much more manageable that a full year!
I like the idea of making the goal attainable. It is really common for people to set goals this time of year that only set themselves up for failure. I have set a reading resolution for myself and so far it is going really good but I do have a lot of time and a lot of books still, although I have confidence.
I think making the goal attainable is the most important thing. I do goals versus resolutions. With goals, you have a whole year to achieve something. With resolutions, it’s easy to mess up and say “forget it” by the end of January. 😀
This is such a great post and a very good motivation article indeed. As we all know every new year comes a resolutions that we promise to our self but keeping it and doing it without doubt is the hardest thing to do.
good luck with all of your goals!! I don’t have any for 2019 but i’d love to take a trip to the west coast too!
I really want to set goals for my health and work this year. I need to manage my time and be more active.
Setting clear, specific, attainable goals is so important. Making vague, too-broad goals is really hard to keep.
thanks for sharing your resolutions! i hope you get to check all of these off!
I think last year was the first time I have ever kept a New Years Resolution. Stopping to drink Coca Cola because had to get my blood sugar down according to doctor orders. So I know keeping a new years resolution can be tough. So these were some nice suggestions to keep in mind this time of year. Great post!
I have a bad habit of making unrealistic goals and then I break them. I’m going to use your tips to rock my goals in 2019.
Good luck on your goals. I would love to travel more too, but I don’t have plans yet. Let’s just see where my feet will take me this year. 🙂
I am definitely aiming to get a license and a car this year. I’ve been putting it off for so long! Good luck with getting yours!
Such great tips! Good luck with your goals this year.
I set out to make very realistic goals this year so that way it didn’t feel overwheleming from the start.
Sounds great to me! I don’t make resolutions anymore and the goals I have are blog related so I can usually stick to them!
These are great tips! I think keeping goals realistic is key.
I don’t really New Year’s resolutions anymore, but I do try to small, attainable goals for myself throughout the year. One of my goals is to start hiking more since it’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing.
If I could just stick to taking walks every day, I’d be set. Happy New Year to You.
Setting realistic goals is mega important for actually achieving them! I like your list of 2019 goals. As far as figuring out your self-worth, remind yourself every day how damn worthy you are. Speak kindly of yourself and to yourself. Before long, you’ll start believing yourself. If you wouldn’t say it to your best friend, don’t say it to yourself 😉
These are wonderful tips, I never keep so much resolutions as I won’t able to finish it as i wish. This time i have two of them let me see if I will able to finish it without break.
I think major resolutions like weight loss and quitting cigarettes are useless unless you already have a plan in place.
These goals are amazing! I used to be way more active in blogger FB groups but I sort of fell out of the habit of posting in them – I’m also striving to be more present this year!
I could not every keep mines
Very good post. My favorite tip is relacing one small bad habit with a good one. Small steps…they add up.?
Thanks for this great post on keeping my resolutions. I have some that I really want to keep. This is my year of awesome!
I love reading everyone’s goals! I totally agree with your tip to stick to your goal for at least the first month. It’s so much easier to slack when you start off inconsistently!
Kayla | kaylablogs.com
yes girl you got this! i’m using my (unused) gym membership more too!
Loved reading about your goals! Mine is to eat healthier.
I think you have some reasonable goals, and I can relate to some of them. Particularly, the blogging and Etsy shop goals are similar to my own. I can even relate to some of your personal goals: Figure out my self worth. Be more confident in my body. Build my savings account. Work on paying off debt. My focus phrase for the year is declutter and simplify.
Good Luck with your goals, I try to keep mine low key, and work on myself more
I know the past few years have been really crazy for me and this year I am planning on sticking to my to do list , Losing weight is a must for me, I know its harder for older women but I need to for my health, Its just finding ways to keep me doing just what I need to do.
I really need to make realistic goals and keep them
Great advice. I tend to NEVER stick to them lol.