Happy New Year’s Eve!
I hope you’re able to spend the last day of the year surrounded by loved ones, reminiscing over happy memories from 2018! Like everyone, I can’t believe the year is already over and we’re gearing up for 2019. I thought it would be fun to share my New Year’s’ Resolutions, if for nothing more than to hold myself extra accountable!. I’ve never made a resolutions’ list before, & I’ll admit I definitely enjoyed the process! It was fun to finish up 2018 realizing what I want to work on for 2019. I hope you find the list helpful or, even better, inspiration to create your own list! What are some of your resolutions for 2019?
Until next year,
Post 6 blog posts a month
When I started the blog in March (2018), I started off strong and passionate. Overtime and with school picking up, I definitely pushed the blog to the side and allowed it to be the thing that I always meant to do, but never got around to. I want to change that in 2019. I know a lot of people prefer instastories over blog posts, and I allowed that to be an excuse not to write posts anymore. BUT, I refuse to do that in 2019, because writing blog posts brings me so much joy, even if only a handful (or less) of people are reading them. So, 6 blog posts a month minimum.
Post 1 Instagram everyday
This is something I already know I’m going to struggle with. So, I’ve decided to use today (the last day of the year) to get a few photos taken to store in the bank to start off the year ahead of schedule, instead of scrambling to find or take a photo the day of posting!
I already greatly enjoy my life, but I struggle with anxious thoughts. While I know those thoughts won’t go away, I want to improve my reaction to them and my outlook on situations and life in general. I want to really take 2019 to enjoy my life, and if I’m not, then alter it into a way that I can.
Create a cleaning, laundry, & grocery schedule
Once school begins, our routine will change once more. I want to create a weekly routine that we can stick to in order to ensure the necessities get done.
Cook 2 – 4 times a week with leftovers
While this may seem like a few amount to some, it’s very reasonable for us right now. As students, each week (and day, honestly) is unpredictable. So, if some weeks I only cook twice, it’s okay, and if some weeks I cook more than four times, that’s great, too!
Read my Bible daily + study
I typically read my Bible every week day, but I want to incorporate it into the weekends, as well. I also want to take my time and study each chapter I’m reading, focusing on the details, history, and meaning.
Read books outside of schoolwork
I would really love to finish the Harry Potter series, as I’ve just started the fourth book. There are several autobiographies on my amazon list to order (probably as birthday gifts!) such as, life stories of Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, and Rue McClanahan.
Walk Lola regularly (when the weather warms up & snow melts!)
When the weather got cold, school got really busy, and we stopped going for walks. We play in the house and in the backyard everyday, but I would really like to get Lola outside so we can both get some exercise! Just need the snow from the blizzard to melt first!
Play & write music regularly
There were many years I would play and write music every single day. When I moved to New Mexico, my hobby went on the back burner, and I really began missing it this year. I felt like a part of me had been missing. When I mentioned this to my husband earlier in the year, he did the most wonderful thing: He created a book full of sheet music of all of my favorite songs to inspire me to start playing piano again. This, of course, worked! I’ve not only been practicing the songs on piano, but getting back to playing guitar as well. It’s been wonderful, and I want it to be something I really dive back into in the new year.
Donate and save instead of spend
My goal here is to ask myself how necessary a purchase is before I make it, and if there is something else this money could go towards that would be more beneficial. Of course we buy things here and there that we just want and don’t need, but I want to start being really intentional with my spending habits. Which leads me to my last resolution…
Create a reasonable budget & stick to it
Daniel (my husband) and I have a goal to bring in more money a month than we spend. This is hard as students, especially at the first of the year when tuition is due and books must be bought. We want to save up for certain trips, and really work on ending 2019 proud of our income and spending habits. 2018 taught us a lot, and while we managed, we definitely had some moments of, “Oops. Probably shouldn’t have bought that.” Managing money takes learning and practice, but it’s extremely essential and beneficial. And, our future selves will thank us!