Goals for 2019.

I’ve been reflecting on what I’d like to achieve this year, and I’ve been procrastinating on writing this post. Usually January feels like the longest and most depressing month, but this year it seems to be flying by. I’ve come up with some clearly defined goals for 2019, a travel wishlist and a list of smaller goals I’m filing under ‘personal growth’.

For years I’ve had the goal of ‘losing five stone’. It’s what I’ve said to myself every new years eve, and was what I said to my personal trainer during our first meeting. This year I’m finally going to get there.

Following up from my resolution to stop using plastic straws, this year I’m switching to a reusable travel cup instead of accepting disposable ones. I know I’m behind the curve on this, but Sean bought me a travel cup for Christmas (that I’m weirdly attached to?) and it’s about time I got on board.

I was going to hide this one in my list of ‘smaller goals’, but screw it, learn Japanese! Sean & I are planning a trip to Japan for his 30th birthday and last year I had a few months of teaching myself Japanese, which I was really enjoying until it fizzled out. I’m putting it out there in the hope I’ll stick to it this time. Speaking of travel…

I’ve been thinking about places I’d like to go in 2019. Sean & I would like to make it out to Toronto this year, we’ve been together a decade in October and it’s about time he showed me his hometown. We’d also like to go back to Barcelona in October, the first place we ever travelled to together! We have two weddings abroad lined up and plan to go to Denmark again to visit friends. Mum and I would like to spend a weekend in Versailles for her birthday in April, and last of all, I really want to go to Amsterdam because I’ve never been! Looking at that list it seems rather ambitious, but you have to aim high! Or, as the cheesy tattoo on my ribs says, ‘shoot for the moon'…’.

Last but not least, a list of smaller goals I don’t have as much to say about. I want to listen better when people are teaching me something, because I can be guilty of tuning out. I want to work on explaining my opinions patiently and try to be less short tempered, especially whilst driving! I’d like to create more this year without being such a perfectionist and I have a few little projects in mind, including this blog and shooting a roll of film again because it’s been a long time! ‘Read more’ is such an obvious resolution, but last year I resolved to read twenty five books and only managed 20, so I’ll be trying again in 2019.

What are your goals for the year ahead? Good luck, and remember, you haven’t failed yet if your year’s gotten off to a slow start. It’s only January 19th!