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My Goals For 2019

Hi, loves!

It may seem a little early to already be thinking about my goals for the upcoming year when we’re in the midst of festive excitement and Christmas is just one week away (WHAT?!) but setting goals and working on making myself a better person has been on my mind since September. I wrote a post about my goals I’d like to work on over the last three months of the year, and I feel like for the most part I’ve done pretty well with those! I am someone who thrives on plans, routines and praise for doing well, so setting myself goals gives me a stronger sense of purpose. 

This was taken on one of Matt and I’s favourite local walks – around Jesmond Dene, Newcastle

Cook More
This is probably going to be my goal for the rest of my life! I love cooking and experimenting with new foods, and I’m so grateful that my boyfriend is equally as interested. We really enjoy cooking new dishes, creating recipes out of whatever groceries we’ve picked up, and also editing recipes we find online to make them our own. Matt is not only my boyfriend but my best friend, and I love any time we spend together, so cooking together is no exception! We begin most of our evenings by cooking a meal together, and it’s something I look forward to from the moment we get out of bed that morning! I really enjoy learning with him, and although sometimes dishes don’t work out it’s still fun because we enjoyed cooking together. Since the Summer, we’ve learned SO MUCH, but we of course still have a long way to go. Our goal for January is to prepare a whole Sunday lunch for our parents (Matt thinks this will be so easy but the timing issues of everything scares me the most)! I had no idea how much I’d enjoy cooking, and I’m so grateful Matt and I are learning together. 

Continue To Learn About Sustainability
I’m genuinely enjoying learning more about what it means to live sustainably, and putting things into practice in my everyday life. I wrote a post about the things I’m currently doing, or beginning to implement into my lifestyle to help with this here if you’d like to check it out. I’m learning so much so quickly, and right now the topic of living sustainably is EVERYWHERE. My current aim for the new year is to stop buying/using plastic straws. I just purchased metal re-usable straws from Amazon (you can check those out here) and I’m going to get in the habit of using them both at my two homes and at work, and to take them out with me. I’m sure I’ll get some funny looks but hey, one planet-saving thing at at time, right?! (If you’re wondering why I don’t just stop using straws all together, my teeth are super sensitive to cold drinks!)

Make Yoga A Priority
This was something I touched on in my afore-mentioned post back in September, and to be honest it’s probably the goal I least paid attention to over the past three months. I really enjoy yoga, but I often find it difficult to actually get the motivation to do it. I know this makes very little sense, it confuses me too! I feel like it’s one of those things that whilst I’m doing it, I enjoy every second, it’s just sometimes hard to start. Due to my days being different every week (mainly because of Matt’s shifts and living between two houses) I can’t have a set schedule, but I’m going to actively make time to squeeze in a little session here and there. I’m also participating in Yoga With Adrienne’s Thirty Day Yoga this coming January – I have for the past two years – and although I may miss some days I can do two sessions in one!

Enjoy Every Day
I know a blanket approach to this goal isn’t realistic, as some days realistically aren’t going to be enjoyable. We all have bad days, and that’s okay. What I’m aiming to get across with this goal, is to just embrace life for what it is. I’m so grateful for what I have – my relationship, my family and friends, my blog, my job, my lifestyle, everything – yet I find myself often living in anticipation of the ‘next’ thing. Whether Matt and I have a trip coming up, a date night or even a new episode of my favourite show, I feel like I’m always thinking about the next thing, and forgetting sometimes to live in the moment. I am very good at putting my phone down when I’m with my loved ones, but I can’t seem to switch my mind off in the same way. I think this is going to be pretty hard as I’m such an excitable person and thrive off having things to look forward to, but it’s something I’m going to try to be concious of. Any tips on becoming more self-aware in this topic would be SO appreciated!

Eat Less Red Meat
I love the idea of veganism and vegetarianism, however I know it’s realistically not for me. I really admire people that can change up their lifestyle to new ways of living, and think it’s a great thing for any individual who chooses to do so. I have grown up eating red meat, as well as chicken and fish, and it’s been an everyday part of my diet.  I also really love eggs, chocolate and cheese, so going vegan is fully out of the window. I (right now) could not be a vegetarian for various personal reasons, but I’m very much open to eating less meat, and I’m hoping to start including some of Matt and I’s favourite recipes on the blog in 2019. We do partake in Meatless Mondays pretty much every week, so we can definitely cut down a little more where possible and help the planet in the process. We already eat so many vegetables, that won’t be an issue, it’s just taking that next step in changing up our food habits. I would like to generally eat better this coming year too, as I have the WORST sweet tooth!

Grow My Blog
I have been blogging for SIX months now, which is so crazy! I remember the day my first post went live, and as I let out the secret on Instagram and Twitter I felt physically sick. Matt and I were out for Sunday lunch and I struggled to eat I was so scared/excited/nervous. Fast forward to now, and I still feel so excited and nervous for every post! It blows my mind that people keep coming back to little old me, and that my stats are slowly growing day by day. I really put so much effort into my blog, and although I do see it as a hobby, (outside of my Twelve Days Of Christmas posts, I can only post twice per week as I work full time) it’s a very important hobby. I’ve made friends around the world from blogging, and I’d love to collaborate with some of those amazing people in the new year. I’m genuinely proud of what I’ve created so far, and I’m so excited to see what happens over the next twelve months.

Learn More About Natural Foods And Living
This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while, as I’m very intrigued in the whole concept. As I mentioned above, Matt and I eat well most of the time, and are always striving to make healthier dinners for the evening. I’m very interested in the benefits of Turmeric right now; I have arthritis and incorporating turmeric into your diet (so easy!) is supposedly a way of treating the pain and lessening the ache. I’ve only been adding it to our food over the past few weeks, so I’m excited to see if I start to feel any benefits from this. Also, Matt has bought me a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp for Christmas (you’ve no idea how excited I am about this and how NOT excited he is haha) and I can’t wait to see how much of a difference it makes to our day-to-day lives. I literally can’t wait to open it on Christmas Day! As a result of having the lamp switched on, it makes you sleep better, de-stress and unwind more and generally breathe better as it helps to purify the air, as well as many other benefits. It’s so pretty too, which is always a bonus. 

Stop Making Impulse Purchases
I’ve been writing lots over the past few months about mindful shopping and how bad consumerism is worldwide, but as of January 1st (technically now!) my mind will not just be on clothes, it will be on everything I buy. That new face wash raved about on YouTube? Those boots everyone is wearing? The new Kylie Cosmetics pallete? I don’t need it! I’m going to set myself a little challenge throughout the year, to put everything I ‘want’ into a list on the Notes app on my phone. I’ll put the date next to it, and as I’m for sure going to be adding things regularly, I’ll keep track of how long it’s been since I wanted that specific item. If a month has passed, and I still want that item badly I’ll work it into my budget to buy. I’m hoping this will stop me spending as much money (saving for Matt and I’s home is going HARD in the new year!) and limit the amount of stuff I have around me. I’m hoping to do an even bigger declutter this year, and take my mindful living to a whole new level. Also, that means less crap to take with me when Matt and I do buy our house!

Thank you so much for reading! Have you thought about your goals and/or resolutions for the new year yet? What are you hoping to work on?

-G x

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