My 2019 New Year Resolutions

01/01/2019 Blogging, Lifestyle, Personal 10

Happy New Year everyone!

It’s officially January, the time of year when everyone is briefly super motivated to do all the things they’ve been meaning to do, like get fit and quit smoking/drinking/chewing their nails! Not that I can really say anything: I’m one of the worst people for getting that ‘New Year, new me’ buzz, and then having let it all fall by the wayside by the time February rolls in.

Most years since starting this blog I’ve written a New Year’s resolution post, and I’ll be the first to admit, I haven’t always stuck with them. That’s why in more recent years I’ve tried to set fewer goals, and make them more achievable, and I think that’s worked out better for me.

For example, one of last year’s goals was simply to write more, and I think I’ve definitely achieved that: in 2018 I wrote almost two entire novel manuscripts, and lots of short stories, one of which got an honourable mention in a competition. I also got a new job, which was one of my resolutions, although we should probably just ignore the bit where I said I wanted to be healthier…does it count that I learned how to make homemade soup? That’s healthy, right?

Anyway, I thought that this year I’d do the same thing, and try and keep my list of goals short and sweet, and hopefully achievable! So here are the things I’d like to do/achieve in 2019:

Reading

So let’s start out with reading!

The other day I posted a blog post about whether or not your Goodreads Challenge should challenge you, and loads of people responded in the comments with differing opinions, but everyone was agreed that it shouldn’t result in you feeling too much pressure.

A few people also reminded me that you can go in to your Goodreads Challenge and change your target partway through, which I had forgot! Therefore I’ve decided to set my target initially at a number that is moderately challenging for me, and then I’ll adjust it if I find I’m feeling too much pressure, or am reading only short books for fear of falling behind.

In 2018, I beat my target of 60 books by reading 63, so this year I’m going to aim to read 65. And we’ll see how it goes!

Writing

On the writing front, my main goal for this year is to take the three completed/almost completed novel manuscripts I have lying around, and try and do something with them!

I basically need to attempt to edit them, and then start getting feedback, and hopefully at some point this year I’ll be ready to query agents, and finally get the ball rolling on this whole, ‘wanting to be an author thing’.

I’d also like to write some more short stories, as I really enjoyed doing that last year, and maybe I’ll do another short story writing Camp NaNoWriMo, because that was fun! I’d also like to start entering even more competitions and trying to get some of my short stories published.

Blogging

I really dropped the ball with my blog during December, as I had so much going on, including big life changes. So I’d like to get back into posting consistently this year, and above anything, I’d like to get better at replying to comments in a timely manner (I’m literally the worst at that!)!

I’d also really like to get better at blog hopping this year, and discover lots of new blogs.

Personal

And finally, on the personal front, I only have a couple of goals this year.

Firstly, rather than saying ‘I want to get fit’, or ‘I want to lose weight’, I’m just going to say that I’d like to learn how to cook better this year. My diet is generally pretty bad, because I eat a lot of takeaway and fast food for convenience, and also because I’m really not a very good cook!

However, now that I’ve moved in with my boyfriend, I’d really like to learn how to cook, particularly how to cook healthier (but still delicious!) food. I did make slightl improvements last year (seriously, my homemade soup is great!), but this year I’d love to experiment with some recipes, and try out some new things.

And my final goal this year is that I definitely want to go on holiday at some point. Last year my boyfriend and I went to the Lake District for a few days, and it was the first holiday I’d been on in over four years. It was such a lovely few days, so I’m determined that this year we’ll go again!

Perhaps this year we’ll maybe even make it abroad? I’ve never actually left the British Isles, but there’s so many places in the world I’d love to go, so hopefully this will be the year I finally get to see some of those places.

So do you make resolutions? How good are you at keeping them? What are your resolutions for 2019?

10 Responses to “My 2019 New Year Resolutions”

  1. Kelsey

    Good resolutions. I also don’t cook often but that’s more because I hate it. I really recommend trying a recipe box though, I was subscribed to gousto for a while and it took out all the guess work and uhmming and ahhhing of what to make

    • Laura

      I hadn’t actually though of trying a recipe box, but that’s such a good idea! I may have to look into that 🙂

  2. Angela

    I don’t really make personal resolutions anymore, they never seem to work out! But I would love to learn how to cook more; I don’t really ever cook since my husband is so good at it. But I also love your goal of going on vacation. I’m a big believer in that, and that you don’t have to go far to have a great time.

    • Laura

      My personal resolutions haven’t always worked out in the past, but I’m hoping this year will be my year!
      And that’s great that your husband is a good cook! Me and my boyfriend are equally inexperienced with cooking, so I feel like learning to cook is going to be a nice thing to do together. And I totally agree that you don’t have to go far to have a good time! 🙂

  3. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators

    Good luck with all of your goals! Your goal to learn how to cook has inspired me to try to find some new recipes myself! I also love how you’re emphasizing the importance of vacations! I think they’re a really important part of mental health.

    • Laura

      Thank you!
      I really hope you find some great new recipes to try! And I definitely agree that vacations and just generally taking a break is so important in regards to mental health! 🙂

  4. Solveig

    I do make new year resolutions! And last year I even kept most of them like making entries into my diary every single day. This year I’ll try to eliminate procrastination habits like watching videos I am not really interested in.

    You’ve got some very interesting posts on this blog! I only discovered it a couple of days ago.

    • Laura

      Well done for keeping most of your resolutions last year! That’s impressive! Good luck with your goal to eliminate your procrastination habits. I should probably do that myself, to be honest, because I’m a huge procrastinator!
      Thank you! I’m so glad you’ve discovered my blog, and thanks for commenting 🙂

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I think it’s great how you’ve looked back at previous goals and figured a better way to make resolutions for yourself based on what has/hasn’t gone well for you. So smart! I think you’ve set a good reading goal which you can totally reevaluate later on in the year depending on how your reading is going. And I am with wanting to learn how to cook well. I am such a lazy person, I can cook some things but since I don’t put the time in to try and cook meals I enjoy well I turn to takeaways and ready meals for convenience. I did tell myself I wanted to eat less crap but maybe I’ll also aim to learn how to cook whole meals which I enjoy so I can stop taking the lazy route.

    I hope all your goals go well as they seem very achievable.

    • Laura

      Yeah, I’m famously bad at sticking to resolutions and things, so I thought it was about time I reevaluated my way of making resolutions. I think I was just making them too extreme! And I’m exactly the same with the cooking! Part of it is lack of ability for me, but a lot of it is just being a lazy person, who turns to takeaways for convenience. I think if I find some simple recipes that I really like, I’ll hopefully be able to turn it around! 🙂

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