This year has been one of the most eventful years of my life. I’ve gone through many physical and emotional changes as well as learning what I like and where I want to be in the years to come. In this post I wanted to talk about a few of my 2019 goals as a way to document my current aspirations so that I can look back if I ever feel unmotivated or lost with my direction as the months progress.
Grow My Freelance Writing Business
In 2018 I started working with my first freelance client, creating content for them on a regular basis and learning the tricks of the trade when it comes to copywriting. Obviously, I have a lot more to learn, so I’m hoping that in 2019 I can grow my freelance business just a bit more than it currently is. I recently began working with my second client and while it is time consuming, I also feel like I could manage to squeeze in one more alongside my personal writing.
Grow My Blog
My blog has always been a constant in my life the past 3 years, but my engagement in the hobby has been very up and down. I tend to go through phases and sometimes I just won’t really be into it as much as I was before. However, the last few weeks of meditating regularly and improving my productivity has sparked my interest in it once again and I am really pushing myself to create more unique and interesting content. I want to grow my blog significantly in 2019 and really be able to say that I have a platform I am proud of, not just one I post on once a week with a last minute idea.
Eat Better (…Sometimes)
Ever since moving to London I haven’t been very kind to my body. I’ve let myself drink more than I’m used to and haven’t really cared about the food I’ve been eating, kind of in the mindset of being on a vacation even though I’m not. As I mentioned in my meditation post, the act of meditating regularly and putting effort toward my mental well-being also inspired me to do the same with my physical well-being. In 2019 I want to be better at controlling my sudden unhealthy food urges so that I can avoid feeling as lethargic and bloated as I had been the last few weeks. However, I will never restrict myself. If an urge is strong enough I know that I’m better off giving in now rather than dealing with an even bigger craving later on down the line.
This habit has slowly become one that I need to start my day with. Sure, sometimes it feels as tedious as having to get ready for a workout because it is a mental workout that requires effort and focus. However, I’ve noticed the positive effects it’s had on my mental health and overall disposition and I want to perpetuate it. Going forward I want to continue starting my day off with a 5 minute session to begin on a less anxious foot before work and maybe even a short meditation break half way through the day.
Go Out For More Walks
Ever since getting a bit busier with my freelance work I’ve stopped making the effort to leave the house while it’s still light out. I used to always take a long walk along the canal and it really impacted my mood in a positive way, so I want to do that a bit more in 2019. I will probably still be working from home for the foreseeable future so it’s important that I find the best routine that will help me incorporate daytime walks into my schedule.
Take More Chances
I am the last person to ever suggest something thrilling or spontaneous and that has begun weighing on me as I get older. My anxiety has limited my options significantly in life and I don’t want to continue giving into it out of fear that I’ll miss out on some great opportunities in the future. Moving to England was the biggest chance I have ever taken and it’s been working out pretty well so far, which has shown me that I am capable of handling these changes and will probably be better off if I take more of them. I want to say ‘yes’ more than I say ‘no’, even if it’s for small, insignificant things as a way of working myself up to bigger, more impactful things later on down the line.
Let Myself Not Worry
I worry so much that it’s comical. My boyfriend has even contemplated filming a short comedy skit about my anxious behaviour (in a loving way) as a means to kind of understand where I’m coming from and help me make light of it. In 2019 I want to really try and control my tendencies to worry about silly and irrational things. Most of it is attributed to my deep-seated anxiety, but I have uncovered a few techniques that have helped to curb these tendencies when possible. This is a big one for me because most of my actions are driven by how worried I am about certain choices I make, so I know that it will significantly change my perspective on life.