2019 is three days away, how crazy is that to say out loud? At the end of every year, my life really starts to slow down. December was a super crazy month for me; I graduated college, I went on a short vacation, I finished an internship. I’m currently enjoying my last “winter break” until my new job begins.
I am not very fond of seasons of waiting, but after thinking about it long enough and praying about it, I realized that this is actually a huge blessing and an opportunity to spend time with friends and family, to reflect on this past year, as well as write down my aspirations for the new year. Setting yourself up for success can look different for everyone, but I know deep down, 2019 is your freaking year.
Over the years, I’ve learned that I harbor a lot of ambition when it comes to goal setting. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing or that having high hopes for your life is wrong, but we all deserve to achieve some small victories every now and then. Before the start of 2016, I made some pretty crazy goals that involved losing twenty pounds, making all new friends, moving into a house, going to Zumba every day, and saving up $5,000. Yeah, that’s a little much. Honestly, if this kind of goal setting gets you pumped up and motivated, go for it! For me, I felt disappointed when I didn’t amount to any of these goals.
Nowadays, I sit down with my journal, write out my goals, and my WHY. Why are these goals important to me? How will reaching them enhance my life? If you answer some basic questions and figure out why your heart wants to achieve these goals, you are driven with a purpose.
Make your goals centered around growth
What I mean by this is, focus on goals that will help you grow as a person! One of my goals for 2019 is to focus on strengthening my faith and attending church regularly, as well as helping my best friend find her own faith. That will be something I am immensely proud of at the end of the year.
What areas of your life need a little watering and sunshine? Is it your personal business? A relationship with a family member? Your connection to God? Your writing skills? What do you wish you could do? Take some action and grow your mind!
Tell your friends/family
There is absolutely no shame in letting the people you love know what is going on in your life. Even if you’re afraid of judgement, think of it as a challenge! Prove to those around you that your decisions were based on your well-being and happiness. The best-case scenario is to discover that someone wants to join your resolution!
There are no rules, no slip ups, no punishments for giving up resolutions. If you feel discouraged or lost, it’s okay. 2019 might be a fresh beginning, but it’s also just another year. A new year doesn’t literally erase the past. If you feel like you “slipped up” on a goal, you don’t have to wait until 2020 to try again; every day is a new chance to try again. If you have air in your lungs and power in your heart, you have the capability of changing your life.
Below is a short list of goals I want to achieve in 2019!
- Attend church regularly, encourage friend to find her own faith
- Focus on physical health/mental wellness (find a workout routine to stick to)
- Transition from vegetarian to plant-based life style
I chose three most important areas in my life to work on. When you choose things that feel important to you and things that are a part of your daily life, it makes growing and building those areas not seem so daunting.
You are 100% capable of saving $5,000, losing twenty pounds, running a marathon, learning to knit, etc. in 2019. Be realistic about your goals, take baby steps, and don’t be discouraged. 2019 is your freaking year.
~ Shelby B.
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