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I cannot believe it’s already 2019! 2018 was an AMAZING year with many ups and downs (see post here for my 2018 reflection on the highlights and some of my personal struggles). A new year is always an exciting time because it gives us an opportunity for a new beginning. With this new year, I have many new goals that I’m excited to share. One of my favorite things about blogging is being able to document life on the blog and look back to see what I’ve accomplished. Also, I feel like writing down my goals helps me hold myself more accountable. Most of these resolutions are new, but several are repeats from my 2018 post here.
My 2019 New Year Resolutions:
Create A Better Lifestyle and Become More Health Conscious: After moving to Alabama, I’ve struggled with healthy eating because it’s no secret that the South is known for its incredible-but-unhealthy food. Starting last week, I’ve been slowly working on eating healthier and working out at least 3 times a week. Right before we left for our Christmas vacation, I participated in a free genetic study by the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Also, I did this so I can learn if I have any genetic predispositions. This is a great opportunity to learn more about my genetics and overall health. Jake thought the things they tested for were especially important for women. My results will come back in a few months. One of my other health-related goals is to join a workout class that I do at least once a week. I have always wanted to try a barre class. I think this would be the perfect weekend thing for me, since Jake will be working most weekends now. I am also making little changes to my lifestyle; for example, yesterday Jake and I walked to brunch instead of driving. We live close to so many fun restaurants, so it was nice to take a healthy stroll in the beautiful weather we had.
Establish Close Friends in Birmingham: I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful ladies in Birmingham already. My goal is to put myself out of my comfort zone to make closer friends here. Jake is so busy with work, so this is important to me. Being shy this is really hard for me, but I am going to really work on this. Along with this goal, I want to find some bloggers to work with and take pictures of each other. This is something I did in Oklahoma City and it was a lot of fun.
Investing in Skincare: I turn 28 in February, so I am quickly realizing that I need to invest in good skin care products to prevent and treat wrinkles. I just bought all kinds of new products and hope to find a new routine. I also plan to do a weekly skin mask to pamper myself. I did one last week and it definitely freaked Jake out!
Wake Up Earlier: This is a repeated goal from last year that I have not succeeded with. I am a night owl, so waking up early is hard for me. Now that Jake has such early mornings again, I am trying to sync my sleep schedule closer to his. I would love to be able to work on my blog more in the morning before work when he’s already at work. I would also like to start by reading a devotional, which helps set the tone for the day.
Organize My Home/Purge My Wardrobe: Last year, I said I wanted to come up with a weekly cleaning schedule…yeah, that didn’t happen. Oops! I have finally come up with one that I would like to implement. If it ends up being successful, I plan to share it on here. I also would like to clean my wardrobe out a bit and work on focusing on buying basics when I do buy new clothes. I plan to list some pieces on PoshMark and also donate some.
Travel: We were blessed to travel a ton in 2018. Although I don’t think we will get to travel as much for a while due to Jake’s schedule, we do really want to travel abroad when Jake has his next vacation week and take more road trips when he has a full weekend off (not any time soon).
Finish Decorating Our Home: You may have seen this recent post where I shared our Christmas decor. I still haven’t decorated our bedroom, so I am hoping to get that done soon.
Be More Intentional With Posting/Share More Lifestyle on my Blog: When I share personal posts instead of outfit posts with no purpose, they do 100% better. I want to be more intentional and share more about what’s going on in my life, like my favorite recipes, home changes, and more life updates.
Learn Lightroom/Photography: I am starting to learn Lightroom, but I have a lot to learn. I also really want to learn how to shoot photos in manual.
Explore Birmingham More: As much as we love to travel, I want to experience more of Birmingham. Jake doesn’t have much time to travel anymore, and when he’s off it’s just a day or half a day. I want to focus on exploring more of our city. Birmingham really is a great city and there is so much to do, see, and eat. I do plan to incorporate more posts about exploring Birmingham in the near future once we get the chance to do so.
Better Trust in the Lord: When i get anxious, it’s mostly about things I have no control over.
Become a Mom: This is a really personal goal, but if you saw my 2018 resolutions, you may remember that I wanted to start talking about having a baby. Well…we talked and decided the early part of Jake’s intern year was not the right time for us. Now that we’re close to 30, Jake is really having baby fever. It’s so cute, y’all! I have one more big trip that I’d like to cross of my list, and then I think this is the year I am ready to become a mother. The medical year ends in June and he will be a second year resident then, so we would like to get pregnant toward the middle of the year. This is the year we hope to get pregnant if that is in God’s plan.
Wow, I have a lot of goals and faith that 2019 will be a wonderful year. What are your goals this year?