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Setting Goals for 2019

December 27, 2018

My last post of 2018. How crazy is it that we are in the last throws of the year. To be a 101 year old woman about it, where does the time go! This is not a new years resolution post. I don’t set New Years resolutions as in truth, I usually fail on them by the 5th! Instead what I do is set some goals that I would like to reach, and “write down” some changes that I want to make. That way I feel kinda accountable! I feel like I have to answer to myself if I don’t achieve them. I have a few, so bear with! Its a long one! I love the start to a new year. It feels like anything could happen. I feel excitement. A renewed energy. I just blooming love it. So, here we go, some goals and changes that the New Year will bring. Yayyyyy

setting goals for the new year

Setting Goals for 2019

So I am doing Veganuary for January this year. If you are not sure what this is, its where you have only a vegan/plant based diet for the whole of January. As many of you may know, I have been vegetarian for 30 years, and always wanted to try a vegan diet, so no time like the present I say! I have a growing belief that a plant based diet is the way forward. It makes sense to me that we have been provided everything that we need by nature. Im excited about doing it. I will of course keep you updated on how its going. I have been trying to prepare by looking at the recipe books I already use, (Deliciously Ella, Niomi Smart) and buying a few recipe books, (the book Bosh was recommended so highly) and using Pinterest to find inspiration. I have to laugh though, my plant based Pinterest board currently has 19 dinner ideas, 97 desserts and sweet treats hahaha! Yep, that about sums me up!

setting goals for the new year

Travel, travel and more travel. My wanderlust is always high, currently it is off the scale! Nik and I have so many plans for the new year, kicking off with Bath in January and Budapest in February. Ideally, we would like to go away every other month, so I hope to get planning with that very soon. We have been really enjoying European city breaks recently, its just so accessible from the UK isn’t it. I do have plans for some other types of travel though too. I am booked to go on a retreat (relaxation, yoga, meditation) in France in May, all by myself, with five other people I don’t know. Im excited. I have always wanted to do it. We also plan on doing some real cultural trips. Jordan was almost booked, until I found out that they are not kind to animals, and I was warned it can be quite distressing. I wouldn’t cope with that. We have lots up our sleeve. One in particular that I am hoping may come off, is very different! Im excited to share as we go along x

setting goals for the new year

I am keen to explore more “green” beauty this year. I made a stance last January to only buy totally cruelty free products, and this year I would like to discover more ethical, socially responsible and green (all natural) beauty brands. My series that started late this year (cruelty free Beauty) will feature a little more regually, as I really want to share with you some of the amazing brands that I am discovering. Brands that are not only kind to animals and our planet, but that give back to communities in some way. I think as a passionate travel fan, it has made me even more aware of how beautiful our planet is, and I want to do my bit to help look after it. It has been incredibly humbling learning about some of the back stories to these brands. Im looking forward to sharing with you.

I really want to try to make inroads into my book this year. Those of you that have been with me from the beginning here, would know that my blog was started in part, to get me into the regular habit of writing. I have been writing a book for almost 20 years! That is crazy isnt it! My Mum nags me constantly as she knows how I feel about my story I have, and how long I have wanted to write it. I have two chapters written, the entire outline, and all of the character profiles. I just don’t sit down to do it! I have found, ironically, that this is the only downside to writing my blog. It distracts me from writing my book! This year Kerry, this year…….

setting goals for the new year

I plan on 2019 being the year of letting go too. Letting go of “stuff” (as well as letting go of things I can’t change). My house is bursting to the seams with stuff. I plan on really reducing the amount of things I have. This includes selling off some of my vast designer handbag collection! I know, I know, Kerry the handbag lady is letting go. I read the Marie Kondo book on being tidy and organised, and it made a lot of sense to me. I want to get rid of things that I just keep for the sake of it. I want to look in my cupboards/drawers/shelves etc and see organised and useful interiors. Not the 3000 tuppaware lids that fit nothing and 47 items of clothing I never wear but keep “just in case” Tidy house, tidy mind and all that. Im on a declutter mission!

We also have plans to redecorate our house. When Nik got ill, the house kind of went on the back burner so the jobs that had been started, never got finished. I had an ensuite bathroom (girls only, no boys aloud) put on our bedroom, and although it is done, it isnt finished. There are no shelves up, no finishing touches. I want that completed. I also love the idea of bringing colour back into my house. It is currently very neutral and light, but I miss the personality that colour brings. We feel like our house dosent reflect our personalities. Our family is vibrant and full of life, not neutral and grey. I want life back on my walls. Colour. Lots of colour.

I have a desire to explore more cultural things here in the UK too. I went to the ballet for the first time last year, Swan Lake, and loved it. I would like to go to an Opera, see some plays, go to exhibitions that perhaps I wouldnt usually visit, go to recitals and book reading nights. Everything and anything. I want to experience everything. I suppose under this heading I should put read more too. I read. A lot. But I want to read more. I have been re-reading some classics lately, like The Great Gatsby and To Kill A Mockingbird, but I would like to read things that teach me and educate me, not just tell me a story.

setting goals for the new year

Opportunities. I am going to say yes to more this year. My lack of confidence that can creep up on me has made me say no to a few things this year. Opportunities that I worried I wasn’t up to, events that I felt out of my depth at. Im not going to do that this new year. Im gonna say YES!

This coming year, 2019, is going to be amazing. I can just feel it. I am very aware that I don’t live in the land of unicorns and fairy dust, and that things will inevitably go wrong at times, but I feel determined to find the joy in every day. I am going to count my blessings rather than my struggles and bloody embrace it. Whatever that may bring, and as I say every year, Im grabbing life by its hairy ones this year.

Bring. It. On

setting goals for the new year

Now, tell me, tell me, tell me. Tell me at least one thing that you are aiming for in the new year. Any goal that you would like to make yourself accountable to by saying it out loud? Anything that you would like to try this year? I would love to hear!


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27 responses to “Setting Goals for 2019”

  1. Excellent post Kerry! I’ll be looking forward to reading more in 2019. Happy New Year!

  2. I just know you are going to make a HUGE success of 2019 my friend – and I look forward to celebrating some good times with you – and there’ll be some great times! xxxx

  3. lifewithmrst says:

    These are great goals. I completely agree with not setting resolutions. I have some similar goals like getting rid of stuff and sorting the house out.

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      I think we can become a little attached to our stuff cant we! Im determined to start the year a lot more clear and organised. It feel so good to clear out! Good luck with all your goals too xxxxx

  4. Alex Grace says:

    Lots of great goals Kerry! Sounds like you have an amazing 2019 ahead of you – looking forward to hearing all about it x

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      I always feel so full of energy for the start of the year dont you Alex? It feels so exciting. Writing goals down is good for me, it makes me focus. Thank you so much for your support this year, I look forward to seeing what the new year brings for you too xxx

  5. I absolutely loved reading this and hearing all your exciting plans! and i had no idea you wanted to write a book how incredible! (that’s my dream one day too). so much excitement, bring it on xxxxx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahhh Sam, my book. Its been in the making for so long. I have always wrote, poetry and stories, for as long as I can remember and always aimed to write a book. It just hasnt happened! I feel like it will happen, I just need to commit to it! I hope 2019 is amazing for you too lovely lady xxxx

  6. gemmaorton says:

    I’m not one for resolutions either, but it’s alwats good to have goals. I love that you basically want to experience everything! There are so many things and places out there and so little time. Do and see as much as you can!
    I hope 2019 is your best year yet. X

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Gemma it burns within me to see, learn and do. Its crazy. Im not sure if its because of what we went through with Nik, or because I am getting older, but its so fierce. I wish you all the very best for the new year my lovely, may all your dreams become a reality xxxx

  7. Super post Kerry and I have to say that lots of my goals are similar to yours. This is the year I enter a new decade. At the moment it’s a bit of a scary prospect but I’m working on seeing it as a positive and not a negative. When I think back to my mum being that age she was referred to as a pensioner and had entered the world of sensible cardigans and reading People’s Friend! How times have changed and just because we reach a certain age it doesn’t mean you have to conform to a stereotype or stop aspiring, stop be adventurous or think that you are ‘past it’! I have a lovely friend who is 15 years younger than me and bless her, bought me a wash bag for Christmas that is floral, chintzy and something my mum would have. It got me wondering if that’s how she saw me. Am I coming across as my mum at 60??
    My goal for 2019 is to be brave and get out of my comfort zone once in a while. I definitely want to be more mindful and stop thinking that I’m not worthy of treating myself. I love that you are going on a retreat. Doing the same is up there on my big wish list.
    I’m so pleased that you are going to visit Bath next month. You’ll love it. Now that Mr R has discovered that flying isn’t so bad after all, we will be travelling more. Who knows we may bump into each other some time!!
    Bring on 2019. Let’s hit it running!! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ohhhhhh I honestly couldnt love this comment more. I felt so happy reading this as I feel like I have watched you blossom this year. Is that weird? It is how I feel though. You are so right about age just being a number, not a definition. I think the lines between ages are so blurred nowadays. Age is almost irrelevant isnt it. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is a fantastic goal, and I am the same. Although I am not one to play safe, I do sometimes talk myself out of doing things. That is stopping this new year! I wish you all the very best for the New Year. I feel like you can achieve anything, I believe in you 100% xxxxx

  8. Aww, you’ve made my day with your lovely comment. Thank you dear Kerry and here’s wishing you,Nick and the boys a very fabulous 2019. xxx

  9. Clayaa says:

    ahh such amazing goals Kerry! They’re beautiful, and all sound like great ways to improve your well being and living a happier life! I’m not sure what goals I have for next year, the main thing I want to achieve is to graduate and do well in my degree 🙂 Clare xx | https://www.clayaa.com

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Clare that is a fantastic goal! I have no doubt in my mind you will achieve that. I think goal setting, or not goal setting, is a personal choice and for me, I am very target driven so find them motivating. Whatever happens, I wish you the best that 2019 has to offer xxxx

  10. 2019 sounds like it’s going to be such an exciting year for you! We actually share quite a lot of the same “goals”; I too would love to travel every month, and have also converted to just cruelty-free makeup and want to live a more ethical life!

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Hi Lizzie, thank you for stopping by! Im so glad we share some similar goals, maybe we can pass on the knowledge we find to each other. I don’t know about you, but I’m finding switching to as ethical as possible way of life is a minefield! Marketing is a clever little thing! I wish you all the very best for the new year, may all your dreams come true xxx

  11. Looking forward to seeing how this goes Kerry xx

  12. Sheela Goh says:

    I’ve actually rather given up on setting resolutions. Each time I do, I feel as though I’m doomed from the get-go. Setting myself up to fail from the onset. Crossing items off the list becomes increasingly daunting to the point that I feel utterly overwhelmed and there goes the white towel 🙂 so for 2019, I decided I was going to attempt I AM statements instead. I’m really quite excited to see what transpires/results from this new approach 🙂

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahhh thats a good idea. If goal/resolution setting doesn’t serve you, definitely dont do it. I am statements are very positive, so I think that is a great way to go. I wish you a fabulous New Year, and all the best for 2019

  13. So much positivity in one post! I love the idea of letting go- I’m guilty of struggling with this more than I like to admit, and I think that’s one to put on my list for this year too. Let us know how you get on with all your cultural endeavours, I’d love to read all about it. Hope you and your family had a great Christmas my love xx

    • kerrylifeandloves says:

      Ahhhhh lovely lady, hope all good with you xxx I think we are all guilty of holding on a bit, Iv been doing well with my declutter though. Its very therapeutic. I am so excited to get going again. We got a years annual trust membership for christmas from my parents, so we have so much choice now! (and also feel incredibly old) haha Thanks for reading lovely xxx

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