I haven’t posted in a little while for a few reasons. I’m learning that more content does not generate more trust or more followers. I’m re-learning that quality content matters more than just content. I’ve also been too excited by all of the plans for 2019 that I kind of forgot to do something for the end of December. It’s okay, I’m human!
I’m also not one for making a resolution per se and I get that many resolutions don’t last. I think that’s because of engrained habits/behaviors but I don’t think it’s fair that the New Year’s Resolutions get encouraged and then mocked for the likelihood of “failing” which is a word I do not like. Why do we laugh when the gym fills up in January and then calms down by March? Part of this is our diet/weight centered culture which is a long story for another post. So if your spouse or significant other wants to share goals with you for 2019, don’t laugh and ask them in March “how’s THAT going?” Listen with intent and ask them what they need from you in order to help reach their goals.
Okay so if we don’t make a resolution, is it still okay to make goals for the year to come? Uh, yeah! It’s more than okay and I encourage it all throughout the year. Setting goals can be a helpful way to grow as a person, to challenge yourself, and to feel good about yourself. So here are my goals for 2019, you can call them resolutions if you like but I have 19 things (which is a bit much!) I wish to work on throughout 2019. Here we go!
- Only post 3-4 times per month of quality content. I may post outside of that here and there but I plan on quality content which means less is more.
- Continue using my helpful meditation tools like Headspace & Calm. Both help me reorient myself, breathe, and then help me manage stressful situations more easily.
- Create my first e-book…okay this is a biggy! It’s not likely to be ready until after Summer but it is absolutely going to get worked on in 2019. If you’ve known me since my prior blogging days it was a goal back then too.
- Practice reducing negative self talk when my food photography looks like poo. I just tried to do some photos last night which was not smart (bad lighting, feeling rushed, etc) and they looked like poo which was actually kind of funny afterwards. Food photography/photography in general is a passion so with any art comes practice and I’d like to reduce the unhelpful stinkin’ thinkin’.
- Run a 5k. I’ve ran two full marathons, multiple half marathons and other races so you might think…why “just” a 5k. For one, it’s never “just” anything and two, I had hip surgery in August and things are finally improving to where I’m feeling hopeful. I plan on finishing my walking program I’m on right now, add my new plyometric program and then start training for a 5k.
- Less is more. I love selling things on the Facebook Market place but my hope is to do a big garage sale this summer and really reduce the material things we have.
- Practice mindfulness! This is something I practice regularly but there are times where I’ve left a party, an outing, a friend/family’s house and I just didn’t feel I was present. Maybe there were other things on my mind or who knows what but it’s a work in progress.
- Train Sofie not to bite so much/hard. She gets sprayed by a water bottle when she bites and I’ve never had to do that with a cat. She is really awesome but biting me by going UNDERNEATH the covers and biting my stomach, leg, or foot has to stop.
- Enrich my life more. Again this is something I do but would like to see myself do more of. There are things I really enjoy like taking a bath, reading a book (Harry Potter AGAIN right now), lighting candles, walking somewhere new, journaling, etc. I’d like to prioritize my months to include more things I enjoy.
- Expand my network. I’d love to meet more bloggers, learn from them, and collaborate with them! If you’re a blogger and want to inquire about collaborating, let’s talk! You can email me at [Brewtition@gmail.com].
- Continue finding my voice here. I recently took a course about planning the first quarter of the year for your platform and I realized how seriously I want to take this new adventure.
- Do some art. Whether it’s design, photography, painting, drawing, sculpting…my mother is an incredible artist and I get a lot of this talent from her. I love using my creative side so I’d like to create some art this coming year.
- Budget with Steve. For some reason we thought it’d be smart to start tracking our spending the month before we got married…yea you can laugh at how silly that was! In 2019 we plan on joining forces (my name’s officially Holden instead of Boehme now) and looking at finances/budgeting more together to reach our financial goals.
- Continue working on my own relationship with food. This is a big one too! I’ve changed so much over the last 8 years of my 20’s and the way I perceive food, educate about nutrition, and select what to eat has changed drastically. Everyone has a relationship with food and like a personal relationship the memories, the hard times, the negative thoughts can be hard to shake. We can work on creating space for this, together.
- I’d like to get published on an online platform or magazine. It doesn’t have to be a full article, even a blip would be awesome! I feel it’s a lofty goal but if anyone has advice here, I’m all ears.
- Connect with some brands I love. I think it’s fun to share with people the brand of cooking equipment I love, the foods I pick, and why these things make my healthy lifestyle easier to maintain.
HopefullyI’ll be connecting with some brands and/or local businesses this year.
- Update my one year of marriage scrapbook. I haven’t scrapbooked in foreeeeever but my mom (on our honeymoon) sent Steve and I with a surprise bag full of amazing goodies that made our honeymoon that much more special. She included a leather book with blank pages, double sided tape, and markers so we could put memories in from our first year of being married. So far I’ve updated it every month, I’ll share some with you come August 11, 2019!
- Travel to Belgium. Steve and I keep discussing international travel and we’re at the point where we just want to book a trip and go for it. We’ve never traveled this far together and we’d like to go before we consider trying to start a family.
- Enjoy all that’s to come in 2019 that is expected, planned, unexpected, a surprise, a challenge, and a triumph. 2018 had a LOT happen between my sister having our first nephew, my other sister getting married, my neighbor/little sister getting married, AND Steve and I getting married…plus a marathon, a final dance recital, two moves, hip surgery, a cruise, a honeymoon, the loss of pets, the gain of a pet…and so much more.
Okay, I do not expect you to list our 19 things you want to do more of in 2019 but I’d love to hear any goals you have! Also, if you have a goal you think I could shed some light on please feel free to share. You can also tag me on Instagram with your goals @the_Beer_RD.