I spent the final weeks of 2018 reflecting on the past year and considering what I would like to achieve in 2019. My biggest goal for this year is to spend the next 12 months making these seven plans a reality for myself. New Year’s Day has officially arrived, so it’s go time! Here are the 7 goals I intend to accomplish in 2019.
1. Lose Weight
I would really like to hit my goal weight in 2019. My highest weight ever recorded was 331 pounds and I joined Weight Watchers in order to lose weight. Although I have become healthier and currently sit at a lower weight, I spent 2018 in a weight limbo of sorts and didn’t take any steps forward regarding my weight loss journey. Some may argue that maintaining is successful in itself, and it is, but I want to finally get down to the weight that I initially strived to become. I don’t need to be the skinniest person in the world, but I need to be at a healthy weight so I am able to achieve everything I wish in order to live a fulfilling life.
2. Pay Off Debt
I have organized my debt into a “debt pyramid” and I will be spending 2019 paying off my debts starting with the smallest and working my way up to the largest. I have debts from student loans and my car loan — the typical debts that many people my age have. A few older adults have tried to convince me that having debt is normal, but I don’t care. I’ve never quite fit under the definition of normal, and if having no debt classifies me as unusual then just consider me bonkers.
3. Add Money into Savings
My goal is to add $5,000.00 into my savings account this year. There is a chart that I will be referencing throughout the year and adding small amounts of money into my savings throughout the 52 weeks of the new year. The money will add up and the goal is to have $5,000.00 added into my savings by the final week of 2019.
4. Minimalist Living Space
I practice minimalist living in my home and I’d like to continue working on that lifestyle in 2019. In the past, I’ve purchased specific things because other people had them and I thought since the item was so popular that I needed one too! I was wrong. I’ve discovered that I’m the kind of person that doesn’t require a lot of frivolous materials in order to be happy. I never intentionally set out to reject societal norms considering material goods, it’s just who I have become. Experiences make me happiest. My number one minimalist rule is if I don’t have use for an item, it has to go.
5. Photography Project
I’m doing a photography project throughout 2019 called “Project Weight Watchers 365”. I will be taking one photo each day of the year, and the photo will have something to do with Weight Watchers. Whether it’s a photo of me, food, an activity, laying on the couch, the weather, where I’m traveling — everything is fair game. The point of the project is that life happens whether we schedule it or not, and Weight Watchers is part of that journey. I noticed a lot of people posting dramatic before and after photos regarding their weight loss, but nobody gets to see the “during” portion of their journey. I want to show people the “during” time frame of a weight loss journey. If you’d like to follow along throughout the year, the hashtag will be #projectWW365 and I will be updating my Instagram (blogbybrosh) with the photography project as well as my account on the Connect app.
6. Freelance Writing
I started blogging and freelance writing in 2018, and I’d like to continue working on more freelance projects in 2019. Writing is one of my utmost passions, so any way I’m able to incorporate it into my career path is the greatest!
7. More Self-Care
Whether it’s bath bombs, solo trips, or a mental health day, I’m practicing more self-care in 2019. In a society where constant productivity is expected, self-care has essentially become anything in which a person does to take care of themselves. Regardless if it’s a toxic relationship or lack of fulfillment at work, I’m not dealing with anything that causes me foreseen stress in 2019. This is the last year of my twenties so I’m spending it how I want, with who I want, and soaking in as much positive energy as I can.