And just like that we’ve started a new year. A fresh, clean slate. 2019 is going to be our year, ammiright? And to do this, we need goals. Intentions. New habits to implement. Whatever you call them, they’re necessary if you want to make some changes this year.
To be honest, while I usually love new beginnings and goal-setting, I found it pretty difficult this time around. My goals sat pretty in the notes app on my phone until yesterday. I wanted to critically think about them for a few days and make sure they really aligned with the direction I want to take this year. I also re-read my list of goals from last year, to see what I changed + what still needs to be improved.
The holidays are a busy time. I was away from the 26th-31st spending time with my family in the states, and you guys know what it’s like – there isn’t a lot of time to unwind. So I took an extra week, stayed off my phone as much as possible, reflected and truly gave myself a break. The first few days of 2019 have been full of reading, de-cluttering, walks with the pup, meditating, and some Netflix binges. It really helped to de-stress and I highly recommend doing as many things offline when you can. I also thought long and hard about what I want to focus on this year, and can say with absolute certainty that I’m so stoked for 2019 and can’t wait to see what we all accomplish!
be more active
I actually love being outside and doing activities – skating, hiking, taking long walks, you name it – I really want to do more of that this year. I also want to work out 6 out of 7 days a week. It’s AGGRESSIVE, I know, and probably the easiest of my goals to break. But I have a new gym buddy (my super fit sis) and we’re going to hold one another accountable.
I want to take time for myself this year. And by this I mean no phone for the whole day. Shocker. But seriously you guys, these past few days of being phone-less and not having to constantly check emails, Instagram, client’s accounts, texts and simply leaving my phone in another room has been wonderful. I want to do this 1-2 times per month. Instead of having my eyeballs glued to my phone, I’d like to spend that time outdoors, reading, indulging in some self care, and eating dinner without Netflix. Of course, I’ll still sprinkle these activities in my day to day routine, not only saving them for the days I go offline.
I’d like to spend time with Tylor where neither of us is working. We do spend quite a bit of time together, but a large chunk of that is work-related. He’s either helping me shoot content, or I’m assisting with his shoots. It would nice to carve out time just for us, and find a balance between work & play.
These are small intentions that I hope will help with the bigger goals on the list:
To meditate every single day. If you haven’t tried it, you are missing OUT. I highly recommend meditating once a day (I use the app Headspace) – it will ground you in a way you’d never imagine. Just try it once (for me), I promise you won’t regret it.
To stop obsessing about the future and where I am in life vs. where I should be. This one’s going to be tough. I’m constantly thinking about this timeline I’ve set for myself, and as a result, I sometimes (all the time) forget to live in the moment.
To read for 20 minutes read every day before bed. I don’t know how many books I read last year, but it wasn’t many and I’d like to change that. Reading is hands down one of my favourite things to do. I was that kid who read by flashlight under the covers after being tucked in, because I loved it so much. I’d like to find that again in 2019.
To say no. I want to work smarter, not harder (as my dad has engrained in me). I want to critically think about what I’m spending my time on, and if it’s not productive, then I’ll probably skip out. This year is already starting to get busy, and if I want to reach my business goals, I have to prioritize my time.
Dear 2019, you’re going to be a good one – I can just feel it.