Wow, finally, a 2019 post! I know you’ve probably been waiting for this one for a while (and by “a while,” I mean a week and a half). A lot of crazy, personal stuff happened at the end of 2018, and because of that, I’m truly trying to focus on being my best self in 2019. Doing things because I want to do them, whether that means I do it alone or with a friend. Doing things that better me as a person. Doing things that help me get to where I want to be professionally and personally. I am so excited for this year, and I am ready to keep making it a year about becoming my best self for myself and those around me. Let’s get started with my 2019 goals!
1. Complete a handstand by the end of 2019.
2019 is the year of yoga. I’ve been doing yoga pretty consistently since the beginning of 2018, but I want to make it an even bigger priority in 2019. I love the way doing yoga makes me feel, and if you do it properly, it is such a great workout. By December 2019, I’m hoping I’ll be able to do a controlled handstand with minimal additional support.
2. Run a 5K.
This is a goal I’ve been working toward for years. I am not a runner by any means, but I do love how I feel after running. I want to truly cultivate the habit of running, and work toward running a 5K. This may seem so small to some people, but it’s a hurdle I have never been able to jump. Through consistent practice, I hope to be running a Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving.
3. Complete BBG 1.0.
I bit the bullet and bought BBG 1.0 last week. I read through the program last weekend, and I have officially started. It’s hard, don’t get my wrong, but I like that I can do it from home and that it’s not a massive time commitment. I combine this with a yoga practice, and I feel like I’m getting a very well-rounded workout. I’m hoping to do a review when I complete the program.
1. Pursue more marketing/public relations roles in my personal time.
I love my job, but I don’t get a ton of marketing/public relations opportunities, so in 2019, I’m planning to invest more of my personal time toward that goal. If I truly want to be in marketing, which I don’t know about since I’ve never really had the opportunity to explore it in the professional world, I need to find more opportunities to stretch my boundaries and learn about the career.
2. Read fives books focusing on venture capital and healthcare.
I currently work in venture capital and healthcare, and one of my goals is to learn more about those two industries by reading, listening to podcasts, and watching documentaries.
1. Invest more in my interests.
I’m so excited for this one. I love a lot of things — yoga, musicals, coffee shops, make up. You name it, I probably like it. So, in 2019 I’m hoping to invest in more of the things that make me happy. I don’t mean with money, I mean with time (and sometimes money). Taking a lettering course online, watching YouTube makeup tutorials, seeing a Broadway musical. I’ve already started this, and I’m so happy about the things I have planned.
2. Go cruelty free with all beauty products.
In 2018, I went cruelty free with my makeup, and I’m continuing the trend by going cruelty free with all other beauty products in my life — skin, nails, hair, and body. I truly believe that we do not need to harm other creatures to look beautiful ourselves, so why would I invest in companies that doing that exact thing? I’m planning to keep growing with my cruelty free trend by going to completely vegan products at some point in the future.
3. Read 50 books.
I almost made it this year! So close! 2019 will be the year I finally read all 50 books. I’m trusting you to hold me accountable!
4. Go 90 percent vegetarian.
I already eat a very low meat diet, but I’m trying to make this more of a conscious choice. Meal prepping vegetarian lunches, choosing salads over burgers when I go out to eat, and cutting down on my dairy/animal product consumption even more than I already have. I’ve been vegetarian before, so I know I can do it, but it’s all about maintaining a healthy lifestyle while doing so.
5. Focus on what brings me joy & minimizing.
If you’re like the rest of the world, you’ve started watching Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series, “Tidying Up.” I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up about two years ago, but I only started the process of properly folding my clothes and minimizing my wardrobe at the end of 2018. I’m planning to continue this into 2019, and I think it will help with so many other areas of my life, including sticking to my budget and investing in my interests.
2019 is going to be a big year. I know I’ve got a lot of lofty goals and aspirations, but I think I can do it. What are some of your goals for this new year? Let me know in the comments below.