My Goals For 2019… Will I stick to them?

2018 has been one hell of a year for me – from starting medication to help my mental health and creating a bookstagram to starting this blog, starting university and opening a bookish business, it’s been hectic! Going in to 2019 I’d like to finally set myself some goals that I’d like to meet throughout the year, with minimal pressure to actually do them to avoid any unnecessary anxiety.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I know I probably won’t meet most of these goals, but I’m going to try my hardest and really make 2019 a year of development and growth for myself both as a presence on social media and a person. A side effect of my anxiety seems to be absolutely zero motivation to do anything besides lay in bed and read – which is in part laziness, but also the anxiety that cripples me daily. I really want to fight back hard against my anxiety next year, and I feel like being able to write down what’s going on through this blog will help me massively with that. So, without further ado, here are my goals for 2019!

1. Work out exactly what I want from this blog and where I want to go with it

This seems like a fairly simple goal, but I’m struggling with it massively already. I don’t know whether to stick to books only, a mix of books and mental health or just whatever I feel like! I want to figure out exactly what I want to do, how to execute it properly and how to do it well! I promise, my content will get a lot better eventually, haha!

2. Sort out my TBR list!

This is such a big one on my list! I need to read more and buy less – my TBR is getting so big I’m getting pretty overwhelmed and struggling to read anything because I find something else I want to read, and then something else, something else…. well, you get the picture. I’m a mess when it comes to deciding what to read!

3. Sort out my Instagram – yes, theme, I’m talking to you!

Since starting bookstagram I’ve struggled with finding a theme that’s easy to recreate over and over again with each photo I take. The closest I’ve gotten is through the trusty ‘holding-a-book-in-front-of-a-bookcase’ theme that has stuck a little, but I want to be more versatile and do some flatlays and things that are a little more creative. Alas, the attempt at finding a theme begins!

4. Go to therapy!

I’ve been referred several times this year but always put off going because I get scared that it’ll be the same as when I was 11-16 (aka an adult telling me it’s all in my head and that I’ll be fine with breathing exercises). I think I finally need to take the plunge and actually go! I’ve heard good things about therapy as an adult so I think it’s a good time to take a leap and see where I go. Mixed in with my medication, I’m hoping it’ll have a positive effect.

5. Make some serious lifestyle changes

I work from home, I study from home, I do online shopping… I rarely get out. I lounge around a lot and have put on a lot of weight this year, which has made me incredibly self conscious. After the new year, once all the Christmas indulgence is over, I’m going to get my ass into gear and hit the gym at least 3 times a week. My gym membership is pretty much unused so I need to go and use it, even if I just do a couple of classes a week. I’m also going to sort out my diet and do a little cleanse where I only drink water for 90 days starting January 1st. I need to lose some weight for my own piece of mind, and to stop having such a sedentary lifestyle. I need to cut out eating so much chocolate, crisps, etc. I’m a serial snacker and it needs to go! This will probably be the hardest goal of 2019…

6. Write my book!

Ahhhh! I don’t even want to talk about this, but it needs to happen. I’ve been slack with writing so I need to step it up. That is all.

7. Read more

Another thing I’ve been slack with – reading. This is only because my medication has been changing pretty much monthly throughout 2018 and it’s affected my concentration. I read as often as I can, but I want to step it up. I’m setting my 2019 Goodreads goal to 100 books and I really want to hit that number! I’ll be absolutely beyond happy if I can meet it. That’s roughly two books a week, which I think is manageable.

8. Go to conventions as a vendor with Enchanted Candle Co!

I have plans for two conventions in 2019, and I hope they go well. I can’t say much about this yet, but just know if you’re attending any UK book conventions you may just see us there!

And here you have it, all of my 2019 goals! I may add more throughout the year, with blog posts detailing the updates, and I’ll definitely be blogging about any goals that I hit!

I hope 2019 will be a wonderful year for us all and I hope you hit all of the goals you set as well!

Steph x

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