My first post of 2019! I hope everyone is having a great start to the New Year. I guess I’m jumping on the band wagon with a resolutions post. However, were not calling it that because I’d never to stick to it, so we’re just keeping them as goals. I’ve been thinking about attainable goals now for a while and thought I’d finally put them altogether in a post.

1. Blogging

1In February, I’ll have been blogging for 4 years. But putting all honesty on the table, I’ve never felt so low about it. I adore the writing and appreciate this platform I’ve had to share my thoughts. Whilst its easy to say I don’t care about the likes, followers or comments, it has affected me when it feels like all of the above has just reached a standstill. What’s worse is I don’t know what I’ve done wrong for it to happen.

Having said all that, my blog is something I’ve put too much time into to just give up. I genuinely don’t know what I’d do with my free time if I didn’t do this. So my first goal for 2019 is to continue working on it because doing this is what makes me happy.

2. Volunteer

Speaking briefly of my free time, this year I’d like to volunteer. This is something both my Mum and I are interested in and something we’ve wanted to do for a while now. We’ve started researching where’s best to volunteer and at the minute were looking into homeless charities in our area. If anyone does any volunteering, I’d love to know your experience and how you got into it.

3. Piercing

3I have wanted to get a helix piercing for the longest time now. However, I’ve always put it off because I never had anyone to go with, I’d told my Mum I didn’t want anymore done, excuses, excuses, excuses. But since starting uni, I found out one of my best friends I’ve made also really wants to get hers done. So now I have someone to go with, I have zero excuses and decided to stick it in this post, which means I have to do it, (obviously).

4. Go to a Concert

This is almost embarrassing to admit but the last concert I went to was Girls Aloud. GIRLS ALOUD. That must have been at least 10 years ago because I was probably only about 8 or 9. So its about time, I went to see someone else. I’d like to think that since the Girls Aloud days, my music taste has grown and I should have options on who I could go see perform. Unfortunately, its very unlikely Taylor Swift is touring again this year because she is most definitely top of my list.

5. Travel

4Last year, was the ULTIMATE whirlwind and I only left England once. This year, its already planned to go to Italy with uni and hopefully a chilled family holiday during the Summer. I’m so excited that now I’m settled into the new house, I can get back to travelling more.

6. Yoga

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Yoga has been in my life probably as long as blogging has. Although yoga has been a lot more sporadic, it has helped me more than I ever thought it could. After I moved house, I couldn’t bring myself to do it at all, it didn’t feel right, I didn’t have the patience for it and I think I didn’t want to ruin the memory of doing it in the old house. Is that weird? Most likely. But when Adriene (from Yoga with Adriene) announced her 30 days of yoga, I knew I had to get back into it. I’ve completed the 30 days for the past couple of years (True & Revolution) and I’m already loving Dedicate (this years series). I’d like to see this goal as more of a reminder to keep yoga in my life because of how beneficial it is.

7. Gym

If I hadn’t have already started going to the gym for the past couple of months then I probably wouldn’t include it here. Mainly because we all know so many add Gym to their resolutions but the thought of going when its busy (as it always is in January) we never end up going. However, I think I’ve found the perfect gym, it has a swimming pool, different classes and I get a personal trainer who helps alter my routine depending on what I want to work on every few weeks. So for someone who used to only know how to use the treadmill and that’s it, this is PERFECT. I’m now using the arm curl and the rotary torso, like I know what I’m doing (and I sort of do). My goal for this year is to carry on going because at the minute, I’m really enjoying it.

8. Flexitarian

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On my Christmas list this year was a vegetarian recipe book. My goal for this year is to have a flexitarian diet. According to the BBC Good Food website their definitions states: “Flexitarianism or ‘casual vegetarianism’ is an increasingly popular, plant-based diet that claims to reduce your carbon footprint and improve your health with an eating regime that’s mostly vegetarian yet still allows for the occasional meat dish“. Frankly, I don’t want to give up meat but I understand I need to make a conscious effort to eat less of it. As you can see, I’ve put sticky notes on every recipe I’d like to try and there was A LOT. After having tried a couple already, I know this ‘flexitarian’ lifestyle is attainable. 2019 will be the year I have more veggie meals than meat meals.

9. Work Experience

Finally, my last goal of 2019 is to do some work experience. I’m not certain on the job role I’d like to aim for, but I’d like to start experiencing the industry to give me a better understanding. I also think work experience is becoming more important to potential employers so its definitely a beneficial goal to want to achieve.

What would you like to achieve this year?

Lots of Love,

          Sophie


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  1. These are all such good goals!
    I got my helix pierced a few years ago and then got another in 2018. I would recommend definitely getting it done on the side that you do not sleep on unless you want a few restless nights. Sleeping on the ear can also move the piercing around so you end up with a wonky hole. It also takes longer than the recommended time (? 3 months) to heal so be prepared to leave it at least 4 months i.e. do not make any plans that require you to take it out.
    Seeing Taylor Swift live is amazing but it is so expensive now that she is such a huge artist. I paid about £98 for my tickets this year at Wembley Arena which is definitely unreasonable for a concert. I would recommend subscribing to ticket websites as often they will email you when concert tickets become available.
    I have had a flexitarian diet for the past 3 years where I will only eat meat when eating out, I was always vegetarian at home. It is so easy to make vegetarian meals at home, especially if you are in charge of your own shopping and food preparation, but it is harder to eat vegetarian when out because there are often more options containing meat. I would recommend trying this, also because meat is often more expensive which is good for students.
    Good luck with all your goals! xx

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      1. I saw someone on Twitter tweet about it and thought it was such a good idea. It is so easy to buy vegetarian food at supermarkets that there is no point buying meat anymore, especially because often they taste very similar anyway, but eating out is definitely the hardest part and perhaps what would put me off vegetarianism. This is the best of both worlds! xx

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      2. That’s definitely a great idea. My problem is that I have a nut& seed allergy which would make eating out as a vegetarian hard! I was pretty much vegetarian at uni but I think I’d get moaned at if I just made vegetarian food all the time at home for everyone! XD

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    1. Thanks for the advice on the helix piercing, it’s not something I’ve put much thought into I.e which side I sleep on.
      I know her ticket prices are sooo high. Just before she came over here I looked to see if there were any tickets left and it was like £80 but it was at the very back so I just didn’t see how it was worth it. I’d still love to see her and maybe would have to ask my parents to help pay towards it as a Christmas/birthday present.
      Ahh that’s so interesting, I was in Aldi the other day and the amount of veg I got and things for my lunch for like a week. It only came to £10 but that would have doubled if I’d gone for meat.
      Thanks for commenting! X

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      1. I remember paying £30 the first time I saw her and now it has tripled! It is insane to charge that much for seeing her live but I guess if you can get people to pay that amount, you might as well make the money. You should watch Reputation Tour on Netflix and pretend you are there too. xx

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  2. Good luck in achieving your goals this year! I’ve had my helix pierced and am looking to add another to my collection of piercings! I have a few adventures planned this year and hopefully more come along later in the year!x

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  3. I agree with you, I don’t know what I’d do in my free time if it wasn’t for blogging, on my days off when I’m home alone, it’s what I do. It makes me feel so productive too, my life would be very empty without it! & hey, you’ve got a new reader with me, so keep it up!
    I’m sorry but I find it hilarious that your last concert was Girls Aloud, that is amazing. I would love to see Taylor Swift too, did you see her tour docu on Netflix? It seemed like such a fun concert, I wish I could have gone! Who else would you like to see?
    Where abouts in Italy are you looking to visit!? I love Italy so would love to read your blog posts on your trip!
    Good luck with all your goals hun, I know you’ll do well! xxx

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    1. Ahaha I was soo tempted to not mention Girls Aloud because of the embarrassment but never mind it’s true!
      I LOVED her tour on Netflix, I’ve been a fan since ‘love story’ so I think I was close to happy tears to see what a concert was like, not irl but it’ll do for now. I would also love to go see maybe Anne Marie or George Ezra. Do you have anyone you’d like to see?
      Also I’m going to Lake Como and Milan, it’s a uni trip so it should be fun.
      Thanks for such a lovely comment xx

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      1. Noo I’m so glad you did! What songs did they sing?
        Ah I’ve always loved T Swift but Love Story was beautiful – when she performed it live I was so happy (even though it was only on the TV for me too haha)
        Ooh I saw Anne Marie at BST last year, she was really good. I love her music!!! I LOVE George Ezra, what’s your favourite song of his hun?
        I’ve seen most of the people on my bucket list. Little Mix and The 1975 atm are my top 2 to tick off, but I’m seeing LM at the end of this year so I’m excited!
        Eeeek that’s beautiful, you get two experience to places! Have the best time.
        You’re welcome xxx

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  4. I can relate to some many of your fabulous goals. One of mine was to join a gym and I have and I’m loving it!, Didn’t think I would but I’ve been going to the gym for 7am and I’m really enjoying it. I also want to blog more too my blog is also old now and I sometimes don’t blog as often as I used too which saddens me. Onwards and upwards. Hope you achieve your goals lovely ❤ xx

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  5. I really enjoyed this post, we actually have very similar goals for 2019 haha! I have been trying the flexitarian diet for a while now and I think it’s very achievable even for someone like me who has eaten meat all their life! Also good luck looking for work experience:) I love your blog, just followed you!

    Alice x https://alspalss.wordpress.com

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    1. It really is achievable for anyone isn’t it?! A couple years ago I couldn’t imagine even trying veggie meals and now I’m forever thinking about which one I can try next.
      Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. Followed back x

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