Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

I wanted to do this post in December and I feel like being too busy really isn’t a good excuse, but that’s all I got for right now as to why I didn’t post. I wanted to slow down and really enjoy what little time we had to spend with family and friends this year so all of Q4 was very light in terms of blog content. That said, I like to share with y’all a recap of my year and my resolutions, but it’s also something I do for myself so that I can look back and see how far I’ve come or what I should work on for the following year. I love self-reflecting!

Last year I did a nice, brief recap on 2017 - you can read that here - so below I’ve pulled out the resolutions I made and what I was able to accomplish:

2018 New Year’s Resolutions: 

Try out a vegan or vegetarian diet
Well, I didn’t quite get to this, but in December I did start back on my pescatarian diet - baby steps right? I definitely want to eat healthier and cut back on sugar in 2019.

Do Kayla’s BBG on Sweat every week
2018 started our strong, but I pretty much gave up on SWEAT and started running for the majority of the year, but Kayla’s new challenge starts in a few weeks so maybe I’ll pick this back up, but I’m not going to renew this as a resolution for 2019.

Budget properly
Finally, a resolution that I can say I was able to accomplish! I worked really hard at the end of 2017 to start the year off with no debt (with the exception of my car payment) so that I could build a healthy savings and I can honestly say that I am starting off 2019 with a larger savings account than I had when 2018 began! This would make for a great blog post of it’s own so stay tuned for that!

Be kind and patient
You can always improve yourself and while I was kind and more patient than I usually am, I still think I can always improve this year after year. I want to practice more patience in 2019 and I also want to practice listening more instead of talking. 

Volunteer at least once
I didn’t get to volunteer my time this year, but I did manage to connect with local businesses and help them to grow through my experience with social media and digital marketing!

Read 12 books
I definitely didn’t read 12 books, I think I only read 2 this year, but I’m going to reset this goal for 2019 and make my goal a little smaller. I used to read at least 2 books per month when I lived in NYC and was on the subway half the time. I need to pick this good habit back up and watch less TV!

Travel to Europe
Sadly, we didn’t make it to Europe and I honestly don’t think we will this year either because we already have a semi-full travel calendar, but someday I will make it and post all of the lovely photos!

Explore 20+ new cities  
Let’s see, we may have accomplished this one! I’m going to count with you now - here are all the cities we visited in 2018:

1. Richmond, VA
2. Annapolis, MD
3. Lexington, VA
4. Oxnard, CA
5. Santa Barbara, CA
6. Santa Monica, CA
7. Santa Clarita, CA
8. Venice, CA
9. Ventura, CA
10. The Catskills, NY
11. Manhattan, NY
12. Brooklyn, NY
13. Beverly Hills, CA
14. The Palisades, CA
15. San Diego, CA
16. Austin, TX
17. Fishkill, NY
18. New Paltz, NY
19. Paramus, NJ
20. Washingtonville, NY

So, technically, we hit this one, but a few of them aren’t new cities. At least I can look back on this list next year and see what new cities we make it to in 2019!

Be more creative
I feel accomplished in this one, but just like I was saying earlier, you can never stop improving and I want to continue to be more creative in 2019!

Run a half marathon
Nope, didn’t make this one, but maybe I’ll set a smaller goal to run a 10K in 2019!

And now, DRUMROLL PLEASE, here are my resolutions for 2019! We’ll look back next year on this post and see what we accomplish in December - or January 2020 if Q4 2019 is anything like it was this year!

2019 New Year’s Resolutions: 

Eat healthier, cut back on sugar

Run once a week

Build savings, pay off a portion of the car

Volunteer at least once

Read 10 books

Travel to Key West

Explore 10+ new cities  

Blog twice a month

Run a 10K

Since I love lists, I also wanted to keep track of the things I want to this year that aren’t necessarily resolutions, but more so things I want keep track of and not forget that I started out the year wanting to do. Here we go:

Travel to Charleston

Blog about beauty

Do more pilates

Help plan by BFF Jordan’s wedding

Pay off half my car payment (goes with my resolution above)

Obtain more clients for my business Talos & Theory for digital marketing and branding

Make my blog more profitable

Pay off my credit card

Journal 2-3x per week (I’ve been journaling since I was in elementary school!)

Build my resource section with spreadsheets and things that help me daily

Travel to Naples to see my BFF Anna

Take a vacation Key West

Travel to Austin for my friend Jesse’s 30th birthday in April

Visit Pippin Hill in Charlottesville

Go camping (or glamping)

Go snowboarding

Do more blog post collaborations

Thanks to all of you for a wonderful 2018 and here’s to an even better 2019! Your continued support throughout the past year has been massively appreciated and I’m inspired by y’all each day!