19 before 2019

Can you believe we are already over halfway through 2019? I will spare you the clichés of how fast time flies, but I do feel like there is not that much time left in 2018. I still have so many things I want to accomplish and experience before I ring in another calendar year. We all know we don’t have to wait until January 1st (or even a Monday) to achieve our goals. So I have decided to finish 2018 strong with 19 things I want to do before 2019.

Financial

1. Open a savings account. This year I made some serious savings resolutions and with some dedication, I have been able to achieve my savings target early. I want to put savings into a 3-year fixed ISA account to maximise the interest. Locking it away in a savings account means I always have a pot of money stored away as an emergency fund.

2. Invest money. I want to start trying my hand at investing this year because saving all your money isn’t a sound strategy. I still have loads of learning to do in the investment department, so I am taking baby steps here. But by the end of 2018, I want to have made at least some investments.

House

3. Move to a new house. This is technically not a goal, because I know this is going to happen. My boyfriend is buying an apartment and we will be moving into the new place in the next few months. Still, it will be a lot of work and I want everything to run smoothly.

4. Make the house a home. This one is more of a goal, as the new place needs furniture and some remodeling before we can call it a home. I am not expecting to have a Pinterest-worthy house by the end of the year, but I do want to make it liveable and cosy. So I am sure I will be spending lots of weekends organising, cleaning and decorating.

Health

5. Try acupuncture. My health has started declining a bit again and I don’t want it to get as bad as last year again. So I have decided to visit an acupuncturist to see if this type of treatment can help me with my anxiety and tinnitus.

6. Make a dentist appointment. This one is a little embarrassing. I have been living in Leeds for almost two years now and still haven’t registered with a dentist. Luckily I haven’t had any issues with my teeth in the meantime, but I don’t want to push my luck. So before the year is done, I want to register with a local dentist and have my teeth checked.

Diet

7. Do a juice cleanse. I have not been eating the healthiest in the last couple of months and consequentially my skin has been suffering. I have a wedding coming up at the beginning of September, so I have started eating clean again to clear up my skin. To help the process a little along the way, I also want to do a juice cleanse. Expect a full report on my experience in the next few weeks.

8. Do a parasite cleanse. At the beginning of 2018, I did a parasite cleanse, which helped my overall health massively. So I want to do another round towards the end of the year. Basically, the parasite cleanse is a clean, low-sugar diet that you follow for at least a month. I will write a post on all the rules before I start, as well as an update at the end of my 30 days.

9. Eat 5 veggies a day. Obviously, I won’t track this one for the rest of the year, but I do want to up my veggie intake massively. To make this goal tangible, I will choose one week where I will track my veggie intake. During that week, I will use the rainbow chart from Dr.Chatterjee to ensure I eat five or more colour veggies every day.

Spiritual

9. Do a gong bath.  Earlier this year, I went to my first gong bath at my local yoga studio. A gong bath is basically a guided meditation that ‘guides’ you into meditation with the help of gong sounds. My first experience was so relaxing and I have been itching to try it again.

10. Meditate for one hour. I once did a ten day Vipassana meditation retreat, where I meditated for up to ten hours a day. These days I am lucky if I do five minutes. I want to increase my meditation practice again, and do a one-hour meditation sitting at least once. This goal will need a lot of dedication, but I know I can do this!

Planning

11. Set up 2019 bullet journal. This year I started my first bullet journal and I love how this let’s me organise my life. However, I decided to set up my monthly spreads at the beginning of each month. This worked well until the beginning of June, when I completely forgot to make my spread. As a result, I have been neglecting my bullet journal ever since. So for next year, I want to have everything set up at the beginning of the year. That way, I can just use the journal throughout the entire year.

12. Plan my 2019 holiday. This year my ‘big trip’ was to Morocco. Next year, I would like to go to South-East Asia. As flights are cheapest around new year, I want to do some serious planning before the year ends. That way, I am ready to book my flights when the sale hits.

13. Create a social media routine. I have already started addressing my social media habits this year by unfollowing people who bring me down. I want to step this up for the rest of the year by cleaning my email inboxes and sorting my bookmarks. Then I want to create a technology / social media routine that will hopefully allow me to spend less time wasted online. To be continued…

Achievements

14. Finish reading. ‘Healing with Whole Foods’. The book ‘Healing with Plants’ is a 700-page book on eating according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. I have been making my way through the book since January and take detailed notes of everything. I still have about 350 pages left, so I need to make ‘studying’ this book a priority over casual reading.

15. Publish a recipe on my blog. I love cooking and have a few self-developed recipes that I would love to share on my blog. The only problem is that the whole process of food blogging scares me a bit. Food photography is an art I have yet to master and I have no proper experience with penning down recipes either. I just have to bite the bullet and start sharing.

16. Bake a delicious bread. Initially, I wanted to make a goal to bake a sourdough bread, but I am scared to make my own sourdough starter. I have made sourdough bread before, using a starter my mom had given me. But before I start my adventure into creating a sourdough starter, I first want to start baking bread again.

17. Do the splits. For years now, I have been trying to do the splits and have yet to achieve this one. I naturally have tight hamstrings and I walk an hour every day to and from work. So getting my hammies to loosen up is a real chore. I want to give this another serious effort this autumn. Even if I don’t achieve a full split, I want to be closer than ever to achieving one. Progress, you know?

Environment

18. Recycle my electronics. I have an old laptop, tablet, and camera that I haven’t used in years. The only reason I have not gotten rid of them yet is because I am lazy. You can’t just throw old electronics into the garbage. (Please don’t! They pollute the waterways if not properly recycled.) But recycling them takes some effort, so I need to kick myself in the but for this one. Before we move to the new house, I will have recycled my electronics. Mark my words!

19. Only buy sustainable and fair-trade clothes. This one is normally quite easy for me. I only buy fair-trade and sustainable clothing anyway. I also don’t shop a lot, so normally this wouldn’t be a goal. However, I have said wedding in September and don’t have an outfit for it. I have been trying to find at sustainable occasion wear for a while now without any luck. But I want to stay committed to my principles, so I will continue looking.

Those are my goals for the rest of the year. I have a little more than five months to achieve them all. With a little dedication, that should be no problem. When I do, I can start the new year feeling proud and accomplished!

 

 

4 Comments

  1. July 22, 2018 / 11:26 am

    Such a lovely list of goals! I love the idea and I might do one myself. Moving houses sounds exciting. I remember when I moved to our current house and got to do all the decorating. It was my happiest weeks, haha. Also, I need to set up my bullet journal as well. I thought that I could do it without a set-up and it did not end well. I wish you all the best with your goals!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Lizzyfied
      Author
      July 23, 2018 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind comment! I am definitely looking forward to all decorating that is to come 🙂

  2. Jane
    September 2, 2018 / 7:29 am

    I think it’s really smart to set goals for the end of the year! I’m going to give it a go!

    • Lizzyfied
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Yes, I love the idea of setting goals no matter what time of the year. Good luck with your goals!

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