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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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…
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?
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!