My new year’s resolutions for 2019

I absolutely love planning. Setting goals is one of my favourite pastimes, and achieving my goals is not necessarily on the forefront of my mind when I set them. Each year, I thus set a list of new year’s resolutions. And each year I do really well in the first few months. But inevitably, I also fail around March or April or whenever sufficient time has passed for my memory and determination to fail me. This year round I wanted to do things differently. I see the flaw in setting goals for 12 months when my focus can only look a few months ahead. But I wasn’t about to give up my beloved new years ritual. So I thought of a way to set goals that (hopefully) I can stick to. This year – instead of setting yearly goals – I have set 12 monthly goals for myself. Hopefully, by changing the time-frame of the goals, I will be able to finish them all. Without further ado, here are my 12 new year’s resolutions for 2019.

January – Yoga with Adriene

Adriene’s famous January Yoga Challenge is a classic for anyone who is interested in yoga. I have actually tried doing this challenge a few times before but dropped off around halfway through each time. This year I am determined to finish the 30 days, so wish me luck!

February – Meditate ten minutes every day

I have been absolutely rubbish at meditation in 2018. Whereas I used to religiously meditate every day and even did a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat once, this year I can count the number of times I meditated on two hands. To ease myself back into it, I will start with a gentle 10 minutes a day during February.

March – Do a parasite cleanse

I did a parasite cleanse last March. Basically, a parasite cleanse consists of a no-sugar diet with some herbal supplements, but I will do a proper blog post about it closer to the time. I absolutely loved the results last time around, so I am committed to doing another round this year.

April – Cook from scratch every single day

I cook about 4-5 times a week. The other days, I survive on oats, sandwiches or leftovers. Next April, I want to cook a healthy new meal every single day. Not because oats, sandwiches or leftovers are bad, but because I want to get into a better habit of cooking a meal for myself at the end of a working day. Of course, I will cook smaller batches, so that no food will go to waste.

May – Read for 30 minutes every day

2018 has rekindled my love for reading and I have a big pile of books that I want to get through. I will, of course, read throughout all of 2019, but am dedicating May to reading half an hour a day.

June – Pilates

I haven’t worked out properly in ages. While I was recovering from a stressful period in my life, I decided to skip all exercise (besides an hour of walking each day and some gentle yoga). Next year, I want to continue taking things slow, while also easing myself back into exercising. I am starting this off with a month of Pilates. I can do as little pilates as I want each day. But I have to do a few exercises every single day.

July – Abs

Continuing with my focus on exercise, July will be the month of abs. My abs are naturally the strongest (best trained) muscles in my body. So going hard on them for a month will be relatively easy. I will try to complete a 30-day ab challenge for this month.

August  – Journalling

August is the month where I want to journal every day. I used to write a diary daily a few years ago and I love looking back in these journals. Due to the effort involved in writing a diary daily, I quit after two years, but I want to bring this habit back in August.

September – Stretch for the split

I have set myself the goal to do a split so many times I have lost count. I have also given it some genuine attempts. So I am not aiming for an actual split with this resolution. What I do want to commit to is 30 minutes of stretching for splits every day in September.

October – No spend month

In October I want to spend no money, other than on essentials. I will do a full post with all the rules closer to the time, but in essence, I want to spend nothing more than what I need to survive.

November – Post a blog post every day

In November I want to dedicate myself to my blog and post every single day. This will probably be shorter posts than I currently write. But nonetheless, I want to write and publish an article each day.

December – Digital detox

In December I will do a digital detox. That means no Instagram, Facebook, blogging, YouTube, and Netflix whatsoever. (Of course, I will keep text and email for convenience sake). This will be the perfect time to go inward for the darkest month of the year and reflect back on all that 2019 has brought me.

Those are my resolutions for the year. Each month I will focus on a new goal to achieve. The hope is that some goals (such as meditating and journalling) will become regular habits again, but that is not part of the resolutions. If I manage to fulfill all of these monthly challenges, I can look back on 2019 with pride.

Do you have any new year’s resolutions for 2019?

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