2018 is over! Can you believe another year has gone by already? I hope that you all have plans to send the year out with a bang tonight! I have crazy plans of staying in and wine – how the times have changed! Haha.
But anyway, as you tend do when the new year approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the past year and on my hopes for 2019 and so decided to put pen to paper (so to speak) and share with you my goals for the year ahead.
I have so much planned for 2019. When I start to think about it I feel a bit anxious and overwhelmed. I start to feel the negative voice of self doubt creeping in and with that feel like my goals are just a pipe dream and I’ll never be capable of achieving them. I’m making a conscious effort to try and ignore that part of me though and so I thought I’d write a detailed post of my goals broken down into categories and smaller goals so that I know where I am, what I need to do to achieve them and to silence the negative self talk in my head.
I’m focusing on various areas, because combined together they will help me to create the life I want to be living. For years I’ve told myself ‘new year, new me’ or ‘2016/17/18 will be MY year’ and I get to the end of the year feeling deflated and like I’m further away from my goals than when I started.
This time it’s different though, I feel like I’ve made good progress in 2018 and taken the right steps to start me on the path I want to be on. I also feel like if I post my goals here, in black and white for the world to see then I am held accountable because who wants to fail miserably in public?
I’m not going to lie, some of these goals are huge and they are quite frightening. But as the saying goes, “If your goals don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough” – so I must be doing something right!
I’ll start with Financial Goals because primarily this is a money blog and the numbers are what you’re going to be mostly interested in!
- Save £5,714.29Sounds like a random number doesn’t it? I want to have £10k saved by September 2020 (for reasons I’ll share at some point in the future), so to be in line with meeting that goal I need to have saved £5,714.29 by the end of the year.
- Overpay the Mortgage by £6,000To meet my long term goal of mortgage freedom by 40, we need to overpay the mortgage by at least £6k this year.
- Make £1000 a month in side hustlesBecause after bills and expenses, we’re pretty much breaking even without putting any money to overpayments or savings! Luke’s a full time student and I’m on a part time wage, so the only way we’re going to be able to build savings and pay down the mortgage is by creating extra income. It feels absurd to even write this down, but if I don’t put it out there I’m not going to be motivated to try.
- Go to the gym 3 times a weekI’m struggling to get 3 sessions a week in at the moment as our timetables are so hectic. I’m hoping that this will settle down now that Luke isn’t on placement and I’ll be able to get back into a routine.
- Read 20 booksI love reading but never find the time or create the time to do it – there’s always something more important to be done. This year I want to incorporate a little more self care and time to do things I enjoy, reading being one of those things. I’ve got a huge list of books I want to read so it’s time to start working through it. In 2018 I read a pitiful 4 books.
- 2019 Family Bucket ListCreate a list of family activities for the year and complete them.
- Budget Bathroom/Kitchen MakeoverI’ve had the tools in for literally months, so I need to finally get it done so I can stop complaining about how ugly both rooms are.
- Meal Plan and Prep every weekWhen I actually do this we save so much time and money. I need to set aside time each and every week to plan and prep for the week ahead.
- Continue to Declutter and Organise the homeA bit of a vague one but I want to continue to declutter, organise and streamline the house. I made good progress this year, but there’s still plenty that can be improved.
Katie Saves Goals
I want to really put time and effort into the blog this year. My head is swimming with ideas but so far I’ve struggled to get everything out and in order, my posting has been sporadic and sparse at best and I have lots of work to do behind the scenes. Therefore, my goals for this space are:
- Develop a consistent posting scheduleI’d like to post 3 times a week ideally, but I’ll start with twice a week and commit to posting on a Monday/Thursday.
- Invest in a courseI’ve actually asked for a course for my birthday, how sad am I? There’s plenty of free resources out there but if I want to take this blog from an occasional hobby to something bigger then I really need to invest some money into it.
- Develop a consistent social media posting scheduleI love Instagram but I have no real structure with the way I’m using it and have noticed that my engagement falls on the days when I don’t post anything. I need to post regularly and interact more. Likewise with Facebook. And I really need to figure out how to use Twitter and Pinterest because at the moment they’re just sat there doing nothing at all.
So there’s my humongous list of goals for the year ahead, what have you got planned for 2019?