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19 for 2019: A Different Approach to NY’s Resolutions

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With the end of 2018 approaching, many of you are trying to think ahead and make a list of New Year’s resolutions. I don’t ever remember actually writing down the things I wanted to achieve in the new year; but after reading Better Than Before (Aff.Link) by Gretchen Rubin, I’ve decided to come up with 19 ways that will, God willing, make 2019 better than any year before.


  1. Read 100 books. — I have always been an avid reader; but lately, I have let other things take precedence. According to my GoodReads account, I read 26 books this year. Now, the list might not be complete as I haven’t been very diligent about recording all books read. In 2019, I want to read 100 books and keep a record of each one on GoodReads.
  2. Establish a new sleep routine. — It used to be so easy for me to get up at 5:30 in the morning, however, somehow that did not happen in 2018 almost at all (partially due to spending the term at Crown Hall). Because I want to get into that habit again, I need to figure out what my target “go-to-bed” time is. I find it easier to fall asleep on time if I have an established nighttime routine.
  3. Post to the blog at least 3 times a week. — This will probably be the most challenging on the list, but it needs to be done. I’m hoping that posting it here on the blog will help me keep this resolution. Thanks for being my accountability partners!
  4. Read a book in French. — I took French in High School, but sadly forgot most of it. This year, I want to make an effort to re-learn enough to read a book (no matter the size).
  5. Finish Creative Writing Specialisation. — In October, I started the first of the five writing courses on Coursera. As I’m almost finished with it, I’m hoping to complete them all by the end of 2019!
  6. Go on a weekend getaway. — Pretty self-explanatory. I’m looking forward to this one.
  7. Keep a gratitude journal. — 2018 brought so many things (and people) I am thankful for. However, will I remember them in 5 years? Or even 2 years? I want to start keeping a journal of all the things God blessed me with in 2019.
  8. Quit sugar. — After reading The Case Against Sugar (Aff.Link), I decided to give up all processed sugar and limit the intake of fructose and honey. I plan to update you all on the whole detox journey, but I want to wait a little longer as I’m only on day 6. Yay me!
  9. Take a photo a day. — I don’t think I will be posting all of the picture on social media, but I really want to try to capture as much of 2019 as possible.
  10. Complete a 30 day workout challenge. — Yep. This one will be hard. Any recommendations?
  11. Learn a new word every day. — I sort of started last year, but definitely did not do it every day. Here I go, Merriam-Webster!
  12. Visit New Orleans. — Visiting NO has been on my bucket list for quite some time. What better year to make it happen than 2019?
  13. Cook something new once a month. — Especially since going gluten-free, I have been eating the same meals over and over again. It’s time to put on my discover-new-recipes hat. Any favourites you’d like to share?
  14. Learn calligraphy. — This one is driven by a serious case of FOMO. It happens every time I open my Instagram or Pinterest!
  15. Send more snail mail. — I love receiving letters and cards! I love the perks of the digital era, but there is just something about a handwritten card sitting in your mailbox.
  16. De-clutter. Naturally, I have a very minimalistic personality. However, there are some things I need to get rid of – especially in my closet.
  17. Memorise a verse a week. — What better habit to create than hiding God’s Word in your heart and mind?
  18. Take my vitamins and supplements. — Despite the fact I feel better when I take them, I really struggle remembering to do so. I’m going to have to figure out a way to remember to take them each morning.
  19. Lose 2 stone. — Last, but definitely not the least. To improve my health, I want to work on losing weight. I’m hoping cutting sugar out of my diet will be the stepping stone onto an over-all healthier lifestyle.

To keep myself going, I will post about my progress (or the lack of) fairly frequently. I would also love to hear about your own goals for 2019. Feel free to tag me on Instagram if you post them!


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