Goals for 2019 // Looking back

Last January I wrote a post with 10 goals for 2019, and then I promptly forgot all about it! Well, that’s not quite true, I didn’t forget completely but I didn’t come back to the list all year. Until I looked at it a few days ago I had forgotten all about some of the goals, although some of them had been in the back of my mind through the year.

So considering I didn’t really make much effort to meet my goals for the year, how did I do with them? Rather surprisingly, not to bad as it turns out!

2019 Me

The first 5 goals were ones that I had given myself in 2018 and decided to continue into 2019. These were mostly things that I was sort of doing anyway so I have managed to carry on with them over the last year too. They were…

Continue Intermittent Fasting

I started intermittent fasting at the beginning of 2018. As a weight loss strategy it still hasn’t really worked for me, but there are lots of other benefits to fasting and I still do feel like the longer I do it the more I learn. My sweet tooth is still my nemesis but I’m still hopeful that intermittent fasting will help me conquer this and I will eventually manage to lose weight and keep it off. Watch this space!

Continue regular yoga practise

I definitely managed this one. I love yoga so much now! For the first part of last year I went to a class once a week , and then upped that to two classes a week. At the end of the summer I joined our local health club and usually go to two or three yoga classes a week (plus a Barre Concept class which is a mix of ballet and pilates).

For January I have started Yoga With Adriene’s latest 30 day at-home yoga journey too so there is definitely no shortage of yoga in my life at the moment!

Read 24 books

OK, so I didn’t quite manage this one… I did read 22 books though, which is 8 more than the year before so I’m still calling this one a success.

Go to bed at a sensible time

This has been a bit hit and miss. I have been trying to go to bed earlier but and I sometimes manage it. I usually manage to get to bed sometime between 10:30 and 11:30 which isn’t brilliant but it’s not too bad either. If it was nearer to 10:30 more often I’d be winning I think.

Keep blogging

Yep, still here! As as happened many times before in the last 6 years I seem to have lost my mojo with the blog again over the last few months, but I’m still writing, still sharing my weekly Living Arrows posts and I can’t see me stopping any time soon.

I did set some new goals for 2019 and I’ve got on reasonably well with most of those too…

Reduce waste and plastic use

We’ve done pretty well with this one. Some things we’ve continued like using reusable wipes and cloths instead of kitchen roll, and soap and shampoo bars instead of liquids. I wrote a post about 13 Eco-Friendly Plastic Free Household Swaps that we have made that you can read here.

We still need to work on reducing the plastic from food packaging but this is one I am finding quite hard to do whilst also sticking to a budget. Definitely one to keep working on…

Use our National Trust membership

We did manage to use our National Trust membership quite a lot last year. We had visits to Speke Hall in Liverpool, Old Rufford Hall (which is our nearest NT property), Dunham Massey in Cheshire, Sizergh Castle (which is handily round the corner from Barry’s parents’ house), Wray Castle on Windermere, and we used lots of National Trust car parks in the Lake District too.

Three generations of men sitting on a bench
Three generations of our family at Sizergh Castle

We’ve renewed our membership for another year so I’m sure there’ll be more National Trust adventures to come.

See more live entertainment

I did quite well with this one. In the last year I saw Hamilton and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London, Book of Mormon in Manchester, Tim Minchin in Liverpool, and Take That in Huddersfield. Oh and Malory Towers the Musical in Manchester too.

I’ve already got plans to see more this year. My Christmas present was a trip to London at the end of this month and I’ve booked to see three different musicals – Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen and Come from Away. I can’t wait!

Switch off my phone

OK, so this one I haven’t really done at all. I’ve been on my phone as much in the last year as I ever have before. Must try harder!

Be more mindful about spending

We’ve done reasonably well with this one I think. We managed to pay an extra £50 off the mortgage every month last year and hope to continue doing that this year too. I’ve also done well at selling lots of things we don’t need any more and have probably made at least £500 over the year.

So overall I think I’ve done a fairly good job at meeting my goals for 2019. It’s amazing what you can do without really trying. Imagine how much I could achieve if I actually put my mind to it!

Did you have any goals or resolutions last year? How did you get on with meeting them?

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