So Long 2018, Hello 2019

I have never been the sort of person that sets themselves ‘New Year Resolutions’ simply because I’ve never really believed in them.

If you don’t like something about yourself then go and do something about it. You don’t need the new year to realise, actually, there’s a million things I’m doing wrong and I hate myself! Ok, hate might be a little strong but you get the idea.

This year I’ve decided to throw all expectation out of the metaphorical window and set myself a few, clear goals that I can reflect on this time next year. Hopefully, having succeeded in at least a few of them!

Having my goals published on the internet also means I’m less likely to try and break them, I guess. Or at least allows my friends and family to scorn me when I attempt to break them…

I had a great 2018 but I want 2019 to be even better. In typical Meghan style, I’m a couple of days late in deciding what I actually want my 2019 resolutions to be but here goes…

Be more productive and organise my time better

This one must feature on a lot of lists but I think it’s relevant to most people nowadays.

I find myself losing my whole day, week and even year, not having done half the things I said I would because I spend too much time, wasting time.

How often I will make a cup of tea and sit on the sofa scrolling through social media, only to realise 3 hours later that it’s dark outside and I’ve done absolutely nothing worth mentioning. I often don’t even drink the tea because I’ve decided to do something else pointless and forgotten about it. Wasted time and wasted teabags!

‘What did you do today?’

Really, you don’t want to know.

So this year, I’m going to set myself tasks for each day and literally tick them off. One of these includes ‘DO NOT SPEND SO MUCH TIME LOOKING AT YOUR PHONE!’

To write off scrolling through Instagram and Facebook altogether is completely unrealisable, so lets be realistic.

Write more

This one feeds on from the above.

I launched my blog a whole nine months ago and altogether I’ve got nine posts. That’s one post a month. Which is shocking.

I underestimated how much time it actually takes to plan, write, proof-read, take decent pictures and generally run a blog, as well as have a job and some sort of social life to see friends and family. So I’ve just become further and further behind on posts I wanted to publish months ago. But now I have a lot more time to devote to this blog so the posts will increase.

They have to now because I can’t break a resolution in the first month of 2019!

I also want do more writing for published magazines or online journals this year. This is a big one for me. Fingers crossed I’ll have an update on my (hopeful) progress during the year. 

Rise earlier

Anyone that considers me a friend will know that I am not a morning person. I am renowned for loving my bed more than any other.

I will quite happily go to bed at 11pm and sleep until 11am and probably still awake feeling like I’ve just gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson.

I began implementing this resolution late last year, managing to rise at 7-7.30am, albeit feeling groggy. But this year I want to start rising between 6-7am and actually feeling good when I wake up.

Having a puppy is helping with getting out of bed earlier and quicker. However, I do believe I’ve rescued the laziest puppy ever. She’s great because she lets you have a lie in when you want one. But she would also be quite happy to keep snoozing way into the late morning if you don’t stir. Hence, if I feel lazy one morning she isn’t like most dogs that will pull you out of bed for the toilet or a walk so I continue sleeping, too. 

They say that dogs reflect their owners, this one definitely does. Sleepy, rebellious and outspoken. We’re both working on it.

Be more eco-friendly and planet conscious

This is a big one for me.

Last year I realised how uninformed I was about the effect human’s are having on the planet. This was especially true when I visited the Maldives last year and saw lots of dead coral, of which I saw plastic netting being cut off the coral by my dive instructor and waste appearing on the shore of a very isolated island.

This year I vow to eat less meat, more veggies. I am also researching veganism and considering a diet overhaul in due course. I was planning on Veganuary but alas, it crept up on me too soon. This goes hand in hand with with generally looking after my body and eating healthier.

In addition, I want to reduce my human waste by buying from companies with an eco-initiative. Companies that realise plastic is not a sustainable option for the future, companies that use recycled plastic in their products and do not use plastic as a low-cost option for packaging.

I also want to curb my use of ‘fast-fashion’ brands and start using brands that are interested in sustainable, organic clothing and that give back to the planet.

I need to do a lot more research into this resolution but I’m beginning to see the importance of eco-living and realising our human mistakes.  

Read more

To my memory, I only remember finishing one book last year. I really enjoy reading but I’m someone who puts it off to watch the tv instead because that’s ‘less effort’. Then I sit in front of the tv scrolling through social media and have to ask the person next to me what happened. Anyone else guilty of this?

I’ve heard that A Little Life is worth a read and the reviews are pretty much all 5 stars so that’ll be my first read of 2019. It’s only 736 pages long… ease yourself into it…

I also want to start listening to podcasts instead of having the tv on in the background. Any suggestions for good podcasts to listen to are more than welcome! I never knew podcasts were as big as they are, there’s a plethora of them! Where do I begin?!

Discover more of the UK

I originally started this blog for travel writing so it’s only fair to keep doing that. But this year I want to explore more of the UK and write more about London.

At the moment it’s unfeasible for me to travel to a different country every couple of weeks, as much as I would love to be doing that. I’m going to keep the posts constant by writing about local adventures and general life more often. 

Since having a dog, I now love a Sunday stroll in the woods and exploring new areas. I recently visited Camber Sands for the first time, which Caramel loved! Dog-friendly places will probably also start featuring on here.

More scuba diving

Scuba diving is a skill I never thought I’d love as much as I do. My trip to the Maldives set alight a fire inside me and now I just want to continue to explore the underwater world, all over the world!

By the end of the year I want to have completed the PADI Advanced Open Water.

Anyway, that’s enough. There’s plenty more goals I could include but lets not set myself up for disaster and instead focus on a few big ones!

I hope everyone has a happy and prosperous 2019!

Bounding into the new year like…

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