• Hannah Cartwright

New Year Goals 2019

Instead of making a new year’s resolution that’ll be broken less than a week into the year, I’ve decided this year to set myself some realistic goals for the next twelve months. My hope is that at the end of 2019 I can look back on the list and feel that I’ve actually achieved what I set out to do – and hopefully more! This year should be a pretty big one for me; it’s my final year at university so in the next six months I’m going to have a huge change when I graduate and leave the town that has been my home for what will be the last four years of my life. Not only that, but I will also be leaving the county that has been my home for the last fourteen years! I’m more than ready to leave now though and so excited for a new adventure.

My biggest goal for this year and my biggest challenge is: Learning to drive. I’ve been putting it off for years now, for lack of interest and money. But once I leave University and get a ‘grown-up’ job, it might be a necessity for me. I’ve saved as much as I can over the last twelve months to best prepare myself, and had a nice boost from Christmas and birthday money. On top of that, my parents have given me some money to cover a few lessons, and there’s always the student loan! I’ll also be working as much as possible to keep this ‘driving fund’ topped up. It’ll be hard work, stressful, and financially draining but I’m ready to do it and aim to have my own little car this time next year!

My next goal is to graduate university! This one is almost certain to happen, as long as I don’t fail dramatically in the next lot of deadlines *touches wood*. It’s taken me a year longer than expected and I’ve wanted to quit so many times. But I am so bloody close now and I cannot wait.

With graduating comes the next big goal of getting a job. Ideally, I would love to go into publishing straight away, but I’m not naïve enough to think I’ll be landing my dream job straight out of University. My plan is to keep my eyes peeled for any job opportunities in the field, but failing that to get a job somewhere nearby, just to keep me financially stable while I think more about what I want to do with my degree.

I then have a few smaller goals about health and lifestyle for me to work towards. The first being to use less plastic! This was actually one of my goals last year – to stop buying carrier bags and plastic bottles. I haven’t completely stopped but I very rarely buy them anymore. I feel like if I try to cut these things out completely I’m more likely to fail and give up altogether. But by being aware of these things, it’s easier to think more about what I’m buying and remember to bring my reusable bags and water bottle the next time! In addition to the bags and plastic bottles, this year I’m going to aim to stop buying take-away coffees unless I have my keep cup. Also, I’m going to switch to shampoo and soap bars rather than buying the plastic bottles. I know these are only small changes and miniscule in comparison to the damage being done to the planet, but a little change is better than none! Maybe I’ll add more changes to this list throughout the year, but for me I feel that this is a good starting point.

I also want to try more vegan friendly meals this year. It’s completely unrealistic for me to say I’m going to become vegetarian, let alone vegan, as my diet currently stands. It would be a massive change for me and not something I’m currently prepared to do. However, I do understand there are lots of benefits to this so want to at least explore them and better educate myself on them. Where there are vegan options available, I’m going to start trying them, and when I’m cooking and baking at home I want to try some vegan recipes! (If anyone has any for me to start with, I’d love to hear them!)

I want to write on this blog at least once a month.I am so bad for not making time to write a blog post. I have a list full of ideas and things I want to write about, but the task of actually sitting down and writing them gets pushed further and further down my to do list each week. As well as writing more, I want to read more blog posts too. I follow so many blogs on Instagram that are all so interesting, but too often I save them and scroll past, never actually making it back to read them.

Lastly, my goal for every year is to read more. Before University I never left the house without a book, reading one of two a week minimum. Since starting University three and half years ago, reading has taken a bit of a back seat. I have a mountain of unread books on my shelf (around eighty last time I checked!) and it’s only going up! I’m buying the books but never making enough time to read them. So, this year I want to considerably cut this number down, through reading them and getting rid of any that will never be read. My Goodreads goal is usually set at fifty-two books, but I’m yet to make that. This year it’ll be set at a more realistic twenty-five, but it would be amazing to exceed this!

So, in summary my ten goals for the year ahead are:

1. Learn to drive

2. Graduate University

3. Get a job

4. Use less plastic

5. Stop buying take away coffee cups

6. Switch to shampoo and soap bars

7. Try more vegan meals

8. Write more blog posts

9. Read more blog posts

10. Read more books

Wish me luck!

Click here to read my goals for 2020!

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