How to Actually Make and Keep New Year’s Resolutions : 2019 Goals

How to Actually Make and Keep New Year’s Resolutions #2019Goals

It’s that time of year of again where people are making New Year’s Resolutions. Most people start them for the first week, like how it’s the busiest day at the gyms. Then again I’ve had a gym membership for 2 years and haven’t actually used it monthly, but that’s another story.

TIP #1:  Keep your new promise for an entire month, without exception

There’s some things that we do daily without thinking about it, taking a shower, going to work, how we do our job, etc. Our brain and body go by our habits. So when trying new habits or goals, try them for a whole month. I once heard you need to do something for 21 days in a row, before it comes a natural habit in your every day life.

TIP #2: Keep your goals realistic. 

Are you tired of how things are going in your life? Do you want to try something new? Are you doing it because everyone else is? You should only make goals or plans that you actually plan on doing or goals you know you can reach. Long-lasting change is most likely when it’s self-motivated and rooted in positive thinking.” Don’t just say, “I want to exercise more…” Make your goal to take a 20 minute walk each day.

TIP #3: Replace the bad with the good.

Start small, replace one bad habit with a good one. Something as simple as instead of coming home and having a beer, have diet coke. Instead of eating candy loaded with sugar, you can get some sugar free stuff. Do it for yourself, Otherwise, it’s probably not a change worth fighting for in the first place.

How to Actually Make and Keep New Year’s Resolutions : 2019 Goals


Whew ya’ll where has the time gone? It’s like 2018 is almost over with 2019 right around the corner. We’re already looking forward to next year. I strongly believe that everyone should be a goal setter. It’s a great way for self-reflection and it’s encouraging us to grow as a person. There’s power and confidence in completing milestones that we set for ourselves.

2019 Goals

[Health & Fitness]

I have a gym membership that I barely use, I need to work on that. Besides the fact, I need to actually lose weight and eat healthier. I want to be healthier and happier with myself as a person.

  • Take a walk daily
  • Do at least one 5k
  • Go to the gym at least 2-3 times a week
  • Lose 20 pounds (will update, when I lose more)

[Travel More]

I want to say I know I actually have a few trips planned already, so that’s exciting! I will be going to Texas in March and then Nashville in May. Both trips will most likely be on a plane, so that’s a win-win.

  • Take a random last minute road  trip. Went to Charlotte, NC
  • Visit a new city in North Carolina, I’ve never been to before.
  • Take a trip to the beach or mountains. Went to Myrtle Beach.
  • Take a train ride.
  • Visit the West Coast (CA & WA – I have friends to visit!)

[Night Life]

I do the same things each year, so it’s the one thing I know I will actually accomplish this year. This is how I am able to escape for at least one night and get away from the stress of regular day to day.

  • Go to more bar crawls
  • Go to more concerts
  • Go to a wine & paint shop
  • Go to a music festival

[Blog + Etsy Shop]

Last year was a rollarcoaster for the blog life, I was going through a lot and trying to blog, wasn’t working in my favor. I need to focus more on doing what’s best for me and my blog and not focus on what other’s are doing. Which can really be a struggle as a blogger. I made my Etsy shop mostly digital prints and it did really well. So I plan on building that more.

  • Post at least 2-3 times a week.
  • Post at least 1 recipe & 1 craft bi-weekly.
  • Be active in FB groups 2-3 times a week.
  • Do monthly gift guides – Monthly Favorites.
  • Aim for more blog traffic
  • Go to a blogger conference
  • Make 10 sales a month on Etsy
  • Make $50 at least a month
  • Make at least 3 new prints a week


This one is hard for me to share, because I become vulnerable when sharing things about myself, in fear people will judge me. But as a blogger, we put ourselves out there to become vulnerable.

  • Figure out my self worth.
  • Be more confident in my body.
  • Get a license & car.
  • Build my savings account.
  • Work on paying off debt.
  • Get some more tattoos, who am I kidding.

How to Actually Make and Keep New Year’s Resolutions : 2019 Goals

For the most part those are my goals for 2019. I finally realized, I have a better chance of reaching my goals, if I know I can make it reachable to begin with. So when goals get set, I will mark them out and make new ones. Because that’s the whole point of making goals.

What are your New Year’s Resolutions (Goals) for 2019?

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Hey! I'm Natalie and I live in North Carolina. I'm a single mama of four awesome kiddos. These are my thoughts on life, motherhood, fitness and everything in between.


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