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We both wanted to take some time over the holidays to really enjoy our time with family as well as focus on preparing some really great content for The Middle Edit in 2019. So we greatly appreciate you sticking around and we hope that what we have prepared for this coming year will continue to inspire you and keep you coming back!
Love ’em or hate ’em, with the New Year comes New Year Resolutions! After taking our little break, we wanted to start the year off here, on The Middle Edit, with what we are both working on this year. Neither of us our huge New Year Resolutions people, but we do believe in setting goals/intentions for the year and taking the steps to accomplish them! Our New Year Resolutions for 2019 are all about bettering ourselves and creating a lifestyle we love! And at the end of it all, we hope we can look back on 2019 and be happy/proud/grateful for all we accomplished/experienced!
Allison’s New Year Resolutions for 2019
I don’t love New Year’s Resolutions because I feel like I always fail at accomplishing them. I’ve learned over the years, that chasing results while not actually taking the steps to change my lifestyle is the problem. I have to change my lifestyle in order to succeed. This year, I’m working on lifestyle changes!
“New goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is not an outcome, it is a process. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better rituals, not chasing better results”. – James Clear
1. Focus on Physical Wellness
In 2018, I did a really great job on focusing on what I put into my body. Last year was my first full year living a 95% vegan/plant-based lifestyle. I’ve noticed a huge difference and was able to pinpoint food allergies that I knew I always had but never wanted to admit. Changing my diet was a huge lifestyle change that I’ve stuck to. Now, I’m ready to take the next step…exercise! I’ve never been a “fan” of working out. In the past when I’ve been consistent, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my body, mood and energy level. I’m excited to add this ritual into my day-to-day life!
2. Nurture my marriage
Holy sh*t, I’m married! Matt and I have been together a long time and have lived together a long time but marriage is new! I’ve been told that the first year of marriage can sometimes be a struggle. I refuse to let that happen! This year I’m going to focus on spending more quality time together, being more present and putting the phone down more often.
3. Buy less “stuff”
A short term goal that I am going to accomplish is “No Spend January”. My version of “No Spend January” means that I will not spend money on anything besides groceries, bills (of course) and necessary work items. This is going to be a huge adjustment that I hope kickstarts a minimalist approach to the rest of the year. I have always bought things when I want them instead of buying things when I truly need them. It is wasteful and I have too much “stuff”!
4. Read 1 Book a Month
Always a goal and I haven’t accomplished it in a couple years! This one is so irritating to me because I used to read a lot. Not anymore! I always buy books, check out books from the library but have been putting them down right in the middle. This year, I am making a realistic goal: read 1 book a month. Starting with finishing the books I put down in 2018.
I asked myself “how am I going to accomplish this?”. My solution: taking our TV out of our bedroom. 8 months ago, a TV “magically” appeared in our bedroom after 12 years of “No TV” in the bedroom. That has changed- it was taken out of our bedroom as of January 1st! Goodbye TV, Hello Books!
5. Work Smarter Not Harder
Juggling different business ventures has been challenging and this year is just going to get more challenging. Getting into a daily routine, batch working and prioritizing is going to be my #1 focus of 2019! This is the only way I can truly succeed in ALL aspects of my businesses in 2019!
Shannon’s New Year Resolutions for 2019
I’ve never been big on resolutions. To be honest, I think last year was really the first year I sat down and took the time to write out any resolutions. I can’t say I did great at accomplishing them, but I was able to mark a few things off the list, so I’m marking that as a win.
This year, I’ve decided to do the same. So the other day I took some time for myself to write out my New Year resolutions for 2019. There is nothing drastic on this list, but they are all things I will be working towards and focusing on in 2019.
1. Stop putting so much focus on time
Time is constantly on my mind. I’m always thinking about it and feeling like there is never enough. Even down to the days, especially on Sunday’s, I tend to focus and worry about the hours rather than just enjoying my time. So this year, I am making a very diligent effort to not put so much focus on time.
I started working on this the end of last year by making daily to-do lists and truly did help. So it’ll be a year of to-do lists for me if it’ll help to take my mind off of how fast time goes!
2. Focus on my mental wellness as much as my physical
When it comes to physical wellness, 2018 was a pretty strong year for me and I am incredibly proud of that. However, I feel that my mental wellness in 2018 was not at it’s best. Anxiety and overthinking being the biggest contributors to that. Again, this is something I started working on at the end of the year by starting therapy back up, so I’m determined to make this a big New Year Resolution for 2019.
3. Write/journal in some form every day
I’ve always been a big fan of journaling. I started my first journal as a freshman in high school and have filled at least 5 journals since then. However, these days, I tend to only journal when I am feeling sad or conflicted about something. Writing/journaling is incredibly therapeutic and it’s something I really want to put a focus on this year.
I recently bought a book, 300 More Writing Prompts, to get me started on this! It’s a fun book with a lot of great questions that really make you think.
4. Stop buying so many “things”
So over having so much stuff! I am never going to be a minimalist or one of those people who can only live with a few things, but I am determined to cut back a bit. This New Year resolution for 2019 is going to be one I need to be very conscious of and keep reminding myself of. I tend to buy “things” very easily, so this will definitely be a hard one for me!
5. Continue to network/put myself out there more
Towards the end of 2018, I attended quite a few networking events. It was completely out of my comfort zone, but I met some pretty incredible women, learned a lot of new things and was able to grow The Middle Edit from attending. So in 2019, I am making it a goal to attend more and put myself out there as much as possible. It’s still scary and not something I think I will ever get used to, but if it gets me all of those things I mentioned above, count me in!
What are your New Year Resolutions for 2019?