Things I Would Like to Do in 2019

It’s not a new year unless I use my blog to shame myself into accomplishing things this year, right?

GET MORE FIT.

Last year I said I wanted to run 1,000 miles and then, less than three weeks after setting that goal, I hurt myself. And that was it. I knew almost immediately there was no way I’d be able to hit 1,000 miles and I was right. Last year was a real shitty year for running and while I don’t even know how many miles I ran last year, I do know it’s much less than 1,000.

This year I’m not setting a mileage goal. It would be great to get to 1,000 miles, but I’m much more interested in being a better, smarter, stronger and more well-rounded athlete. That means continuing to run and strength train and go to yoga while also fueling my body with foods that don’t make me feel like shit. It means recovering right, foam-rolling and stretching and getting regular massages. And it means mixing things up and pushing myself out of the comfort zone I’ve snuggled myself into this past year.

So, as I told a my lady friends as we sat around my dining table declaring our intentions for the year as 2018 ticked to a close, this year I want to get fit as fuck.

READ 50+ BOOKS.

I read 69 books in 2018, which is more books than I’ve ever read in a year. I’m not sure I can do it again, but I’m hoping to at least get to 50, which should be doable.

Last year I only read books written by woman, and this year I’m going to let a few male authors back on my reading list, but chances are good they won’t be white dudes.

SAVE $10,000+ FOR KITCHEN RENOVATIONS.

I love my house. It’s a very good house. But my kitchen isn’t great. It’s all basic builder grade with shades of brown and floor tiles that have always been uneven. It’s functional, but after ten years of living here, it’s time for an upgrade.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking of how I would change my kitchen, from ripping off the backsplash I’ve always hated to replacing the cabinets and installing a range hood that does more than make a lot of fan-like noise.

It’s a lot, yes, but I plan to attack it in phases, knocking out some smaller projects before ripping up the floor tile and replacing the cabinetry. I’m also planning to do most of it myself, probably next winter, to save money, yes, but also so I can gloat about it. Mostly so I can gloat about it.

ADULT-IFY MY WARDROBE.

I really love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and the further I get into my 30s the more I realize I tend to wear the same thing – a gray shirt, jeans, flats, some stud earrings, an occasional button-up or sweater when I’m feeling frisky and that’s about it. This year I’d like to invest in a few more quality wardrobe staples, probably with the help of Trunk Club (affiliate link) since I’m real bad at shopping for myself, while weeding out the shit in my closet that spent the entirety of 2018 on a hanger.

I don’t have a set goal for how big or small I’d like my wardrobe to be, I just want to open my closet the end of this year and find a small collection of quality clothes that I’m excited to wear.

VISIT 25+ NATIONAL PARKS.

I don’t have a single trip booked for 2019, which is making me crazy, but I do have a few ideas about where I’d like to go this year, including Zion in Utah, Acadia in Maine and maybe, if I’m real lucky, Crater Lake in Oregon. I’m also planning to revisit a few parks, especially Shenandoah and the Smokies, and I’d really love to get up to Assateague Island National Seashore this year as well.

I really want to up my weekend getaway game this year and see if I can’t throw in a few random weekend trips to parks within a five, six or seven hour driving radius. I’m sitting at 76 of 418 parks visited and hitting 100 in 2019 would be pretty damn great.

SEND REAL MAIL.

I really want to be a person who has their shit together enough to send sweet care packages to friends once or twice a year but I’m pretty terrible at actually taking shit to the post office. But still. I want to send a small package or card to my favorite lady friends. Definitely once, maybe twice.

ETC.

Other things I’d like to get done in 2019 include: staying debt free, continuing to get a better grip on my finances, take the dogs for more walks, learn how to cook new things, establish a better routine for keeping the house in order so I don’t go insane and a whole handful of work-related things.

What are you hoping to accomplish this year?

14 comments Add yours
  1. Girl. Aren’t you already fit as fuck?! I swear, you are so seriously impressive, & I hope you recognize it. Here’s to even more badassery in 2019. <3

  2. My biggest goal of 2019 is to finally write my novel! I want a finished manuscript by the end of the year. I also reallllly want to lose weight. Really, really.

    1. Yesssss – you can absolutely achieve these goals this year, lady! I think you’ve got some ideas on how to put more fitness into your life and doing that will definitely help you reach your weight goals. Also, breaking those goals into mini goals has always helped me get results.

  3. All of these resonate with me, but the biggest one is sending real mail! I used to be so good about sending postcards and care packages. I love baking for deployed friends! This past year I sent maybe two packages. Oh, and I kind of need to lose what’s left of the baby weight, so maybe I need to get all that baking in the mail ASAP!

    1. I’ve never been good at sending stuff, so fingers crossed I can make some improvements this year.

      And on the fitness front, I took the ACFT for the first time yesterday and it beat me up – it’s a whole different ballgame from the APFT, but it’s always a lot more fun.

        1. It’s pretty great! I was skeptical when they first announced it, but having done it and gone through the training on how to administer it, etc., I think it’s pretty great. It will be a change, obviously, but a good one. And now I’ve established a baseline that lets me know I suck at chucking medicine balls behind my head and that leg tucks are just as hard as I assumed they would be. πŸ™‚

  4. Email me when you can. Haven’t seen or heard from you in a while. Just want to catch up with you. Hope you are well….

    John Sanchez

  5. I love your list!! And aren’t you fit as f**k already, girl? (you’re my inspiration!)
    I should probably also adult-ify my wardrobe. My job is not very helpful in making that happen as I can come to work in jeans and sweatshirts, basically.

  6. Getting more fit is also number one on my list. I alternate running and walking because it is the simplest routine I know of. This fitness goal also includes proper diet so I lean into eating more vegetables than meat. As for the mind, I see to it that I try solving puzzles and reading ebooks. I also lessen my time on social media and divert my attention to gardening.

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