The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect on the year you’ve just had. And for many of us, 2018 was nothing but mean and awful to us. Meme after meme on the internet just shows how bad of a year 2018 has been – could it be something in the air?
Reflecting on the past year not only gives you a chance to think about the things that went well and the goals you achieved, but you can also think about the things that didn’t go so well (which was pretty much everything). Whilst it doesn’t seem like a fan task to look over the things that failed during 2018, it’s a great way to reflect and prepare for the year ahead.
Ultimately, it can help you decide what you’d like to change to better your life in 2019.
The hardest part of planning ahead, however, is knowing what you’d like to change. Although you’ll know what went wrong in 2018, often it doesn’t give you a clear and inspiring focal point for the year ahead.
With that in mind, here are 13 ways you can change your life in 2019:
- Spend Time With People Who Make You Feel Great
Whilst this may seem like something you should always be doing, often it’s easy to forget. Throughout our lifetime we will meet people that no matter what they do, they make you feel great about yourself. Spending more time with these people is a great way to ensure you’re always feeling positive about yourself, and if you’re lucky it will have such a positive impact on how your year turns out.
- Learn Something New
Learning something new is a great way to change your life for the better in 2019. Whether it’s something small like taking a course in cooking or something bigger like an Online MBA in Marketing, you never know what it could potentially lead to in the future.
- Finish Something You Started
We all have those projects we’ve started that, for a million different reasons, get left behind and forgotten. Whether it’s writing a book, renovating a room in your house or getting started on setting up your own business – you’ll be surprised how good you will feel when you finally finish it off.
It’s a big project that may take longer than a year, set yourself some goals to work towards and aim to be at a certain point by the end of 2019.
- Make New Friends
This might be the hardest one on the list as it can be so hard to make friends as an adult! At this stage in our life, we normally have a friendship circle and a routine where we don’t necessarily meet any new people. Join a new club, visit a new bar or travel solo and maybe you’ll meet some new and incredible friends along the way.
- Forgive Someone
Forgiving someone can be hard but life is too short to be holding grudges against people you were once close with. Rekindling an old friendship or relationship could change your 2019 for the better, opening up your year to lots of new experiences and memories!
- Face One Of Your Fears
Facing a fear is a great way to change your life in 2019. Whether you’re scared of heights, scared of being on open water or scared of the dark – trying to face your fears will make you feel proud and accomplished.
It won’t be easy, but it may well be one of the best things you do this year. For tips and tricks to help you overcome a fear, you can visit this handy guide here.
- Start A New Hobby
Doing the same thing over and over may be comforting to some but often, people want a little more out of life. Whether you go to a new craft club, take up a new sport or teach yourself a new skill in the comfort of your own home – starting a new hobby is a great way to add a little something extra to your life. Some great examples include joining a local choir, trialling for a local sports team, starting your own personal blog or taking up gardening.
- Travel Solo To Somewhere You Have Never Been Before
Traveling solo is something that often changes people’s lives in a way they could never imagine. It’s an experience that can teach you things about yourself that you never knew, as well as help you to build your confidence and improve on your life skills. It may be an incredibly scary thought to pack your bags and head off into the world on your own, but there are lots of handy guides online to help put your mind at ease.
- Focus On Making Time For Yourself Every Day
Self-care is incredibly important but often something people forget to do when they lead such a busy life. Taking the time to look after yourself and focus on just you, can make a huge difference to your mood every day. Whilst some people think they don’t have the time to practice self-care, they often don’t realize that it can be as simple as taking a hot bath, reading a chapter before bed or simply cozying up to watch a movie with your loved one. Self-care is whatever you make it.
- Volunteer For Something You’re Passionate About
There are so many incredible causes out there that you can support in various different ways, but one of the most rewarding ways is to volunteer directly for them. Whether it’s helping out in your local charity store, working one day a week at a shelter or helping deliver leaflets across town – every little bit of time you can volunteer can mean the world to the causes you support. Not only will you be able to feel good about yourself, but you’ll also be helping to support something that is close to your heart directly.
- Check Something Off Your Bucket List
Absolutely everyone has a bucket list of things that they want to achieve. Whilst some things may be a little out there, choosing one item and making it your goal to cross it off by the end of 2019 is a great way to change your life. Bucket list experiences tend to be something that is either huge or personal to you, so crossing off just one item will help you feel as though you’ve accomplished a massive life goal by the end of the year. Whether it’s taking that trip to New York, swimming with sea turtles or starting your own business – you’ll feel incredible when you’ve ticked it off.
- Work Towards Your Biggest Goals
If you have any life goals that you’re working to achieve but may have put on the back burner due to life getting in the way, the new year may be a great motivator to help you start working towards achieving them again. Focus on some goal planing in the early parts of the year, then spend a couple of hours a week making your dreams a reality. You will be surprised how much you will have achieved by the end of the year.
- Start (Or Add To) Your Savings Accounts
Whether you have a savings account or you want to start one, adding to this throughout the year could be a massive life changer when you see how much you have saved over the months. Set yourself a goal of what you want to achieve by the end of the year, and add to your total whenever you go!
So, how do you plan on changing your life in 2019? Let me know the changes you’re going to be making in the comment section below. Here’s to a better year!