It’s fair to say that 2018 got off to a pretty emotional start and has certainly had its ups and downs throughout. But now, as we approach the end of the year, I’m feeling optimistic and excited about what 2019 has in store for us!
And I often hear people say that you don’t need to wait until the New Year to make a change. And of course that’s true. But what better time to start fresh that a brand new year, full of possibility.
We’ve already got some very exciting plans on the way and I want 2019 to be the year I fall head over heels in love with life. I’ve got a few resolutions in mind. Though I don’t plan to go all out on these the moment the clock strikes midnight on 1st January.
Instead I want to add these changes slowly and really try to make them stick! In 2019 I plan to:
- Be kinder to myself
- Take better care of my health
- Exercise more
- Start the next exciting chapter of our lives as husband and wife
- Get my freelance career off the ground
- Experience life as a digital nomad
- Travel as far and wide as I can
What have we got planned for 2019 so far?
We’ll be waking up on the first day of January, in our campervan, after a street party in St. Ives, Cornwall (that’s the plan anyway). What better way to bring in the New Year than a weekend away by the sea. Sadly we’ll have to return home pretty swiftly and get back to reality for a while. But thankfully, not for too long…
On a semi-unrelated note, my first big mission of the year is going to be Veganuary. For those of you that don’t know what this is, it’s a charity inspiring people to try going vegan for the month of January. A bit like Dry January or Stoptober.
And I’m sure I’m going to get plenty of verbal abuse – mostly from the meat-loving members of my family – for my efforts. Plus I imagine there’s a few hard-core vegans out there that scoff at the idea of giving up animal products for just a month. But who knows – it might stick!
Why am I doing it? Other than the fact that just one video of a puppy looking sad is enough to reduce me to tears, I want to be more careful about my impact on this planet. By going vegan I will hopefully:
- Reduce the suffering of animals
- Help our planet
- Feel healthier and happier
But as a chocolate-loving, bacon-worshipping, cheese eater, it’s certainly going to be a challenge! But I’m excited to prove to myself that I can do it. Hopefully…
2. Saying goodbye to my job
A few months back I handed in my notice, with an official leaving date of Thursday 28th February. Why? Because we’re finally going to be packing our bags and hitting the road! But more on that to follow.
Though I’m excited for the future, I am going to be so sad to say goodbye to my job. I’ve been working at CV-Library for the last three years as part of the PR & Comms team. I’ve made some amazing friends and I’ve learnt everything I know about the industry from my wonderful manager. So it’s definitely going to be a hard one to say goodbye to.
3. Taking the next step in my career
Once I have officially left my job, it’s time to kick-start my freelance career. I want to earn enough money through freelance writing to be able to travel the world and work wherever we are. I’ve got a lot to do before I can make this a reality. I need to spend some time focussing on this blog, writing some guest posts, get a website up a running – the list goes on!
But I’m so excited by the prospect of freedom. No more 9-5:30 working hours, no more booking annual leave, no more dress code. I’m free to manage my work and time as I please, hopefully barefoot, from the beach, sipping a cold beer. But I’m a dreamer.
4. Experiencing the digital nomad lifestyle
In April, we plan to pack up our stuff, load up our campervan and live our life on the road for a while. We’ve got a few spots in mind, but we’re looking forward to spending the summer down in one of our favourite places, Perranporth.
Perhaps as the colder months set in here in the UK, we’ll move over to Europe – I’d love to spend some more time on the Algarve. Then, potentially further afield. Sri Lanka. South America. Who knows! The point is, we’re off to see the world.
And if all goes well, I’ll be able to fund these adventures doing what I love – writing!
Needless to say – I’m pretty excited about everything that’s to come in the year ahead and I can’t wait to get started.