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How to Set Goals For a New Year | Set 2019 Goals With Me!

Happy New Year! I would like to send a huge thank you to our friends over a DripDrop! I am so grateful for their partnership and contributions to Chronically Strong. This is a sponsored post, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. To learn more about sponsored posts check out the CS Disclaimer here.How to Set goals for the new year

If you’re anything like me, typically the new year may not phase you. I never understood why people made such a fuss over it. I don’t believe that a new year makes you a different person. I also don’t believe you should wait for the new year to be productive and make changes to your lifestyle. – I still carry these beliefs, but this year I’m taking a new approach.

Last year was a very turbulent year for me. My Grandfather was Diagnosed with Cancer and I Really Struggled with Depression along with trying to navigate My IBD and active inflammation. I questioned a lot of things about life. I wasn’t confident in my purpose and I wasn’t comfortable where I was physically nor mentally. So what’s changed?

Set 2019 Goals With Me!

Last year was so hard. I need a win. I am determined to make 2019 everything 2018 wasn’t. I want to go into this year with a fresh mind and different perspective. I hope to grow. I hope to learn and I really hope you come along for the journey with me.

How to Set Goals For a New Year

  1. Be Realistic: Set goals that are not easy, but attainable. While setting my goals I tried to ask myself, “what are some things I know I am capable of?” – What are things you know you can do, but just haven’t yet? I really thought strongly about this, especially when considering the financial aspect of my year. I know I am capable of saving more. Especially with so many useful (and free) apps available like Digit, Fuel Rewards, Qapital, Dosh and more! This year, I plan on really cutting down on my expenses and paying closer attention to the budget.
  2. Use categories: Breaking down your goals into categories can help you stay organized and keep better track of how you’re doing throughout the year. I used simple categories like: Growth – referring to mental and spiritual growth (mostly). – In this category I talked about things like going to church more often, joining a spiritual group and giving up meat. Another category I created was: Body. As you know, I Am Living with IBD. It is important that I take care of my body. Some goals I added this year were things like seeing an IBD specialist (for the first time everrr), giving up soda and staying hydrated more often. – It may seem small, but for those of us living with a chronic illness, we can tell you first hand, it’s much easier said than done. One product I plan on utilizing even more in 2019 is DripDrop! I’ve talked about this in the product in the past. I took it with me when I hit the Tennis courts after years of abandonment. Not sure if I mentioned it or not, but I was pretty much living off of the stuff after I Hiked a Mountain with Some Friends. DripDrop is an oral rehydration solution. It was created by a doctor and it’s super helpful with treating and preventing dehydration. – An area I’m sure I’ll continue to need help with in 2019! I also talk more about DripDrop in my New Years Goal Setting Video at 09:40.
  3. Write it Down: I read somewhere, you’re much more likely to do something if you write it down. Write down your New Year goals and resolutions, then continue down that path! I ordered a Bullet Journal. I plan on doing a lot more writing and planning throughout the year. I’m really excited to put it to good use!

 

What are some of your goals this year and how do you plan on achieving them? Were these tips helpful for you? Have a few of your own to add? Leave them in the comments below!

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Though mostly about IBD, this blog covers a wide array of issues.  Shawn covers complex issues, like how her identity as an African American intersects with her IBD.  I am taken aback by the depth of each post! Whether you’re a blogger or an IBDer, her posts are sure to offer tons of inspiration.   Collin, Jan. 9, 2019