2019: What’s Around the Corner?

A flatlay picture of a pink, sparkly 2019 diary with some fairy lights and fragrance. A flatlay of an ADEXE Watch on top of a 2019 diary, with fairy lights and perfume in the background.

Happy 2019!

Finally, it’s 2019! It’s time for a fresh slate to begin; damn finally! I’m ready to make this the best year yet, and I feel great about the fact that I can officially put some things behind me. Whilst I’m not huge on the ‘new year, new me’ front, I love to use the new year to set some goals and resolutions for the year ahead. I have a number of things in mind, both for myself, my lifestyle and for my blog. So, without further ado…

Make More Time for Hobbies

Whilst I was at University in particular, I really struggled with my work-life balance and making time to do things that I enjoyed. Now that i’m working instead, I find that I’m able to juggle this a lot better and I have much more time to do fun things. I really want to find the time and space to do more of what I enjoy; going to the gym more often (I’m aiming for three times a week) and keeping a more structured routine, reading, playing video games and blogging. Oh boy, 2019 is gonna be fuuuuun!

I am absolutely loving calligraphy at the minute too; it’s just so aesthetically pleasing to look at it. There’s nothing more satisfying than managing to draw something and then show it to everybody, and I think they can make great blog photos too. I have a journal that I’m planning on using as a bullet journal, and I really hope that I can use it to draw some damn pretty things!

I’m not sure whether you’ll have noticed this one, but I’ve been trying to improve my photography recently and it’s something I’m thoroughly enjoying! I’ve started to use manual mode on my camera, I use white sheets of paper to reduce shadows on my flat lays and so on. I also find that enjoying photography means I can save memories of locations and events by taking photos, instead of purchasing souvenirs (which leads me on nicely to my next point). In 2019, I’d like to take this even further by practicing further with different modes, lenses, and implementing these skills further on my blog.

As my blog is my favourite hobby, here are some of my blog goals;
  • Reach DA 25
  • Reach 15,000 combined social media followers
  • Be more active on social media and schedule tweets in occasionally
  • Go back through old posts and improve the SEO on them
  • Improve my photography; including finding appropriate props and paying more attention to detail. I’d love to start taking more fashion photos and headshots
  • Talk more about minimalism and write some decluttering posts

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A canon camera lens ontop of a houndstooth scarf and pink pom poms

Simplify

This point is a little more vague, but throughout 2018 I’ve been working on selling/donating my old things. Condensing my belongings is something I really want to continue in 2019. I’ll be focusing on the basics that I don’t own in my wardrobe and picking these up, with a view of looking for high quality items that last. I’ve taken a break from eBay selling over Christmas but I really want to get back to it in the new year, and I have a few more items to sell which I’m really happy with. I’ve heard many minimalists say that having less clutter helps to reduce stress, and it’s something that I genuinely agree with. There’s nothing more satisfying than a clean, tidy space!

On the blog front, I’m also looking to make things a lot more simple. Whilst I love having a weekly schedule, I’ll be scrapping it to ensure that I post more high quality content. I really believe that posting on an ad-hoc basis will ensure that my posts are better thought through and they’re more likely to be pieces that I’m proud of, rather than simply writing for the sake of it.

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt this year, it’s that minimalism is much more than simply not having material possessions. It extends to lifestyle, friends and everything else that you can think of. As I’ve found myself getting frequently overwhelmed and ‘burning the candle at both ends’ by making so many plans on top of work; I really want to focus on this, keeping my routine a little simpler and taking the pressure off to be busy.

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What are your goals for the year? I’d love to hear your resolutions!

Chloe x

52 Comments

  1. Bailey Armitage
    December 29, 2018 / 1:12 pm

    Love these goals! Nice to see you reach high for 2019, good luck with it

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much Bailey! I hope you have a great year πŸ˜€ <3

  2. December 29, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I love these blog goals! Mine are actually pretty similar, bar the minimalism and decluttering posts. I am definitely very much going in the opposite way at the moment… But I’m definitely making more time for hobbies, and especially blogging!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 1:17 pm

      Eeep, good luck with the blogging gal! I can’t wait to see more of what you’ve got up your sleeve in the new year πŸ˜€ <3

  3. December 29, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Good luck with your goals Chloe – you will get them all for sure β™₯ x

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 29, 2018 / 1:33 pm

      Thank you so much, Ellie! xx

  4. December 29, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    I love this!! I’m 100% certain you’ll be able to reach all of your goals and your photography is looking amazing xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:46 am

      Thanks so much Chloe! Have an amazing new year, see you soon <3 xx

  5. December 29, 2018 / 7:02 pm

    Good luck on your 2019 goals! I’d love to simplify my wardrobe, too… At the moment I have two wardrobes, two suitcases, and goodness knows what else just filled with clothes!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:47 am

      Thanks Lizzie! OMG… that sounds like it will be so satisfying to declutter. Good luck (let me know how you get on!) xx

  6. December 29, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    YAS you go girl ! so excited to work together to achieve our blogging dreams – we can do this + I’m so lucky to have you as my #bloglifeworkwife !

    Nati x

    https://www.a-la-slowed.com/

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:56 am

      I LOVE YOU!! We can do this! <3 x

  7. December 29, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    I really like these goals – having a higher social media following is one of the things on my list too! Have a Happy New Year!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:52 am

      Thanks Kate, I hope you have a great new year too! xx

  8. December 29, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    You have made such a detailed plan for the next year! I hope you achieve all of this. Your blog is doing so fantastically well, and I get super ecstatic whenever I see that you have posted something new πŸ™‚
    The thing about using sheets of paper to stop shadows – do post more on that! Shadows are the worst!
    Thanks for the good quality post!
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com/2018/12/2018-in-nutshell-and-my-goals-for-2019.html

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 8:49 am

      Thank you Laura! That’s so cute, you’ve really put a smile on my face!

      I learnt about using white paper at an event recently, I’ll try and find some materials and find them for you! xx

  9. December 30, 2018 / 10:31 am

    You’ve got a great set of goals here! I’ve been trying to declutter myself. Especially with my clothing. I went through my wardrobe a couple of days ago and donated a bag to my local op shop. Good luck with everything next year! I love your photos in this post!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Thank you Annie! I’d love to see your progress; and donating is such a great thing to do! Have a great new year! xx

  10. December 30, 2018 / 10:34 am

    I also really want to make time for hobby’s but I know that will be difficult for final year of uni! Photography is a main goal for me next year, hopefully it will improve in the spring when there is more natural light! I really want to buy a camera but no idea where to begin πŸ˜‚ great post lovely!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 10:42 am

      Omg yes, final year is so hectic honestly, I’m not surprised! Natural light always helps – I struggle to get it right when using artificial light so spring/summer is a great time to really start (esp. once you’ve finished uni). πŸ˜€ xx

  11. December 30, 2018 / 10:50 am

    Some great goals. Hope you achieve all you wish to achieve and have a great one 2019! X

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      December 30, 2018 / 11:24 am

      Thanks Michelle, I hope you have a great year too! x

  12. December 30, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Great post! I did my own post focusing on my new year blogging goals and found that it was a good way to work out what direction I wanted my blog to go in. Having something to work towards is so helpful in focusing yourself and a good way to get motivated. I too am looking at photography more and love your idea of simplifying things. It definitely makes things look cleaner and clears your head! 😊

    Chloe x
    https://simplychloeblog.com

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      Thank you Chloe! I hope you have a great new year! πŸ˜€ x

  13. December 30, 2018 / 11:51 am

    Love these goals! I definitely want to make more time for hobbies as well, I think it’s so important! Good luck with all your goals lovely, happy new year!xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much Elin, I hope you enjoy 2019! xx

  14. December 30, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Good luck with all your goals lovely I hope you have a fab 2019! I totally agree that we shouldn’t stick to a posting schedule if it hinders the quality of our posts and I’ll be thinking about that more next year instead of writing for the sake of it!!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Jess, I hope you have a fab 2019 too! <3 xx

  15. Gemma
    December 30, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Love your goals! There are some great ones here, they all sound really achievable as well. Making more time for anything should be a goal on anyone’s list for the new year. Whether that’s family, friends and / or hobbies. I wish you all the best for 2019! With these goals in mind, I’m sure it will be a lovely year.

    Gemma | https://anoceanglimmer.wordpress.com/

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:41 pm

      Thank you Gemma, that means a lot! <3 xx

  16. December 30, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    These are great goals! I know the feeling of burning the candle at both ends, a lot of my goals will focus on simplifying things too. Here’s to a simple year =) x

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:41 pm

      Here’s to a simple year! I hope you have a great one Hayley πŸ™‚ x

  17. December 30, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Inspiring goals for 2019. I’m also really hoping to take my de-cluttering to the next level this year. My basement workshop area never seems to make it to the top of my list, but it could be a pretty cool place to actually work if I could clean out all the junk in the way! I also share your goal of improving my DA! I hope we both make it! Happy New Year and good luck!
    Joan Senio
    My Best Friend Adeline
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks Joan! Good luck with your goals too – have a great 2019! x

  18. Michelle Blackadar
    December 30, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    these are great goals, your photography is already incredible so i can’t wait to see how you improve upon it. I also really want to get into photography this coming year, my older brother is always telling me that my career should be in photography but i never do anything about it out of fear. 2019 will be the year i practice it and figure out if i have a love for it, this post inspired me. x

    mich / simplymich.com

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks Michelle, that means so much! πŸ˜€ Eeep, I can’t wait to see what you come out with! x

  19. December 30, 2018 / 3:18 pm

    I LOVE your approach to simplicity. I am so with you on that.I started that with my wardrobe and I am trying to pull it into other areas of life. the next challenge is passing it on to my kids, in the meantime, I just collect stuff when they are not around and donate it. they never noticed. simplicity works:)

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you Madi! That sounds like the best way to do it ;D x

  20. December 30, 2018 / 5:31 pm

    Good luck with all your goals Chloe! I am sure you will achieve them all and many more. Calligraphy sounds like such a fun skill to learn, I’d love to give it a try sometime, I imagine it is very relaxing and rewarding. I hope you have an amazing 2019 lovely, ps. your photography always looks gorgeous! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:49 pm

      Thank you Bexa! I hope you have a great 2019! <3

  21. December 30, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    These are some fab goals, and I’m sure you’ll achieve them! Mine are probably quite similar too, I would love to reach a DA of 25 and gain more followers. Also I am the exact same with posting now, I don’t really want to have a schedule, just want to publish high quality content that I’m proud of <3

    Hope you have a lovely New Years Eve and a fab start to the year!

    Chloe xx

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you Chloe! We can do it!

      Have a great year! <3 xx

  22. December 30, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    It is always exciting to see the new year coming by. Making time for hobbies is important. This is a great way to destress and take your mind off certain things. Good luck with your goals for 2019! You’ll definitely reach it with the great work you’ve been doing so far. YESSS on simplifying! Sending you lots of love!

    Nancy β™₯ exquisitely.me

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy, I hope you have a great year! Sending lots of love <3

  23. December 31, 2018 / 6:27 am

    I truly appreciate this post. I love the honesty and just a simple reminder that progress not perfection is the true aim. I hope you accomplish all your goals in 2019. Salut.

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 1, 2019 / 6:50 pm

      Thank you Nella; that means a lot!

  24. January 2, 2019 / 11:10 pm

    Sounds like you have some great goals for 2019!

    I absolutely love a declutter at the start of the year, I’m half way through mine!

    Kirsty x

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 9:24 am

      Thanks Kirsty! Eeep, I hope it went well! xx

  25. January 3, 2019 / 3:35 am

    Hi There! I found you via Nancy’s blog. I am also not big on the ‘new year, new me’ thing. I actually put that in the beginning of my blog too! Haha. What sorta stuff do you sell on ebay? I’m interested in getting into that. But I never know what to sell. I think being a minimalist would be hard for me, because I have SO much stuff, ugh. But it would be nice to cut down on the clutter in my life. I hope you reach your goal of 15K social media followers! What is your current count up to now? I hope you’ll visit my blog and we can become blog buddies!

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 9:29 am

      Oh hello! πŸ™‚ I’ve just read your post now, it’s super cute!

      I’m just selling my old things on eBay that I don’t want/wear anymore – mostly clothes! It’s great to get a little money back on things. I’m currently on 9,900!

      Of course we can be blog friends! xx

  26. January 6, 2019 / 11:50 am

    You have such good goals for the year! I love the idea of simplifying, your right sometimes things can be too complex. When I was at uni, especially in my final year, I also struggled with a work life balance plus I had absolutely no money to do anything so I completely understand the need for balance.

    Good Luck with your goals this year and I can’t wait to see some more of your posts throughout the year!

    https://sophaarambles.blogspot.com/

    • Chloe Elizabeth
      Author
      January 6, 2019 / 6:06 pm

      Thanks Sophie! I hope you have a great 2019! <3

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