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A new year has begun and I feel incredibly positive about 2019. I started journaling in the middle of 2018 and I have found it to be so powerful so when 2018 was coming to an end I started journaling my intentions for the year ahead.  Putting your thoughts and dreams to paper make it so much more real and there is something exciting about actually taking the time to write down your goals and dreams for the year ahead. This year I wanted to take a slightly different approach to my goals for the year and instead of writing down the usual ”My Goals for 2019” I thought I would take the time to chat about the self-care intentions I have for myself this year.

So just to start off, for those who don’t really know me you should know that I am incredibly hard on myself. I set high expectations for myself and when I feel like I am not where I am meant to be I get impatient with myself. I will beat myself up about a mistake I made at work for at least a couple of days. I always expect 100% from myself which I know is impossible.

So 2019 is going to be a year where I am more gentle and understanding with myself. I am human and I need to remind myself from time to time that I am not a robot. So, this is how I’m going to be kinder to myself this year.

Patience: 

If I make a mistake(which I know I will because I’m not perfect) I will be more patient with myself. Instead of being incredibly upset with myself and drilling it into my head that I am not allowed to make that mistake again, I’ll take a step back, acknowledge the mistake and move on. Life is to short to sit and harp on a mistake that I made which can easily be fixed.

Creativity:

I want to spend more time being creative this year. I would like to allocate more time to my blog, writing, improving my writing skills and basically just doing more of what I love. I want to dedicate hours to creating content, writing, journaling, listening to music and being inspired. I want to wake up every morning and be excited to jump in front of my PC to post a blog post or hit the beach to be inspired. I always tend to take on too much at work or in my personal life which isn’t a bad thing. I love learning something new but one thing I realized was that I was giving up some valuable time and I want to ensure that I am using my time wisely doing the things I love the most.

Sleep in:

Saturdays were my day to sleep in. I started a new job which was so much more demanding yet rewarding at the same time. I found myself for the past 2 years getting up at 5/6am 5 days a week and this was just so I could make time to blog before I had to get to work. When I eventually decided to sleep in I would feel like I was wasting valuable time. So my third self-care intention for myself is to sleep in every now and then. I’ve learned that I don’t need to be up with the birds 5 days a week. I need to learn that sleeping late and having a rest day will not be detrimental to my blog or future success.

Believe: 

I like to think I believe in myself and my capabilities but in 2018 I noticed that I was doubting myself and lacked self-confidence. I would constantly second-guess every decision I that made and I’ve decided that I do not want to have that negative mindset in 2019. I want to trust and believe in myself more. As I have said before in previous posts, you aren’t always going to have someone in your corner and that is why you need to make sure you are your own greatest supporter and that you believe in yourself and your capabilities.

Celebrate: 

2019 is the year for celebrating the small wins. It’s about celebrating the efforts that I am putting into the things I love the most. Changing my mindset is going to be a big part of this. I often spend so much time focusing on the end goal that I forget to celebrate the small wins that I achieve whilst working towards the end goal.

2019 is going to be a big year for growth, change, celebrations, adventures, success and so much more. We live in a faced paced world but we need to remember to take a step back every now and then, slow down, relax and enjoy the spontaneous moments. Celebrate your life, be kind to yourself, and be patient with yourself daily. We are all doing the most but the main thing is that we are constantly trying to be the best version of ourselves. 

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