2019 – comfort zones, challenges and courage.

Happy New Year to family, friends, colleagues and those of you reading! I hope you enjoyed bringing in the new year, whatever you were up to, and that you’re feeling positive for 2019 – I know I am!

2018 was about challenging myself and seeing how far I could step out of my comfort zone. You can read my 2018 review here

So, what am I going to work on in 2019?

I’m going to be stepping out of my comfort zone again, taking on lots of new challenges and working on developing a bit more courage. How?

1. My health.  I’m going to work on finding a way that suits me and my body. I need to find out if there’s a diagnosis for what I deal with every month and if it’s treatable. I want to exercise more, but I don’t know how, yet. Will I start running again? Will I join a tennis club or buy a bike? I’ll go with the flow. Maybe this will be the year I take dance classes!

I also want to eat better. I know my body reacts badly to dairy, yet I’m still stuffing by face with cheese and chocolate. I need to make a much bigger effort to make my diet more vegan, or at least without dairy.

My mental health, by learning to just accept the way things are and stop worrying over every little thing. I need to sleep better, relax more and be a kinder person. I also need to be more selfish and stop trying to please everyone, especially those who don’t deserve it.

2. Improve my teaching skills. This resolution is already in practice as I’m about to take on a new job teaching Cambridge exams AND work in a primary school in Poland.

Teaching in Poland

I’m hoping to receive solid training throughout the contract and whenever possible I will take part in training days, lectures and whatever else is available.

2018 was a truly fantastic year career wise and I owe that largely to the amazing people who work at BEET Language Centre, but I still have so much to learn. I want to be a more knowledgeable, more effective, more inspiring teacher in 2019.

3. Grow up. It sounds silly, but I need to grow up. I have finally found my career, but now I need to find a job to help me advance within it. I’m desperate to find a job that I love. Where I can wake up most days and think ‘Wow, I’m looking forward to work today!’ the way I did when I worked at BEET.

I need to make sure that in 2019 I do not move back in with my parents.

I need to start saving money. Saving for a deposit, saving to pay back my parents, saving for my future. I don’t know yet if I can, or will, have children, but if I do I also need to save for them.

4. Travel. I’d like to visit at least two new countries this year and so far I’m thinking of Austria and Hungary. I’d really like to see Vienna and Budapest. I also plan on exploring Poland as much as I can whilst I’m there.

I plan on going back to Switzerland for the third year in a row.

I want to keep exploring new places, cities and countries. Who knows where life will take me this year…

Within travel comes languages right? I am determined to take the Chinese HSK level 4 this year, and have already found a teacher who should be able to help me achieve that. Once I’ve taken the Chinese exam, I plan on spending a week or two at a Language school in Germany.

5. Speak up. Towards the end of 2018 I started to find a little more confidence at speaking up. Speaking up to support others, speaking up to defend myself, speaking up to express my own feelings. I plan on doing more of that in 2019. I have spent far too long hiding behind the fear that someone will laugh at me or think I’m stupid.

I still pity people that I like, thinking ‘poor them, who would want me to like them?’. I need to change those thoughts this year too. I need to speak up and tell whoever it is how I feel, or get rid of those feelings. Reality: I’ll probably just keep posting quotes on Instagram and hope those 11:11 wishes come true…

I will keep talking about mental health and I will encourage others to do so too. I will keep blogging (I’m aiming for one post a week), I will keep working on my book, but I will also keep posting on Instagram simply because I want to.

I want to spend more time talking about things that are important and less time on small talk. I want my words to be more meaningful and important.

6. Read. I’m definitely going to continue reading as much as I possibly can.

In 2017 I aimed for 30 books and read 44.

In 2018 I aimed for 50 books and read 58

In 2019 I’m aiming for 65 books and I really hope I can do it. I have hundreds at home in boxes, and at least 30 on my iPhone waiting to be read.

First up: Normal People by Sally Rooney

So, let’s see how far we get. If anyone loves their books as much as I do, please feel free to send me some recommendations or suggestions. Thanks ā¤

Do you have any new year’s resolutions? Feel free to share them in the comments!

I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for me xo

5 thoughts on “2019 – comfort zones, challenges and courage.

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  1. Good luck with all your plans! I shall have to get working on mine – you are a hard act to follow. šŸ˜‰

  2. Wow! So much focus and such clear goals – I love reading about your plans and wish you lots of success. Iā€™m sure that with all that resolve, 2019 will be a vintage year for you … and you really deserve it to be. Keep on posting! Xx

    1. Hello Anon. Thank you for this wonderful comment! Last year I only had three very simple goals, and the year before that as well. This year I feel like I need to push myself further – hence the focus! Stayed tuned for more posts šŸ˜ thanks xx

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