hello 2019 & my Inspirational New Year Resources

Well, what a year 2018 was for me. I just had a look back on the New Years post I wrote last year and it’s so interesting to see how pretty much everything I hoped for are well on their way. I mentioned that the prospect of turning 30 felt like a life changing milestone for me and I was excited about the prospect of having children with Simon. Well, the day after my 30th birthday we conceived our first baby (expected on June the 16th)!

I also talked about how I was felling the strongest pull to move back up to the North East of England, where I grew up. In march this year we’ll be doing just that. It’s so funny how my family life goals fell into place so soon.

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My work life hasn’t been so clear. At the end of May I completely rebranded from a homeware designer to an interior and events stylist so the past 7 months have been a massive learning curve for me. I absolutely love it and I wouldn’t change it for the world but working as a freelancer full time has a lot of challenges!

I’ve seen so many interesting articles, blog posts and podcasts popping up that focus of goal setting and wellbeing for the year ahead so I wanted to create a round up post featuring all my favourites. I hope you find the following resources inspirational and helpful. I’d love to know what you’re planning in 2019! My main goal is to grow this baby and push it out!

Choosing a word -

Last year was the first year that I chose a word to help guide my year and I loved how that simple task realy did help me stay on track. This year I have chosen “grow” as my word. Not only am I currently 17 weeks pregnant and growing a baby but I also want to see my styling business really grow and flourish this year.

One of my favourite blogs A Pair and a Spare wrote a guide all about how to choose your word. She designed a clever worksheet to make it easy too. If you’d like to read more about my own process here’s the new years post I wrote last year.

The January Book -

My friend Hannah writes a simple book with her husband each January to help guide their year and set themselves goals. She has written about the process on her blog and it looks like such a great thing to do, especially if you lack introspection. You can read her introduction the The January Book here and use her free pdf guide to create your own here.

Positive goals -

We can all be made to feel that we must do certain things in January, the pressure often means that we fail at the first hurdle. The covers of all the magazines guilt us into loosing weight, eating healthily and joining a gym. This unhealthy outlook can have damaging effects on our wellbeing so I prefer to set positive goals which will inspire me all year.

This blog post from Project Calm magazine focusses on small steps that will nourish you all year.

The stationery brand Kikki K have a really great podcast and this episode in particular features how you can start healthy habits and positive rituals in your life.

Podcasts to help plan your year -

Here are some of my favourite podcasts that are bound to help you create you best year yet. Whether thats making more time for your wellbeing or kick starting a new career, I’m sure these will inspire you.




All three podcasts will help you take care of your work life as well as set you up emotionally and physically for the year ahead.

How to relax -

Finally I wanted to mention this article that I read in the Guardian as I found it so interesting. If you struggle to relax or find that your relaxing time still focusses on work in some way I’m sure you’ll find this read useful. It’s all about creating your own comfort zone, whatever that may be.

I hope these blog posts, articles and podcasts will help re-set and inspire you. The new year is a wonderful change for change but don’t forget to find those moments in the day that make you feel refreshed and relaxed too.


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