This Essex Girl holding guinea pig

The piggies are back for the 2019 goals blog post

January, is that…you? I’ve barely had the chance to down my hazelnut latte or munch the last of the gingerbread biscuits yet already I’m getting back into a working week and trying to do that ongoing juggling act between the blog, career, house, socialising, and life in general. Anyone else relate?!

Last year, I set myself some blogging goals for 2018, so I wanted to touch on them here, but also highlight that this year’s goals post will be a little different. It is unrealistic for me to focus solely on my blog (as much as I’d love to!), mainly because right now I just don’t have the time to commit to doing x amount of posts per week, or growing a following to a certain amount. I think that was part of the reason I lost my way a little with the blog last year and went a few months without posting; I felt if I wasn’t reaching certain targets that I’d set myself, I wasn’t doing as well as I should be, instead of looking at the positives and just enjoying being part of a lovely supportive community!



So with that in mind, here are some more general goals for 2019…

Blog how I want, when I want!

I’m over the moon to have hit one of my 2018 blogging goals –Β 2k on Instagram –Β and I’ve also scheduled to host a Twitter chat in February. That said, this year I will be a lot more relaxed with my blogging, try and avoid targets/comparisons (easier said than done eh?!) and generally just enjoy it as a hobby rather than constantly getting anxious that I haven’t blogged or posted on Instagram for a while.

Spend less time on social media

Since deleting Snapchat over a year ago I’ve not missed it one bit – and if I didn’t have to have Facebook for work I probably wouldn’t use that either. I love looking at Instagram’s usage which shows me when I need a bit of a break. I’m sure Matt and I aren’t the only couple to climb into bed at night not to engage in deep meaningful conversations about life, but instead sit and scroll through our Twitter feeds or watch endless videos about cute baby cows (GUILTY!). I never underestimate the healing power of going offline, so this is something I will look to do more moving forward!

Appreciate the nowΒ 

I’ve talked more in depth about this here, and it is still a mantra I try to live by. It’s something I feel is so hard to do at times, mainly because we’re always counting down to the next big event or change of season, but I think it’s important to appreciate the now as much as it is to look forward to the future. So whether it’s taking 5 minutes a day to do some meditation exercises, or reflect by doing some writing in my diary – I’ll be looking at ways to appreciate the now as much as possible!

So there you have it, short but sweet but these are a few of my main goals for 2019.

Have you set yourself any goals for the New Year?



  1. Tam
    January 5, 2019 / 11:39 am

    πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ Totally agree – you need to learn to appreciate the now during the average day too, otherwise you never really learn how to fully enjoy the more exciting things you had otherwise been looking forward to for the last x months. They end up becoming the past with your brain looking forward before you even realised they were happening!

    Loving the blog EVEN MORE than 2018 – smashing it, TEG πŸ₯°

    • thisessexgirl
      March 18, 2019 / 10:54 am

      Well said girl! Thank you Tam <3

  2. Michelle Hansen
    January 5, 2019 / 12:07 pm

    Love it , it’s so true! I for one am guilty of being obsessed with social media I need to tone if down a bit. Stop sitting on my phone so much scrolling through insta , Twitter, Facebook the list goes on πŸ™„πŸ™ˆπŸ™Š .

    Great blog as usual , carry on with what you are doing !! Haters are going to hate , just walk past with your head held high .

    • thisessexgirl
      March 18, 2019 / 10:54 am

      Thanks Michelle! It certainly does – very important to have a little downtime now and then! Thanks for being so supportive xx

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