Monday, December 31, 2018

Looking Towards 2019

Happy New Year's Eve!  We round out another year in our lives and on this blog.  The year of 2018 was a lot of ups and downs.  I got my PhD, moved across state lines, rented an apartment of my own, and started working in Seattle.  I'm a long distance from family, friends I met from graduate school, and there's definitely a lot more to be considered on my plate.  However, I made a lot of new, wonderful friendships in Seattle, too, and came to more deeply appreciate the relationships I have.

As we look towards 2019, towards a new year on the horizon, I want to strive to be better.  Every year, I make resolutions, and like the rest of the world, I'm sort of "meh" about keeping them.  However, I was most successful in 2018 with my fitness resolution: I now work out 5 to 6X a week when I'm in town!  For this year, I want to hang on to that and make other improvements.  I think most people make similar ones each year, but new year, new me?

Here goes . . .

1.  Be more mindful.  I want to live more mindfully whether it comes to how I eat, how I speak, and how I spend my money.  Rather than GO. GO. GO., I want to slow down and think more before I do things, to be more cognizant of actions and effects, and to be present in every moment.  Less impulse, more meditation on decisions.

2.  Cultivate positivity.  I want to also focus on actionable ways to address the negatives in my life.  I may not be able to control situations, but I can choose how I respond to them.  I've started a Diary of Positivity in my new bullet journal for the year to document positive highlights from each day.  Cultivating means more than responding to negative situations.  I want to be more mindful and appreciate my blessings.

3.  Work smarter, not longer.  I want to be more efficient in my tasks and at work.  Longer hours don't necessarily correlate to greater productivity.  I want to improve on working better with the time I have available.

4.  Harness my creativity.  I want to photograph, draw, and blog more.  This means reaching out and pitching myself more for photoshoots or opening this space up more frequently to get into the habit of creating regularly.  Also, pick up my dusty guitar and play more.

5.  Read more, both academically and for leisure.  Self-explanatory.

6.  Be kinder.  To others and, most importantly, to myself.

Looking forward to a new year and creating on this space.  What are changes that you would like to make in 2019?


  1. Happy new year Alyse! All the best with your resolutions. Mine for this year are to start getting back into the groove of studying, and to take on more opportunities (both social and work related!)

  2. Happy New Year, Alyse! I haven't published my goals for the new year, but ours are quite similar with emphasis on #s 1, 3, and 4! I'm not very good at following through with my resolutions, but it helps to be reminded of goals such as this every now and then.

  3. Happy New Year, I love reading about people's New Year Resolutions and yours are so lovely! x

    Grace Louise ||

  4. Happy New Year Alyse! Love your goals for 2019. We could all use to being kinder to ourselves and to others more. I need to work on my patience this year and to not let circumstances/other people affect me so much.

    Looking forward to changes this year!

  5. Ohh I apppreciate these! Number one and number 6 are my faves. I'm so impressed you're sticking to 5-6 times a week for working out. I hope 2019 will be wonderful for you! x

  6. Happy New Year, Alyse! Your goals look very much achievable and I wish you all the best in 2019. I am setting a goal of trying to simplify basically everything in my life from my personal life to blogging. I really want to make everything easier for myself and enjoy everything more rather than stress out all the time :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  7. Hello, HELLO DR ALYSE! So many life changes in 2018!! Many congrats again on killing it with your PhD! Good luck with all of your goals for 2019. I like that you're a go-getter. I should adopt the same way, especially with how I speak. Whoops. YESS on working smarter. No point on working longer if you could've done it in less time. Hope you'll have a happy and healthy year!!!

    Nancy ♥

  8. Wow 2018 was a year of big changes for you! Congrats on doing it all!! I recently graduated (undergrad) and I feel so confused hahh. I think my main outlook for 2019 is to be less afraid by seeing every challenge as an opportunity -- something to be excited about instead of afraid of. // I feel like most people make fitness goals every year but only a few stick it out, so another congrats! I'm currently in the works of finding a gym with a pool since swimming is my preferred method of exercise :3 Now that I've graduated, I can't use the campus pool anymore! // I love what you said about cultivating positivity and not just responding to negative situations! I think that falls into being more mindful as well. So does working smarter! And honestly as does harnessing creativity, reading, and being kind hahh // Happy New Year! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's