Farewell 2018 | My Goals for 2019 & The Brand New SophieMaie.com

Hello 2019!! I am so happy you’re here. The prospect of a brand new year is nerve-wracking but I’m welcoming it with open arms. I’m leaving the absolute sh*t show that was 2018 in the past and crossing all my fingers and toes that 2019 will be even just a tiny bit better. I don’t want to go into too much detail about why 2018 was the absolute pits because that’s all soppy and not a great way to go into the new year, so lets collectively give a bit of a screw you to 2018 and move on to brighter things this year!!

To really hammer home the “change” aspect of the New Year I figured it would be the perfect time to give my blog a makeover!! It’s been 2 years now that sophiemaie.com has looked the same and I was over it. The theme I had before was lovely but it just wasn’t “me” anymore. I want my blog to have that warm and cozy feeling, like it’s a little escape from the world and everything can be just a little bit lighter even for just a moment. After spending quite a few hours changing, rearranging and perfecting all the different aspects I’m completely over the moon. You may have noticed the sunflowers sprinkled throughout and that’s purely because I just bloody love sunflowers, they’re these giant bright yellow flowers and are the epitome of warm and cozy, so why wouldn’t I pop them here and there on my blog to bring that little bit of sunshine here too.

I think one of my issues that contributed with the lack of consistency the past year is that it didn’t feel authentic. I didn’t want to spend time writing posts only for them to look like they weren’t even written by me. Everything was too clinical and dull, like they were being pushed out and plastered onto the internet without the cozy just chatting with a friend factor, which is what I really love about blogging. The warmth and lightness I feel looking at my blog and writing this now is such an amazing feeling that I haven’t had in such a long time. I feel like it’s an actual representation of me at my brightest now, rather than who I was two years ago.

Now let’s get onto the “resolutions” part of the post. I prefer to call it goals rather than resolutions as if you’re anything like me the resolutions stick for maybe the first three days of January if I’m lucky. Goals, however, are achievable and I can follow a plan to reach them so we’re gonna go with Goals for this year.

My New Years Goals

  • Put aside time every day to read, even if its only for 10 minutes. I hardly read at all in 2018 and there are so many amazing books on my to-read list so I actually want to make a dent in them this year.
  • Try to keep my room clean. Already not off to a great start with this one seeing as my room is a tip, but if I start at the bottom I can only go up right?
  • When I have some free time actually use it to work on my blog. My free time last year became Netflix and eating time. I know there’s no way that’ll completely stop in 2019 but in order to keep up with my blog and get it to where I want it to be I need to actually dedicate time to working on it.
  • Write at the bare minimum one post a week. January is going to be hopefully three posts a week but when I do go back to uni I may have to drop that down a bit so I can cope. I want to work really hard to not miss a week the whole year and I think that’s achievable if I put in the effort.
  • Actually take care of myself. Do things that I know will make me feel lighter like spending time with my dog or watching a feel good movie rather than freaking myself out with black mirror constantly (although a good little adrenaline rush can’t hurt every now and then). I had a pretty bad year in terms of taking care of myself and I know I’m not going to be perfect and I can’t expect myself to feel okay 24/7 because let’s be real it’s not going to happen, but just making sure I’m as okay as I can be needs to be more of a priority.
  • Stay organised!! I have a planner and unlike last year I’m actually going to use it this year.
  • Just get shit done. I procrastinate to the point of no return and it really takes its toll on me mentally. Even just getting one assignment done before the day its due would be a good start.
  • Get a damn tattoo, I have put off getting one for way too long so I need to just say f*ck it and go and get one (hopefully this will be checked off very soon).

So there we have it 8 goals for the upcoming year. I want to wish every single one of you all the joy and love the world has to offer and hope 2019 brings you so much happiness. Lets go into this year together and absolutely smash it hey, who’s with me?!



  1. foreverseptember1
    January 2, 2019 / 1:09 am

    I really want to try and read more this year. I used to read loads as a kid but for some reason stopped as I grew up. I also want to stay organised too, I’ve ordered myself a rifle paper co planner so I am READY!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • January 2, 2019 / 6:11 pm

      I really want to improve my photography and editing skills this year. xx

      • Sophie
        January 2, 2019 / 7:08 pm

        Same girl, I’m always trying to change it up and find what works best xx

    • Sophie
      January 2, 2019 / 7:06 pm

      I’m the exact same, we’ll make 2019 our year to bring back our younger selves and stick our noses back in the books. Oooo stop it I was so close to buying a planner from there but I couldn’t find anywhere that had decent shipping to Australia, they’re so stunning!! xx

  2. January 2, 2019 / 6:07 pm

    Good luck with your goals!

    • Sophie
      January 2, 2019 / 7:07 pm

      Thank you so much Leah x

  3. January 2, 2019 / 6:32 pm

    Reading more is at the top of my 2019 Goals too! I’m hoping to read one book a month, and if I read a bit of each one each day, surely I’ll get somewhat close to achieving that? Also I’m the exact same, I much prefer calling my resolutions goals instead because then I actually want to work towards them. I’m sorry your 2018 wasn’t great, but I hope your 2019 is wonderful. Keep us updated with your tatt, I’m curious to see what you get! Xx

    • Sophie
      January 2, 2019 / 7:16 pm

      Thats my plan too!! and yeah surely it can be done with a little reading every day 1 book a month is totally going to happen for us!! Thanks lovely, I’m hoping for a bit of a brighter 2019 and I definitely will, my blog will be the first place to see it no doubt haha xxx

  4. January 2, 2019 / 8:24 pm

    Sophie, your new theme is stunning! It definitely gives cosy vibes😍 I can totally relate to free time in 2018 becoming Netflix and snack time and in 2018, I also didn’t read many books either. Hopefully, 2019 is a lot better! Good luck with all your goals and Happy New Year!💖

    Najida | http://www.lifeasnajida.co.uk

  5. January 2, 2019 / 11:13 pm

    Love these goals! I want another tattoo, can’t wait to see what you get!

    Justkatiee.com XX

    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you Katie, I’ll definitely be putting up some photos on here when I do get one xx

  6. January 4, 2019 / 10:50 pm

    I love your theme – sunflowers are gorgeous and your theme is so bright and refreshing.
    A lot of your 2019 goals are similar to goals of mine that I hope to achieve this year, I barely read anything and barely cared for myself!
    Good luck with your goals x

    • Sophie
      January 5, 2019 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m so happy I added in the sunflowers as I think gives my blog a little something different now. I wish you all the best with everything 2019 has to offer and we can be in it together and read all the books we can!! Xxx

  7. January 6, 2019 / 3:25 am

    I can definitely relate to the reading goal, I can’t wait to read more this year! I also thought about getting a tattoo but I’m really not sure what I’d want haha!
    Emma | emmadrury.com

    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      It’s so hard to find something I want to commit to so I feel you on that girl!! Thank you for reading x

  8. January 6, 2019 / 6:21 am

    Absolutely love the theme you have now it definetly feels so cosy and warm! Absolutely loving your goals, wish you the absolute best this 2019! x x

    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much lovely xx

    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:22 pm

      I love reading people goals too, I find it so motivating to get my shit together haha xx

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