I’m super excited about 2019! I just moved to a new state and started a new job, so 2019 is basically the start of a brand-new journey. I definitely took these challenges into consideration when thinking about what my goals for 2019 should be! A lot of thought went into this, especially after failing at most of my 2018 goals. I still want to achieve most of those things, but I also realized that I need to be a bit more realistic.
Goals for 2019
My most important personal goal for 2019 is to just be happy. It’s not always easy. Life can be hard sometimes (especially right now, when we are renting a small room an hour away from work, don’t have all of our babies with us, and don’t know when our next paycheck is coming due to forces outside of our control). But my goal is to try to remain positive. This rough patch will pass, and 2019 is going to be an amazing year.
Healthy eating is one of my top goals for 2019, as it was for 2018. However, after the first two months of 2018, I totally failed at it. This year, I have an amazing plan to stick with it for the entirety of 2019 and beyond: The Healthy Eating Ultimate Bundle. It’s an amazing product that has over a thousand dollars’ worth of recipes, e-books, meal planning, and e-courses for only $37! This all in one bundle makes it super easy to stick to your healthy eating goal for this new year. You can read my blog post about it here, or you can just check out the website for yourself! With the ultimate bundle’s help, I’m not going to fail at healthy eating this year.
Buying and renovating a House
Since I just moved to a new location, I have to buy a new house (no one rents to crazy cat people, such a shame). The area that I moved to has tons of options for cheap houses – but most need a bit of work. I’m ok with that though! It’s always been a dream of mine to renovate a home, and the property values in this area will make that dream a reality. In fact, we just put in an offer for an amazing Victorian style fixer upper, so keep your fingers crossed for us!
Maintaining our relationship
I feel kind of weird about putting this out there as a goal for 2019…I mean we all know what happened last year. The key difference this year though is that I actually want to achieve it. I love my boyfriend with all my heart and I’ve never felt so supported and loved in a relationship. And, he didn’t make me put this! I don’t feel like our relationship at this point needs a lot of work, but I also don’t want to get complacent. I want to show him how much I appreciate him every day. And maybe, by this time next year, my goal will be to maintain our marriage.
I learned last year that you should never ever have net worth goals based on the potential performance of the stock market. That was an epic fail! So, my money goals for 2019 are things that are more within my control.
My number one money goal for 2019 is to get my credit card paid off. I wrote a guest post on Arrest Your Debt late last year about getting myself into a credit card hole, and I’ve been working hard to get it paid off. Unfortunately, with moving expenses and a car repair, I’ve had to increase my credit card debt in the past few weeks. This year, my credit card debt is going to be my top focus. If all goes well, I should have it paid off by April.
Build up Cash
I’m basically wiping out all of my cash holdings to buy a new house (but hey, I’m going be mortgage free!). So, my next goal of 2019 is to rebuild my cash holdings. This actually shouldn’t be that difficult without the mortgage payment. My goal is to rebuild twenty thousand dollars’ worth of emergency savings by the end of the calendar year. That’s a lot, but I definitely think it’s doable!
Maintain my Investments
I’m not going to change my investment allocations for the new year, so this should be an exceedingly easy goal to achieve. I’m going to keep investing in my 401K at a rate of 6% (and getting the match) and I’m going to continue investing my $100 a month into my Vanguard account. Easy Peasy!
I still have yet to hit 1000 users in any given month on my blog organically. My number one blog goal of 2019 is to reach achieve this. I’ve been so close in recent months that I definitely think it’s achievable (maybe even this month!!). My next readership goal is way more ambitious. I want to get to 25k users a month so that I can join Mediavine’s ad network. I don’t know if that’s going to be achievable in 2019, but I’m going to go for it!
Make some money!
My second blog goal for 2019 is to make some money! I love blogging because I love to write and I love offering valuable information to my readers. But it would be nice to get some compensation for it. I think last year’s goal of 1100 was really ambitious for a brand-new blog, but I don’t think it’s out of reach for a blog that’s been around the block for a year. I’m going to keep that as my goal, and I’m going to achieve it! You can help me out by shopping at Amazon through my affiliate link(hint hint wink wink).
Social Media Goals
I failed at pretty much all of my social media goals last year, but that’s ok! I’m just going to have the same goals for this year! I can definitely get to 5000 twitter followers by the end of the year (I’m only 1500 away, so I should be able to get there by March!). I’ve finally figured out that it’s pretty easy to gain followers on Pinterest just by following others (I know, rocket science, right?) so I should be able to get to 5000 on there this year as well.
My goals for Facebook and Instagram are a little different this year. I’d love to gain more followers on both platforms, but I’d rather focus on building a better community. Therefore, my goal on those platforms is to share more meaningful content rather than to build a following. If I keep sharing interesting, engaging content, the followers will come. And they will be engaged, which is way more important.
Travels Near and Far
As you can see, my goals for 2019 have kind of excluded my other website, Travels Near and Far. I realized last year that it’s just way too much to work full time and to run two blogs. Therefore, my focus is going to continue to be Partner in Fire, and I’ll just maintain the Instagram account for Travels. When I achieve financial independence, I’ll go back to travels near and far and make it as amazing as this blog is.
What does 2019 have in store for you? What are your New Year’s Goals? Let’s partner together and help each other achieve all of our goals for 2019.
Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world’s problems. She’s self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.