5 Goal Setting Tips For Amplifying Your Best 2019

Here we are again… another year done and dusted. Are you as excited as I am to wave goodbye to 2018? Ready to take on the new year with vigor and all those feel-good, new beginning vibes? If 2018 wasn’t exactly your year and if you’re really not a fan of regret, then you’re in the right place.

It’s time to break out of those boxed in comfort zones and go after what sets your soul on fire. (Btw, this is a big #notetoself for me, too!) Imagine looking back on the year and feeling proud of yourself for all the amazing things you did, how you grew as a person, and all the adventures you had… instead of, well, wishing you’d gone after your dreams?

My Messy Year + “Word” For 2019

You know what’s ironic?

I used to get annoyed at people who’d wish the year away and hope for a better new year. I always had a ton of highlights and achievements to look back on and I never moaned about having a crappy year, because I never had one.

Until 2018. 

This past year hit me hard – a good part of it, anyway. Not all of it was bad, but it was the most challenging year I’ve ever had. Because, I was forced to deal with and learn how to manage things like anxiety, bouts of depression, and a whole lot of self doubt. I lost confidence, energy, passion, and a spark for life I used to have. I felt like I shrank… like I’d become a shadow of the person I used to be. If you’ve ever felt like this, you’ll know how frustrating it can be.

The Silver Lining

But, you know… this messy year forced me to dig deep and confront a few inner demons I’d been pushing aside.

It forced me to start asking for help – something I’m really not good at, and it made me let go of a bit of soul-destroying perfectionism. It also made me actually DO some of the self care I write about, find out more about my empath and HSP personality, and take actionable steps to designing a life more in tune with who I am. As in, CREATE more space!

2018 NEEDED to happen. I needed that space to step back and get real with a few things – get clear on who I am as a person, instead of thoughtlessly chasing my ambitious dreams and pushing the other important stuff aside. This was a year of soul searching and space making.

Now I’m ready to… AMPLIFY.

That’s my “word” for 2019. I want to turn the volume UP on my life next year. If you’re ready to do the same, here’s the goal setting plan I’m giving a go – maybe it will inspire you to do the same! 

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How To Set Realistic Goals For Your Best Year Yet

The Creative Part


Before you think of aaaaalll the things you want to accomplish for the new year, BREATHE. Don’t get over ambitious here, because trust me, feeling exhausted in February isn’t fun. And this is supposed to be fun! 

I found that choosing a “word” and centering my goals around that really helped. My word for 2019 is “amplify” – because I spent so much of 2018 hiding and playing it safe, not following through on dreams; I want this next year to be the opposite of that.  

Choosing YOUR word for 2019:

Here are a few examples of new year words I’ve seen some people use. I think it’s important to find a word that’s meaningful and personal to YOU, and not a popular one that everyone else is using – or that sounds cool. At the end of the day, it’s got to be something you connect with, otherwise it’s just a word.

  • Thrive
  • Transform
  • Bold
  • Adventure
  • Calm
  • Creative
  • Authenticity
  • Success
  • Mindfulness
  • Family
  • Abundance
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The Planning Part


Ever written down a ton of great-sounding goals in January, only to get to June and wonder what the heck happened?

Yup. Me too. It’s called being too ambitious with your goals and trying to do everything ALL at ONCE. If only it worked that way, hey? Nope… I’ve come to realise (learn the hard way), that things take TIME. And patience. The good stuff in life, anyway. 

So this year, I’m breaking things down a bit more under my “amplify” umbrella. Instead of having a long list of everything I want to achieve in 2019, I’m setting 2-3 smaller goals every 60 days. (Apparently, it takes about 66 days for a new habit to form, not 21).

Here’s what mine looks like for the year ahead (I’ll break them down a bit further each month – this is just an overview):

JAN + FEB: Healthy Habits + Home

MARCH + APRIL: Fitness + Energy

MAY + JUNE: Lifestyle + Adventure

JULY + AUG: Personal Growth + Reflection

SEPT + OCT: Self Care + Community

NOV + DEC: Relationships + Joy

The “Getting Real” Part


This is important. I found that my energy levels plummeted from about the beginning of September. That’s usually when most of us start thinking about the holidays. So, it’s no good putting some big goal like “learn a new language” then, because that’s just not going to happen! For me, anyway.

We have more energy and motivation towards the beginning of the year so I really want to focus on setting foundations for some healthy habits and creating more of a homey sanctuary (something I put off all the time).

Seasons change around March to autumn or spring, so that’s a great time to focus on getting fit and outdoors more. July is a nice time to look back on the last 6 months and acknowledge how far you’ve come. I don’t know about you, but I tend to forget to do this a LOT and just focus on all the things I haven’t got to yet. Not good! And then, the end of the year is usually centered around family and travel or relaxation. 

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The Doing Part


I’m a huge fan of freebies and doing things on the cheap, obviously. I didn’t grow up with things being handed to me on a silver platter and it’s made me learn the value of money, but it’s also taught me how to get creative. This is all good and well most of the time, but sometimes, investing a little money into something that’s going to help you reach your goals is going to make that HUGE difference.

For example, I’m not a gym fan at all. But, I LOVE to dance and I miss Zumba classes, but hell to the no am I paying monthly gym fees and only going to one class. So, I did some research and signed up to Daily Burn – an online fitness subscription where you get daily workouts, and you can track your fitness progress, etc. It’s awesome – exactly the motivation I need to help me amplify my physical health, YAY! 

When you invest in yourself financially, you’re a lot more likely to see things through –  it gives you that boost of motivation. I mean, who wants to waste money?

Other examples of ways to invest in yourself to reach your goals:

  • Book a monthly massage (goal – practice more self care)
  • Join a weekly Pilates class (goal – improve fitness levels)
  • Take an online course (goal – change your career)
  • Buy a premium WordPress theme (goal – start a side business)
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The Grabbing Your “Why” Part


And last, but not least… What’s going to make you STICK to your goals?

All year loooooong. 

Just like your “word” for 2019, this one needs to connect with you emotionally, too. For me, I don’t want regret at the end of the year again – and I really, really want to print out a bunch of photos (because, who does that anymore?) and create a scrapbook of 2019, with the highlights – maybe even a few lessons, and a ton of mini adventures. That’s what I want. That’s my “why” and my inspiration. 

What’s your inspiration for sticking with your goals?

Create a vision in your mind of what December 2019 feels like for you.
Where are you? Who are you with? What things are you most proud of achieving this year?

Imagine THAT feeling. That’s what’s going to keep you going and checking off those goals! 

Start Mapping Out Those Dream Goals


If you’re the kind of person who will read something inspiring and then probably forget about it a few minutes later, don’t worry – I can relate! Here’s a little goal planner I created to help action those big ideas.

You can print it or just use it as inspiration to map out your big goals and dreams for the new year. Have fun!

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I hope this post has helped inspire you to amplify your life a little more next year. I’d love to hear about some of your big goals for 2019 in the comments below!

  1. Mel – so sweet! I love this post. It’s so YOU!! But more than that, you’ve given me some GREAT ideas! I love the scrapbook idea. To actually PRINT photos. I am getting ready to do my intentions for the year, and to put them on as ornaments on my Tree of Life. As I complete my intentions…hmm…I dunno…ideas are swirling around, but…I could print photos of me fulfilling my intentions and then turning them into ornaments or…hang them in my office at home or…create a scrapbook of J and me doing our respective things…hmm…hmmm….I’m not a “photos” person usually, but I just love the idea of capturing memories that are “real” and don’t just exist digitally…

    1. Now you’re talking! The idea of capturing memories BEYOND the digital world… YES! That’s a biggie for me next year. I love your Tree of Life so much, I think it’s something I want to implement at home here as well – but maybe more towards the end of next year, otherwise I’m going to get totally overwhelmed with all my ambitious ideas lol. I can’t wait to read more about your intentions for the year – you always inspire me with your monthly intentions that you break down. Definitely need to break down these 60-day goals a bit more. Hope you’re having a wonderful Sunday my friend 🙂 ox

  2. This is such an awesome post my friend and perfect to get me focused for the year ahead… Thank you. I’ve already started a holiday savings plan for two trips for December 2019 and as you mentioned in your post, I’ve decided that every month I will treat myself to a mani, pedi and neck & back massage. This will be my treat to myself every month. I also want to get to those kick boxing classes I’ve told you about. Wishing you all the best for 2019 my friend! This is your year!

    1. Ooh I LOVE the sound of those goals my friend, well done! Saving for travel is a BIG one on my list too… I think we hold ourselves back so much (I know I did in 2018) by thinking there is never enough time or money – or that we deserve a treat like that. But we do, because we work damn hard and we can do it… we just need to PLAN! December 2019 is a realistic time for a holiday and it gives you so much time to plan and save. I’m excited for you!!! 😀 I really like your monthly self care treat of a mani, pedi and back/neck massage… so important with all the stress we deal with. And YAY for kickboxing! You’re on fire for next year my friend! #GOYOU ox

    1. Hey Mel! I’m so glad you found this post useful – and thanks so much for your comment 🙂 I seem to start and stop things a lot lately and now I know that one of my biggest struggles is having that *actionable* motivation to get started… and stay with it! Planning is no problem, but actually DOING it, requires a bit of *oomph!* All the best with your goals for 2019 too! ox

  3. I’m completely over New Year’s Resolutions – but the hype around goals this time of the year has me super excited. I am a lot like you in the sense that I love planning my goals, but getting into action requires effort I don’t always seem to have. My approach this year, is similar to yours. I am taking my word for 2019, breaking it into 3 focus areas and focussing on these 3 areas on a monthly and quarterly basis.

    Absolutely love your word for 2019! May your year Amplify your every ambition and may December 2019, speak of your commitment to achieving your goals.

    1. Hey Alet! 🙂 Oh I’m with you, I couldn’t wait to get to 2019 just to plan some new (realistic) goals and turn the pages on a few things. I love your goal plan for this year! YAY to no overwhelm or “goal burn out!” Thanks so much for your words of encouragement! Here’s to an incredible 2019 of goal getting and looking back on some fantastic memories and proud moments. I’m going to pop over to your blog now! x

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