A New Year, and Goals for 2019

A new year, a new me. Red Hunter rubber boots on Air Force Beach in Comox, BC.

2018, I am so over you.

Not to hate on 2018, but it definitely won’t go down as one of the best years of my life. Yes, I had some professional highs, namely:

  1. Presenting about nutritional genetics at the Dietitians of Canada conference.

  2. Being a guest on the Dietitians of Canada podcast.

  3. Starting The Food Life!! Growing my followers, feeling the love from all of your wonderful Food Lifers!

However, I also had some lows in my personal life this year. I struggled with loneliness and anxiety. And sometimes that little voice inside my head that says, “You aren’t enough” was loud enough to drown out all others.

To top it all off, it’s been tough to watch the misogyny, racism, and generally buffoonery that has been happening south of the Canadian border. I can’t even go there.

As of today, I am looking forward to continuing to grow what I built in 2018, and shaking off what needs to be left behind. On the final day of 2018, I’d like to share my goals for 2019.

  1. Run the BMO Vancouver half marathon in May.

  2. Meditate for at least 10 minutes before bed, at least four nights per week.

  3. Post original content to Instagram twice per week consistently.

  4. Double my Instagram followers (at least!) by the end of 2019.

  5. Write on any subject for at least five minutes per day, four times per week.

  6. Finish the first draft of my novel (it’s a work in progress).

  7. Submit a short story to at least three Canadian literary magazines.

  8. No take out coffee until March 17, 2019 (my birthday!), with an option to extend at that time.

  9. Continue to cultivate my powers of intuition, and have trust in my own knowledge and ability.

  10. Get my apartment painted, and new light fixtures installed.

Happy New Year, dear Food Lifers! And see ya, 2018. I won’t miss you.

Erin E. BrownComment