3 Jan 2019 35 comments

My 2019 Goals.

New year, same ol’ me…

It doesn’t seem that long since I was writing my 2018 goals, if you can believe that!
I love New Year’s resolutions, and how the turn of a calendar can feel like such a fresh start – I feel so inspired and motivated right now, and I can’t wait to kickstart 2019!

This year I’ve focused on a good mix of work and personal goals, although with my job I find that balance can be hard – where does one end and another one begin?!
As much as I love setting goals, I never put a lot of pressure on myself to tick ’em off – I’ll definitely work towards these and any progress is going to help me in the long run, but I won’t be hugely upset if I don’t see them through. They’re my milestones for the coming years, not just 2019!

A possible move…

We’ve lived in our current flat for almost five years, which is crazy to Jordan and I as we both moved around a lot as kids. 
I feel like I’m ready to make my mark on a new place, but I’m not ready to leave the area we live in and we don’t really need more space so we’re hanging in limbo a little.
I had planned to buy another fixer-upper flat as a bit of a project, but maybe this year we’ll change our minds and invest in a house with a garden – wouldn’t that be a dream?!
 I think it’s really the only thing I’d move for at this point.

Another big trip

I absolutely loved having Bali to look forward to last year, it was such a big trip for us – completely unchartered territory for us both, and further than we would usually go for a holiday (NZ doesn’t count, obviously…)
On my bucket list is of course Japan, as well as Australia, Canada, Palm Springs, Chicago, the Maldives, Tahiti and the Bahamas. There’s just SO so many places I want to visit and never enough time to squeeze them all in, but hopefully we can plan something for either this year or next.

Change my working mindset…

I think I’m quite a perfectionist and maybe an over-thinker when it comes to my work, sometimes I have an idea of something I want to post but I can’t commit because it seems too daunting or too much of a big project. I really want to have more faith in myself and take a step back while I’m at it – I want to find a way of working that works for me!
I used to think I had to be at my computer 9-6 every day, but of course my job isn’t like that at all… and yet I still enjoy having some sort of routine so this is definitely something I need to work on.

I guess I just want to be more creative with my photography and my campaigns, more candid and less of a perfectionist with my blog content, and write from the heart a bit more too. I think it’s time to get super personal with this blog again after all these years!

A few smaller aims…

– get a daith and rook ear piercing
– become more organised in all areas of my life
– shop less but buy more investment pieces
– reduce my plastic waste significantly
– go to a gig or festival abroad
– read more books
– start a new gym class
– finally put together my photo albums
– stress less
– be present more
– share more personal updates
– have more dinner dates with friends
– do more of what makes me happy

A new place to work…

I realised last year that I don’t love working from home – it’s kind of lonely and uninspiring and I find myself wishing for another place to work from. 
I thought I’d spend a lot of time in Market but I find it too distracting with all the regulars and our friends popping in – it’s honestly like an episode of Friends being in there!
I’m hoping I’ll find an office or co-working space to work from, it will give me a bit of a break from being at home and I think I’d find myself feeling so much more productive with other people around. Here’s hoping this is the year!

A full time blogger…

This is the year I’m going to fully commit to this blog, which seems quite odd to say after approximately eight years of posting on here. I mean that in the sense that I want this to be my main platform – not Instagram, not Youtube… katelavie.com!
I want to have such a clear view for this blog – more outfit posts, more personal posts, more smaller posts when I feel like it. More interiors, more real life… I want to make this the go-to spot for everything I share!
I feel like I do a lot of content creation for brands over on Instagram, and I feel obliged to post on YouTube but I never truly enjoy it, whereas my blog is my true passion – and yet often it seems to take a backseat. I also think I put too much pressure on myself to make everything so perfect – that every post requires a full set-up photoshoot. Sometimes it’s all about the simple posts with some quick snaps and a bit of text, don’t you agree?
If you have anything you’d like to see more of, or anything you want to see less of, please let me know – I’m really going to commit to these pages from here on out!

More trips with my girlfriends…

I went away a few times last year with my friends and it was completely amazing – we laughed constantly and the memories we made are some I’ll cherish forever.
I’m so proud and grateful for the friendships I’ve made and nurtured over the last few years, and spending time with these girls makes my heart so full!

I’m so excited for the year ahead, for once I feel good about easing myself in to work and real life – I know how tempting it is to want to start again with your entire life come January 1st, but I think this slow and steady start is what’s going to help me be my best this year!

What are you planning for the year ahead?

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  • Caroline

    Your plans sound awesome for this year! Also I would love to see little styling tips for a flat or spaces, I love your interior style so much! I have quite a lot huge plans for this year, writing my master thesis and finally graduating from university, moving in together with my boyfriend and visiting Glasgow (of course I’ll pop into Market for a cuppa), Edinburgh and Stockholm!

    Hope you have a lovely day
    Caroline x

    • Yes to more interiors content!! Ooh wow, that’s an exciting year you have planned. Definitely pop in for a coffee x

  • Jessica Riley

    What great plans! I am so excited for you to start blogging more as this is where I first started looking at your content!

    The Crown Wings | UK Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • Your goals are so inspiring, for me I would love to grow my blog after graduation. Wishing you all the best and you can do it!

    xx Kirsten

  • Jasmin

    Whatever content your on, your content is simply amazing! I live close to Chicago and we should totally grab a cup of tea together! #bloggerdreams

  • What lovely goals to have! I look forward to see what this year has in store for you 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    G xx

  • I’m so glad you decided to focus more on the blog in 2019. Honestly? I’m not the biggest fan of Instagram anymore because everything seems so overly planned and fake on there nowadays – especially when it comes to influencers and their brand. There are so many people and accounts I’ve unfollowed on there within the past few months and I don’t miss their content AT ALL. I’m much more of a blog reader. I would love to see you write more about the business of blogging and your experience of working from home. If you DO decide to find a new office space in 2019, I’d love to see you write a series about that experience as well!

    • Completely agree with you on Instagram and preferring blogs. Guess we’re old fashioned! (But I’m okay with it.)

      • I’m okay with being old-fashioned and old school too 😉

    • Thanks Vanessa, I do miss where I was at with my blog a few years ago so I hope I can get back to that. I loved doing the little posts and writing without overthinking it! More laidback content coming your way this year, thank you for the feedback! x

    • I totally agree with you! I’ve been so away from Instagram, because I feel like there is so much fakeness on there, and I’m honestly not a fan! I don’t think i’ll ever get sick of reading blogs and actually getting to know someone through their words and the images they decide to share with us! xx

      • You took the words right out of my mouth, Melina! I feel exactly the same way about Instagram and blogs.

  • Beautiful thoughts to look forward to. Love ♥️it!

    🌸🍃ROSES FOR FRIDAYS 🌸🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Love this list of goals and am excited to hear that you’re making your blog your #1 priority content wise in 2019! Towards the end of last year I did an “experiment’ of sorts. Going through all accounts I follow only BlogLovin, I found around 70% of them had completely stopped posting blog content with out any reason shared. It made me so sad! I know Instagram is big right now, but I really don’t think it will be forever and personally…I prefer the more well-rounded content you can post on a blog.

    Anywhoo,,,rant over. Happy New Year!!
    Kelly – http://www.dreaminlace.com

    • Thanks Kelly, this is so helpful and reading it made me feel so motivated! I’m ready to embrace the blog full on this year! x

  • I love this. I hope you don’t quit YouTube all together as I truly enjoy your channel, but I can see how you’d prefer blogging instead. That’s me as well. I love the idea of girl trips as well – there’s just something different doing trips with girlfriends vs significant others.


  • I’m really loving all these goals you have set out for yourself. It’s so nice to hear that you’re puuting yourself first foremost which exactly what everyone needs to do. I’m always excited with whatever you put out but I definitely am looking forward to more interior posts again. Seeing more personal posts from you will be very lovely as well, maybe even a day in my life photos edition would be fun and something I even did myself a couple of years ago.

    Again, Happy New Year Kate, and wishing you even more great success!

    Juliana | Ohhjuliana

  • Girls trips are the absolute best! ❤️

    Arianna | Southernbelleforever.com

  • I totally relate to your smaller goals as well as working more on the blog thing — as much as I love Instagram I’m hoping to spend more time on Twitter and my blog!

    ~ Hazel | http://www.hazearella.com | http://placesandpeonies.wordpress.com

  • Loved reading your goals for 2019, especially those small aims! I think sometimes the small things are the things that really matter the most. Personally I’d like to learn how to be more present as well as engage with others a bit more. Here’s to 2019 being a fantastic year – can’t wait to see you more on this platform! 🙂 x


  • These are all some really great goals! Goodluck with them

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  • It’s always so inspiring to read about other people’s goals, and I really love how you touched on the idea of being a perfectionist and letting that go; I struggle with the same thing, so I found it really comforting to know that I’m not the only one. Can’t wait for all that’s to come to the blog this year – your content is always amazing, and I’m always such a fan of your photography! <3

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • Sallie

    Loved reading these goals for 2019 and so glad you are focusing on your blog. I feel like 2019 is going to see a shift back towards blogging as people tire a little of Instagram. I would LOVE to see more interior posts, never get bored of seeing pictures of your lovely home 😊

  • Louise Caparas

    Kate, you’re one of the very few bloggers I follow on different platforms because I know that every post/video/IG story is quality and different from what is shown on each platform. I love your blog posts, and honestly, I appreciate anything you post — may it be your life goals, your travels, beauty stuff, interiors, even your bar cart! So keep it coming! It goes without saying that it’s the same way I feel with your Youtube vlogs. You’ve done very well for yourself, you’re truly an influencer! (P.S. I have an awesome Essie collection, because of you, and I paint my nails the same way you do up to now because yours was the first tutorial I saw!)

  • Natalie Redman

    Sounds like some fab goals for 2019. Glad you are focusing on the blog, as I love reading your content 🙂


  • Lisa Autumn

    Happy 2019! You can do this Kate!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Happy New Year – I loved reading this (and lovely photos too!). Being present and in the moment more often is a little everyday aim I have for myself this year too. Really happy to hear that you’ll be focusing a bit more on the blog xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

  • I love that you want to make your blog the key focus of your career, I think so much is moving over to Instagram these days and I find that quite sad. I absolutely love reading blogs and as much as I love Instagram with is aesthetically pleasing content, theres nothing like sitting down to read someones blog. Also would highly recommend a rook piercing, I absolutely love mine! Best of luck with all of your goals Kate!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Good luck with your goals <3 I completely agree about working at home – sometimes I love the conveniency but it can be incredibly lonely and difficult to motivate yourself when you spend all day in the same four walls! x


  • Gosh I feel the exact same about the whole blogging thing – I do like insta but I hate the algorithm, and I find that my mental state was badly affected by the amount of ‘likes’ I receive. But for my blog it’s totally different because I simply LOVE writing, so it doesn’t really matter to me as much! Besides, what happens when insta gets taken over or – and lets hope not – gets shut down? Our blogs are the only own-able space we have so we much cherish them!

    Lizzie Bee // https://www.hellolizziebee.com/

    • Yesss I never look in to numbers on my blog – I just write and share what I love! More of that this year for sure! x

  • Megan Elizabeth

    Wow girl, you go get 2019!!! I need to plan some goals and resolutions for this year, it keeps me more organised and determined to do things x


  • This was really great to read re you focusing more on your blog, as this is something I’ve also decided to start doing! I started it almost 4 years ago and I feel it just kept taking more and more of a backseat to other platforms. I also found myself getting horribly trapped in the whole instagram hole and really didn’t like how it made me feel sometimes! I personally would love to see more from you on your blog! I adore your content and the idea of there being more makes me very happy indeed! X