New Year’s Resolutions & What I Want to Achieve in 2019 | #ThisGirlEats

Plenty of people hate this “New Year” stuff, especially the sudden proclamations to change just because the last number on our calendars flips over. People roll their eyes at resolutions but, I’m sorry, I LOVE New Year’s – and everything that goes with it!

So what if people choose to plan their goals now? And who cares if they give up before January is even out?! I’m in no position to look down on people who want to make positive changes.

It helps me feel optimistic about what’s to come, and having defined goals in a clear timeframe motivates me. Maybe it’s not for everyone, and that’s fine, but it works for me. So here’s what I’d like to achieve in 2019!

HOME. Moving out last year was huge for me. I don’t regret it one teeny, tiny bit but, of course, it’s expensive and time-consuming. I love our flat but there are so many things I’d change! A definite goal for next year is to make some serious home improvements. I’m hoping to make our home a cleaner, tidier space with much more personality and a few extra homely touches. I want it to really feel like somewhere we can de-clutter, de-stress and soak up those happy vibes.


BLOG. Blogging is my only creative outlet and I really love it. This year, the intention was to grow the blog, turn it into something I could envision making an actual living from one day… but that hasn’t happened. It’s totally my fault! But I’d like 2019 to see more engagement, bigger numbers, real progress and a fresh coat of paint, so to speak.

WORK. This time last year I’d just started a new job and felt like I’d really made a positive career move. That’s still true, but I’ve been doing the same thing for a year now and, honestly, I’d just like to change things up a bit. I don’t mean finding a new job; I’d just like to change up my daily routine. New responsibilities, different tasks, maybe even a change in department – basically, I don’t want to be doing exactly the same thing this time next year.


BODY. I’ve not looked after myself this year. I’ve gained loads of weight and really felt the impact of not living a healthier lifestyle. I mean, I wasn’t happy with my body before, so I’m having a bloody nightmare now! I’m still fighting the uphill battle to love myself, but I think regular exercise and healthier eating, consistently, would be super positive for me. I’ve made no secret that I struggle with that, but it’s playing havoc with my mental health now, so things need to change.

MONEY. Money isn’t everything, that’s why it’s at the bottom of my list. There’s food on the table and a roof over my head, I’m grateful for that. But it’s also pretty hard living entirely out of my overdraft; I honestly can’t remember when my bank balance didn’t start with a minus. I’ve dipped into savings, nest eggs and rainy day funds, I’ve taken out loans, I’ve borrowed from family and friends… Honestly, it’s exhausting. Getting out of my overdraft would lift a bloody huge weight off my shoulders and make a massive difference.


5 Everyday Food Apps I Couldn’t Live Without | #ThisGirlEats

These five apps have become so useful to me, I reckon I use most of them at least once a week. They help me make nearly all of my food choices these days and have just made life so, so much easier.


This app is a gift sent straight from the heavens if you’re trying to save on your food shop 💸 You pick your preferred supermarket, but the app allows you to see how much your shop would cost at a whole list of other stores so you can make great comparisons. If it’s cheaper elsewhere, simply switch over! It also gives you money saving swaps, “bulk buy” offers and lets you save your shopping list for next time. It’s not only saved me money, but also forced me to shop much more sensibly too. I love it!

BBC Good Food

The BBC is known for many things; some good and some, er, not so great… But did you know one thing they do really well is food? The BBC Good Food app is home to literally thousands of recipes. If I’m looking for foodie inspiration it’s definitely my go-to. You can search using a keyword or check out their ready-made collections, from “Healthy” to “Cakes & Baking” and “Vegetarian”. You can also save recipes and make your own categories, meaning you can practically index your own online cookbook at the touch of a button.


If you’re really dedicated to kicking the junk food and losing weight, MyPlate is a fantastic (free!) tool. Not only can you track your daily food, water and exercise, but you also receive handy notifications reminding you to log your lunch or have a snack if your daily intake is low. You can also mark your progress and see how others are getting on in the MyPlate community. It’s like having a nutritionist, food journal and support network all in one! 💖

Change 4 Life

You’ve probably seen cute cartoon adverts promoting the Change 4 Life campaign, which encourages swapping regular foods for healthier alternatives. But did you know it’s an app too?! It’s pretty simplistic, but can help you make some great choices. Just scan a barcode with your camera and it’ll tell you how much sugar, salt, sat fat and calories are in the product. It uses great visual aids too so if, like me, numbers scramble your brain, the info is still easy to understand.


Because everyone deserves a treat day, right? 😉