Into 2019

AJ and Gary wearing Christmas Jumpers on Christmas Day

So, there we go. 2018 has flown past before we even noticed.

It's been a year of ups and downs for me, as I'm sure with everyone else. Some pretty major ups, and the downs? A pretty big struggle, especially MH wise. But, whatever doesn't kill us makes us stronger so I'm getting there now.

I'm hoping 2019 will be an entirely different kettle of fish and I'm quite determined to make it so. I'm pretty darn happy and settled in my career (who else can say that at 30 these days?), so it's more of an internal focus than anything else.

It's obviously that time of year where every man and his dog have made new Year's Resolutions and we all know the gyms are going to be busier for the next two weeks than they were for the majority of next year. I personally think that if you set solid 'resolutions' and drastic changes to your lifestyle every January 1st, you're setting yourself up for failure and that's not for me.

I did set some 'goals' last year though and I did quite well. This is because they weren't drastic changes to my lifestyle, more like things I was already kinda doing anyway. I just wanted to be better at them.

This year, I want to do a little more than I did in 2018, but something that's still relatively easy to achieve rather than do something stupid like say I'm going to go to the gym every day but only last a week because I'm shit.

AJ holding Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts books while wearing a library print dress from Joanie Clothing

Read More

I have always been a book worm ever since I was a little girl. My 'to be read' pile is currently building up on the floor in my living room because I have run out of space on my bookcase and I carry a book with me everywhere I go. In 2018, I barely read at all and it felt so unnatural. It took me well over a year to finally finish The Belle Sauvage which Gary bought for me back in October 2017. This year, I'm not going to let one of my passions slip away again. 

I'm lucky enough where I don't have to commute to work but this does make me feel like I don't have as much time to read as other people. I mean, even an extra hour sitting on a train really makes a difference. So now I'm just going to make the time, even if that means actually taking a lunch break rather than eating at my desk.

AJ wearing Gryffindor robes

Get more involved with the Harry Potter Community

Last year, I made the effort to show more of my nerdy side and what I am truly obsessed with 

Harry Potter has been a HUGE part of my life for 21 years (God, I'm old) and it really has influenced who I am today. 

Not only did this little step perform well for me and help me reach milestones, it also introduced me to a fabulous bunch of people I'm now lucky enough to call some of my closest friends. 

Most importantly, it inspired me and made me happy.

Over the years, I have had opportunities to work with the Warner Brothers Studio Tour and Lumos, so who wouldn't want to keep that up?

Dedicate more time to self-care

This was actually one of my intentions for last year and I really wasn't very good at it. 

Despite encouraging myself to say 'no' more, I didn't do that at all. I was busy all the time, whether it was helping friends, meeting friends at the pub, or playing (at one point) 5 performances in one month. Little things like constantly having chipped nail polish because I had no time to do them really affected me and I was exhausted all the time, which obviously impacted my mood.

Moving forward, where realistic (obviously), I'm going to have one day a week where I just focus on me. Bubble baths, face mask and nail polish galore. 

Eat less meat

When I was a teenager I was a vegetarian for a good few years. I got ill, really thin and even now, 15 years later, I still have issues with my iron levels.

It's far from possible for me to go veggie again because my health does need to come first, but we cannot deny that this lovely little planet of our is fucked. Hopefully not beyond repair.

For the sake of the environment and my future children's lives here, I want to reduce my damage as much as possible. Last year, I kept to my aim of using less single use plastic so I may as well step it up a notch and do even better this year.

All of these 'goals' are relatively small and definitely achievable. I just hope I'm better at sticking to them than I was last year!


  1. They sound like great goals. I totally noticed when I had a shorter commute that I read way less! It made me get into the habit of always reading before bed which I am very much enjoying. We must hang out in 2019! x

    1. I actually started reading before bed again! even if it's only a couple of pages. YES WE DO. Maybe bring back our little sewing circle plans.

  2. I think it is so important to dedicate time to looking after ourselves. We often forget to nowadays.

    1. I always forget to! Hopefully this time I will actually be able to focus on myself a bit more, I guess we'll find out!

  3. Sounds like some great goals to me! I need to set my goals out for the year too.

  4. These sound like great goals, I really hope you manage to stick to them x

  5. Mellissa Williams9 January 2019 at 15:57

    I hope to read more in 2019 too. Wishing you the best of luck with achieving your goals.

  6. I think you have some great goals, and showing your love of Harry Potter is great if that's your passion x

  7. I think you have picked some great goals - I'm also trying to read more this year x

  8. Happy New Year! I am eating virtually no meat anymore, my palette has just changed so much. I adore Harry Potter too. Kaz

  9. I struggle with low iron as well, but I definitely want to cut down on the amount of meat I'm eating this year

  10. These sound like great goals - especially getting more into the HP community! As for the low iron part? Hate it. I have been a member of that club for longer than I'd like to admit!


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