With every new year, new month, new job, new city or new anything, I always love an excuse to make new goals or to make some changes. It’s always a good time to assess where you are, your lifestyle situation and current situation and think about the changes you can make to improve things.
Since I’m moving to a new city, starting a new job and it’s almost September 1st, I thought it a good time to take a look at my current situation and make some changes to make improvements.
September 1st always feels like a second New Year to me as kids go back to school and the academic year begins. I’m going to be starting my new job after September 1st so these are five changes I’m going to be making to my lifestyle to become better.
1. Cut down on the alcohol
I’ve said it once, I’ve probably said it about 100 times, but I’m saying it again. I’m going to consumer less alcohol this year.
Leaving Liverpool is going to do absolute wonders for my liver, but I also said this when I moved to London and we all know how that turned out. But moving to this new city, I’m going to make a conscious effort to lower my alcohol intake and have a huge detox.
I’ll be away from Liverpool for an entire 12 months, so it should hopefully not be that hard. However, less alcohol may lead to more Diet Coke but at least there will be a lot less hangovers to contend with. Who knows, this may be the year I start treating my body like the temple that I’ve been meaning to for the last ten years.
2. Finally get into a routine
This is another lifestyle change I’ve been meaning to get around to but always failed – especially during final year of university. But now that I’ll be back to the 9-5 grind, it should be a lot easier.
I’ve never been a morning person, but there’s no way I can complain about waking up before sunrise in the city I’m moving to. I’m going to train my body to wake at 6am, maybe get a gym session in before work in the mornings and get into an evening routine with my blog (when I’m not out and about exploring).
This new city is going to be quite like London in that I’ll most likely never be spending a weekend just doing nothing, which means I’m going to have to make sure I go to the gym during the week, eat well, meal prep and spend the weekdays on my blog so that I can enjoy myself every Saturday and Sunday.
3. Go fully pescatarian
We’ve all heard the recent statistics to do with climate change, and I’m not going to lie, it’s starting to scare me a little. I want to try and do everything I consciously can to improve my sustainability and environmental habits to help slow down the inevitable.
One thing I’m fully prepared to do is cut out meat all together. When I lived in Liverpool, I mainly ate a diet of fish anyway, without even consciously trying. Most of my meals included tuna, salmon or a pot noodle (they’re vegetarian FYI).
Where I’m moving to is quite well known for fatty foods, obesity and very greasy diets so I’m hoping not to pile on too many pounds by diving into the local cuisine too much. I hope to prepare most of my own food and eat as healthy as I can both at home and when eating out.
4. Be more money conscious
Something I’m going to have to change about myself, whether I like it or not. The place I’m moving to is very expensive, along the lines of London and I can’t go around spending my money like it’s going out of fashion.
Speaking of fashion, I’m going to make a conscious effort to stop spending so much money on clothes I won’t wear, only wear once or just don’t even need. From following a few influencers that travel around the world and make do with the bare minimum, I want to start embodying them.
I watch people from my hometown buying new outfits left, right and centre and only wearing them once because God forbid you were ever to be seen in the same outfit twice and I don’t want to be like that. There are more important things in the world than having a new outfit to wear every day. And there are more important things to be spending your money on.
All of my money that I earn this year will be going on travel and experiences, that I can guarantee.
5. Get better at replying
Any of my friends that are reading this will know that I am the worst replier ever. I might receive a text and not reply to it until a week later. Or glance at a notification, reply to it in my head and then completely forget all about it.
My friends know me for it and don’t get offended when I take long to reply, but I really need to get out of the habit of doing it. Especially when I’m moving very far away and won’t be seeing them for an entire year, I will need to get better at replying.
However, the time difference may actually give me an excuse!
So these are five lifestyle changes I’m planning on making for the next four months until the end of 2019. At least that will give me a chance to see if I actually stick to the changes or if they aren’t working out. Then it will be January 1st and I’ll have a brand new set of resolutions to get working on.