Diving into 2019

January 15, 2019

Over the last couple of weeks I have decided to take a break from my blogging. The decision was quite sudden. I was away and wanted the break to be just about me and the company I was with. I didn’t want the phone to be a distraction or to have the pressure to think of a special moment to post and share. I just needed a break.


2018 was a really big one for me. It challenged me, encouraged me and inspired me. I achieved things physically, emotionally and intellectually that I didn’t think I would ever be able to accomplish. This year I hope that I can continue along my journey to achieving my dreams while also appreciating the present place I am in.


Goal setting has always been something that really interested me. I have taken to watching numerous YouTube videos about it and the best ways to approach it. From what I have found, the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound) method is the most effective. Categorising goals is also important. For example, having goals for fitness, for health, for career, for personal development and finances. At this time of year the term “goal” isn’t used as much as the term “resolution.”


I have spoken to a few people over the last couple of weeks about the concept of a “New Year’s Resolution.” Some find them ‘essential’, others say that they are a ‘waste of time.’ Two very different takes on it, both quite extreme. I can say from experience that grand sweeping resolutions are not effective for me. How often do you hear people say “my resolution this year is to be skinny” or to “quit smoking” and two weeks later the resolution is out the window. The Resolution was too ambitious to be changed in a day and there is no plan. I believe that in order to achieve a goal or to accomplish the New Year’s Resolution there does need to be a plan.


In early December I made a decision that I was going to set some goals for 2019 in January. I had planned to just write some general goals before I got introduced to a different approach. Instead of having yearly goals, perhaps try making monthly goals. This idea really intrigued me. I have decided that every month I am going to set myself four new goals. Some can be a continuation of the month before and others can be fresh. The important thing is to ensure I am achieving things more often than I am not. in the past I have found that if I have set a yearly goal it will be March and I’ll think “I still have another nine months to achieve that, I will try it out in a couple of months’ time.” Inevitably it reaches November and the goal is so much harder to achieve than it would have been if I attempted it earlier.


My blog is really important to me. It is a platform for me to share my thoughts, new found knowledge and recipes with others. Last year when I started it I went in with no expectations. I just wanted to see what it would be like to post regularly and whether I would be able to post new recipes weekly. It turned out that I am capable of doing those things. Something that I definitely want to do this year is to spend more time with it. I really want it to be something that is more interactive. I want to speak more to my followers and post content that YOU are genuinely interested in. I also feel it is time to share more of my personality with you.


I keep my blog fairly conservative but for people that actually know me I am such a crazy and clumsy person. I have been quite nervous about sharing too much of that but have decided that now is the time because I really want to be candid and honest with people. I also believe it will allow me to share more about my healthy lifestyle and provide more tips to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. It will also provide plenty of entertainment…between me and my family there is definitely never a dull moment! Beyond sharing my recipes, at some point this year I would also love to film some videos of me making the food so you can see how I do things in the kitchen. I find watching cooking videos very useful and would love to share that with you.


For now, I will be posting one blog post on a Wednesday and one or two vlog style Instagram stories a week. I would love it if you would share your thoughts and tell me the kind of content you want me to create. I have decided to hold off on posting recipes for the time being as I continue to experiment in the kitchen. Send in photos of the recipes already on the blog that you recreate and send me a message if you have any questions! I am here to help YOU!


This year is going to be FANTASTIC, I can feel it! So excited for you to come along for the second year of the Gel’s Life journey!


“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream: Not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France.




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