We’re a whole 10 days into 2019 now – how’s your year going? How are those New Years Resolutions holding up? Have you heeded all those online articles and TV adverts about making a better you for 2019? Or are you perfectly happy with the 2018 you, thank you very much? So what does 2019 look like for A Brummie Home and Abroad? These are my 2019 goals!
Mr Fletche and I saw New Year in for the first time as Jewellery Quarter residents, and we invited Ma and Pa Lee along for the ride. It was a glass or two of musty tasting champagne (does champagne go off?) in the apartment before heading over to the Hen & Chickens for a NYE curry. Luckily Mr Fletche and I had eaten there before and knew all about the portion sizes. We were therefore able to order enough for the table without sending any of us into a food coma. One mixed grill = four people. Do not attempt this alone. We then popped over to The Wolf for the last couple of hours of 2018, where we made our way through all of the Great British Trivia questions. We even got some of them right.
After a day spent barely moving from the sofa, where getting dressed meant changing from one pair of pyjamas to another, Mr Fletche and I headed up to Amble in Northumberland for the final days of our festive break. We eat fish and chips, ramble around Amble, drive the coastline to Berwick and back, and attempt to blow away the cobwebs on a 12 mile walk along the coastal path from Amble to Alnmouth and back again. We stayed in this lovely cottage, booked through AirBnB.
If going self -hosted was my 2019 blogging goal then I’ve already knocked this one out of the park! There’s still a few things to sort out though. Namely setting up my Google Analytics properly and giving my About Me page a spruce up but mostly I’m pleased about how the change went. Even if the whole process made me want to cry at times.
I’m not setting too many goals for A Brummie Home and Abroad though. It’s still a hobby and I don’t want to put any added pressure on myself. But hopefully I’ll keep churning out enough interesting content to keep you, my dear and loyal readers, engaged. I’m thinking of setting up a mailing list, and I’m also thinking of ways I can help others plan their travels, especially city breaks. I love all the research but I know others don’t. Let me know in the comments if you think this may be a useful service to offer!
There are so many new bars and restaurants popping up in Birmingham all the time that I can barely keep up! There are still loads of recent additions to the Brum foodie scene that I’m yet to try, and I hope to try and get to a couple a month…feel free to let me know if you want to join me in this challenge! I also intend to make the most of my Independent Birmingham card, making sure my money stays local by supporting some of the fab small businesses here in Brum. And of course there’s plenty of theatres and live music venues on my doorstep too!
Mr Fletche and I are also going to get out and about in the UK a little more this year. We plan on making the most of our weekends and heading into areas like the Peak District regularly for hikes. I’m also planning on knocking that weekend in Liverpool off my travel wishlist! We’re spending Easter weekend down in Devon to celebrate Ma Lee’s 65th birthday, and we have a couple of days down in London to look forward to when Mr Fletche and I go to see Hamilton. I’m also back down in the capital in June for the Annual Bloggers Bash!
And then there’s the small matter of finding a new place to live! After not moving house in 22 years, I’ll be doing it for the second time in the space of a year. There’s no rush, we have our JQ apartment until mid September and then a rolling monthly contract kicks in, but we need to start thinking in the summertime about where we want to live next!
Of course, there will be travel involved but so far the only trip we definitely have in the diary is Switzerland at the end of May. Flights are booked, everything else is still in the planning stages! There won’t be any big long haul trips this year, but we’re looking at Greece in September (Naxos – another one off that travel wishlist) and hopefully we’ll get a Christmas market trip in for our wedding anniversary – maybe an actual German Christmas market this year? It’s all very Europe orientated so let’s hope Brexit doesn’t throw up any nasty surprises which might make these trips more challenging…
You know what gets in the way of travelling? Work. The 9-5 (or 8:30-4:30) grind. But unless I win the lottery* then there’s little chance this will change in 2019. My job is evolving as we move to a different working model and I don’t know what my day to day role will look like. But my salary means I contribute to our travel fund, and our social life fund, and our future planning fund, so I’m going to see how the changes pan out before jumping ship. I’ll also try and look at opportunities in my role which can allow me to flex my writing muscles a bit more.
*Note to self: start doing lottery
Whilst on the subject of writing, hopefully I’ll get my copywriting course completed some time soon… It’s fun to learn a new style of writing and who knows where that may lead me in the future! It’s all useful skills to plough back into the blog too!
After the Christmas excess it’ll be a good time to get back on the healthy diet kick – three Thorntons chocolates and a G&T a day is Slimming-World Friendly surely? I haven’t really spoke about my SW journey on the blog but I was at target for a year…Not sure that’ll be the case any more! I haven’t weighed in for the past couple of months so I’m relying on Mr Fletche to keep a strict eye on me! Except, remember all those new bars and restaurants I vowed to try…
What are your 2019 goals or plans? Travel? Relationships? Better self-care? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m Emmalene, a 40 something with a passion for travel, theatre, food, drink and the occasional accidental hike! I’m a born-and-bred Birmingham native so expect lots of Brum content on here too…