Hello 2019 | My Goals For The New Year + FREE Wallpaper!

Happy New Year to you all!  I hope you had a really lovely Christmas break, and you’re ready to start 2019 with a little more motivation than you had last year – I know I am.  My Christmas was lovely, and I took a bit of a break from the blog (largely because I was really ill in the run up to Christmas & on the day itself, which wasn’t great fun), but I’m back now & ready to get back on my game again.

For the first post of 2019, as is pretty customary with every new year here on Love, Soph, I wanted to chat you guys through my goals & resolutions.  I set some at the start of every year, and while I rarely manage to see them through to the end, I like to think they give me some direction for the year.  Well, at least until March!

I’m trying not to call them ‘resolutions’ this year, and instead I’m focusing more on goals; they seem to be, at least for me, more long term & less of a passing fad.  I plan on setting myself up with a measure in my goals, as you’ll see in a minute.  My goals are less ‘drink more water’, and more ‘drink four glasses of water a day’ (obviously not small glasses … I get that’s not much water!  This isn’t about water anyway).  I think goals are more motivating for me, and so that’s what I’m setting myself this year.  Goals.


Good question – I may well ramble on about why I’m setting goals and not resolutions blah blah blah, but what’s the point in this post unless I actually tell you what they are.  Plus, I’m hoping that by writing them out I’ll be more likely to be held accountable for them, maybe.

  • Read 30 Books

I have always really loved reading, but really since I was about 13, I haven’t gotten into it and enjoyed it in the same way I used to, which is quite sad for me.  Most years I say I want to read more, but I’m hoping that by having a measure of thirty books, I’ll want to try fulfil that count by December.  Plus, I kind of need to read a lot of books this year anyway (cheers for that, A Level History), so I guess this is partially an academic goal as well as one for my own enjoyment.  Either way, I’m starting off the year reading The Secret History by Donna Tartt & although I’m only three chapters in as of today, I’m really enjoying it!

Image of book and water

  • Drink 2L of water a day

It’s a well known fact that I don’t get anywhere near enough water to drink.  I don’t really like it as a drink, and I find it boring.  That really isn’t good for me though, I know, so I’m going to try drink 2L a day this year.  I’ve got a little app where you ‘water’ your plant every time you drink water, and I’m hoping that the incentive of keeping a cute little plant alive will help me on this one.  Saying that, I’ve managed to kill at least three cacti in the past year so I’m not entirely sure where my logic is on that one, but at least the intention is there.

  • Add to my one second a day app every day

I’ve downloaded an app that lets you film a second of your day and compiles it into a video at the end of the year for you, and I’m really determined to fill out the whole year with video.  I’m awful at keeping up to ‘one line a day’ style notebooks, and really anything which requires a daily commitment and effort.  However, I’m hoping that due to this literally requiring a few seconds of my day, I’ll be able to keep up to it.  It’ll be nice to look back on the year & see the exciting things I’ve done (and the probable 300 odd days where I’ll be filming video from my bed, but heyho!)

  • Eat more fruit & veg

I’m really painting myself as awfully unhealthy in this post, aren’t I.  Promise I’m not that bad, but I definitely want to start to eat a little cleaner.  I love love love fruit & veg, but I just never gravitate towards it when I’m looking for something to eat.  This is a resolution I’m already making really good progress towards I think, I’ve had loads of fruit for breakfast over the past week & I’ve actually really been enjoying it!

  • Do five hours of work per subject per week

Back again with unrealistic academic goals Sophie? I am indeed.  Every year I set myself pretty unattainable goals surrounding school.  Check last year’s resolutions post for stuff like ‘do well in mocks’ (which really didn’t go to plan … I’m looking at you, chemistry grade 2), and then the almighty goal of doing well in my GCSEs (I didn’t do too bad but I really wouldn’t call it spectacular!).  Anyway, this years goal is to just actually do more work for my A Levels.  I’ve got this awful habit of procrastinating and being lazy beyond belief when I get in from school – partially because I’m absolutely knackered from getting up at 6am and tramming about on a bus for hours on end, and it’s something I’d really like to break.  This really is more of a need than a goal, because otherwise I’m 70% sure I might just flop at A Levels, which really wasn’t what I was going for honestly.

They’re my most important goals for 2019, and I’m hoping that by slapping them into a blog post, I’ll actually keep up with them. Either way, I’m very excited for the year ahead & to see what’s in store for my blog; I’m going to make a conscious effort to post once a week on here, despite school and work, which I’m sure you’ll notice didn’t go very well last year from September onwards.  My blog posts will be out at 10am every Saturday morning, and if you want to be more involved in suggesting content for Love Soph & generally see more of my life, be sure to check out my instagram & give it a follow!


I thought I’d start off the year with a freebie for you all, which is something I’d like to incorporate into my blog more if you’re interested in it.  This month I’m sharing a wallpaper for your desktop to kick off the year, which I made the other day because I couldn’t find one I liked online.  It’s very basic & by no means am I claiming that I’m some sort of graphics design God, but I wanted to offer it out to you guys!  I love the colours of it & it’s really brightened up my laptop.

2019 Pastel Desktop Wallpaper


Save the picture to your computer and simply add it as your wallpaper if you’d like to use it!

I’d love to see if you do use it, make sure to tag me on instagram – @lovesophblog_

Make sure to pin this post to your Pinterest!

Thanks for reading this post everyone!  I’d be really interested to know what your resolutions are, so make sure to let me know in the comments.

Soph xx



    • Love, Soph
      January 4, 2019 / 12:57 pm

      I’m so glad you like it!😇

  1. Everything Eden
    January 4, 2019 / 3:26 pm

    Loved this post Soph, such great goals hope you achieve them all! Xx

    • Love, Soph
      January 4, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the post Eden!✨

  2. January 4, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    Good luck with your goals Sophie! I can totally relate to making unrealistic goals for school. Honestly, I’ve scrapped it and only gonna give it my best. Love the freebie xx

    • Love, Soph
      January 4, 2019 / 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much Najida! To be honest, that’s how I’m feeling about school at the moment too but I’m hoping that when I go back next week I’ll manage to find some sort of motivation. Bought myself some new stationery so I’m hoping that helps😂x

      • January 4, 2019 / 5:26 pm

        Haha, buying stationery is the way to go😂 xx

    • Love, Soph
      January 4, 2019 / 11:44 pm

      Thank you Jenny!

  3. January 5, 2019 / 12:54 am

    Happy New Year, and your wallpaper is STUNNING

    • Love, Soph
      January 5, 2019 / 11:42 am

      Thank you so much!

  4. January 5, 2019 / 8:58 am

    Lovely, realistic goals you have set yourself! So glad to hear that you’re feeling much better now 😄 I know how you feel with reading – I haven’t read a non school book since I sat my GCSEs (oops) so I will definitely join you on that resolution! All the best for 2019 xx

    • Love, Soph
      January 5, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Hope you get to read a book which isn’t for school soon ahah! Thanks for reading & have a great 2019 💛 xx

    • Love, Soph
      January 5, 2019 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you!💛

  5. January 5, 2019 / 11:07 pm

    Great goals! Hope you’ve a great year! 🙂

    • Love, Soph
      January 5, 2019 / 11:15 pm

      Thank you!💛

  6. January 5, 2019 / 11:41 pm

    These are some fab goals! I hate to make A Levels sound awful, but you’ll probably be hitting that 5 hours per subject goal pretty easily😂. Fingers crossed you smash your goals! I’m wanting to drink more water too, so I’m thinking of getting one of those bottles that have the times on (if you know what I’m on about).

    Happy new year!

    Lots of love,
    Soph x

    • Love, Soph
      January 6, 2019 / 3:13 pm

      I know just the bottles you’re on about – I’ve been debating getting one of those too. I’m hoping to try stay on top of my a level work haha, but I don’t think that’ll go to plan if I’m honest😂Thanks for reading! X

  7. January 6, 2019 / 11:56 am

    Omg Ive been doing the one second a day app too!! So far I forgot one day : / but Im sure with time It will become routine and I will remember!! Hope you had an amazing Christmas break lovely!! xx


    • Love, Soph
      January 6, 2019 / 2:54 pm

      You too Zoe! Thanks for reading x💜

  8. January 6, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    Happy New Year! These are some really great goals! I’ve been thinking about my goals for this year and I really want to set some time aside to read more books to! I have so many books on my bookshelf that I’ve had for ages and not read yet so I need to read them!

    What’s that water app called by the way? It sounds really cute, I wouldn’t mind giving it a go!

    • Love, Soph
      January 6, 2019 / 2:46 pm

      The water app is called Plant Nanny – it’s free, and really good! Hope you can reach your goals in 2019! Thanks for reading the post 😇

      • January 6, 2019 / 6:48 pm

        Thank you! I’m downloading it as we speak! 🙂
        No problem, it was a great post and it’s definitely got me thinking about my 2019 goals! x

  9. January 6, 2019 / 2:47 pm

    These are some really great goals. I think it will really help you to set actual figures for them instead of just the general goal of drinking more water for example, I know it definitely helps me when I have something to aim towards. Good luck in your A-Levels too, they aren’t that bad I promise!

    Abi | https://whatabigailsays.co.uk/

    • Love, Soph
      January 6, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you so much Abi! I’m actually doing quite well on the goals for now, which surprises me because I always end up ditching them a few days into the year usually! Thanks so much for reading 😇

  10. January 10, 2019 / 8:57 am

    First time on your blog! I loved this post, good luck with achieving your goals this year 🙂 – I’m aiming to hand in my dissertation this year and get my degree!

    Marc | https://ohbuggerall.co.uk/

    • Love, Soph
      January 10, 2019 / 6:09 pm

      Thanks so much! That’s an amazing goal, hope you achieve it!

  11. January 13, 2019 / 4:59 pm

    I hope you reach all your goals this year! I wanted to do the a second app, but I just know that I wouldn’t be consistent in it! Good luck 🙂 xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

    • Love, Soph
      January 14, 2019 / 6:56 am

      It’s a little difficult to be consistent I’ve found, but easy to go back & fill in the days you’ve missed so that’s a handy little feature! X

      • January 14, 2019 / 2:55 pm

        oh, I didn’t know that! I thought if you missed the day, you missed it! Okay, maybe I will give it a try. Thanks for letting me know about this 🙂

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