Changing the Stigma of New Year’s Resolutions + How to Set a goal and Actually Accomplish it

About a week ago I was convinced that “new year new me” and the idea of completely changing your life in 2019 was full of crap. I didn’t really get what was so significant about the difference between December 31st and January 1st. I mean, I get that it’s a new year, but that’s just how we measure time. Why does that have anything to do with how productive we are? I came to realize that even though it’s just how we measure time, we are constantly desperate for a fresh slate. We want to set goals and accomplish them, but it’s challenging. I personally am always looking for a fresh slate not only with my blog but in my life too.  So, we use the New Year as an excuse, or a more positive way of thinking, an opportunity. We say “in 2019, I will exercise everyday…” So, in a way, New Year’s resolutions are a form of procrastination. However, that is a pretty negative way of looking at it. I promise this post is about to get way more positive 🙂


Almost everyone I follow on social media, YouTubers, influencers, bloggers, and pretty much everyone else is talking about their New Year’s resolutions and setting all types of goals, which motivated others to set goals. It’s honestly really inspiring. I am sure that this happens every year, but I never pay too much attention to New Year’s resolutions. It is so encouraging to see everyone on social media talking about how they wanted to better their lives for 2019.

It’s kind of a cliche that people set New Year’s resolutions and a week later they forget about them. That’s my problem with resolutions. People set them and forget about them.  I think that part of the problem is people choose goals that are unrealistic, or they don’t want to put effort into. You have to choose a goal that is something you want to happen, but you will actually try and accomplish that goal. It doesn’t work to set a goal and then just leave it there. No way will your life change for the better if you don’t work towards it.


Now, after that long ramble, here is what I am trying to say: In 2019, let’s actually change our lives so we are happier, more positive, and more inspired. 


  • Let’s take the opportunity now to set goals and feel inspired – Right now, everyone is on a New Year high to reorganize their life, and you might not feel motivated to set goals later on in the year.
  • Set goals that are realistic
  • Set goals that will actually better your life if achieved
  • Be aware of your goals throughout the year, and try not to forget about them

How to keep a New Year’s resolution: 

  • Make a plan! Get out a notebook and write down a checklist, a real step-by-step to get your goal done. For example, if your goal is to post blog posts more often, make a writing schedule. 
  • Check in on your goals. Take out your planner and choose a random date somewhere in mid-February and write “goal check-in.” When that date arrives, check in with yourself to see if you are working towards your goals or not.


Here are my goals for 2019In general, I want my life to be cleaner and more productive. Most of my goals have to do with my blog and the direction my blog is going in.

  • I want to grow my blog traffic
  • Change my content to be more focused on productivity and inspiration
  • Be proud of each and every blog post I post
  • Grow my Instagram
  • Work with more brands

My list could go on, but generally, I really want to focus on my blog this year. I know that I will stick to these goals because these are things I really want, and things I am willing to work hard for. You have to be passionate to accomplish your goals. You have to be willing to put in the effort to better your life. I know that if I accomplish these goals or at least work towards them*, I will be much happier with my blog and my productivity.

* Another thing to remember is that not all goals get accomplished, but if you are working hard to achieve them, you will still feel happier.

If you read all that, and you are still confused, my point is, you should choose goals you actually want to accomplish, and stick to them. Let’s change the stigma of New Year’s resolutions not lasting very long! Be sure to set goals that you actually WANT to work towards.


Now it’s your turn! 

Things to remember when you set a goal –

  • Goals can be as small or as big as you want them to be
  • The more specific/planned out your goal is, the easier it will be to achieve
  • Goals are personal – think about your life, and what you want to change

Since my blog is going to be more focused on productivity and organization in 2019, here are some example goals under that theme. Feel free to get some inspiration from these

  • Buy a planner and use it
  • Post __ blog posts a week
  • Make a writing schedule
  • Buy a todo list pad and use it
  • Set aside a block of time (or multiple) during the week when you want to work on 
  • Limit how much time spent on social media and/or watching TV
  • Clean your room at least once a week
  • Wake up an hour earlier
  • Work at your desk instead of in bed
  • Start listening to podcasts
  • Organize _____ (a specific room, drawer, etc)
  • Declutter my room/closet
  • Start a bullet journal
  • Make your bed every day
  • Watch inspirational videos
  • Only follow people on social media who inspire/motivate/support me
  • Drink more water
  • Start a diary
  • Download a calendar app on your phone

If you want more examples, feel free to DM me @therayofsunshineblog

That was it for today’s post! I know I rambled a lot and it was kind of scattered, but I hope you found some inspiration in this post. I am so glad to be back on the blog after my break, and I have so many plans and Ideas for The Ray of Sunshine Blog in 2019. I hope you all have a lovely day and a happy new year!

In 2019, I am going to be posting here on the blog way more frequently, so be sure to follow my blog on the sidebar, to receive email notifications when I upload a new blog post.




5 thoughts on “Changing the Stigma of New Year’s Resolutions + How to Set a goal and Actually Accomplish it

  1. I love this! ❤ You are so right. To accomplish any goal, including new year resolutions, we need steps or it just won’t get done. This was a wonderful post, Raquel, and I can’t wait to see more productivity posts from you!

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  2. absolutely loved this blog post Raquel! I now feel so so motivated to work my hardest this year and work on my goals! xx
    – Grace


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