Ringing In The New Year: Recap & Resolutions

And with that, we’re at the start of a brand new year! 365 more days to write the new chapters in the story of our lives. Are you excited?! I know I am πŸ™‚

Jenn Hanft wearing a faux fur lined jacket discussing new year resolutions and last year's recap

Surprisingly I’ve been hearing from a lot of people that 2018 wasn’t a great year and they’re looking to 2019 to be better. I think it’s safe to say that all of us always wish for better and that’s what we should all strive for anyway!

My only New Year’s Resolution of the year was to try one new thing a month. While I didn’t exactly meet my goal, I do have some memorable highlights to recap. Here’s my best parts of 2018:

  • Giving yoga a shot. I had such a bad wrap with the thought of yoga before. In fact I hated it. It wasn’t until the building I work in offered free yoga classes that I decided to give it another shot and really loved it.
  • Falling in love with fitness classes. I’ve come to learn that I really like fitness classes. There’s something motivating about being involved in a class where everyone else is working hard alongside you, including the instructor. I discovered that I really love bootcamp and SoulCycle!
  • Travel. I travelled to two places in 2018: Palm Springs and Iceland. Palm Springs was a short trip, but I had an amazing time finally meeting Sharon of Style Lullaby for the first time in person! Iceland was also an incredible adventure that I had the opportunity to travel with Shirley of Bucket List Belles!
  • Meeting some ‘famous’ individuals. This past year I got the opportunity to meet Madelaine Petsch, Shay Mitchell, Jenn Im, and Weylie Hoang! It was really cool and humbling to see how down to earth they all were.
  • Changing industries. For those of you who are new, I work a full-time job. I had originally worked in the engineering industry and switched to an advertising agency mid-year. It has been an incredible journey changing my environment and I’m very grateful. (Check out my post on juggling both jobs).
  • Moving out! I took a huge step in my adult journey and moved out with my boyfriend into our first apartment together, away from family. It’s been an incredible journey so far and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.
Jenn Hanft wearing an all black holiday outfit discussing new year resolutions and last year's recap

Now, you may ask – what are my new year’s resolutions for 2019? Well, I want to keep it simple enough again so here are my goals for the year:

  • One new thing every month – to account for 12 new activities, decisions, and experiences for the year. Repeating this one, because it has been my favorite.
  • Be healthier. My goal of the year is to eat and be healthier. To exercise more frequently and incorporate it into a routine. And to also dedicate myself to more self-loving activities and choices.
  • Add a new family member… a furry one! It’s been my lifelong dream to get a dog and it’s finally happening! I’m waiting on the breeder’s list to adopt a pup from the next litter. He will be a Samoyed named Wolfie. I’m so excited!
  • Travel more! I’m planning to head back to the west coast, visit Palm Springs, and explore Cali! I also want to head back to Taiwan to visit family and explore my roots. It’s been 19 years since I’ve last gone! I think it’s about time.
Jenn Hanft wearing a mesh black outfit and statement necklace looking forward toward new year resolutions.

Since we’re all looking forward to a bright year, what are some of your new year’s resolutions?

with love jenn hanft

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  • Deborah
    January 2, 2019

    Good luck with your goals this year! I’m glad you gave yoga a chance! I’ve been going for over a year and I LOVE it!!

  • Kileen
    January 3, 2019

    These are awesome things to work on for the new year!! Sending you lots of positive vibes for 2019!

    cute & little

    • Jenn Hanft
      January 22, 2019

      Thanks love! Sending positive vibes your way as well πŸ™‚

  • Taylor Mobley
    January 3, 2019

    You look absolutely gorgeous. I want to get back into yoga this year as well!

  • Stephanie
    January 3, 2019

    I think it sounds like you had one fantastic year! Growing and learning and meeting new people. Hopefully 2019 will be the year I finally meet YOU!

  • Kenzi || Life of a Sister
    January 3, 2019

    Yoga is something I always recommend people give a try! I hope for a smooth and healthy 2019, haven’t thought about the other goals.

    • Jenn Hanft
      January 22, 2019

      Healthy 2019 is all we can hope for πŸ™‚

  • Sharon Wu
    January 3, 2019

    Happy new year beauty!!! So glad I got to meet you last year! πŸ˜‰ You had such an eventful 2018 and made so many noteworthy accomplishments. I’m so proud of you and am looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for you. AND cannot wait to meet Wolfie! Hehe <3 May the new year be filled with lots of love, health, laughter, and adventure for you my darling!

    xoxo, sharon


    • Jenn Hanft
      January 22, 2019

      Happiest new year to you too πŸ™‚ so glad I met you as well!!! I’m proud of all your accomplishments and many more to come! Sending lots of love, health, happiness, and memories your way xx

  • Candace
    January 6, 2019

    Looking gorgeous girl! One of my new year resolutions is to start working out during the mornings. Let’s see how it goes lol


  • Tara Fuller
    January 7, 2019

    so many accomplishments to be proud of! good luck adding a new furry friend – they are the best πŸ™‚

  • Bree | BreeAtLast.com
    January 8, 2019

    Sounds like you had an exciting year! I can’t wait to see your post about your new pup Wolfie!! Hope you get to take that trip to Taiwan too:)

    • Jenn Hanft
      January 22, 2019

      Thank you!! I hope to visit this year πŸ˜€

  • kelly Fordon
    January 8, 2019

    Sounds like a great list of things to look forward to this year!

    Cheers x

    Kelly x The Pacific Standard

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