Resolutions I sincerely plan to achieve in 2019

At the start of 2018, I often struggled to leave my apartment due to the severity of my chronic fatigue. So for the first time in my adult life, I set no resolutions or goals for the year.

It was weird.

Because not only do I normally set resolutions and goals, I am also one of those over-ambitious weirdos who tracks them through the year, periodically reflecting on my progress.

I’m starting off 2019 still sick. I need to be realistic about what I can achieve.

Or do I? If I’m not going to achieve my resolutions anyway, this is a chance to set some truly grandiose resolutions, the type of things I’d definitely attempt if the phrase ‘you can do anything you set your mind to’ was actually true (it’s not, sorry).

Resolutions I Sincerely Plan to Achieve in 2019

  1. Summit Mt Everest in a Pikachu onesie.
  2. Prove the Big Bloop is a giant undersea creature and not just ‘shifting ice plates’ like ‘scientists’ want you to believe.
  3. Learn to speak hieroglyphics.
  4. Train a romp of sea otters to compete in the synchronised swimming competition at the 2020 Olympics. Admit it, you’d watch that.
  5. Construct a building using only pancakes and industrial-strength maple syrup on the border between two nations. Not a house though. Maybe a bank?
  6. Catch a serial killer (this could tidily knock two items off my long-standing bucket list, depending how it plays out).
  7. Grow a third arm.
  8. Successfully petition for sea otters to be eligible to compete in the 2020 Olympics.
  9. Circumnavigate the Earth north-south on a unicycle.
  10. Finally get my pet chinchillas, Pretzel and Popcorn.

For once, I feel no anxiety about these resolutions. I know they’re doomed to failure. And allowing myself to fail is, under the circumstances, actually a pretty good feeling. 2019 is shaping up to be a stellar year, even if the reality is most of it will pass much like 2018, ie like this:
Chronic fatigue syndrome


7 responses to “Resolutions I sincerely plan to achieve in 2019”

  1. Happy 2019 Ashley! I was talking about your novella with one of my relatives on the beach just the other day, singing its praises. I’m keen to read what you write in 2019 🙂
    As for your resolutions, couldn’t you go a little smaller? Cook pancakes for your chincillas in a Pikachu onesie, or something a bit less dramatic? Ok, ok, I won’t be the party pooper.
    Wishing you fewer & fewer couch days and a gradual, gentle return to something more like normality.
    New Year hugs to you xx


    • Thank you, Fiona! There’s a print edition of my book coming out in April (I’ll officially announce that at some point, I guess), so thank you for spreading the word! Also, cooking pancakes for chincillas in a Pikachu onesie is a worthy goal, I would settle for that 🙂 Thanks as always for your kindness. Wishing you a year full of that kindness returning to you tenfold, along with excellent writing days and much happiness. xx

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