Shoestring Cottage resolutions for 2019


I love a brand new shiny year with all its possibilities. New resolutions aren’t confined to January for me; I make them all year round. However, I like to plan ahead with my goals and the new year is the perfect time to do this. The last days of December can be a time for introspection and to evaluate the life choices you made the previous year. Your resolutions and goals can be ambitious, but they also need to be realistic and achievable. Here are my resolutions for 2019.

Work and change

2019 is likely to be a time of change for me. My workplace is cutting back dramatically on staff. Many long time and valued colleagues have already gone.

Change is hard. But it can also bring opportunities. If the option of redundancy comes my way I resolve to grab it with both hands and do more of what I love on a self employed basis. That means writing, blogging and eBay reselling.

I don’t get time to achieve what I want to in any of these areas, so 2019 could be the time to start.

Alternatively I could jump at a promotion. The jobs that remain after the cuts tend to be better paid with more responsibility.

One of my resolutions for 2019 is to be open to change and look for the opportunities it brings rather than running round in a blind panic!


I have done a little bit of freelance writing during 2018. A blog I love for giving guidance on freelance writing is RuthMakesMoney. Ruth writes from experience. She has been a self-employed writer, blogger and reseller for years. This is the direction I would like to move in.

So I am working on my portfolio and need to start actively looking for writing opportunities during 2019.

A healthier year


As I lie in bed typing this, I have a head full of snot (thanks for sharing, Mr S) and a constantly aching neck. I have never been so unhealthy. Before this I don’t think I have had a heavy cold for maybe 10 years. The winter vomiting virus also got me a month or so ago. But the past few months have taught me a valuable lesson. To never take my good health for granted again.

I tend to think we eat a pretty nutritious diet, and we do in comparison to many other people. However, there is always room for improvement. We will be eating a lot more fruit and vegetables in the new year, as well as cutting back on sugar and alcohol.

I have some food intolerances that would make a vegan diet really difficult for me. However, I can see the benefits, from an environmental perspective mainly. We do all eat too much meat and our planet can’t support this. There is also much scientific evidence to suggest that eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables is better for our bodies. Therefore one of my resolutions for 2019 is to eat completely vegan one and possibly even two days each week.

More exercise

I say this every year, and every year I don’t do enough to keep fit! I want to start a much stricter exercise programme to get myself fitter and stronger. Because I still have the trapped nerve in my neck I can’t start properly until that is sorted. My exercise programme needs to take into account the fact that I have fibromyalgia so don’t always have lots of energy.

I have done Pilates recently and really enjoyed it, so plan to enrol in a weekly class. Tai chi is another gentle form of exercise that I believe will suit me so I am looking into that too. In addition, I will restart my 15 minutes a day of yoga. I feel much better physically and mentally when I practice regularly.

I am not beating myself up about this until my neck is better. But my physio said it is likely the fibromyalgia lead to the trapped nerve as I am moving so much less and doing less exercise.

Saving more

Because the future is uncertain, on the job front and with Brexit looming, I want to save even more than we did last year into our emergency fund. This really means side hustling (and hopefully the freelance writing I mentioned above). I put anything extra I earn other than my full time employment straight into savings and will continue to do so.

Reducing waste

I have written during 2018 about our efforts to cut food waste and reduce plastics, especially single use ones. I am absolutely passionate about protecting our environment and intend to do all I can to make our life here at Shoestring Cottage greener and to be as eco-friendly as we possibly can.



Whatever happens we will have at least one holiday! This is what we scrimp and save all year for. We don’t go on luxury cruises but always end up somewhere lovely and have a great time. This year we are looking at driving up to the west coast of Scotland. I visited Scotland years ago but Mr S has never been, so it will be an adventure.

I am also desperate to get back to France, but we will have to see how the finances and job situation pans out first.

No spend January

I almost forgot! My first resolution is a complete no spend January to kick start our savings goals. If you want to join in read this post. You can also come and find me on Instagram where I will be posting regular tips and updates on my no spend month! I am @shoestringcottage.

So there you have it – the Shoestring Cottage resolutions for 2019. Do you have any goals for the coming year?