2019 Goals + Words of the Year | Sarah Wyland
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2019 Goals + Words of the Year

2019 Goals + Words of the Year | Sarah Wyland

I don’t especially like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions.

Mostly, I don’t like the tendency to put off change until the New Year. When I decide I want to do something differently or aim for a particular goal, I figure there’s no time like the present.

Still, I can’t resist the itch to set some long-term goals for the upcoming year. I tend to set several SMART goals throughout the year, particularly around health and fitness, but I don’t think large, overarching, not necessarily measurable goals are terrible.

For 2018, I set the following overarching goals:

  • Dive into my nutrition.
  • Be more present and intentional.
  • Draw closer to God through His word.
  • Launch my business.
  • Be brave.

I was mostly successful. I wrote a review of my 2018 and touched on my successes, particularly around the being brave goal here. “Brave” was my word of 2018, and it was a year that certainly required bravery.

I had highs and lows with my nutrition. I did well for most of the year, but it’s time for a reset and a refocus on that front (enter – my annual Whole30). I worked to be present – no cell phones at the dinner table, please! – and intentional. I read the Bible more days than not. I actually started the year with Genesis and ended it with Revelations. It was a pure accident – I read the first two books of the Old Testament before jumping to Proverbs, then the Gospels and inevitably reading the entire New Testament – but it somehow feels poetic. I’ll start 2019 in the Old Testament, in Ecclesiastes because that’s what felt right when looking through my Bible last night.

And I most certainly launched my businesses – plural. barre.[d] studio Chapel Hill became an actual physical location and I finally got out of my own way and self-doubts to start my online training programs. Baby steps.

My 2019 goals are:

Ditch the couch.

I know what you’re thinking. “Girl, you never sit on the couch.” That just goes to show you that you can’t believe everything you see on social media. I do spend a lot of time in the gym and at the studio, but when I get home for the evening, I’m a pro at sitting on the couch and doing nothing. Sometimes, that’s warranted. I need a break. But when I just sit and aimlessly watch Netflix or re-runs on TV Land, I lose valuable time in which I could be taking action towards my goals. Moving into the new year, I want to spend more time doing and less time sitting.

Sleep more.

This goes hand-in-hand with the above. I tend not to go to bed until midnight or so. When you wake up to teach 6:30/7:00 AM barre classes several mornings a week, that leaves you sleep deprived. Sleep is absolutely essential for recovery and a host of other things, so that has become a top priority for me – go to bed earlier (by watching less TV!), get more rest.


For most of 2018, I had a good routine of getting up early and having some quiet time with my journal. I fell out of that practice after the studio opened and I felt the consequences. Journaling in the mornings helps me clear my mind, work through things, and overall set myself up for a good day. I want to return to journaling more consistently, but I also want to add meditation for 10 or so minutes a day. I’ve done it a few times now and they aren’t lying when they say it’s good stuff.

Fix my jerk.

When I started CrossFit in March 2018, the snatch and the clean-and-jerk were foreign to me. I’d done countless dumbbell snatches, but it’s a whole different world when you snatch a barbell. I put a lot of time into learning to snatch and it’s now my favorite lift. I’ve also put in a fair amount of work on my clean and while there’s room for improvement, it’s a lot better than it was. My jerk though? That needs some work. I’ve been working on it for the last couple of months, and this is a goal I’ll continue to focus on into 2019.

Compete More.

I’m not going to win Fittest on Earth by a long long long long long shot, but I plan to compete in the 2019 CrossFit Open. I tend to like competition and why not go all in on this whole CrossFit thing? Here’s to hoping there’s at least one max lift WOD planned… I also plan to do several more weightlifting competitions (first one is already scheduled for February!)

Put myself out there.

An Instagram account I follow – Female Hustlers, go follow them, amazing content – recently asked their followers what their goals were in 2019 and then shared some of the responses. One response was “to reintroduce myself as the person I’m meant to be.” That resonated with me. I’m really good at sticking to my safe zones, and I’ve learned time and time again that the good things happen when I step out of them. And so, I plan to put myself out there in 2019 – professionally and personally. Easier said than done, and I might fall on my face, but as I keep saying lately – you can’t bring a vision to fruition without inspired action and this action is, most certainly, inspired.

As for my word of 2019, it took a while to settle on it. Some years, the word has come quickly. Other years, it has taken its sweet time. This year was a slow burn. I kept coming back to two words, and so, I’ve decided, right in the middle of a decluttering spree, that I will have two words for 2019:

Vision + Abundance


Some of you know I have a bit of a new age-y side. I do believe that thoughts become things, and that you manifest your reality. The things we think about are the things we experience. Or as Rosabeth Moss Kanter put it:

“A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” 

In recent weeks, I’ve developed a very clear vision for myself, both personally and professionally. It’s a vision that truthfully has been there all along, but it had to wait until I was in a place to accept it as my own. When I’ve developed a vision in the past, and then taken that aforementioned inspired action, my vision has come to fruition. Maybe not exactly as planned, but in the best way possible, which is the ultimate goal – to allow things to work together for the greater good (Romans 8:28). In 2019, I’m going to hold the vision I have for myself at the forefront of my mind, and take action and make decisions based on bringing that vision to reality.

Romans 8:28


I spent a lot of 2018 fighting a scarcity mindset. Was there enough money? Enough clients? Enough time? Enough – anything? As I said above though, I believe what you focus on becomes reality. Changing my mindset around money and business is going to be an uphill struggle, but I’m committed to thinking abundantly this year – there is enough. I have enough. I am enough.

With that, I’m going to finish decluttering, then deep clean both my apartment and the studio. Something new I’m doing this year is burning sage once I’ve cleaned everything – let’s clear out all of that negative energy and thoughts of scarcity and go into this new year swinging.

Happy 2019, friends!

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