Lovely things to do, eat, watch, try in 2019

I made this free printable a few years ago because I like to make a list of lovely things to do when I have a birthday.

It’s like a goals list, but super fun ones 🙂

Some of you will say that all goals should be fun; I disagree because we all know there are things you should do as part of being a grownup that aren’t necessarily fun (dental appointments, I’m looking at you!).

I didn’t get around to make my lovely things list in August but I’m going to do it with a twist for next year.

  • Lovely things to do read this year
  • 19 lovely things to do in 2019

Ideas for you:

  • lovely things to watch this year (if you’re a movie/ TV person – I am not)
  • lovely places to eat at this year (if you like to try new restaurants – I don’t like new restaurants but I do like working my way through some menus…)
  • lovely things to cook this year (I could get behind this idea)
  • lovely friends to see this year
  • your choice

Have fun with it, friends.

I’ve got good news – I’ve made these 7 printables and they’re ready for you to download here.

Care to share your lists? Please tag me on Instagram and tell your friends to sign up for their set of lovely lists too.

3 different versions of end-of-year reviews and new year planning

I like to keep things simple but I also like to do things thoroughly, so I tend to take bits here and there, and piece together my own version for whatever I need.

For the last couple of years, I’ve taken 3 different systems and worked through all of them.

Let it never be said I don’t take my goal-setting process seriously 🙂

  1. Let’s Do This guide

This one is mine and I featured it on Monday. Get it for free here.

If you don’t really like goals, intentions and so on, this is the simplest one I’ve found 🙂 If you do no other review, please do this one.

2. Unravelling the year ahead 2016

This one is by Susannah Conway. 33 pages of comprehensive reviewing of the year behind and unravelling the year ahead.

I take this one to a coffee shop (by myself!) and complete it the old-fashioned way, with a gel pen.

She also has a calendar at the post I linked to, and a free “find your one word” course if you don’t know how to choose your word.

3. Amazing Life Workbook

This one is not a freebie and in fact, that is my affiliate link and I will earn a commission if you purchase yours through this site (thanks for your support). I use this one for my comprehensive planning.

Can I tell you a secret? Most years I fill the thing in in Dec/ Jan and leave it doing nothing for 3 months, when I check in for quarterly planning. Even just doing that is so worthwhile because you’ve set your goals for each area of your life properly and become intentional about your year ahead.

Gentle reminder – Leonie is into things like oracle readings but I just pull out those pages (I think there are only 2 pages I pull out every year but since I haven’t started mine yet, I can’t say for sure) and I’m good to go.


The one thing all 3 of us agree about is this:

You have to properly review and look back on the current year before you can embrace the year ahead.

Have you done your 2015 review yet?

{Free printable} 2015 organising plan

Are you ready to do some light planning?

I’m a big fan of setting very realistic expectations rather than be disappointed by a big list.

Baby steps work!

I made a form for us all to plan our organising projects for the year. You’ll get it immediately together with your time management pack when you sign up for the mailing list right here.

How I’m using it:

  1. When I do my monthly goals planning at the beginning of the month, I simply add a few (three) organising projects to this list.
  2. For this month, these are bigger projects than I’d normally add to my list (I prefer to add projects only I need to do) but it is the beginning of the year so it’s time.
  3. After January, I’ll simply do one project every weekend with one weekend to rest 🙂

January’s a good time to:

  1. Back up your computer
  2. Take the photos off your iphone
  3. Set some intentions or goals for the year
  4. Declutter your kids’ toys
  5. Go through your clothes
  6. Set up a menu plan system for the year

What’s on your list for January?

A quick buy one, get one free sale

I’m writing to you from Ballito, a seaside town right on the Kwa-Zulu Natal coast.

Yes, I’m on holiday at the beach!!!!!!!!!

We are right on the beach and I’m loving the sound of the waves. Bliss. I’ve even painted my toenails bright blue to celebrate the summer weather 🙂

A quick reminder that

1) My friend, Beth, has her fabulous Declutter Calendar in print now. Check it out and grab your copy.


2) I’m celebrating by holding a buy one, get one f.ree sale for Beth’s and my readers.

It’s really easy – buy whichever product takes your fancy (Organise your Home is really popular at this time of year) and put another product of your choice (at the same or lesser price) in the notes to seller section. And I’ll get those to you asap.

This offer is only good until midnight EST (Sat 14th 7 am South African time).

Here is the list of all the products – have at it!


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