Things I Can’t Wait to Tick Off My 2019 Check List

My 2018, although amazing, had been a bit all over the place as I didn’t have any idea what I wanted or what I was doing. It wasn’t until I wrote about my dream life that I was able to reset my focus, so I want everything about this year to head towards it. Instead of writing resolutions (as I never seem to be able to actually do them) I’ve created a little 2019 check list like I did a couple of years ago… And this is a list that I can’t wait to tick off!

My 2019 check list by hellolizziebee, a gaijin gyaru from the UK

MA*RS dress details

Blog + Gyaru

  1. Channel my focus
  2. Re-jig my wardrobe to suit agejo & himekaji styles

This blog is first and foremost a gyaru blog, and there were a few moments last year where I lost sight of that and I was careful not to let that seep into my blog. But it has been on my mind (and on my twitter feed) a lot more frequently lately and so I created a survey to see what you wanted to read. Outfit and lifestyle posts were right at the top, followed by beauty reviews, but the main link between them all was to create gyaru-focused posts. So this year I want to reset my focus so that I can produce more gyaru content for you all, with a little sprinkle of personal posts.

I’ve also started working on an option where you could subscribe to my mailing list and get the latest news straight to your inbox, as I want to cut down the time I spend scheduling tweets etc and more time getting out there and producing content.

In terms of my actual gyaru style… Well, I missed agejo, and I didn’t know how much I missed it until I wore this outfit. I felt so alive so I want to dip back into that in 2019 but perhaps opt for ane agejo or just a classy gyaru style. I’ll be mixing it up with himekaji (as I absolutely adore himekaji) and I’m so excited to build my wardrobe again!

Design

  1. Immerse myself into the design world
  2. Do more side projects

I am pretty hard-working, but I felt that it was necessary to include ‘immerse myself into design’ as it’s been a while since I’ve read up some design articles as part of a daily habit and that’s purely because I have less time. I want to read blog sites like Design Week and Brand New a lot more, like I used to, and just be more active on my design platforms. I also seriously need to brush up my portfolio with the projects that I’ve done at work, but it’s quite hard as everything I’ve been working on is a bit hush-hush for at least the next year or so. I’m hoping by the end of the year when projects are out in the ‘real world’ that I can start showing them, but in the meantime I’ll focus on doing more hand-lettering side projects outside of work to get my lettering muscles trained. I had been a bit slack in 2018 with the wedding an’ all and I’m ready to dive into design again.

agejo outfit with old-school MA*RS dress by hellolizziebee

dress: ma*rs replica / bag & necklace : ma*rs / over-the-knee boots: boohoo /hoodie: DaTuRa

agejo gyaru outfit by hellolizziebee
MA*RS gyaru outfit

Life

  1. Waste less
  2. Spend more time with my family
  3. Look after myself more
  4. Read 12 books

I’ve been doing ย a lot of socialising this year (or rather, last year) in meeting up with friends so on this year’s check list I want to spend more time with my hubby and my family. Being more organised with my blog/design life would definitely help as I want to work less on the weekends. I am such a morning person so I want to do all of the work that I can first thing, and then spend the rest of the day with my family or chilling out with a book. I managed to read 12 books this year, and I’d like to do the same next year, too!

Wasting less is at the top of my priority list this year. Like all of the years in the past, I’m doing a massive clear out and this time I don’t want to fill in the gaps. I’ve had enough of my hoarder-self and want to adopt more of a minimalist approach. It’s going to be SO difficult!

gaijin gyaru Lizzie Bee from the UK

What’s on your 2019 check list?

Love,
Lizzie xx

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38 Comments
  • Lana
    January 5, 2019

    I think those are all great aspirations for 2019 – of course, you’d know that the best! I haven’t made any resolutions for this year, nor do I expect anything from it. I suppose I’ll just see where the flow of it will eventually take me.

    Love!

    • hellolizziebee
      January 5, 2019

      Thank you so much Lana! I love that, though – going with the flow makes life more fun!

  • Tarnya
    January 5, 2019

    Mine has to be travel more, create more and live more in the moment. I’ve been so lost the last year but this year I feel inspired again!

    Tarnya xxx

    • hellolizziebee
      January 5, 2019

      I love those goals, and resonate strongly with the ‘live more in the moment’! Here’s to the both of us <3

  • Elodie Joriot
    January 5, 2019

    Thats so nice to see you wearing agejo again!! I missed your outfits!! As I opted for mainly old school agejo style too, Im happy to get inspired with your pics!! I wish you to realize your goals this year! I wish our blogs will be successfu! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿคž๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’•

    • hellolizziebee
      January 5, 2019

      Thank you so much Elodie! It felt so good to wear it again. Yes, we can do this! 2019 will be our year! <3

  • Chloe Elizabeth
    January 6, 2019

    Happy new year gal! I’ve been focusing on being more minimal in 2018 and I’m carrying that into 2019 too. I’d love to chat decluttering some day! xx

    https://www.chloexlizabeth.com/

    • hellolizziebee
      January 6, 2019

      Oooh yes I absolutely love that idea! I’ve now reached that age where I’d rather spend more on going out and trying out new things than on material items xx

  • Annie
    January 6, 2019

    Your “life” checklist is pretty much identical to the sort of things I want to focus on this year! I have a lot of books on my 2019 “to read” list. Hopefully I can check them all off! I also recently cleared out my wardrobe and donated a lot of my old clothing. I felt so productive afterwards!

    • hellolizziebee
      January 6, 2019

      Yay, snap! Gosh I really admire you for clearing out your wardrobe – I’ve still yet to do that!

  • Kelly
    January 6, 2019

    This is the first time I’ve ever heard of your style, so I’m going to go and do some research into it. This is why I love the blogging community, you learn so much new stuff! All the best for 2019

    • hellolizziebee
      January 6, 2019

      Awh Kelly, that’s so sweet of you! Well if there’s anything you wanna’ know just give me a shout ๐Ÿ˜€ (I’m hellolizziebee on Twitter!) Thank you so much, and the same to you!

  • Jess
    January 6, 2019

    Your style is pretty cute I love all of your outfit pictures in this post! Good luck with ticking all these off your list this year, 1 book a month is definitely doable! I’ve set my reading challenge quite low this year at only 25 books because I don’t know how much time I’ll have to read but I am hoping to smash it! I also want to be more organised in regards to my blog!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • hellolizziebee
      January 6, 2019

      Awh thank you so much, Jess! Oooh good luck on your reading challenge, too!

  • Hayley
    January 6, 2019

    Great goals! Have you tried a capsule wardrobe? I love mine (although over my birthday and christmas a few new things have snuck their way in and I need a rejig) Looking forward to seeing your gyaru posts, not gonna lie I had to google as hadnโ€™t heard of it before but omg so cute!

    Take care,
    Hayley x
    educatinghayley.com

    • hellolizziebee
      January 6, 2019

      I’ve never tried that before but it does sound pretty interesting! Awh thank you so much, I hope you’ll like them!

  • Bexa
    January 6, 2019

    I loveee your style Lizzie, it is super cute!! Your dress is so adorable! Good luck with your 2019 goals, I hope you achieve everything you want to. I also want to read more books this year and focus on self-care as well. Thank you for sharing, happy new year lovely! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • hellolizziebee
      January 6, 2019

      Awh thank you so much Bexa! I feel that self-care is just SO important because you can’t do anything if you’re in a bad place, so it should come first! Good luck on your goals and happy new year to you too <3 xx

  • Nat
    January 7, 2019

    Aww I love your 2019 checklist so much! ๐Ÿ˜€ Some really great things on there and it’s varied, which is always good.

    Some of my goals is to keep up with my blog to help it grow, watch more anime/read more manga, save up for trip to Japan, get fitter and many more. ๐Ÿ˜€

    https://theremightbecoffee.wordpress.com/

    • hellolizziebee
      January 7, 2019

      Thank you so much! Yes, I tried to write a checklist for every aspect of my life and I really hope I can achieve them all!
      Oooh that sounds fantastic! What manga have you got lined up? I haven’t read any new ones in so long and I want to pick that up again…

  • Emily
    January 7, 2019

    Love posts like this, must do one myself soon! Good luck with all your aims!!

  • Isobel
    January 7, 2019

    Isobel x

    New post: http://fashionistachic14.blogspot.com/2019/01/beauty-michael-buble-does-perfume.html?m=1
    Insta: https://www.instagram.com/isobelceline/
    New video: https://youtu.be/MEUHhWjJ7Q8Yes girl you can do it! Iโ€™m aiming to read one book a month too! And I need to do it this year as itโ€™s a way of helping me wind down more and relaxing!

  • Honey
    January 7, 2019

    We have similar goals. I’m trying to focus on what’s important this year and foster myself from within. Definitely plan to read more and study for the JLPT hardcore. I am so glad to see you back in Agejo I missed it! Can’t wait to see what coords you come up with this year!

    • hellolizziebee
      January 7, 2019

      Yesssss! I’m all about that self-love so I’m cheering for you! And good luck on all of your studies!
      Thank you so much – I really missed it, and even though it doesn’t really scream “Lizzie” anymore I think it’s nice to go back into it again. Thank you so much!

  • Jenny in Neverland
    January 9, 2019

    I absolutely love that fluffy cardigan you’re wearing! So cute and SO cozy! These are all great goals – I’m sure you’ll have no problem ticking them all off ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to see what else you do this year! xxx

    • hellolizziebee
      January 12, 2019

      Awh thanks Jenny! I really hope so… I’m so excited! xxx

  • Deborah Wyatt
    January 10, 2019

    These sound like Excellent goals and check lists seem nicer than resolution. Have an amazing 2019

  • Yume
    January 11, 2019

    Great post!
    To DO list or bucket lists are better than the boring new year resolutions. I am doing also to do lists or wishlists and more in my bullet journal โ™ก.

    I love your agejo gyaru outfit here. The datura jacket perfectly harmonises with the pearls of your necklace.

    Let’s keep rocking this year,
    Greetings
    yume

    • hellolizziebee
      January 12, 2019

      Oooh I’ve started using a bullet journal, too! I tried last year and it didn’t work but I’m really hoping it works this year!
      Thank you so so much, I can’t tell you how good it feels to be wearing it again. Thank you so much for your support! <3

  • Elizabeth Seal
    January 12, 2019

    This outfit is the cutest, I absolutely love your style as always, can’t wait to see what outfits you create this year! For me I am trying to learn that not everything has to have meaning haha, that sounds weird but I am always going about analysing everything and looking for a meaning or point in everything to make my life feel valid I think. I am trying to learn that a lot of things don’t really have a meaning but that is the fun of them ๐Ÿ˜€ and just being more spontaneous, fun and not taking anything too seriously, appreciating the joy in the moment only xx

    elizabeth โ™ก โ€Ice Creamโ€ whispers Clara

    • hellolizziebee
      January 12, 2019

      No I totally get what you mean! I get that too because I’m such an overthinker. I’m always asking, “but WHY?”. Haha. But I love the sound of being more spontaneous and having fun! Hope you smash your goals for this year <3

  • Emily Harrison
    January 14, 2019

    I really want to read more and waste less! Such a good list, you can do it!

    • hellolizziebee
      January 14, 2019

      Ooh that’s a really good idea! Thank you so much, and the same to you!

  • joyfulantidotes
    February 28, 2019

    I never heard of this style before but itโ€™s very nice!