10 Ways To Create Change In 2019

2018 was a year of action and change for me. Although the action I took in my own life didn’t bring me riches beyond my wildest dreams, it did bring some much needed fulfillment to my life. If you’re looking to figure out how to create a more fulfilling life for yourself, then I may have just the answer. You may not want to follow the exact blueprint I followed, but hopefully this list will give you some ideas. From paying off my credit debt to making (somewhat) regular doctor appointments, I’ve found some great ways to enhance my life and get myself in a better place mentally, physically, and spiritually.

I’ve come a long way over the past few years, but it has taken a lot of work. 2018 was a particularly big year for me as far as self reflection and growth. It’s not a process that happens overnight. It requires planning and baby steps in order to get where you want to go. The ten items in this list have all played a role in getting me to where I am. I reached a point in my life where I felt like I needed to step up and put more work into myself. This list you see here didn’t just come off the top of my head while brainstorming. It’s all stuff actively did over the past several years in order to reach a place where I felt much more fulfilled and happy with my life. So let’s go ahead and take a look at some ways that I created change in my life. Hopefully these points will inspire you to look within and create the same kind of change in your life!

1. Pay Off Credit Debt

I can’t emphasize the importance of this enough. The more financial freedom you have, the better life will be. There are a few different ways you can do this. Picking up a side hustle is a great way to help give you the extra money needed to pay down your debts. Personally, I’ve used a debt consolidation company to resolve the my credit debts in the past. This is a great way to get organized and resolve your debts. It is also keeps you from having the word “bankruptcy” on your record. Many background sites like My Life will put this word next to your name if you are searched. It’s probably better to just figure it out on your own and keep something like this off of your record.

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2. Think Healthy When It Comes to Your Diet

Over the past year I’ve implemented a few different changes that have helped me to feel much healthier. Some of these changes came within my diet. For one thing, It’s great to have eggs, bacon, French toast, and other delicious treats for breakfast. However, eating like this everyday can contribute to bad cholesterol getting into your system. When I received feedback that my cholesterol was high last year, I decided to scale back on these foods. Today I mostly only eat oatmeal for breakfast. It has contributed to me feeling better and helped keep my weight in a decent place.

Beyond breakfast, I’ve also packed lunch everyday. That means keeping a strict diet of salad, fruit, and other healthy foods. Much like oatmeal, this has also had a similar affect on my weight and overall wellbeing. My wife and I also started ordering Hello Fresh for dinner on most weeks. Our choices are always very healthy, well rounded, save time, and have contributed to all of the positive changes I’ve experienced. While you don’t have to do all of the stuff I’m doing, the key thing to remember is opting for more healthy food choices does lead to feeling better and can help you keep your weight down. I highly recommend taking a look at this part of your life if you feel sluggish or want to change any weight issues you might have.

3. Start Networking

If you’re stuck in a career rut or just feel like you’re not getting out and meeting the kind of people you want to associate with, then I can’t recommend networking enough. Although there are a lot of career fairs and other networking events out there, they’re not always a good fit. When I decided to take a chance on attending a Linkedin Local event in Baltimore earlier this year, it really opened up my eyes. As a person who tends to find events like this a little intimidating, I walked away feeling like I had found a networking home. Start seeking out connections online through career networking platforms and start meeting your connections on and offline. Personally, this has made a huge difference in my life. I’ve made a lot of great new friends and I am more actively engaged in working towards my career goals. I can’t recommend taking a look at this part of your life enough.

4. Move On From Toxic Situations

Logically this shouldn’t be that hard to do. You get treated like dirt, you recognize it, and you move on, right? Unfortunately that’s not always how it works. If you’re feeling unhappy or have a gut feeling that things aren’t quite right, take some time to stop and evaluate your life. You deserve better if you’re think or know that you are apart of something that is damaging your physical or mental health. Make a plan, take action, and move on with your life. There is light at the end of the tunnel. It may not always feel that way, but take from somebody who has been through this before. You have more power than you might think.

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5. Make More Time For Fun

Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our careers or running a home that we tend to let the things that truly make us happy go off to the side. It doesn’t have to be that way. With a little bit of planning and time management you can put yourself in a situation where you have a little more balance in your life. Have a hobby you used to love, but is no longer existent in your current lifestyle? It might be a good time to start thinking about how you can change that and bring a little more personal fun and fulfillment to your life.

6. Take A Class

If you’re feeling stuck in your career, then it might be time to think about what you can do change that. Considering how much the world has changed over the past 5-10 years, you may want to consider taking an online class. I’ve taken three classes through my local community college and it has proven to be an awesome idea. Whether you’re interested in social media or something a little more traditional, it’s not hard to fit a class in around your schedule nowadays. Online classes are especially great since you can do them on your own time (just make sure you keep up with the syllabus schedule). Ed2go.com is a great place to start if you want to take thisroute (check with your local community college to make sure they have a relationship with them so you can get college credits for it!)

7. Go To The Doctor

The idea of going to the doctor can seem a bit intimidating to some. Personally, after spending my childhood going to doctors frequently in order to resolve issues I was born with, I decided to take a break from going. I didn’t start to warm up to the idea of it again until I hit my 30’s. Frankly, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to go back. Even if your appointments are semi-regular, it is better than not going at all. Over the past few years I’ve managed to resolve some ongoing issues such as a bad tooth and issues with fatigue. I am currently in the best shape I’ve been in since I was in my late teens/early twenties. I’d hate to be a nag, but by atleast going to see a family doctor, eye doctor, and dentist, you will notice a huge difference in your health and wellbeing.

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8. Find More Time For Exercise

Speaking of taking care of your health, getting exercise can also make a big difference in the new year. As somebody who needs a pretty consistent routine in their life, I’ve found that getting a little bit of exercise has gone a long way in helping me to feel better physically. For example, I’ve never been formally diagnosed with anxiety, but I tend to go through symptoms that lead me to believe that I do. Especially as I get older. However, by simply trying to walk 5-10 thousand steps per day, I’ve noticed that a lot of those symptoms I used to feel don’t really come up very much anymore. Whether it is your physical or mental health that you want to improve, exercise could make a huge difference when it comes to your wellbeing.

9. Find A New Hobby

There comes a point in most peoples lives when all the stuff they’ve known and done becomes old hat. This can lead to life feeling more like Groundhogs Day and less like an interesting journey filled with growth and stimulation. If you feel like you are going through the motions too much, then it might be time to find a new hobby. There is no better time to start this journey in self exploration than today. There is a whole world out there that is ready to be explored. Use the idea of new beginnings that comes with the dawn of a new year and make this a priority in 2019.

10. Start A Blog

I can speak from personal experience on this one. After spending some time feeling unfulfilled with my life and career, I started looking into the idea of creating my own blog. You can either start a blog for fun or you can take it to the next level and use it as a way to make a second income (and in some cases a primary income). There are many classes out there that can help you get started with the journey. There are also plenty of people out there on social media who are happy to help. Just being a “fly on the wall” and studying other successful bloggers can also help you to get an idea of what you might want to do. Starting a blog is a fulfilling and empowering way to find yourself and create some positive change in your own life.

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Take Your Life To Another Level

These tips may not actually be on your bucket list of things to do in 2019, but I hope it gets you thinking about the deeper aspects of your life. In one way or another these are all things I decided to do that helped to shape who I am today. Life is short. Start thinking about what you can do today to make your life better in the future. Every step you take now will make a difference down the road. Taking care of my finances lead to me buying a new car and house. Starting a blog lead to me landing writing gigs and making tons of connections. There is no time like the present to start working towards something bigger than just making ends meet or being an observer of life. There was a time when I used to daydream about all of the stuff I am doing today. Once I brainstormed and got a game plan together there was no turning back. It takes a little bit of time and work, but the effort you put into yourself will be worth it!

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4 Responses

  1. catcandothat says:

    Great post. I see so many parts of me in this post – but I haven’t quite worked out the food and movement part! I am going back to basics with your post as my starting point. Thanks so much and keep going!

    • Marc Schmidt says:

      Thank you! You can do it! Just know that it’s not going to happen in one day. It will take time, but your goals are totally within reach. Thanks for the encouragement. I have no intention of stopping!

  2. Great post Marc! I’m planning to make a lot of changes for 2019. A lot of those things you’ve mentioned: paying off debt, moving on from toxic situations, and probably taking a class.

    • Marc Schmidt says:

      Thank you Fritzie! That’s really great to hear on your end. Taking classes was a great idea. I’d like to squeeze one more in this month if possible. If there is one thing I’ve learned it’s that life is too short to to watch it pass by too much. Gotta keep moving towards our goals and dreams.

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