How to get through 2019 faster…


‘Wait, another year? I get to do this all over again?’

I imagine you’re having that internal monologue as you clutch tightly to your old blanket, pondering about the last 365 days. But face it, folks. Away with the denial. 2019 is here, and would be for a while yet!

If the idea of a new year fills you with angst, then one of two things happened in 2018 – either you had such a fantastic year that you’re sad it’s gone, or you can’t bear to have another year that sucked so much. But whichever category you belong to, you really should benefit from a quick year 2019. Why? Because a slow year often is a suboptimal year.

So how can you make 2019 run faster? Let’s check out some key ways:

Stay Busy – nothing makes a year drag along like when you’re unengaged for large portions of it. So, get working, buddy, and watch the months race by like a dog just out the shower. See you in 2020 🐎 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏽‍♂️🐕

Visit Friends – make it a duty to visit at least 20 075 (55 a day) people this year. Just kidding, no need to do that except you’re the pope. But you get the idea. Visit as many genuine friends as you reasonably can. Make new friendships and strengthen old bonds. This also includes cutting toxic ties which may drain you. Don’t have any friends? No problems, go visit Rays blog! Ray is 55 in 1 – #winwin.

Learn something new – whether it’s a new language or some random new skill (gin tonic-making skill, 5 years of eating a large pepperoni pizza alone, posting selfies on insta 367 days a year without anyone noticing), acquiring a new proficiency can often help condense time. Ray won’t advice you to get a gym subscription, get those beautiful Maldives-tan lines or read books unrelated to your field. Because Ray knows you, lazy ass. But simply to look at the gym subscription at least once a day (during full English breakfast?) would speed up the year, I promise. Ha ha.

Set goals/targets – let’s face it, you could have so many lovely ideas about how you’d like the year to go, but without goals, they’re at best ‘wishful thinking.’ Having goals help to fragment the year into more easier units which help both to meet targets, and also to help speed up the year. Ray’s suggests: set hundreds – achieve one. Does it work? Don’t know yet. Let’s check in 2019!

Love yourself – be crazy about yourself in the new year and watch it blitz through in unimaginable ways. You should be your first love (where Ray is #second). Having a positive outlook on life helps make each day amazing and memorable, which in turn helps the year go faster.

If you are quite observant, you might have noticed that most of the ideas written here are just tips on improving yourself and enjoying the process. It’s important that you get things done in the new year with an attitude of maximum positivity. Make sure the year is filled with joy and happiness and you’ll be grateful for the ride. As the saying goes, ‘time flies when you’re having fun”. Ray’s blog is one great way to achieve THAT FUN and I’ll be here to make sure of it.

Cheers to a great 2019!

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54 Responses

  1. masercot says:

    And sleep for extended periods… three, maybe four days at a time. Ambien helps!

  2. Scarpoe says:

    You are right Ray, I’m a lazy ass. But you are my #2 love, right behind my pillow.

  3. I’m already very busy so I’ll try to pace myself.
    Happy holidays, hun. All the best.

  4. Go on a vacationnnn 😂😂 Have fun and be back in 2020!

  5. Baffledmum says:

    I love your last point – love yourself! It’s the most important thing to remember as you set new year goals… 💘

  6. lrrutherford says:

    Happy New Year and may it be a great one!

  7. I’m still tying up 2018 loose ends I don’t want to be tripping over in 2019 – I don’t know about love myself (I’m English after all!) but I’ll like myself a lot more when I do! All the best to you, Victoria – Cheers. Eric.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      All the best for you! This year was a bit difficult for me…I hope for the better one (2019) :-)) stay happy! 🎻☀️🎁🎉💥

  8. Shalini says:

    Victoria, I loved your points… I would follow – be kind to myself, stay busy, sleep more, schedule my time well, learn some new things, discover myself in that process, see Netflix… And read lotsa books 📚 💞💕

  9. Beautiful. I love this. The best to you for 2019. Hope it’s your best year ever. I value your friendship in this fascinating blogosphere and appreciate your presence here.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Thank you & stay happy! 💙💙☀️🎁🎻💥 hope it’s best year ever…2018 was a bit turbulent for me.

  10. Great advice, Victoria Ray. Write a book is another way to make the year move faster. Happy New Year.

  11. Edwin says:

    Volunteer at a nonprofit, charitable organization…without the photo ops.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      U r talking…like a billionaire:)

      • Edwin says:

        Maybe. I hadn’t thought of it that way. I’d rather be poor, in which case I am living my dream.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Lol I don’t meet that often ppl (in real life) who r talking about volunteering…even if they r volunteering time to time. Mostly it’s always on tv.
        But in any case, it’s a good method to get through 2019 💨 faster 🙂
        And as my mum say: at first, show us ‘how’ – and we’ll follow 😉😉

      • Edwin says:

        I’m guessing we come from very different socioeconomic milieus. How? Are you genuinely interested? Volunteering at a nonprofit is often very challenging. You will be surrounded by folks who are very different than you. If you are helping low-income people, you might have to cope with body odor, tattered clothes, nasty mouths, and brutal honesty.

        However, if you can handle those things, the experience can be very rewarding…more rewarding than you can ever imagine. You get to help people. A lot of folks need meals, clothing and other necessities of daily living. They also need a kind word or two. On the flip side, these folks get to help you and if you are in tune with the experience, you will realize this quickly. They might smile at you, their first smile in weeks. Or they might thank you and share a bit of their story with you. These “give-backs” (from client to volunteer) are jewels and are priceless.

        So, if you are serious about volunteering, I would encourage you to do it! First, research some organizations. I would start out easy, like stuffing envelopes or doing some fundraising. You will get a sense of what it’s like, and if you will know whether or not you want to volunteer in a more direct capacity.

        Volunteering is very rewarding. You will meet new people and form valuable friendships, some of which will last a long time.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        I grew up in all that: body odor, tattered clothes, nasty mouths, brutal honesty 🙂 hm, nobody helped me…as nobody will ever help to millions of poor ppl who have nothing to eat or clothes to put on. Of coz I wasn’t without a house or parents: I lived in one, 18m room, with my mum to 28-29yo. Still it’s a good thing – to help. But I think if you are looking for reward it is a bad ’stimulator’. Or maybe. Whatever Works …if it helps ppl.

      • Edwin says:

        Wow, Ray, I had you pegged all wrong.Thought you were surely the princess type. [Cliche warning: Never judge a book by its cover, I suppose.] I’m guessing if you went from tattered and torn to vacationing in Puerto Banus, you have plenty of material, events, thoughts and emotions to write about. I love true stories of people overcoming nearly impossible odds. So, if you ever write a memoir, please let me know.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        I probably “must”/should write it one day. But I’m not ready for this yet …
        ppl will def question my sanity after that memoir :))

      • Edwin says:

        Well, in my book, you haven’t lived if people haven’t questioned your sanity. We’re a motley crew and you are welcome to join us anytime. When you are ready. Nice talking to you. Hope your time in Spain is full of wonder and adventures.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        I just got back home to celebrate New Year here bcz my mum was here, watching my 2 dogs :))
        Thx & have a happy day/ev!

      • Edwin says:

        And, yes, for me volunteering/helping helps me. 🙂

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Yep, helping helps :)) 🎈💥😀

      • Edwin says:

        I agree with you. If you go into volunteer work looking for rewards, you are going to be very disappointed. It’s much like a couple who has a child to experience love…doesn’t work that way. However, if you commit to it with everything you can give in that moment, I think you can’t help but feel like you’ve done something good for someone and, in turn, they have done something good for you.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Agreed :)) ✌️🌎😀

  12. Hyperion says:

    Awesome tips Ray! I like them all especially that you are 55 friends in one. That would keep me busy visiting one friend a day for coffee and cake. Then of course loving myself means I can have my way with me and I won’t complain. If I get made at me, I can always visit my Ray friends for advice. This is going to be a quick year of fun. I can see that already.

  13. Anonymous says:


  14. One of the secrets to happiness is to do things that you find meaningful. Happiness naturally follows.

  15. Thanks for sharing and lot of happiness for the incoming New Year!!!

  16. Wishing you the best for the New Year – may all of your desires be fulfilled !

  17. Anonymous says:

    I’m planning to love myself a lot. I don’t care what the others say!

  18. alexraphael says:

    Yes, yes, yes, especially the last one.

  19. InspiresN says:

    Awesome points .I love all of them especially love yourself , learn something new and visit friends .They are my targets now 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful share and have a blessed 2019!

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