My New Year’s Resolutions & Goals 2018 | LibroLiv

It’s that time of the year: making plans, resolutions, and goals for the rest of the year. Today I thought I would share with you guys what I hope to achieve in 2018…

My New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Drink more water. I had this same resolution last year, and I did really well for the first few months, but then I started to let it slip. This year I hope to drink more water to the extent that it just becomes habitual, and I don’t even think about it anymore. I recently downloaded an app called Plant Nanny which I’m hoping will help – basically, every glass of water you track helps to maintain the life of a little digital plant. Cute!
  2. Wear my glasses more. I’m one of those vain people who hate how they look in glasses, so I just to wear them. Unfortunately, my glasses prescription doesn’t allow for contact lenses, either. But for Christmas, I got a new pair of glasses, and in 2018 I am going to wear them so much more. Goodbye headaches, hello perfect vision!
  3. Spend less time on social media. I’ve started this and already feel so much better. I found myself turning to social media and just scrolling for hours when I could have been so much more productive with my time! Recently, where I would usually turn to social media, I’ve been reading, which obviously I’m loving. Already I’m getting back into reading and enjoying it more. If you’re a procrastinator, I would definitely recommend trying this for the new year!
  4. Be more mindful. I’m trying to start meditating, doing so every morning before breakfast. I have quite a busy and stressful life sometimes, and I’ve found it really useful to step back and consider my surroundings, my thoughts, and the world as a whole.
  5. Swap ‘sorry’ for ‘thank you.’ I read a whole article about this and felt inspired as I finished it. The basic idea is that you should swap negative statements for positive gestures. For example, instead of “sorry I’m late,” I should say “thank you for waiting.” I played around with this a little bit at work, and when there was a queue, instead of “sorry for your wait,” I would say “thank you for waiting,” and the difference in the disposition of the customer was instant and noticeable. I could tell they felt so much more appreciated, which was gratifying for me because I’d helped someone else feel good as well as myself. I highly recommend doing this!
  6. Blog more. I didn’t blog a lot in 2017 at all. I’m hoping to rectify that in 2018 and get back into it. Obviously, at times, I will have other priorities. But I’m planning on making time for blogging where I can. Talking to you guys about my life and what I’ve been reading is so enjoyable, and I’m devastated I let that go last year. 2018 will be different!
  7. Read more. I read 41 books in 2017. In 2018, I’m hoping to read 52 – 1 per week. Frankly, I’m not too bothered about the number, but more about how much time I’m actually spending reading. Last year, instead of picking up a book, I would pick up my phone, which was much less enjoyable!
  8. Eat healthier. As 2017 came to a close, I found myself eating more and more fast food and junk food. This is so bad! In 2018, I plan to eat healthier, as well as wider. I want to try new foods and new cooking styles to mix up my diet a bit more and keep it exciting!
  9. Stretch more. I get a lot of back and leg pain, and I tend to blame it on being busy and stressed. In reality, this can be avoided, and I have the power to do that! For the past few days, the first thing I’ve done from getting out of bed is stretch, and I feel so much better for it.
  10. Improve my posture. This comes with the stretching point. I slouch a lot, which inevitably adds to my back pain. I’m hoping to avoid that in 2018, or at least make an active effort to rectify it!
  11. Appreciate more. It’s the little things in life that make us happy, and so I plan to thank people more, to compliment them more, and generally to appreciate my surroundings and life a lot more. This positive mindset is so healthy, and though difficult to maintain, just taking a little time to appreciate things can do a world of good!
  12. Do more creative writing. I love creative writing, and last year I actually had 2 poems published. This year I hope to creative write even more. Not necessarily with the purpose of publishing, but just to get my creative juices flowing.
  13. Don’t be scared to be yourself. I think we all have a fear of not fitting in. If anything, 2017 taught me that fitting in doesn’t matter. You shouldn’t change yourself to make other people like you – the people you’re meant to be surrounded by will like the real you best. I fear this is the reason I strayed from so many of my loves last year – reading, blogging, writing. This year I’m going to be unapologetically me.
  14. Make the most of your time. I procrastinate. A lot. I’m going to try and cut down on this in 2018.
  15. Give more to charity. There are so many causes I have strong feelings for, and I don’t donate enough money or time to them at all. 2018 is the year I start making an active effort to be more charitable.
  16. Journal more. I started a new journal on the 31st, and I’ve written in it a few times since. Already, my mind feels much less cluttered! Journalling really helps me to evaluate my feelings, and I am happy to be able to do this again.

2018 Goals

  1. Read 52 books. 1 per week!
  2. Donate blood. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time now, but you have to be 17 in the UK to do it. I turned 17 in the summer and still haven’t! But 2018 is the year that I will!
  3. Start at a university. I applied to university at the start of October, and am hoping to start in September. I am so excited, and can’t wait to start my future!
  4. Pass my driving test. Preferably the first time!

Thank you for reading! Let me know in the comments 1 goal and 1 resolution you have for 2018!

Until next time, and to keep up with my reading as it happens, find me on GoodreadsTwitter, and Tumblr.

Olivia x

9 thoughts on “My New Year’s Resolutions & Goals 2018 | LibroLiv

  1. Shoto

    Good luck on all your goals! I never noticed the thing you said about sorrys and thank yous. They do sound very different, will keep that in mind. Drinking more water is my forever goal lol.
    Also, hope you get into the uni you want to and have an absolute blast ❤
    Happy new year!

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  2. Good luck on all your goals! You should be confident in wearing glasses, I’ve been wearing mine most of my whole life! I also plan to stretch and move more this year, I’m trying to get back into yoga which I was really into for several months in 2017 and stopped doing by the colder months.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I’m getting better at wearing them – actually I think writing about it is making me feel more like I should haha!
      Good luck with yoga! I also tried it in 2017 but it wasn’t really for me. I know how beneficial it can be though, so props to you! I’ve been meditating every morning followed by some stretching to kind of balance my mind and body 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much 🙂 Best of luck for your meditation, I tried getting into it as well a few years ago but I never really made a habit out of it. I definitely should, though!

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  3. The very best of luck during your time at university!
    I immediately corrected my posture (I was slouching in my desk chair) when I read your comment on improving your posture!
    I also need to drink more water. I drink far too much tea and coffee.
    Happy new year.

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