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
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Make the most of your time. I procrastinate. A lot. I’m going to try and cut down on this in 2018.
- 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.
- 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.
- Read 52 books. 1 per week!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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!