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2018 is Here! New Years Resolutions and Goals

I’m not one to sit there and wish away a year and trust me; when you surpass the age of 21 you’ll understand why. But I’m not sure why, I have been counting down the days until I could write this post. I know making New Years Resolutions is a thankless task that never lasts. In the month of January the gym is full, only to be empty again as February rolls around. The standing order you set up to save money ends up cancelled after a few days. The trip of a lifetime you promised you’d have saved up for by the end of the year takes another step further away. And the no-go foods you swore you weren’t going to eat end up back in your lap by January 5th. New Years Resolutions are a parody of themselves. So I’m making mine manageable this year; little tasks I can get through. Nothing ridiculous. I don’t want to lose weight. I don’t want to start a gym membership. I’d like to spend less money, but no strange savings goals.

Say yes to more, so no to less is my mantra for 2018. And here’s how I’m putting it into action.

Have a January Clear Out

I’m guilty of owning too many clothes and buying the latest fad beauty product when I haven’t finished the last one. This January I’m going through all of my belongings and getting rid of anything I don’t wear, use, or have simply held on to for too long. No more hoarding that dress that doesn’t fit any more or that mascara that cost £30 but I’ve had for over a year. Anything off goes in the bin. Anything I can’t give enough love to gets sold. I need the money more than the object now. eBay will become my new BFF.

Cook More from Scratch

For Christmas, Tom bought me this cookbook that my ex flatmate had, and when we fell out I didn’t get to take with me. It had some amazing recipes in it that I used to make all the time, but have since forgotten. I used to love cooking, and still do, but more recently I’ve settled into the ease of putting a ready seasoned meat in the oven and steaming a simple to prepare veg, and cut out carbs because it was easier than cooking them. This past week I’ve been utilising the cookbook more, and opting to start cooking more from scratch again. It was so much healthier, and so much fun!

Eat Less Meat

Going forward, I’m adopting “Meatless Mondays” and at least 2 other days of the week as well, starting with yesterday’s Mushroom and Chestnut Wellignton for a New Years Roast. This is not only healthier in the long run, and more ethical, but also cuts my carbon footprint. Every little helps!

Work on my Instagram

I’ll admit for all the times I’ve moaned about Instagram, I love photography and Instagram has always been fun, even with the addition of the stupid algorithm. I’ve now got the help of a photography background and a soft box, so I’m going to invest a little more time into taking photos, along with dedicating a few moments a day to liking and commenting on as many posts as I can. My Twitter’s done so well with me just focusing on that, but Instagram pulls in more blog views. So that’s what I’m working on next.

Weekly Graphics

I really want to start making a graphic for each social media platform that details the week’s coming posts. I’m posting 3 times weekly after all, and I think it will bring people back to my blog if nothing else. I just need to perfect my style when it comes to creating the graphics…

Keeping to a Blog Plan and Promoting all Content

I’ll admit, I’m the worst with organization. But I’ve been better with pre-planning and organizing content and I can only improve as the year goes on. This year I will keep to a monthly plan, promote each post appropriately, and make sure I keep up. Once my dissertation is finished, I’m sure it will get easier.

Travel More

I’m booked to go to Paris in a few weeks, and I’m desperate to say yes more to getting out of the country and seeing the world whilst I still can. I’d love to go back to Budapest, and see Scandinavia. And with Brexit coming up, it’s never been a better time to see the world before the traveling uncertainty hits…

Figure out What to do Next

I’m graduating this year – that’s terrifying! But I’m beyond ready to figure out the next step. Job, or masters? I’m sure I’ll do what’s best for me. I just need to figure out what that is…

Hiking boots/walking boots, waves, sea, water, splash

So, that’s my goals and resolutions for the year ahead. Having goals set does make things feel a lot more exciting. 2018 will see the most amount of changes in my life as University ends and I have to be a real adult going forwards. But I’m ready for whatever life throws at me. I’ve come this far, after all!

What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments!

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9 Comments

  1. January 2, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    I think you have such a brilliant goals here for 2018!!!!! I hope you can make them all come true as much as possible!xx

    • January 2, 2018 / 7:30 pm

      Thank you lovely! I hope 2018 is good to you! ?

  2. January 3, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    Ooooh, Paris! You do realise Peggy will make you pay for that little trip?! Seriously, I hope you have a wonderful time though! And for your graphics, have you tried Canva? It’s super easy and looks really good. Best of luck with your goals, I hope 2018 is good to you, X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • January 4, 2018 / 11:42 am

      I’m hoping she’ll enjoy her stay with my mother in law! Thanks! I already use Canva and have created most of my blog headers using it so I’m going to create all my weekly graphics using it too 🙂

  3. January 4, 2018 / 11:32 am

    Some great goals there, look forward to seeing how they all go.
    Scandinavia is totally worth a visit, I have family in Norway and me and my boyfriend went out to visit last summer and the place stole his heart.
    I’m a new follower to the blog, so here’s to many more of those for you in 2018 ?
    x

    • January 4, 2018 / 11:43 am

      Thank you so much! I’m hoping to get to at least Stockholm, Sweden before the year’s out. Oslo looks amazing too! And thank you for the follow! ?

  4. January 10, 2018 / 11:36 am

    I really want to have a good clear out of everything in January as well, I feel like my room is filled with so much junk I’ve accumulated from 2017!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • January 10, 2018 / 3:06 pm

      I still haven’t gotten around to it but it always feels so good when you do! I just have so many clothes I don’t wear!

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