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.
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.
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…
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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