I’m sure I’m not the only person struggling to accept that 2017 is now over. This year went way too fast and I’m still not ready to believe that Christmas won’t come around for a WHOLE YEAR. Nevertheless, the new year is creeping in and everyone is talking about the resolutions they’re making. For some of you, a new year may seem exciting, as it’s a chance to turn over a new leaf. For others, it may seem daunting, as with a new year comes new responsibilities and pressure to become a better version of yourself.
It’s healthy to motivate yourself and set new challenges, but only when they’re achievable. Last year, I set myself a thousand and one resolutions and by the 3rd day of January I’d given up on 90% of them. A new year should be a chance to look back on your life and realise what you need to change in order to improve it. We all seem to want to lose weight, be healthy, be happy, travel the world, be liked by everyone we know, become a millionaire, have our dream job or just get paid to be alive. You get my gist. However, it’s important to take baby steps and not expect too much from yourself. We’re only human, after all. Don’t just make resolutions that you feel you should because everyone else is, be open to new experiences and enter 2018 with an open mind. Everyone has dreams and desires, try to take steps towards achieving those.
This year I’m limiting myself to 4 (hopefully) achievable resolutions:
- Start blogging more – I’m new to blogging but it’s something that I wanted to pursue for so long (it was one of my resolutions for 2017 to start a blog) and I hope I never give it up. I want to aim to post once a week but I also want my content to be interesting and to only write about what I’m passionate about. Ever since I started blogging, I’ve wondered why I didn’t start earlier. It may just be a hobby but I find it therapeutic to be able to write about what I want, when I want. Blogging allows you to express your opinions and immerse yourself in a whole new community of like-minded people, so if you’re thinking about making one, just do it! You won’t regret it.
- SAVE MY MONEY – So, anyone who knows me or even just follows me on instead will probably have noticed my addiction to shopping. I am the most impulsive person EVER when it comes to clothes, and tend to spend the majority of my money on them without even thinking. Now that I’m adult-ing *shivers*, I need to save my money for things that matter. Like food and alcohol. Just kidding. Or am I…?
- GRADUATE – Final year of uni has officially swallowed me whole and is slowly consuming me. The first two years I thought I could skip through uni without even trying whilst drinking copious amounts of vodka and LET ME TELL YOU, it worked! However, this academic year has been a living hell so far, so for me to graduate this year would be a miracle. I’m already preparing to move into the library. If anyone has any tips about motivation, please let me know!
- Lead a balanced life – Probably the most important resolution of them all. Finding a balance in life can be super difficult but when you get it right, happiness will follow. I’m sure everyone knows how it feels to have to juggle 1000 things at once, from working, to university, to wanting to make time to spend with the people you love. My aim for the new year is to be able to work, attend all my uni lectures, live in the library and continue volunteering, as well as being able to make time for my friends, family and boyfriend. Hopefully, my 2018 will be the perfect balance between work and play! Or like… 40% work, 60% play…
Today is the first page of a 365 page book, so make sure you write a good one. Let me know your resolutions for the new year, and I hope everyone reading this has an amazing 2018!!! Here’s to a new start.