Goals, Priorities and Resolutions for 2018

2017 was rough. I was pulled and pushed into new and uncomfortable positions that I never planned on being in. I was yanked out of my life and into another one.

In 2018, I want to take these new changes and challenges and run with them. I want to grow into my life and feel comfortable in my new skin. I am not who I once was, and that’s okay.

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Resolutions

  1. Stay on top of my sleep schedule. My sleep holds the key to a whole multitude of problems and dealing with it before it becomes a problem is a way of heading these problems off. If I can maintain a good sleep hygiene, a lot of other things will fall into place.

  2. Eat at least one vegan meal a week. I’m already a vegetarian, and in the future, I plan on going completely vegan. A good way to prepare for this is to slowly incorporate vegan meals into my week, making the eventual change less of a shock to the system.

  3. Read more books. I’m starting my creative writing masters in the autumn, for which I’ll be reading at least 2 books a week. Again, this is a way of preparing for a change by making it part of my routine. (You can follow me on Goodreads here.)
  4. Get dolled up more. For me, if I look good, I feel good. There’s no point in pretending that’s not the case. I tried to be okay with the paper bag princess look and bare face, but it just wasn’t to be. I’ve recently found a love for lipstick, so I will be trying to feed that during 2018.
  5. Join a club. I’ve spent the last few years hopping between France and England, never fully settling down and making a group of new friends in the process. I am lucky enough to have met some incredible people over the years, but I think a social circle is important. I am terrified by the idea of joining a club, but it will allow me to get stuck in a new hobby as well as make some new friends, so win-win!
  6. Make videos. I want to exercise my creativity, and it would be a shame to put my media studies A-level to waste.
  7. Keep up with this blog. I want to be a writer in the professional sense but I always find myself being scared of showcasing my writing. This blog is a way of overcoming that, whilst hopefully helping my readers in the process.

Goals

  1. Write a book. It doesn’t even have to be good, just put down enough words to call it a novel.
  2. Skip for 30 minutes without stopping. I bought an indoor jump rope (oh yes, they exist). I’m not at a point yet where I can go out running in public, or swimming, so skipping seemed like a good way of moving my body without having a panic attack at the thought of it.
  3. Go to Italy in June. From Rome to Florence, to Venice, and then up through France to Paris for the Fête de la Musique.

Priorities

  1. Nurturing my friendships.
  2. Writing.
  3. Reading.
  4. My mental health.

I imagine that this list will be updated in the coming weeks and months, but for now, I think this is a pretty solid start to the year! What are your resolutions, goals, and priorities for the year?