So that’s it, 2017 is over. The year that I have simultaneously been living my best and worst life and its all been a very odd sensation – if you want to read more about the shenanigans that 20017 held for me, take a look at this post HERE. I’m never really one to make New Years resolutions as such, because like 99% of the population, I won’t stick to them, at least I’ll admit that. Saying this, I do have a few goals for 2018, whether I’ll achieve them or not is a different question, but lets start how we mean to go on, right?!
PICK UP MY CAMERA MORE
I used to be very much into my photography and I actually got pretty good at it, then life just sort of got in the way and my camera got neglected a little bit. I’m hoping that my blog will be a good incentive for upping my photography, because I then have an aim in mind of where my pictures are going – also knowing that other people are going to see them will make me, make more of an effort, or at least I hope so.
WORK ON MY MENTAL HEALTH
Although 2017 marked the start of me mentally getting better, I’m hoping to continue this throughout 2018, because my mental health is still miles away from where I would like it to be. At the start of 2017 I would only leave my house for college and work, but I ended the year having the best social life and having moved out, so thats just proof that I can get better and I am, I just need a bit more work on it.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that I’m a runner, throughout 2018 there are a few running goals that I’m hoping to achieve. The first one to be run my first 10K race in sub 47 minutes, I’ve already ran it in 46 minutes, but that was just in training and not a race, so this year I want to run it in a race so it official. Not only this, but I’m going to run my first half marathon. Notice how I said going and not hoping to. This has been something that I’ve wanted to do since I started running 2 years ago, so now I’m old enough, it’s going to happen this year.
STOP CARING ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK
One of my worst traits is that I am always so ridiculously paranoid about what other people think of me, also that they are always thinking the worst of me. In reality why should I give a fuck about what someone else thinks of me, as long as I’m happy, then lets face it, other peoples opinions really are irrelevant.
SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY
Over the past couple of years, where I’ve been suffering with my mental health, I’ve turned down so many opportunities, the majority of them social events and 2018 is going to be the year that I make up for this. I want to vow to myself that I’m going to take every opportunity that comes my way, whether that be social or not, take it and roll with it, start living.
LEARN TO COOK BETTER
Funnily enough I’m actually a really good cook, but ever since I moved out to university, I would be lying if I told you the majority of my diet wasn’t just pasta and green tea. It’s surprising I’m yet to turn into a fusilli twist if I’m completely honest. This year I’m going to make sure I start to cook myself actual dinners that aren’t just pasta with alternating sauces. Although I’m sure pesto pasta will still be a weekly occurrence, I’m not ready to give that one up just yet.
BLOG AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
When I moved out in September and started university, my blog very much got neglected as I simply just couldn’t balance it. But this year I want to try my best to balance it, and blog at least once a week if not more. I think once a week is a reasonable goal that I can achieve, it also means I’m not putting myself under too much pressure with blogging, because when that happens I sort of lose my love for it, which I don’t want to happen.
PUT MYSELF FIRST
I have a real tendency to always put other peoples happiness before my own, which I mean isn’t always a bad thing, but I think it has sometimes been detrimental to my own happiness. This year I want to make sure that I’m happy, to do more of what makes me happy and to take time for myself. I think this is something I was terrible at throughout last year, I thought I constantly had to be a busy little bee, leading to me rarely taking time out for myself and my metal wellbeing. This year I need to do more of this, have at least one evening a week to myself, off social media – doing things that make me happy.
FINISH 1ST YEAR WITH AT LEAST A 2:1
My goal has always been to graduate my 3 years of university with a First Class degree, so if I can finish of my first year with a 2:1 that will mean I am on the right track and I will be immensely happy with this.
GET MYSELF DOWN TO THE GYM
This isn’t really one at the forefront of my mind because its not like I’m doing it to lose weight, more so to just try something new. My heart lies in running and probably always will do, but theres no harm in giving the gym a go too and seeing whether it takes my fancy as much as running does.
MAYBE LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
I say maybe because if I’m entirely honest the chances of this happening are fairly slim, but its a goal of mine, so why not chuck it on here too. For the longest time now I’ve said I’ve wanted to learn Mandarin, don’t ask why, I’ve just really wanted too. Saying this, I’ve always loved the sound of Spanish and Italian, so we’ll see what takes my fancy, I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress with this one.
So thats my goals for 2018, like I say whether I actually achieve them is anyones guess, but I’m quite a determined and head strong person, so I’d like to think I will achieve them, I’ll be sure to keep you in the know about it all. I’ll probably do a post at the end of the year reflecting on whether I’ve actually completed them all or not, but thats far too far in the future for me to think about.
Happy New Year,