We may already be a week into 2018, but I want to start my first blog post of the year by wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year! Looking back, 2017 was an interesting year for me. I attended quite a few blogging events and met lots of lovely bloggers, I started my YouTube channel, and I cut 8 inches off my hair (which you can see here). As much as I love looking back on achievements and memories throughout the year, there were also quite a few lows, so I thought I’d write a post talking about my goals for 2018, and why I’m not setting any resolutions…
Goals and resolutions – what’s the difference? To me, a resolution is something, usually unrealistic, that people set themselves at the beginning of a new year, and requires a decision to actually do something (or not). Oh, and then end up feeling miserable when inevitably failing to actually stick to any of the resolutions set, when they seemed like a good idea at the start of the year. Trust me, we’ve all been there. That’s why I feel like setting goals are a much more realistic and achievable way of preparing for a new year, without them feeling like a stressful ‘New Year’s resolution’. Plus, goals have no time limit or restriction. You can set daily, weekly or monthly goals, short-term or long-term goals – it’s completely up to you, and that’s what I love about the flexibility that comes with setting them.
This year, I’ve decided that I’m not going to set myself any resolutions, but instead set some attainable goals that I can work on throughout the year, and also add to along the way. I feel like certain changes in my life need to be made, in order for me to be a happier person, and those little things could really make an overall difference. Simple, yet realistic changes – nothing drastic!
My Goals for 2018:
- Have a More Organised Life
Up until now, I feel as though almost every aspect of my life has lacked some form of organisation, whether it’s having a (really) untidy bedroom, or not having a blogging and YouTube schedule, these things certainly add up and make me feel this dreaded anxiety. This year, I am making it my aim to give my bedroom a deep clean – clear through every drawer and wardrobe, get rid of any clothes I no longer need or wear, sort through all of my make up and beauty products – just give everything a proper sort out and clean. I am also currently working on a schedule for my blog and YouTube channel (and I will be doing a separate post on my 2018 blogging plans very soon), which I hope will not only give me an idea of when to post, but also when you can expect new content from me. I’m hoping that a schedule will result in more blog posts and videos, and bring some organisation (back) into my life.
- Drink More Water
This is something my skin has been screaming at me to do for far too long. I definitely haven’t been drinking enough water, and it shows, not only in my skin, but in my lack of energy and constant tiredness. I’m not expecting it to be a miracle cure, but every little helps, right? I got a new water bottle for Christmas, and it’s huge. There’s no official measurement on the bottle, but (I think) it holds about 1 litre at a time, which, after you’ve refilled it, takes it to our recommended daily intake of 2 litres. This is the bottle, if you’re interested. I have been using it every day for the past week, and, with the help of putting effort into a skin care routine, my skin has definitely started to show signs of improvement, and it has also helped increase my energy levels. Water may have a boring taste, but its benefits are certainly worth the blandness.
- Create a Skin Care Routine and Actually Stick to It
Following on from the idea of drinking more water, and the quest for clearer skin, I want to have a proper skin care routine – I’m talking cleansers, toners and moisturisers – and stick to it. No more “I’m too tired to take my make up off properly” – NO! I have already started to make it my mission to remove every last bit of my make up before I go to sleep each night, and it’s something I will continue to do, no matter what time it is.
- Make an Effort to Meet Other Bloggers
Last year in particular, I met quite a few lovely bloggers, mostly at blogging events, but I want to make more of an effort to meet other bloggers outside of blogging events. I went on a (crazy) night out in London last summer with Kirby, Katie and Abi, and we had the BEST time! I’d love to do this sort of thing more, but I have to admit that I’m really shy when it comes to approaching people, so if anyone would like to hang out and organise something with me, I’m going to shamelessly say: please hit me up…
- Say ‘Yes’ More, but Also Not Be Afraid to Say ‘No’
I definitely believe that more opportunities can arise as a result of saying ‘yes’ to things – whether it’s an invite to an event, or meeting a friend you haven’t seen in a long time – there’s always a chance to say ‘yes’ to something. I am going to challenge myself to say ‘yes’ to things that may normally be a little out of my comfort zone, or I wouldn’t normally do. You never know what may come of doing something different, or who you could meet, which I think is really exciting. BUT, in saying this, I want to feel as though I can say ‘no’ to things I’d normally say ‘yes’ to. This doesn’t mean I’m not going to do anything for anyone else, or be rude and ignorant, but sometimes I feel awkward saying ‘no’ to things, and this in itself isn’t healthy. I no longer want to be afraid to say ‘no’ to things, and I want to put my mental health first more, as this is the most important thing.
- Get Fit and Feel Healthy Without Restricting Myself
It sounds like the ‘typical’ goal people set themselves at the start of a New Year, but I don’t care – I’ve re-joined a gym! I had a membership elsewhere about 3 years ago, and I think I probably went to that gym around 7 or 8 times, and then cancelled the membership after a year.. yep. I’ve decided to give it another go at a different gym, and I hope that I can stick to it this time, and be able to control my anxiety a little better when going. Life is all about balance, and I will NOT be restricting myself in any way. If you thought that joining a new gym meant giving up takeaways and not eating what I want, when I want, you’d be wrong. I will be living my life the same way I have been, but making more of an effort to get fit and feel healthier in myself, and joining a gym seemed like the best way to do this. Life is about balance and being realistic, not restricting yourself and being miserable whilst doing so.
I hope you enjoyed reading through my goals for 2018. I love that I’ve written a post that I’m able to refer back to throughout the year, and remind myself of the goals I’d set myself, and see how far I’ve gotten. I’d also love to know if you’ve set yourselves any goals, and what they are? Just remember that you don’t have to make any changes in your life, and if your goal is to continue as you are, I’m pretty sure you’re already amazing just the way you are! I hope you all have a very happy and successful 2018!