I feel like I blinked and missed 2017. It was the year of being busy, enjoying some incredible opportunities and growing a lot as a person. I travelled to Boa Vista for a holiday, all over the UK and Mauritius for work. The latter two were something I never thought I’d do! Even though it always seemed like I was doing something, I still can’t pinpoint anything I actually achieved, other than surviving the year. This year I want to take charge again and feel like I have some sort of control. So like I’ve done for the last four years I thought I’d look back at last years goals and set out my 2018 resolutions.
In 2017 I said I wanted to be more mindful and kinder to myself, I wanted to spend my money better, exercise, sew and read. I’ve definitely become more mindful and I’m kinder to myself, I know when I need to take a break even if I don’t always take one! I feel less guilty having me time or falling into a Netflix pit. Though I do worry I do that a little too often. I think balance will be a theme for 2018. Within the whole being mindful goal, I wanted to be better at saying no. I’d say I’m half way there on this, but I definitely need to work on the whole fomo thing!
I’m a little better at spending money, I’ve become stricter with a budget and more mindful with what I buy on the whole. I still feel like I could do better, but boy, working in the city centre is hard. It’s too easy to spend money on things you don’t really need.
In 2017 I’ve read more than ever. Admittedly I’m not back to the levels of childhood reading, but I’m getting there. I’ve fallen in love with non fiction. I can’t seem to get enough of fashion, history or semi-autobiographical lifestyle books. I think I just like learning things, whether it’s facts or learning through other people’s stories.
Now onto the fails of the year. I haven’t sewn at all. In fact I’d go as far as saying that I’m too scared to sew. I always seem to find a reason not to. Most of the time it’s time! Working on balance in 2018 should help with that. I dabbled in exercise last year and I’ve finally worked out what I like and what I don’t. I also have a plan in place to join a leisure centre and take part in their classes. Who knows I may even have sorted that out by the time this goes live!
In my post last year I mentioned failing and beginning again in Spring, the season of new beginnings. Again, this year, if I fail in the colder months I’ll hit reset in Spring. If I don’t meet all of my goals this year, I won’t be harsh on myself, I’ll reflect on why they didn’t happen and re-plan throughout the year.
Complete and continue with last year’s goals
By the end of March I want to be exercising regularly and I want to have started sewing. For the rest of the year I will continue to be kind to myself, to read and spend my money wisely. This may sound like a lame resolution to some, but what’s the point of doing something for a year?
Find balance and work smarter
This year I want to feel calm and in control. For so much of last year I felt like I was spinning ten plates whist walking on a balance beam. It left me feeling out of sync and exhausted. I’ll always be a busy person (yes I know I sound like a right wanker) but I need to make better use of my time and not fall into a YouTube hole as soon as I get home. I need to be organised and somewhat regimented with how I spend my time. I love blogging but I don’t want to spend the whole weekend doing it, whilst missing out on days out and other events. This will be a hard one to quantify but it’s something I want to achieve.
I got a little better at this in 2017, but there’s still a way to go. The times I said no I often felt like I was missing out on something…the joys of social media! I need to learn to go with my gut instinct. This should help with the whole not spinning multiple plates thing!
Buy a house
So this is a big one! I’m hoping that 2018 will be the year that I own a house. Granted house buying is a long and laborious process so if I don’t achieve this one; I want to have least set the wheels in motion or have a more concrete plan.
So here’s to starting 2018 full of hope, wonder and ambition. I for one cannot wait to see what this year throws at me. You never know 2018 might even be my year!
What are your 2018 resolutions?
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