My New Year’s Resolutions 2018

01/01/2018 Lifestyle, Personal 18

My 2018 New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!

So here we are: 2018! I always find the start of a new year a strange combination of slightly depressing, yet wonderfully hopeful. Yes, the festive season is over, and everything is going back to normal, but at the same time the year is stretching out ahead, and it feels as if anything could happen. Maybe this will be the best year yet?

I’m definitely feeling pretty motivated right now anyway, although I get this way every New Year and end up making a ridiculous amount of resolutions that I’ll have forgotten about by February. That’s why this year I’m only making three, and they’re all things that I would genuinely like to achieve or work towards in 2018, and that I think will significantly change my life.

So here goes! My New Year’s resolutions for 2018 are:

  • To write more, and be more consistent.

This resolution encompasses a few things, but at the heart of, I just want to write more in 2018, and write more consistently. In the past, I’ve tended to let my motivation and/or inspiration levels control my writing output and this has resulted in bursts of great productivity, and then lengthy slumps where I get nothing done.

This year I’d like to change that and try and be more strict with myself, showing up on even my laziest, most uninspired days to do my writing, whether it’s fiction writing or blog posts. I’d love to be publishing more often on this blog, and really starting to grow it, and by the end of 2018 I’d like to have finished two more book manuscripts (so far I have one completed and two half completed, so I’d like to finish those two), and actually started doing something with them.

Writing, is my greatest passion, and something I’d love to do as a career, so I think it’s time I started taking it seriously!

  • To look after myself better.

I’ve known for a long time that my current lifestyle is pretty bad, but lately, it’s really started to take a toll on me. I eat so much junk food, and so many ready meals and sugary snacks, as well as drink loads of fizzy drinks, and I get nowhere near as much sleep as I should (generally anywhere between 4 and 6 hours, sometimes less). This has resulted in me putting on a fair bit of weight over the last couple of years, and I’ve kept getting ill lately and I almost always feel exhausted. Not to mention my skin has been terrible lately, and I just genuinely don’t feel good about myself.

So it’s time to change! I don’t want to do any drastic diets or anything like that, but I’d like to get back into exercising regularly and eating healthier, as well as actually having proper meals instead of bits here and there. My work schedule plays havoc with my eating habits and sleep (I either start really early in the morning or am in until late at night, so I almost never have meals at actual meal times!), but I think I could do better if I planned ahead more and put in more effort. Although I’d like to lose some weight, it’s about so much more than that: I just went to be a healthy, happy person in 2018!

  • To get a new job.

Ever since I graduated from university in 2014 I’ve been meaning to get a different job, as  I’ve been at my current job for so long I just wanted a change (I’ve worked there since I was 17…so 7 years!). However, I’ve just become so comfortable there that my attempts to apply for other things have been sporadic at best, and I get so nervous about interviews that I guess it subconsciously puts me off.

However, in 2017 I put a lot more effort in because I needed to get a job in a different city so that I can move in with my boyfriend (the kind of jobs he has experience in are much harder to come by than mine!). Nothing really came of it other than a couple of interviews and a job trial (and the offer of a job that was really unsociable hours for less money than I’m on now…obviously I turned it down!), but I’m determined that 2018 will be my year! This time next year I’d love to be in a new job, and hopefully something a bit different than what I’m in now!

I’d also like to spend a lot more time on my side hustles – my Etsy shop and my freelance writing – and really grow them in 2018.

So what are your 2018 New Year’s resolutions?

18 Responses to “My New Year’s Resolutions 2018”

  1. Angela

    Good luck with your goals! I totally identify with the desire to take better care of yourself. We eat out way too often, and it’s not the healthiest.

    • Laura

      Thanks! 🙂
      I’m terrible for eating out a lot, but it’s just so much easier! As you say though, it’s not the healthiest, so I’m going to have to cut down.

  2. Mimi

    Hey Laura,

    I wish you good luck and lots of success with your goals in 2018. It’s good that you didn’t make too many resolutions, I used to make way to many in the past and usually never met them all.
    This year I made six resolutions:
    – Taking more time for reading (I’d like to read at least 25 books this year)
    – Taking more time for visiting and commenting other blogs
    – Getting rid of my inner critic
    – Losing weight
    – Publishing some of my stories
    – Successfully finishing my course at correspondence school

    Have a happy new year!

    • Laura

      It sounds like you have some great goals for 2018, and I wish you the best of luck with them! Happy New Year, and thanks for commenting! 🙂

  3. Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

    Hey, Laura! I saw that you’ll be participating in the Discussion Challenge as well, and I wanted to wish you luck. ? I wish the same for all your other goals! I feel the same way about my body. It doesn’t make me feel good about myself, so I’m hoping to do something about it, too. Maybe try to live healthier and take care of my skin better.

    • Laura

      Thank you! Best of luck to you too with the Discussion Challenge! 🙂
      I’m really sorry to hear you feel the same as I do about your body! Being healthy is just so hard though when all the stuff that’s bad for you is so much more convenient, but I know I have to change and try harder. Best of luck with living healthier too, and all you’re other goals for 2018! 🙂

  4. Rachel @ Typed Truths

    Good luck with all your goals! I definitely feel ya on letting your self-care slip in the past few years. I think I really need to take a look at my eating habits and exercise plan this year too.

    • Laura

      Thank you! 🙂
      It really is so easy to slip into bad habits isn’t it, and totally neglect self-care? I hope you manage to work on it this year too 🙂

  5. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Sounds like these goals are all totally achievable and all focused on you and your needs. I wish you luck on the job front, I find you get the best results when you put in the effort rather than being slapdash. When someone at the other end can tell you’ve put the effort in it always results in better results. And when it comes to interviews, not being nervous is hard but try to always be positive and it’s ok to take time before answering so you don’t get all tongue tied! I also hope to put in a bit more effort looking after me. I will be switching of technology earlier (although maybe not the TV as that helps put me to sleep somehow) and I hope to cut down on junk food and takeaways a touch.

    • Laura

      I’m definitely hoping for better results now I’m dedicating more time and effort to my job hunt, and you’re probably right in that they can tell at the other end. And I’ll definitely bear in mind your interview tips! I think that’s part of the problem that I try and answer the questions immediately and don’t think it through, and then I end up just blathering and eventually tailing off.
      And best of luck with looking after yourself more! I think switching off technology earlier is probably a good idea (I say that, as I type this at half 8 at night!), and cutting down takeaways and stuff is something I definitely need to do too.

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