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?