By the time December 31st came around last year, I was more than ready for a fresh start. 2017 had been downright weird. My mental, emotional and spiritual health had taken a tumble, and although nothing compares to the year we shall not speak (*mouths* t-w-e-n-t-y s-i-x-t-e-e-n) – which, let’s be honest, was a complete shit show for the entire world – the last few months of 2017 had presented some new challenges for me. Self discovery and self care took center stage, and long term goal planning had to wait while I took time out to rebuild myself.
At midnight on new years eve though, I had a good feeling. 2018 was bringing with it a new energy, and I wasn’t the only one ready for change. Everyone seemed to be waking up to the realities of this strange era we live in. Brexit, Trump, #MeToo and many other political and social issues seemed to be forcing us, both individually and collectively, to take stock and reflect on some harsh realities, and to work out how we can improve the world for ourselves and each other.
We’re only a 3rd of the way through the year so it might be too early to state this, but 2018 has been the best year I’ve had in, well, years! I am on an upward spiral and it feels great. This is thanks to realistic goal setting, sticking to a schedule, meditation and creative expression, (but mostly thanks to discovering 9 seasons of Ru Paul’s Drag Race on Netflix).
Throughout the year I’ll be checking in with the goals I set in January to see what’s working, what’s not, and where I can improve.
Take 12 trips
LOL. I wish! My broke ass hasn’t taken 1 trip yet. But there’s plenty of time left to travel. I’ve got places to go and tourist traps to see! In all honesty, there’s no way I’m going to be able to take 12 trips by the end of 2018, so I’ve whittled it down to just 4. Way more manageable.
Post more frequently
Publishing blog posts on the regular has been difficult. I know that most bloggers will agree when I say that a blog is such a personal thing. We pour so much of ourselves in to creating them, that there’s a deep connection there. After all that had happened during recent years I started to feel like I’d lost myself and my identity. Which resulted in feeling like I couldn’t identity with this blog. Disaster!
For starters, my profile pic up there on the right needs updating. I’ve gained weight since then and I’m a few years older. In fact, what this blog needs is a total redesign to mark new beginnings.
But, writing and publishing is the most important factor in blogging. So Ms laptop and myself are getting reacquainted. After all, content is the most important part of a blog so we need to be on good terms if we’re going to get regular content published here.
Take more photos
Yes! I’m getting better at remembering to pull my camera out every day to snap something. I said in January that I wanted to use less stock photos on this blog, and while I haven’t posted much this year, I’ve made sure to use more personal photos. I need to do more of this!
Yes, but not how I thought I would get educated. The plan was to swot up on lots of blog and social media courses, but instead I’ve started learning everything but!
Back in February I returned to the Open University, changed my degree from Philosophy and Psychology to Maths and Physics and I plan to begin my first module in October or February 2019.
I’ve always loved Physics , but never had the confidence to brave the maths needed, but this year is all about crushing useless fears. I’m so excited!
Creativity is hugely important to me this year, but how can I create if I don’t have the tools or knowledge? So, I’ve put plenty of time in to learning about different art and craft software, art techniques, various mindfulness and spiritual practices.
By September I want to be learning these things in classes with actual human people, instead of online.
Take care of my mental health
That’s ALL I’ve done this year, and I feel a trillion times better for it. Meditation, mindfullness, CBT, and on and on and on. Everyone needs to take time out for their mental health, now more than ever. The world is noisy and complicated and we need to care for our minds like we do the rest of our health.
Take care of my physical health.
Slowly but surely I’m getting healthier. For starters, I’m eating tons more veggies. Last month I bought myself one of those cheap Breville smoothie makers off of Amazon. I used to own a Vitamix and that thing was a powerhouse, so I didn’t have much hope for the little green plastic drinking bottles that come with my Breville, but wow; this thing shreds! I’m back on the green smoothies and I feel alive!
Before the year ends I have to tackle snacking and figure out portion control. I read a study carried out by the BBC which shows that says portion control is by far the best way to lose belly fat. It almost sounds too easy to be true! I’ve always struggled with portions and I love eating, but this is what’s keeping me unhealthy so I gotta stop
Be more creative
Oooh yes. Fabrics, water colours, acrylics, pens, pencils, threads and digital art. Developing my creative mind is the most important thing to me right now. Not least because it’s so therapeutic.
All of this creativity has me inspired and I’m planning on relaunching my Etsy store! But this time I won’t be selling jewellery. I’ll tell you more in the near future, but for now let’s just say if you like thread work, you’re gonna love my new store!
Are you still working on your new years resolutions, or did you give up by February like I normally do 😅? Let me know below!