Ok so it’s pretty late on in January for this kind of post. The truth is is that, actually, uni has been keeping me pretty darn busy for the past week or two. I’ve spent literally every day for the last 10 days in the library at some point (I can hear you calling me a nerd under your breath). Just a forewarning, it’s gonna be a relatively long one. Grab a cup of tea before you start!
I know you’re gonna be pretty darn bored with this kind of post, but I wanted to make it anyway. I mean, technically it’ my blog, right? I do what I want! Roar! No, I was joking, please come back…
It’s probably a good idea first to look back on last year’s resolutions and see how they went. I’m actually feeling pretty good about last year (as you can probably tell from my last post) and I think part of that was because of the way I set my resolutions.
- “I don’t care!”
- Get healthy – exercise, eat better, don’t snack, drink water
- Read one book a month
- Get organised – stop procrastinating
- Start something – a blog, a youtube channel, a shop, SOMETHING
First off, I know my first resolution is a bit odd – “What do you mean ‘I don’t care’?” I can hear you asking. Well I’ll start by saying that if I could give only one piece of advice regarding new year’s resolutions, it would be this: make “I don’t care” your priority. I don’t mean stop caring about things in general – I’m not saying abandon your family or stop going to class or anything. What I mean is, whenever you feel self-conscious, self-aware, or are worried about what people might think… just take a second to say to yourself “I don’t care!”. This thing has done absolute wonders for my confidence this year, and has allowed me to have way more fun than I usually would. How often do you not do what you wanna do, just out of fear of judgement? Now, I just DO IT because, and I’m really trying to drive this home, I don’t care. I suck to this one pretty well, but it’s still ongoing and is definitely carrying over to this year. Let’s see how this one goes.
Number 2 is something which seems to be everybody’s goal ever. I know I personally have been making this resolution for about 8 years and so far, nothing has come of it. But this year, I don’t know, somehow I’ve just managed to be a lot more healthy. I’ve not lost any phenomenal amount of weight or anything (yet), but I definitely live a healthier lifestyle most of the time. I just need to fix my sleep schedule, and I still need to start drinking more. It’s ongoing (you’ll notice a trend here).
Number 3 was a total fail, I read one book in January, and it was one I’d already started anyway. I study Literature so of course I was reading throughout the year, but I haven’t read for fun in what feels like forever – or at least I haven’t finished a book! I think this one failed because a) I undertook so many other things this year, and b) it’s a very rigid resolution, which doesn’t really work for me personally. I’m trying this again this year anyway, but it already looks set to fail. Shame.
Number 4 is another serial resolution – I have basically been making this one every year since I could read. I remember procrastinating maths homework in my first year of primary school so that I could watch cartoons, so it’s safe to say this is probably my hardest habit to break. I’m definitely more organised now (I don’t think I could have done last year without some kind of organisation), but I still procrastinate a bit. I’m a lot better though, and a lifelong habit is seriously difficult to break! This one is ongoing too (see, I told you!)
And finally, number 5. Does this one really need explaining? As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been desperate to start something for about 6 or 7 years. And in 2014 I finally did it – if I hadn’t, neither of us would be here right now. This is another great decision on my behalf! I know it’s only a little blog and actually I haven’t written much yet, but I really enjoy having it and so far it’s definitely helped me with my career aspirations. Fun! If you’re the same as me, definitely make 2015 the year you start something – whether it’s a blog, a youtube channel, a shop, a book, a business, anything! Stop wishing, and start doing.
I really don’t think this deserves its own post, so I’ll just stick it on the end here if you don’t mind, your majesty.
- Stay healthy
- Stay organised
- One blog post a week
I’m trying to keep them small this year; I definitely had too many things to think about in 2014 and I blame my partial failure on that. This year I’m carrying on the healthy habits I’ve picked up – eating better, staying organised, and even procrastinating less, along with actually keeping up with my blog! I’ve got quite a few posts planned for now, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep this one too.
p.s. on the subject of reading a book a month, I am still persevering! I’m reading Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by the hilarious Mindy Kaling this month. [Buy it here] and I’ll be writing a little bit about it when it’s done. I’ll be cutting it close in January, but I’ll try my best!
Let me know your resolutions for this year – have you managed to stick with them so far? Also let me know what books you’re reading, I really want to know.
Apologies again for contributing (late) to the slew of 2015 Resolutions posts but I just wanted to do it. Thanks for reading!