Ok, so I know the new year has well and truly kicked off, but since we’re still in January (just! I’m literally I’m posting this on the second last day of the month haha) I feel like I’m justified in sharing this post! Also, I feel much more accountable when I write things down and I totally forgot my 2017 resolutions/goals/whatever about a month into the year, so I need to post this for myself as much as anything else. Since I find resolutions hard to stick to, I’ve come up with my key goals for 2018 instead.
Read a book a month
I used to be the definition of a bookworm (well, more like a book potato because I would just lie around on the couch reading all day) I’m not sure exactly when that changed, but I’ve noticed in the past year or two that I have been reading less and less and for the first time in my life, I’ve been starting books and never actually finishing them. For someone like me who would normally persevere through even the most driest of books because I couldn’t bear to leave it unread (I’m the same with movies as well, even if I’m not into it I still need to watch until the end, I’m just weird like that I guess) this just feels wrong. I’ve already achieved this goal in January and I’m now picking my February read. If you have any book recommendations, let me know!
Self-care is really anything you do that helps you maintain your physical, mental or emotional health. This year I want to focus on the small steps I can take to improve my health and well-being (after all, the old ‘eating better’ and ‘exercising more’ never actually end up working do they? No really, do they? I can’t be the only one that has set myself those two resolutions and then promptly forgotten about within the first month..?!) Some small steps for me include moisturising after a shower (normally I’m too lazy), switching off from my phone at least hour an hour before going to sleep, and listening to music purely for enjoyment (and not just because I’m in the car).
Take small getaways
Last year was a great year for me for travelling. In fact, thinking back I enjoyed four trips overseas! (Check out some posts on my trips here, here and here) This year thanks to a new job and obligatory expenses, the overseas travel will be on a bit of hiatus. So I want to make the most of my weekends and take small getaways instead. My husband and I used the recent long weekend to travel to Brisbane (my first time there) and I loved it! Two nights was just enough time to feel like we’d had a break, without breaking the bank. As a bonus, the two hour flight meant I was ready to hit the ground running when we arrived. Here’s to using weekends to explore new places in 2018.
Ok I’m #notgonnalie, sometimes I love complaining! Whether it’s about the wait for brunch, delays on the train, or how hot it is (actually I’m more likely to complain about how cold it is, I’m known among friends and family for always being cold) complaining can be cathartic and sometimes, just downright fun. But while complaining can have its benefits and even make you feel better, I feel as though complaining too much can easily get us stuck in a cycle of negative thinking. So in 2018 I want to be more mindful of both how often I catch myself complaining and also why I’m doing it.
2018, let’s do this!
What are your 2018 goals? I’d love to hear them!