I used to be the type of person who didn’t set New Year’s resolutions because I was also the type that would forget about them a week later.
But last year I realized that if I wanted to change some things in my life and improve I had to make tangible goals and realize that the only thing standing in my way was me.
Instead of thinking of a “resolution”, I have spent most of January thinking about goals.
Last year I promised myself to get into a routine, walk my dogs more often, be more grateful, write more, and stop caring what others thought.
Specifically, I tried to create a routine in which I got my dogs out more, I journaled my thoughts and my gratitude, and to start living my life the way I wanted to. These goals included making decisions that were not always popular, but have made me so incredibly happy.
This came right after the big step of transitioning my major from English education to just straight English. It was a hard decision, and one of those that wasn’t really popular with my family, but something I needed and wanted to do. Through this, I learned something in 2017 that I think is so important for all young women: know yourself and have the courage to be yourself.
After learning this, I achieved most of the goals I set for myself in 2017 and I feel like I grew more as a person last year than I ever have before. So for 2018 I decided I wanted to do the same.
I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, specifically Style Your Mind Podcast by Cara Alwill Leyba, and it has truly been so inspiring.
While setting my goals for this year I used Cara’s advice and thought “what does success look like to me?” and “what areas of my life need an upgrade?” After brainstorming my ideal success in various areas like my health, career, finances, and hobbies, this is what I came up with for my 2018 goals:
Get My First “Big Girl” Job
I graduate in May and I could not be more excited or nervous! In a few short months, I will finally have that piece of paper in my hands. Although I’m excited, I have no idea what is next!
Like I have mentioned before, I have always wanted to pursue a degree in English because I have always felt it is flexible and would allow me to study what I love. However, I also feared it wasn’t a marketable degree and that’s what prevented me from pursuing it earlier.
In late 2016 I finally took the leap, and I have no regrets. I’ve learned so much and I am passionate about what I study. I’ve made great friends in the English department and found really great mentors. I’m so grateful for this change and all of the joy it has brought into my life. I finally feel like I’m where I belong.
Knowing I have less than 4 months until I graduate is insane and scary. I am the type of person who is often paralyzed and therefore inactive when I was anxious or unsure, so one of my biggest goals is to push through, make a plan, and pursue that first job and finally start my career!
Read More [Tech Less]
Last year I read around 23 books. That sounds like a lot (at least I think it does!) but I really stuffed them in at the beginning and end of the year when I was on break. I don’t regularly make it through a book a week, I usually just read when I have time. This year as I go to work full-time I want to learn ways and make habits to fit reading into my life.
While listening to yet another podcast, What Should I Read Next by Anne Bogel, I realized there are a lot of little ways I could jam a few pages in. This year I am going to be listening to more audiobooks and pulling out the Kindle app on my phone when I have a few minutes instead of scrolling social media.
I started thinking about the massive amount of time I spend on social media while in between classes or just lounging on my couch. These activities tend to stress me out, so when I have the urge to refresh my Twitter feed I’m going to reach for a book instead.
This really got me thinking about how much more time I would have in the day to do things if I just subtracted all of the mindless time I spent switching between the same three apps. Those “few minutes” we spend on Instagram and Facebook add up big time once you start becoming more aware. It’s truly mind-blowing how much time we spend on our phones (check out the Moment app here, it tracks your screen time) I can’t wait to see how this changes my life and my time management skills.
Grow My Blog
I love blogging! Some people might think it’s pretentious and typical of a college girl to have a blog as if anyone would be dying to read my thoughts, right?
These were the things I was telling myself until I had a great mentor tell me recently “everyone has a story and something to share!”. I think that’s really true because we’re all different and have totally different journeys. I have always found it interesting and uplifting to read about other’s lives and how they do things.
I love to blog because although my life is not always novel-worthy, I think I do have something to share, even in the most minute things.
So for these reasons, I want to continue improving my writing, my web design skills, as well as share some of my experiences in 2018 in the hope that my words speak to even one person.
In the next year, I hope to be posting on a weekly basis as well as start a series (more on that later).
I’ve mentioned in an earlier post (Our 2017 Travel Plans) all of these great places my husband and I planned to go, but that got thrown off track when he took a brand new job late last year! We had planned taking a trip Las Vegas in December with family as well as a study abroad trip in March. Instead of studying abroad, we are hoping to take a trip to Ireland together in May if my husband has enough time saved.
When we were younger (14 & 15 to be exact) we used to always talk about traveling to Ireland and it’s always just been this impossible dream to us. This past year we started thinking, why does it have to be?
We thought that if it’s possible with work, there would be no better time. Neither of us have ever been abroad, we don’t have any kids, and will be coming up on our two year anniversary as well as college graduation. What better way to celebrate?
I am really hoping to make this dream (+ goal) come true in 2018!
This is less of a fitness goal and more of a health goal. I think of it this way because it is more about my mental, physical, and emotional health than it is about losing weight or getting fit. I don’t just want to be doing cardio at the gym a few days a week, but I want to be outside walking my dogs and taking them to the park more often, doing varied types of fun exercises in the gym, and maybe playing some intramural sports with my friends.
The months December through April are usually hard for me. I’m really tempted to stay inside and work on homework constantly or read a book if I have time. I find myself feeling really trapped by the weather and in turn dull and lifeless. This winter I have been getting out more and trying to be less lethargic. Overall I feel much less down and depressed than I have during this season in years past. This is something I definitely want to carry on throughout the rest of the year.