2018 New Years Resolutions
A fresh slate and some reasonable goals.
Well look at that. It's 2018 already. I feel like I blinked in June and all the sudden here I am, folded under many blankets, warming my frozen fingers with my coffee mug on January first. If this post sounds very me me me, it's because it is. I hope you get something out of my personal resolutions, but, if you don't, that's okay too.
2018 is going to be a busy year and I'm a mixture of anxious about it, and excited. I'm getting married in a few months (!!!!!), I'm going into my second year as a freelance writer, and I'm still trying to grow my little communities around the web. Here's to a busy 2018.
These goals are really in no particular order, but here we go anyway.
1. Blog More Consistently
Something I still (after well over a year's practice) have a hard time with is balancing my freelancing work with blogging. The only reason I have a career freelance writing is because of my blog so I should show it a little more love, right? I'm the type of person who has more ideas than I do time (ask me for a blog idea, I've got about ten I want to start but can't) and regularly come up with content calendars with three or more posts per week. But, then actual work comes in and I don't get around to any of them. Instead of trying to force myself into an every other day schedule that I just can't keep up with, I'm going to try and give you just one good (long, hopefully) blog post per week. Maybe two. But we'll see.
2. Treat My Body Better
Not that I have the worst care routine in the world (I eat fairly healthfully) but I'm pretty sure the last time I exercised with any regularity was in high school gym class when I didn't have any other choice. Again, I don't want to set up goals that I have no hope of achieving so instead of wasting money on a gym membership I won't use, I'm going to try to get into exercises I can do at home. I picked up a resistance band kit on Amazon and hopefully that plus Yoga With Adriene will help me get a little more movement into my daily routine.
3. Spend More Time On Fun Stuff
Something I have a hard time with is doing something just for fun. As freelancer it often feels like if you aren't working, you're failing and it's time to kick it into gear or find a new career. Which isn't very healthy, unsurprisingly. I'm trying to spend a little more time each week (because I can't commit to each day) doing something just for the hell of it. I painted a bunch of cards for Christmas which I loved, and my mom got me a calligraphy pen for Christmas which I've been dabbling around with. Life is too short to work every possible moment.
4. Keep Resisting
2017 was something of a dumpster fire, politically. Although I don't write all too much about my views here, I think it's important to get re-energized at the beginning of the new year. If we keep protesting and raising money for the causes we believe in, hopefully 2018 won't be as big of a disaster.
5. Focus On The Little Victories/Happy Things
I'm a big picture thinker which can make it discouraging if things don't go exactly to plan or fall short of my expectations. I'm going to try this year to focus on the little good things instead. Taking notice of tiny positive results/actions/circumstances/whatever, is going to bring a little more joy into my life, I think. I'll try to share these (maybe on twitter, maybe on instagram stories etc) because something that I hate doing, but could probably do more of, is tooting my own horn.
What are your goals for 2018?