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New Year’s Resolutions

Goals for 2018

Life has been changing, and for once this creature of habit is excited and ready to embrace it.  I wanted my 2018 goals to reflect these feelings, so here’s a list of my resolutions for the next twelve months:

Be creative

After helping run an MCM Comic Con artist table, and working through one of Alisa Burke’s brilliant online art courses, I’m feeling very inspired to be creative.  I’ve always dabbled here and there with art, but recently I’ve been producing work that I’m actually quite proud of.  I want to keep working on my designs, as I’d love to fill the walls of my new house with original paintings.  Speaking of which…

Be independent

Moving out is something I’ve wanted to do officially for a long, long time.  Not staying with friends or round a boyfriend’s house, or in university halls.  I want a real space to shape and call my own, and if all goes to plan then that will be happening very, very soon… I’m also planning on working more hours, which will aid my new-found independence!

Be healthy

Yoga makes me feel great, both physically and mentally.  I get so much from practicing yoga on a regular basis, so I want to make sure there’s always time in my weekly timetable for a couple of sessions.  I’ve found Fitness Blender do some good videos that are nice and easy to follow (and they’re free!).  I’ve also eaten well all year, and want to continue the trend through 2018.

Be charitable

There are a lot of issues I feel increasingly passionate about with age, and I would like to take steps, however small, next year to helping some of the causes I care about.  As an example, I plan on adding loose change to a jar over the year, and spending it on food for my local Foodbank at Christmas time.

Keep writing

What I want out of creative writing has changed over the last few years.  I feel slightly in limbo with my bigger projects, as short stories, homemade zines and non-fiction writing are what I’m currently so passionate about.  Until I decide what my next move should be, I’m just going to be blogging like crazy, reading heaps of books (see my optimistic 2018 reading goals here), and being creative in other ways.

Did you achieve everything you were working towards in 2017?  What’re your goals for 2018?


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January 1, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions

On the ninth day of Bookmas…

Happy New Year everyone!

I had ten new year’s resolutions for 2015, which I decided halfway through the year was way too many to juggle.  Even though I still achieved many of my goals – I got a 2.1 in my degree, I took a FutureLearn course, I read 50 books – I feel like I was trying to focus on too much at once.

As a result, I’m going to pick five this year – half the resolutions, but double the focus on them (I hope).  I also think that although using the new year to change can be good, it is important to keep in mind that change can happen anytime.  There is a quote I love that I think sums this up really well:

You are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.

Why wait til the new year to start afresh, when you can start right now?  Therefore, my new years resolutions are mostly a continuation of on-going ones, with a few exceptions:

  1. Reach 10,000 followers in total for the website, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter combined (yes you heard right, this is a pretty spectacular total, I’ll admit, but I’m an ambitious person!)
  2. Be fit and healthy (and complete a 5K charity run)
  3. Finish writing a novel (as in, finished finished, not just the completed draft I have at present – either of the two novels currently in progress will do fine)
  4. Go to Japan (just booked my flights!)
  5. Start Serious Saving (this deserves capital letters as it will be a state of mind)

I feel that this year is also the year of Important Life Choices (more important things worthy of capitals).  I figure they will just happen, as they tend to do, so I won’t dwell on them too much now.

I’m also going to continue a mantra that I have been pushing for the past year, which has proved successful! I saw it summed up perfectly on a postcard recently: ‘Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it.’ Basically, don’t just talk about it, do it.

What are your new years resolutions?  Do you agree that change can happen anytime, or does having an official date in the calender make goals more easy to kickstart?


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January 2, 2016