Resolutions, reminders, goals, plans, whatever you want to call them. I’ll leave these here as my notes for 2018.
Whether that be exploring parts of my own city that I’ve never known about or going somewhere new, I want to see new things. My goal is to be able to travel the world someday, but I have to remind myself that it doesn’t have to be that extravagant all the time. Trying out a new restaurant or taking part in a new activity can be just as fun. Especially on weeks where I’m feeling extremely stressed out, taking a small amount of time to try new things can do wonders for my mind.
I love sleep and I’m also a heavy sleeper. It’s quite the combination to deal with when I’m constantly on a time crunch. My goal is to wake up at the set times I have on my alarm and to not press the snooze button at all if possible. I want to have time in the morning to do a little meditation or make myself a tasty breakfast. Going to sleep at a decent time would probably also be a key factor in making this happen.
Yes I know that’s just a stranger on the internet. I may see a lot of things they do or buy on a daily basis, but honestly, it’s hardly authentic. I believe that we choose to put the best versions of ourselves out there on our social media accounts. In context, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, but the harm comes when we choose to compare. This was one of my goals a couple of years ago, but I’m still trying my best to work on it at this point. Instagram is great for getting inspirations and I think that’s how it should be used. And yes, she’s pretty and she’s doing all these things but it doesn’t make my life any less.
I started off last year pretty strong. I had a morning routine that included making green juice every morning. Then as time went on, I slowly got lazier and lazier. For me, eating healthy doesn’t really mean following a strict diet. However, I do want my meals to be balanced and for me to feel energized from the things I’m putting into my body. This also won’t mean that I’ll stop eating Hot Cheetos Fries, but I could work on tempting myself less. I also want to cook a lot more and order takeout only as a treat for myself a couple of times out of the month.
No, I don’t really need that hat because I’ve got something VERY similar to it. No, I don’t need to buy that just because everyone’s wearing it right now. No, I don’t need to eat out tonight because I have a lot of food waiting to be cooked in the fridge. It’s the little things that I buy that always add up to more. I want to be more aware of my spending and also transition myself to saying “no” a lot more. Last year was the year that I decided to treat myself practically every single month. I’ll still continue to do that this year, but for bigger things every couple of months
I did fairly ok with this goal since last year. I’ve stopped buying the next cheapest thing whether it be because I feel like I need it in that moment or it’s something that’s currently very trendy. I want to contribute more to ethically-sourced fashion and invest in pieces I know will last me for a long time. I’ve slowly distanced myself from fast fashion stores, but my long-term goal is to eventually stay away from all of them.
I’ll have to start small with this goal. I want to slowly get into a routine of jogging a couple of miles and then doing some simple workout. If I get tired of the activities, I can switch it up and do yoga or something less strenuous. I believe that physical activity can do a great part for my mind as well. I should use it more as a release when I’m feeling extremely stressed or unmotivated.
I want to be able to let go a little more and try a little harder in building relationships. I tend to shut off too soon and don’t take the time to really get to know an individual. I want to explore more of people’s motivations and learn about the things that make them happy. I want to be more vulnerable to others and not feel like I constantly have to create a wall around myself.
I’m notorious for throwing things everywhere as soon as I get home. Eventually, I get into a mood where I want to organize everything and clean up my mess. However, that happens less often than it should. This also could be a metaphor for my life. I also feel like my mind’s a bit clearer once my apartment’s cleaned up and some things in my life are in order. I should work harder to keep things tidy and not live some parts of my life in complete disarray from time to time.
And this means caring more for my loved ones and caring more in the things that I do. I take pride in my work and who I am and I want to continue with that attitude and work harder in everything that I do.