Yes, it’s that time of the year!
It’s January 2018, at last. God knows how much I have been counting down the minutes for 2017 to end. It was a disgraceful year for the human race and, hands down, the worst year of my life. Countless things have happened to me during those 365 days, but I am still alive, and it’s officially in the past. Although some problems can’t go away by just changing the calendar on your wall, the start of a new year is inevitably full of hope and (of course) good resolutions.
Instead of making a silly and utterly unattainable list; this year I want to join the #18for2018 “movement” and find things I can do for myself. Also, to finally have the pleasure of crossing something out on a new year’s resolution list – for the first time in my life.
For me, this year’s list shouldn’t be about what we “need” to do but about what we “want” to do with ourselves and with our lives. It should be about finding the courage to be a “better version of yourself” for your own good. Instead of “getting in shape”, maybe we could try “exercising at least twice a week to release our stress”. Instead of “going on more holidays” we could “discover more”. A day trip to Oxford might not be as cool as a retreat in Thailand – but which one is the most attainable?
In conclusion, let’s avoid pressuring ourselves this year. In 2018, I want to become my best friend: I want to listen to my own voice. I want to push myself and to make me proud of me. Let 2018 be the year we make ourselves happy, shall we?
Read at least 30 books.
I read more than 30 last here, so hopefully I can upgrade the challenge.
Experiment more in the kitchen.
I cook a lot, but I feel I have been keeping to the safe side since going vegan. I have a few new cookbooks that I can’t wait to use in 2018.
Do some physical activity at least twice a week.
I have abandoned the gym in the last few months – I just wasn’t feeling like doing anything. I want to get back on track.
Learn a new skill.
Last year I tried ceramics, and it totally got me hooked. I want to learn a new craft this year as well, and I think I have my mind set on illustration.
Make London home, for real.
The last year was hard on us, and it was difficult to really feel at home in a new city. I love London, and I think we can be happy here, we need to give it a chance.
Decluttering – only keeping what makes me happy.
We embraced minimalism last year, and we got rid of plenty of useless things. The problem I have is with expensive clothes that I’d rather sell than just give away. I was too lazy last year, but I am now ready for eBay.
Take better care of myself and allow me some beauty time once a week.
I used to care a lot more about my appearance until a couple of years ago. I don’t know what changed – I just started caring less and less. Even though I don’t miss the vanity, I think it’s important to feel good about ourselves. I am going to do something to feel more beautiful this year – for myself.
Traveling will probably be hard for me this year, but this doesn’t mean I can’t explore.
Work on my Spanish.
This has been a goal for years – I am committed to finally get cracking. The first step, do some Duolingo every day. Let’s see where I’m at in December.
Choose at least one new creative project and get it done.
Last year I had loads of ideas floating around in my head, but I didn’t concentrate on any of them. It’s time to pick up a new project.
Help a stranger, at least one.
The world will be a better place if everybody did this, wouldn’t it?
Do something that scares me.
I don’t know what yet but I want to challenge myself this year.
Discover new music.
I have been listening to the same two playlists over and over again for too long. It’s time for a change of tune!
Write more and about different things.
When I was younger, I use to write all the time. Stories, poems, anything that came into my mind. When I moved, I slowly decreased the time I spent writing, and when I started working, I almost stopped. I want to change that.
Be better at keeping in touch with people I love.
I am not a big groups person. The word “friend” means a lot to me, and I choose them carefully. This year I want to work on keeping in contact with my friends around the world.
Open up to new friendships.
Being in a new city is difficult – even more if you don’t have any friend. To make friends, though, you have to be in the right state of mind. Another thing to work on this year.
Find a new flat.
Too many bad things happened to us in our actual apartment – time to move out!
Reduce my waste.
I have been working on reducing my waste last year, but I want to commit to doing more this year.
What are your resolutions for 2018?