I know, I know, I’m late to the thoughtful-post-about-the-year-ahead party, but I’m here now. Forgive me, I started my year with a bad bout of the flu and, though I wanted to write something about the new year on here, I had to get these thoughts sorted out in my head and my heart before I jumped on the internet and spewed my proverbial guts for y’all.
2017 was a weird one for me. It contained SO many fantastic moments of my life, moments that I will cherish forever, but it also gave me some fairly low-lows. 2017 was definitely a year for personal growth and development, and I would like to continue that this year.
I’ve made a conscious decision not to make resolutions this year, but instead to focus on a few specific goals to strive towards becoming a happier, healthier and (more) self-fulfilled person. I guess that’s technically what resolutions are for most people but for me, personally, the word resolution is associated with too much frivolity and short-term success; I want these goals to be long-term commitments that eventually lead to an improved lifestyle. I have a type A personality for the most part so the idea of achieving a goal sounds better than sticking to a resolution, anyway…but we’ll see how this goes.
Here is a snapshot of my yearly goals:
01// A HEALTHY(ER) LIFESTYLE
Yes, I spelt healthier that way for effect and yes, it is bothering me like crazy (I told you I am mostly Type A..). Anyways, I’m not going to repeat to you the same thing that I’m sure you’ve heard and read millions of times at this point. We all know that there are some changes that some of us could make to our eating habits or our physical activity levels that would add up to vast improvements in our health. For me, starting to make these changes is the hard part.
In 2018, I would like to eat less sugar, eat less takeout and make more of my own food, drink more water, eat more vegetables, and actually get up off of my ass and workout a few times a week. Start small and work my way up, you know!? I’ve started but I’ve got SO FAR to go. I’m hoping it can only go improve from here! #strongissexy 💪🏾
02// SAY YES TO ADVENTURE (WHEREVER IT MAY LEAD)
I just realized how many times a day I say no or words to that effect. My 2007 improv coach would be so upset with me. I’ll keep this one short: I would like to cut that down by half. I look at me right now vs. me in high school and the difference is shocking. I used to do so much and talk to so many people, and now I’m almost a complete recluse. I am 26 years young, turning 27 in June, but if a stranger were to look at my social calendar, they’d probably assume I’m 86 turning 87 (no offence).
Well, this year, I’d like to say NO to NO. Opportunities are rarely born from sitting in your home watching New Girl episodes on Netflix. My favourite YouTube personalities are as entertaining as they are because they’re out there DOING THINGS. This year, I am better than no. This year, I look forward to exploring the unknown and getting to know new people, things, and places. This year, #yesismore.
03// GET MY $$$ IN ORDER
Oh my, I can be pretty financially irresponsible at times. Heck, most of the time. A major goal for me this year is to get my finances in check. I have the basics sorted out, you know, a chequing account, short-term savings, long-term savings, emergency fund, the usual. BUT, I’d like to save more of my hard earned money and spend less on stupid things that I don’t need. I’d like to see the value of my money. I’d like to maybe even look into investment banking (oh hi, bitcoin 👀👋🏾). I just read my twenty eighteen tarot cards and I’m seeing lots of wealth (dream big) and health!! 😉💸
04// WORRY LESS, TRAVEL MORE
I am a textbook overthinker. I overthink everything. I would struggle to put into words how much I overthink, but luckily, I don’t have to try. Just watch this video that the awesome Anna Akana made recently and you’ll get a pretty good idea of what a day in my head looks like.
Okay, so this one isn’t a “goal” per se, it’s more like my 2018 mantra. Look, I cannot control what other people think, not now, not ever. I can, though, control what I think and the way I think. To somewhat echo the sentiments of Anna’s video, I can and would much rather use my precious energy on important tasks or contributing to society than sitting analyzing the verbiage of an email (I’m embarrassed to tell you how many times I do this on a weekly basis) or worrying about what people will think of me if I wear bright pink lipstick two days in a row. Who. da. fuq. CARES!? Life is for living, and I choose to live my life in a more wholesome manner this year instead of letting my own thoughts corrode my brain and personality.
Oh, and in terms of the travel…girl, you just wait. 😏 I hope to use my passport a lot more this year…you’ll see. 🙂
05// STAY COMMITTED
Even though I have left this goal for last, this is one of, if not, the most important goal of the year. It has slowly dawned on me over the last several months that I am the girl who has an issue with commitment. It’s pretty serious. I don’t fear commitment, I just cannot commit to anything (admitting you have a problem is the first step, y’all). Guess what!? It sucks. Seriously, upon self-reflection, I’m surprised I get out of my bed every morning because that’s a pretty big commitment in itself… 🙄😒😤
I’m not going to lie, I’ve stared at my screen for a little too long trying to think of the words to say here. This goal is going to take a lot of actual, real, hard work. I think the long and the short of it is that I have great ideas and I always have the best intentions, I just don’t have the best follow-through. Think of it a bit like a golf swing; Tiger Woods didn’t become who he is (err, was?) because of that instant THWACK of the ball, did he? No, it’s the whole package. If your swing sucks, your ball won’t go anywhere. And then it’s OUT of the PGA for you, buddy!! ❌👉🏾🚪
…sorry, the metaphor got a little away from me there. 😛 I hope you see where I was going, though; it’s all about the follow-through, all about the commitment to the shot and to the game. It doesn’t have to be a huge, momentous event, either, after all, you’ve got to walk before you can run! Baby. Steps. So, I would like to hereby commit to actually committing!! ⛳️🏌🏾♀️ #mywordismybond #imworkingonit #talklessDOmore
So there you have it! I’m working towards making 2018 my best year yet, what’s stopping me!?
What about you? What are some of your resolutions/goals for the year, if any? What do you think of mine?
Looking forward to chatting with you in the comments, but for now, onward and upward, my friends! <3