According to an article only 8% of people actually keep their new year’s resolutions. Last year, in an attempt to actually keep my new year’s resolution, I wrote them down in the notes on my phone so I had no excuses like ‘oh I forgot what they were’. Except I then forgot I’d even wrote them in my notes (perhaps working on my memory skills should be my resolution for 2018). A couple days before the end of the year I re-discovered these resolutions I made, and kicked myself for not taking most of them seriously. This blog post will reflect on the 10 resolutions I made, and help me to hopefully realise which ones (if any) I achieved, and which ones I need to try a fulfill this year instead – warning: some of these resolutions are extremely cringey, I can only apologise in advance.
- Look after yourself physically – 2017 was the year I joined a gym. It was also the year I ate a bag of tortilla chips every day at Uni because I was too lazy to cook anything. This one could do with some work.
- Look after yourself mentally – as a stressy and often negative person, this is something I did try to work on in the last year. I’m still nowhere near the point I want to be, but I’m proud of the advances I made, doing things such as taking the bus and train on my own (a huge deal for me!), and even moving out. Hopefully 2018 can only go up from here.
- Spread positive vibes about other people and yourself – I’ll be honest, I like a gossip! It’s one of the things I dislike most about myself, and it’s something I couldn’t quite give up in 2017. I tried my best, but unless I’m told something is a huge secret and not to tell someone, I struggle to keep it to myself. 2018 will be the year of less gossiping and more positivity – I’ve really not got time for that drama anymore.
- Learn to drive – well this one was a huge fail. I did take my driving test, but one dangerous, two seriouses and 10 minors later I most definitely failed it. I like to say it was because the test was the day before I moved to Uni and my mind was elsewhere, but I think it’s time I face that I’m just a terrible driver. Whilst I really really do need to pass my test one day, seeing as I walk everywhere in Nottingham and don’t really have the funds for driving lessons anymore (not to mention I hate driving!) I might give this one a miss in 2018.
- Get more organised – I’d say this one improved a tiny bit, but definitely needs more attention this year. I’ve got better at prioritising my time, but only because I’m still leaving things until last minute. If I could cut down all my late nights of rushing to finish things that would be fab.
- Stop spending money on stupid things – I still spend money, but I personally don’t think it’s stupid (however every time I come home with another eyeshadow palette, my Dad disagrees). Uni has taught me the importance of budgeting, and it’s something I’m surprised I stuck to so well, allowing me to buy my loved ones Christmas presents and even treat myself as well!
- Become a more tidy person – at Uni this has 100% happened. Seeing others leave the kitchen in a state annoyed me so much that I refuse to be a part of the problem, and seeing as my Uni room is basically a cupboard, you leave two things on the floor and it’s already a mess. Whilst I’ve been at home these habits have slipped (hey, I’m living out of a suitcase what do you expect!) but I’m almost excited to get back to Uni and live in a tidy room again.
- Care less about what people think – yeah, I still suck at this. I convince myself I don’t care, but ultimately 9/10 things I stress about come down to what I think people think of me. 2018 will hopefully be they year of caring less and doing more.
- Get more serious about my interests – I think this blog is proof enough of this one. Starting a fashion course has shown me that initially I really didn’t know all that much about fashion. Since September I read more, watched more and learnt more about subjects that I love, and I’m excited to expand my knowledge even more in the following months.
- Stop taking yourself so seriously – I don’t necessarily think I’m a very serious person, but when it comes to myself I need to lighten up a bit. Not dancing in clubs (not until a few Jäger bombs anyway), not leaving the house without makeup on, all little things that if I just let go and stopped caring, I would live a much happier life. Life is stressful enough without worrying about what people think – live a bit!
There you have it. I guess that’s it, my reflection of 2017 (if you’re still reading after all my rambling you’re a saint!). Whilst a difficult year, full of lots of change, it’s been a rewarding one as well. If you’d have told me last year that I’d pass my A-Levels, move out and experience so many amazing memories I’d have laughed. I think it’s easy to look back at a year and only see the parts that were bad, but really 2017 had a lot of good times too. So 2018 – here’s looking at you kid.
Until next time,
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