Reflecting on my 2017 Resolutions

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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,

Beth x

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