Thursday, January 4, 2018

2018 Resolutions

I wasn't sure if I wanted to write this post or not, despite how open I am on the blog I'm a private person about some of my more personal goals and desires. I guess it's a fear of not accomplishing it or changing my mind and then people passing judgment on me as if I failed. But it's definitely something I want to work more on this year so I figured this was the perfect place to start. 

1. Make Blogging a Priority: Blogging is something that has been a hobby of mine for so long, it's something that is honestly so near and dear to my heart. But the thing is I've never treated it as more than that. So this year I want to make it something more, so I can reach more people and make a greater difference. As a result, there are several subgoals that go along with this goal. 
a. Make a set time for blogging every day: Much like you have a set time to go to class or to work, I want time to devote solely to blogging without distractions of school work or other obligations. Where I can work on creating content, making connections, and growing my blog. 
b. Get 200 blog posts up this year: My dream is to post on the blog Monday-Friday. But I know realistically with school, work, and life that won't always happen so instead I'm aiming for 200 blog posts. This I feel is realistic while still pushing me to get posts up. 
c. Add an inspiration section to my blog: This is something I've always wanted to do. I want a place on my blog where you can go to find motivation, comfort, and inspiration. I absolutely love quotes and I think this is my space to just share that in an open and accessible place. 
d. Create a blogging content calendar: This is something I've been so bad about. In the past, sometimes I didn't know what I was going to write about on the blog until I sat down to write the post. This sometimes led to posts not fitting well together and the blog seeming a bit disjointed. I still want the freedom to express my feelings but maybe in a more structured and planned way. 
e. Put myself out there: This is something I've gotten so much better about but want to continue to improve on. To share my bog with more people, to not be afraid to reach out to people, and to take risks. To invest in getting better without fear. 

2. Workout More: I fell in love with running and doing yoga over the summer, but school came around and I quickly fell out of it. I love how I feel when I exercise and it's something that I want to feel more this year. Plus I would really like to conquer my fear of my school's gym lol 

3. Wake Up Earlier and Go to Bed Earlier: This past semester I was the absolute worst about going to bed early, I wouldn't go to sleep until midnight just up scrolling through Tumblr and Instagram. As a result, I never wanted to wake up early. I'm 100% more productive in the morning so this upcoming year, I'm going to try and start my days earlier(sorry in advance to my roomie) and end them earlier too.

4. Make More Plans: I'm horrible at making plans, I'm indecisive and I'm scared to ask people to do things. I hate the idea of being rejected or someone being too busy for me. So this year I want to try and change that. To be more decisive and make plans with my sweet friends that I'm so lucky to have in my life.
a. I want to plan a fun spring break: I'm so lucky to have grandparents that live in a place that is actually warm in March and don't live too far from the beach. I'd absolutely love to go there and just hang out and enjoy the warmth with my friends.
b. Take more weekend trips: I'm never going to be a huge world explorer and that's okay but I would love to adventure a bit more. Even if it's just places in my "backyard". On the top of my list: Greenville, SC, Washington DC, Blue Ridge Parkway in the fall, Saint Simon's Island, and many many more.

5. Capture More: This is kind of a funny one because if you ask most of my friends, they would say I'm always the one who's wanting us to all take pictures. And while I love those posed photos capturing our favorite moments. I want to capture more of the little moments just sitting on the couch laughing or baking cookies or studying in the library on Saturday. I also recently made a video of my time at the Belk Bowl and that was an absolute blast so maybe even to start making some more videos as well!

6. Put Away the Technology: I spend so much time on my phone and on my computer. I just want to be more present and in the moment. I attribute some of this to blogging and feeling the need to always be putting myself out there, and I think creating a set time for blogging will really help with this. I'm going to start small by simply putting my phone away at meals or while I'm doing something. I also want to start reading at night instead of scrolling through my phone. I just want to feel more connected and in the moment. And I'd love to go a whole day technology free at some point. 

7. Get a 4.0: This has been a goal of mine since I entered college, I haven't reached it yet but I'm still always working toward it. In high school, I barely had to think about getting a 4.0 but in college it's different. I'm grateful because it's taught me so much to become a better student who actually learns instead of memorizing.

8. Save More, Spend Less: I'm a spender. I absolutely love online shopping and unfortunately love online buying even more lol. I know that I know how to save, I spend my whole summer saving to be able to cover my school and sorority expenses during the year. But I think it's taking it up a notch to save for even further in the future. I know it's something that is hard now but that I will thank myself for in the future. And truthfully do I really need another striped shirt??

9. Be there for People: If there was an award for the person that is the absolutely the worst at comforting people it would be me. I never know what to say and then I end up saying the wrong thing. This is something I definitely want to work on because I want to be able to make the people I love feel better even on their worst day. Overall, just getting better at communicating with people.

10. Stop Chasing: I'm a chaser: boys, friends. I want people to like me, I want people to want to be my friend. But this year I'm going to stop putting effort into people who put no effort back in return. There are so many people that care about being in my life, there is no sense wasting it on someone who doesn't really want to be there.

One of my friends asked me my resolutions the other day and I summed it up like this: I want to start living a life with more intent and organization. I want to make the most of the positions I'm put in, the moment I'm in, the person I'm with. I want to have a purpose and intent for my life and an organized mind. Would love to hear what you all have planned for 2018, let me know in the comments below!

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