I may be a few days late to the party, but Happy New Year! I managed to stay up until midnight on New Year’s Eve and in a somewhat delirious state cheered and drank sparkling cider before drifting to sleep with hopes of a great 2018. Now, I’m not usually one who makes new year’s resolutions as it seems like they have become just a trend that everyone jokes about never completing. This year though, I am determined to make it a great year and believe that having specific goals in mind will help me do that. Here they are, my 2018 resolutions.
1. Read More. I can probably count how many books I’ve read (that weren’t school assignments) over the last 5 years and wouldn’t run out of fingers on my hands. My typical reading time only stems from when I travel and I will devour an entire book in one car journey. I want to devote more time this year to sit down in a cozy spot with a good book!
2. Say goodbye to 25 more pounds. Over the course of 2017, I was able to lose 20 pounds by being more conscious of what I eat and making it a goal to hit 10,000 steps every day. I am pretty proud of myself, but in no way am I done. If I was able to drop 20 with steps and not eating fried food, then imagine what could happen if I implemented a serious workout routine. After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome this year I knew it would be harder to lose the weight in my stomach, but I am up for the challenge and now need to be even more watchful over my health.
3. Blog as much as possible. My goal for this year when it comes to blogging is to write at least one post a week. I need to stop overthinking every post I write and gain more confidence in my ability to come up with content.
4. Dream bigger. Something I really want to work on this year is building up my confidence. I have dealt with quite a few setbacks and challenges in 2016, but I don’t want to let those moments define me. I have big plans for the future and often have some really cool ideas but let my worries get in the way of them. This year I am not going to let my fear control my dreams.
5. Make Dean’s List. This one may be more for my mom than me, but I want to focus harder on my studies this year than I ever have before. I am super excited to start delving into higher level major classes and figure out what it truly is that I want to minor in. Goodbye general education classes and hello information that will actually be useful for my future career.
I am really optimistic for 2018. This feeling of calm has fallen over me every time I begin to think about everything this year has in store, and it doesn’t just apply to me. I’m confident that this is going to be a great year for many people. So here’s to 2018 and everything to come!