The Perfect 2018 Diary
Happy New Year!
I guess this post is a little late… I mean, it’s 9pm on the first of January here, but I think it’s still warranted.
I had this plan of having my 2018 resolutions and goals completely sorted by the end of December but I really struggled this time around. The problem doesn’t really lie in what I want to achieve, it’s more in whittling those ambitions down into a practical list.
In the past, I’ve always said that three resolutions is the key – any less and you’re not aiming high enough, any more and you won’t achieve them.
But this year I’m breaking my own rules.
I’ve got a lot I want to achieve this year, and while I’m not going to share it all on the blog [some things have to stay personal!], I thought I would share a few of my resolutions with you guys in case you’re still stuck and/or looking for inspiration. Laura’s New Year, New Me? post helped me a lot in defining a few of mine.
MY 2018 RESOLUTIONS & GOALS
Create more memories
I’ve gotten into the worst habit in the past few years of shying away from photos. I guess my self-confidence is at an all time low and I really don’t need any more visual reminders of how unhappy I am with the way I look. That’s all well and good [well… not really] until it comes to looking back on things. I am such a visual person that the instant I see a photograph or a video I am taken right back to a particular moment, and while I wouldn’t say that Harry and I did a lot of adventuring in 2017, we certainly did a few things that were really fun… but I can’t really remember them? I didn’t take any pictures of our adventures and so those visual cues are basically non-existent in my mind.
In 2018 I want to get better at taking my camera with me on our countless planned adventures and really spend some time documenting those things – with myself in the photo. We also have a few bare frames in our house at the moment which I would love to fill with some beautiful pictures of Harry and I exploring and living our lives to the fullest – especially if that involves cuddling a cat or two.
Connect with more like minded people on instagram [and reach 5K!]
I’ll be the first to say that while I don’t focus on numbers and statistics, it is really nice to hit a milestone on the odd occasion. I’m currently sitting just below 1500 followers on instagram and while 5000 is SUCH a leap, I would really love to be there by the end of this year! [Speaking of, are you following me yet?]
In doing that, I’d also love to connect with more like minded people online. I personally love instagram as a platform [sans algorithm, of course] and I’ve met so many amazing, lovely people through posting images of my life on there. My goal for 2018 would be to meet more beautiful strangers and become pals, and make even deeper connections with people I’m already following/are following me! There’s just something so nice about knowing there are people in the world who genuinely care – even if you’ve never met before. Special mention goes to Samantha, Laura, Naomi, Hope and Daisy for being such lovely, supportive gals.
Make mental health a priority
In the past I’ve made countless resolutions about losing weight, eating healthier and drinking more water, which are all fab of course – but the root of the problem is really my mental health. I’ve been dealing with ongoing anxiety and bouts of depression, as well as chronic stress for years now, and 2018 is the year I really get a grasp of how my mind is functioning. This resolution is obviously multi-faceted, and includes cutting out toxic people from my life [a.k.a. CYA narcissists], saying no to things [less being there for everyone else and more being there for myself], sleep [ALL of the sleep – I’m aiming for 10 hours a night] as well as finding better ways to deal with my anxiety [instead of curling into a ball and rocking back and forth for hours]. I also want to spend time actually dealing with my issues instead of pretending they don’t exist.
Positivity, not negativity
For my entire life I’ve been cynical – disgustingly so. I always see both sides of the picture and am constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop – which in some ways is good because I’m never caught unawares, but also – it’s made me kind of negative and horrible on the inside. I want to start focusing on the good instead of the bad, even in the smallest areas of my life. Like, it’s a hundred degrees here right now, but instead of focusing on that, I’m choosing to be thankful for the fact that I have access to ice cubes and freezing cold water, as well as the fact that we have air conditioning in our bedroom and the beach is a five minute drive from our house. See? It’s working already! [Now where is the effing ice?!!?]
Read 100 books
YEP I’M PUTTING IT OUT THERE. 100 books. Seems like a lot, right? The truth is… it is a lot of books, but I’m gonna do it! I mean, I do have a book club and all, so it’s probably a good goal to have, and it only equates to two books a week [which is beyond doable if I put my phone away for 5 minutes lol].
Take a week to explore the Blue Mountains
I don’t really travel much, and that’s because it gives me MAJOR anxiety, but I think it’s definitely something I want to do more now that I’m approaching my mid-to-late twenties. I want to see more of Australia, first and foremost, and in my opinion the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to start. I really want to make my way down in winter to truly experience it all – the hiking, the mountains, the caves – everything.
What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments below!