This post was inspired somewhat by Georgia’s 20 New Year’s Resolutions for 2018. Georgia continues to be one of my favorite bloggers. She’s an inspiring writer and a very thoughtful person to read! Make sure to hop on over to her post after this one for even more inspiration for some resolutions for the New Year.
I’ve made resolutions in the past but I haven’t ever really been one to write them down or follow them. Normally, they’re either very basic or very hard to achieve. I want to be more realistic in 2018 (and in general, too), so these resolutions are doing their best to mirror that. Here are 18 of my resolutions for 2018!
1. Start Writing Down Important Dates
I always have a calendar hanging on my wall but I NEVER write anything down on it. Pretty much the only things written down are birthdays that were on the calendar the year before that I copied over. Whether it’s a wall calendar, iPhone calendar or school planner, I definitely need to be keeping track of my appointments and my days of the week (speaking of appointments, I need to double-check when my next therapy session is…)
2. Meatless Mondays
I’ve been wanting to start cutting down on the amount of meat I eat and when’s better than a new year? I’ve considered going full vegetarian in the past, but my love for burgers has definitely stopped that in its tracks. Not to mention that I don’t cook for myself when it comes to dinners, my mom does that, so it’s hard to go vegetarian without forcing the whole family to do so as well. But I’m really interested in starting Meatless Mondays and maybe making it two nights a week as well.
3. Late Night Workouts
You guys would be SO proud of me. I’ve actually found a time to go to the gym that works for me! And my family reading this right now would probably laugh, considering I haven’t been in a couple of weeks (hello Finals, and Christmas break). But my fear of working out in front of others is slowly dissipating by going closer to when the gym closes and having the whole thing to myself. It fits really well into my daily school routine since I’ve normally already finished homework and cheer by then.
I love my blog and I love the actual act of blogging and reading through posts, but it’s far from easy. I hadn’t ever thought how actually time-consuming running this little space would be and it’s incredibly unfair to myself and those who read it to disappear for months on end and reappear like I was never gone. I’m going to work on establishing an actual schedule and sticking to it regardless of what else might be going on in my life.
5. Higher Grades
I’ll admit that for the first part of junior year (and most of sophomore year), I didn’t care about my grades nearly as much as I should have. Luckily, I still have a semester left of junior year and I can pull it together before it’s too late. I changed my study habits, specifically for my AP Biology class, but the strategies I’m using can be applied to my other classes as well and I truly believe that if I actually work hard I can make it out of here with impressive marks (or at least passable marks).
6. Religiously Following My Skincare Routine
Nobody’s perfect when it comes to following routines. More often than not nowadays, I’ll find myself too tired after showering to follow through with the rest of my skincare routine. I’ve already taken off my makeup, so why not just crash? I’ve learned that if I skip even one day my skin suffers horribly for up to a week afterwards. The three extra minutes I spend putting on moisturizer and witch hazel are totally worth it.
7. Drinking More Water
Everyone makes this resolution. I’m pretty sure I’ve made it for the past five years, but I really need to follow through with this one. Since I got my Hydro, I’ve been drinking a lot more water at school, which is good. But when I’m not at school, I hardly drink anything except for when I’m taking medicine. I’ve tried apps and stuff for tracking water intake but I haven’t been able to stick with it, so that’s something I really need to work on for 2018.
8. Working More
It’s a struggle when your taste in clothes says Urban Outfitters but your budget says Target (and maybe American Eagle every now and then). As much as I love stores like Old Navy and Target, I’d really like to be able to buy that cute dress from Urban without being in debt for the next three years. Not to mention that life costs money and with gas, food, and clothes, I’m normally running on broke and begging my boss to schedule me. Since I only work once a week (Farmer’s Markets only run on Saturdays), I’m normally running pretty low by the time that the next weekend rolls around. I’ve applied for some second jobs and hopefully 2018 will bring good news in light of another part-time.
9. Removing Negative Energy
It’s hard to NOT be negative, especially in high school when there’s a ridiculous amount of unnecessary drama that would put anyone in a permanent bad mood. Although it’s unrealistic to be 100% positive all the time, I really want to work on getting rid of a lot of my negative energy and not carrying it with me into the world. Nobody wants it, nobody needs it, and there’s no point in keeping it around.
10. Finally Piercing My Nose
I’ve wanted my nose pierced for at least a year, if not more, but I’ve never gotten around to doing it. At first, I thought my parents wouldn’t ever let me, but when my mom said she wouldn’t mind, I had started to look into it. I never went through with it though, both from fear and lack of time/money. I had thought about piercing it while I was off of school on break, and I may still do that, but it’ll be after New Year’s anyways, so I’m making this one of my resolutions.
11. Keep Budgeting
A couple of months ago I started using an app called GoodBudget. It’s free on the App Store and lets you basically set a budget for each week, month, or year in different categories like food, gas, etc. When you enter how much you’ve spent, it tracks it in the categories and lets you know whether you’ve gone over or are still under. I like this one a lot, mainly because it’s free. I used it for a while and it really helped me keep track of how much I was spending and how much I could still spend for the rest of the week. I’ve fallen out of using it these past few months but I really need to get back into it.
This one goes somewhat hand-in-hand with writing down important dates. These past few weeks I had been planning out ideas for blog posts and writing down which day they’d go up on. As you all know, I didn’t really follow it out well because finals came about and I really just didn’t have time. But it did give me a better idea of what I needed to work on and I could plan to write on days that I didn’t have a lot of homework, and prewrite for days that I did. I need to invest in a good blogging planner, so if anybody knows any good ones…
13. Defining My Faith
I am not Catholic or Christian, which you might not have guessed considering I wear the cross. In fact, I’m not super religious in any way. But it’s not a fashion statement. To me, the cross I wear represents my own religion and my own definition of my faith in God. I haven’t really thought about it much, but this year I really want to sit down and think about what my faith is and what it means to me so that I can feel more clear and at peace with my beliefs.
14. Reading More
I honestly love reading but it’s so easy to not do. I’m sure some of you understand what I mean. It’s so easy to get distracted with social media, or Netflix, or anything else that sometimes reading can feel like a chore. But I’m always reminded, especially during finals when you can’t use phones, how much I actually enjoy reading. I’m currently reading The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which I’ve had for a while but never finished. I’m hoping to read at least one book a month or every two months this year and hopefully increase that number towards the end. If you have any good recommendations, let me know.
15. Get Caught Up on Popular TV Shows
A strange resolution, maybe. But, Stranger Things, The Office, Game of Thrones, etc? I haven’t seen any of them. It’s not that I’m totally uninterested or anything, I’m just one of those people that prefers to rewatch episodes of shows I’ve already seen. So sure, I’ve never seen an episode of The Office, but I could probably recite any episode of Parks and Recreation from heart.
16. Cut Off Toxic People
I’ve noticed that as high school progresses, people get considerably more and more tired of the drama and fake friendships that were so prevalent in junior high. I was blessed to have mostly skipped out on toxic friendships for 2017, although I did have some good friendships that ended badly. I’m resolving to spend absolutely none of my time in 2018 dealing with people that aren’t worth my time. Life’s too short to spend it with people that don’t really care, you know?
17. Don’t Rush
Yes, high school sucks, and yes, I can’t wait to graduate and finally leave everything behind and start over somewhere new. But just because these four years might not actually be anything in the grand scheme of things, doesn’t mean that you should wish them away. Four years is a short time and four years will be over before you know it. I only have about a year and a half left of high school, but it still feels like I started it yesterday. I can vouch, considering I wasted my sophomore year studying independently and freshmen year here is still at the junior high. I’ve only had a semester of the real high school experience, and while it’s not the best, I’m still so glad to have it and I know I’ll regret it terribly if I waste the next two years hoping they’ll go by instead of actually enjoying them.
18. It’s the Little Things
And lastly, just a little reminder to myself and others to really enjoy the little moments in life because those are really all we have. Big, fun memories are always great, but I know I’m always happiest when I’m doing something simple and small. I spent the other day with Alice and we visited a historical graveyard and a park for flying model airplanes, took some pictures, and had some boba and it was by far one of the best days I’ve had in a while. These teenage years are so short. It’s important to savor them while they last.
Make sure to leave me some of your resolutions so I can add to my list! Also, I wrote this post while listening to Sea Foaming’s Teen Movie Soundtrack playlist. It’s so nostalgic and fresh at the same time. Check it out.