I think we can all collectively agree that 2017 wasn’t a great year globally. I know that I’m not alone in having felt the pain and suffering of our world deeply over the last 365 days. But hey, we got through it. I certainly think that’s reason enough to celebrate pretty hard.
On a personal level (and trust me, I recognise my huge level of privilege in having a life that hasn’t been directly effected by all of these global tragedies), 2017 was pretty good to me. I’ll be filing it under “challenging, but nourishing”. Whilst it was by no means easy, it was a year full of lessons. I got my first big paid writing jobs. I ended second year with a first. I spent a whole month in Greece having the absolute time of my life with my boyfriend and our families. Through sheer perseverance I know myself better than ever before and it’s made me feel optimistic that 2018 is going to be a good’un. I’ve gone through the nourish, now it’s time to flourish.
Much like last year, I’m not starting January with a fighting attitude. I want to work with 2018, not against it. However, I also love the idea of a fresh start to do incredible things and I don’t want to abandon the concept of resolutions all together. So, I’m setting goals that I know will bring me joy: These resolutions aren’t a punishment for where I’m at currently, they are ways of making where I’m at currently even better.
1. To put my happiness first
The last few years have been dedicated to the grind. I’ve been at university striving for a first and working hard to get writing jobs, so it’s been easy to ignore the need for self-care. 2018 is the year that I embrace the mentality of putting my happiness first. Because, at the end of the day, that’s all that truly matters, isn’t it?
In this spirit, I’m starting the year as I mean to go on by doing something just because it will be fun. I’ve booked a last-minute trip to Albania! Me and my boyfriend are jetting of in less than a week, for 10 days of exploring a country that I’ve never been to before. If this is a sign of what the rest of my year will be like, I can’t bloody wait!
2. To continue to connect with my spirituality
One of the best parts of 2017 was discovering the spiritual side of my personality. You could say that it was the year I went fully granola. I got into yoga again, I started meditating more regularly and I even invested into some absolutely divine crystals. However, there’s so much of my spirituality left unexplored. This year I want to allow myself to be spiritual and free from my own judgement. It’s something that has bought me so much joy and I don’t want to hold myself back. My first step will be committing to the True 30 days of yoga practice. It’s going to be scrumptious.
3. To practise Greek
2017 taught me that, once no longer under the pressure of a looming GCSE exam, I actually enjoy learning a language! As I said, I spent a large amount of my summer in Greece and I would love to be able to do that again without relying on him as my translator. The app Duo Lingo has been incredible for improving my vocabulary, so that’s something I want to spend more time on this year.
4. To (actually) spend less time online
Of all of last year’s resolutions, spending less time online is the one that slipped. I felt so liberated for the first few months whist I limited my social media time to one hour a day. Then I just got into the habit of checking my feeds every time I had a spare second.
Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. It’s been an amazing tool for helping me to grow. But in large doses it does the exact opposite. There are things that would bring me a lot more joy than mindlessly scrolling, like reading a few pages of a book or meditating for a couple of minutes. Yet I still pick up my phone instead, which is why I think I need a bit of a detox (and this is probably the only new year’s detox I would ever promote – we don’t condone overprices laxatives here, friends).
So, with that being said, I’m heading offline for a few days or weeks or however long it takes me to feel ready to make my glorious return. I might post a blog post here and there and send out a scheduled tweet along with it, but apart from that, I’ll see you on the flip side!