Wednesday, 7 February 2018

5 Goals for 2018


When we first entered 2018, I had no real goals or plans. In fact, even now, I am not breaking my back over having the best year of my life, or of making sure I get X, Y and Z done. 2018 isn't going to be the year that I choose a career for myself, and it's probably not going to be the year that I get myself out of depression (again). But, I have set some small and simple goals for myself this year, ones that I think are achievable. And if I don't get them this year? Then I'll carry them into the next. 

Here are some loose goals that I'm hoping to achieve in 2018...

I WANT TO IMPROVE MY SELF-CARE

The most generic goal of them all, and probably the one that loads of other people have decided is their set goal for the year. But with everything that's happening in my personal life; my lapse into a depression that won't budge; and my recent break-up, I know I need to do better and take 2018 to focus on myself. It's all very well lighting some candles and not pushing myself to blog when I don't feel like it, but I'm also talking about the fundamental basics of looking after oneself. It's not real secret that I'm not the best at taking care of myself and my body, and this is something I really want to improve.

I want to find an exercise routine I can manage - going out for long walks several times a week is a good start, but in the warmer months I want to get out onto my bike more often and get onto the cross trainer for 45 mins every morning. Maybe eventually I'll return to the gym, but that's not something that's on the cards for now. I'm also looking to improve my diet - I need to cut out the sugar and start eating more greens and overall make a better job of balancing the foods I eat.

I WANT TO GET SETTLED INTO MY NEW LIFE

Things are changing for me and that's something I've yet to actually discuss with the blogging world, but at the end of the year I will be in a very different place to where I am right now. It's not just the end of my two and a half year relationship that is making 2018 a very different year for me, there are plenty other things too. I want to get settled and comfortable in the newness, and to be OK with things changing.

I WANT TO IMPROVE MY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD

I have the worst relationship with food and that's not really a secret. As part of my wish to improve my self-care, I need to tackle my relationship with food. I eat too much when I'm sad, and I have a very relaxed "IDC" attitude about what I eat, meaning I tend to just eat what I want whenever I want. I snack too much and I binge eat too often. On the other hand, whenever I've attempted dieting in the past, I've seen food as the enemy, and that's not how I wish to carry on. With food being the enemy I either turn on myself and dive into another journey of self-loathing, or I try to not eat altogether.

I WANT TO DO BETTER AT SAVING MONEY

I have a fair amount of money in my savings accounts, but I recently opened one specifically for what will either be house deposit money, or a car (most likely the former, as that's a bit more important to me than getting a car when I eventually get my license) and this year I want to put a lot of money into it. I want to do better at saving and stop spending so much, and the brunt of my money will be going into this specific savings account. I have been awful with money in 2017, spending left, right and centre, but already with my first paycheck under my belt - although, granted, I was paid very little since I've been signed off sick - I only splashed out on one major beauty item so far. And that's cos J and I ended the same day and I felt I deserved a bit of a pick-me-up!

I WANT TO PASS MY DRIVING TESTS

Lastly, this is the goal I'm not going to put too much pressure on myself to achieve. Although I'd love my tests to be done and over with, (yes, I've still not sat my theory), I don't want to rush into having a rubbish driving instructor who makes me feel uncomfortable and awkward, and because we've had so much snow in the last six weeks, it's meant that the roads have been loaded with ice, and I've not been able to get out to drive with my mum. That said, if I could pass my tests this year, that would be fantastic.

Have you set yourself goals for 2018?

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