Having spent most of my Christmas break in bed ill I’ve had a while to reflect on the past year. I’m not someone that normally makes resolutions, I find I put too much pressure on myself to achieve them but I do like having goals to work towards. It’s not so much a big life style change but something for me to work towards.
This blog post is more for my future self, I want to look back to see what I achieved and what I still need to work on. This year I have 18 goals for myself but for this post I’ll just be talking about the main categories.
1. Get back into a fitness routine.
When I lived at home I was a member of my local gym and went about 4 times a week. I was waiting until I was settled in to a routine before I joined a gym in my new city and now I feel ready.
Another aspect of this goal is joining a club, I’m considering joining one at uni and one near my flat as I want to make friends in both places. I find going to a class, for me, is more motivational than just the gym. It’s something you do each week and if you have friends in the class it’s good for a catch up.
It’s so important to have an exercise routine in your 20’s as it sets you up for life.
2. To work on my diet.
This isn’t about making a radical change and I’m not interested in losing weight but there are 3 main aspects I want to change.
- Sugar. There is so much sugar in my diet that is really unnecessary. I want to cut down on this as it’s not healthy.
- Vitamins. I’m dairy free so I want to ensure I’m still getting enough calcium and anything else I am missing out on through other food.
- More plant based meals. I want to try and make an effort to have one meat free dinner a week.
3. Become more productive.
This year I need to be more organised, my first semester at uni was a disaster because I was, literally, all over the place. I was travelling between three cities and hadn’t fully unpacked my stuff.
Once I was settled and not travelling so much I began to write up a weekly plan on my whiteboard and used my academic planner. I found that I struggled to stick to them as I didn’t always have them on me.
This year in an attempt to stick to this better I have joined the hype and made a bullet journal. I didn’t go for the usual blank notebook/ dotted notebook and went for a lined one as it suits me better. Structuring a personal planner/journal to my style will hopefully be more effective for me.
The main reason for this goal is that I want to have good grades this semester and I want to enjoy my day off without feeling guilty about not doing housework or uni work.
4. To save money.
This is a big goal for this year. I desperately want to pay my car off this year and I also have bills to pay over summer without the help of student loans. Another big aspect of this is that it is my 21st this year and I would love to go on holiday.
I’m hoping to achieve this in two ways. Something I am trying in January is making no unnecessary purchases. The only money I will be spending is on my bills and essentials such as food and petrol.
We live in such a wasteful society and I feel like the fashion industry contributes to this. So this year I am going to be cutting down on the amount of new clothes I buy. I am hoping to create new outfits through the clothes I currently have.
5. To put myself out my comfort zone.
This is going to be my most challenging goal for this year.
I really struggle with having the confidence to talk to people I don’t know. This is something that depends on the situation. For example, I can easily make small talk in work with colleagues and customers, you need to be in retail. However I struggle in social situations.
As I’m in a new city and in my first year of uni this is something that needs to change if I have any hope of making friends.
It’s hard essentially starting over and making new friends in your 20’s but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
These are my 5 big goal categories for the year but I also have some fun smaller ones such as:
- To read more. I absolutely love reading so this year I am making it a goal to read one a month (I’m already finished January’s).
- To get better at doing my eye shadow. I love doing my make up now but I still struggle with my eye shadow so I need to put in a bit of practice.