hello, 2018

While I'm sure plenty are inundated with the variety of new years posts out there, I wanted to add my voice to the mix. I know some that think the celebration of a new year is pointless, or arbitrary, but personally, I love the tradition of ringing in a new year.

If nothing else, it's a moment for reflection of what's passed, recognition of what's been learned, and consideration of what's to come. To that end, I set myself some resolutions and goals for 2018 that I wanted to share — partially, to hold myself accountable as the year carries on. 


the resolutions 

Above all, enjoy what matters & forget what doesn't. 

For the past few years, I've been prone to stressing out, about even the smallest of subjects — even if logically I know that is a waste of time and energy. So in 2018, I want to give less fucks for those things that definitely don't warrant them, and instead focus on what does deserve my attention. 

Be kind, to myself and others.

2017 was a weird year. With all the changes, my self-esteem took a hit and I've been struggling with confidence more than I have in some time. But if I'm honest, all the weighty, negative thoughts  are exhausting, for me, and the people I care about. Just as I try not to judge others, I owe it to myself to be a little kinder to, well, me. 

Be grateful and recognize what I have. 

I think with blogging and especially social media, it can be so easy to fixate on what others have and forget what you yourself possess. And I don't just mean material things — the intangible too, like a loving family or fulfilling job. So for those times when I might feel a tinge of envy, I want to remind myself of what I already have to be grateful for. 

keep learning, always. 

There's always something to learn, and I want to stay humble and open to such opportunities. At the same time, I want to be more confident in those areas where I do feel knowledgable. It's not always easy to strike a balance between humility and confidence, but I'm hoping to do just that in 2018.  

the goals 

  • read 50 books

  • declutter: physically, mentally, & digitally

  • journal 3x a week

  • stick to my budget

  • cook more & eat healthier

  • practice French 4x a week

  • find a consistent fitness routine

  • blog 2x a week

  • finish writing & editing my first novel

These might be ambitious — I'm prone to having high expectations of myself — but I tried to keep them attainable. I think it will be interesting to look back in a few months and see where I am with these. 

I hope everyone is having a lovely start to 2018. Here's to a year of chasing dreams and making memories.