It shouldn’t matter when we set our goals and intentions – what should matter is that we actually follow them up and stick to them. I originally made some quick, off-the-top-of-my-head “New Year’s Resolutions” on the 31st December, but by the 3rd day into the new year I had already forgotten what they were! So, whilst taking a short study break after sitting my second (out of four) exams for the January exam period, I decided that I would sit down and think properly about what I really hope to achieve this year – somehow I ended up with 8 (some of them are pretty small changes I would like to make). I’ve categorised them all and explained each goal/intention, perhaps you might like to borrow a few of mine? Let me know in the comments what your goals are for 2018.
- No wrapping paper, paper gift bags or sellotape (use fabric, natural twine and decorations such as foliage from the garden). This one is not only an environmental goal, but also a challenge in creativity. My intention with this one is to buy second hand scarves from charity shops to wrap presents in, therefore giving additional life to used textiles and not using paper that is going to be tossed in the recycling (if I’m lucky) or general waste (if I’m not). The creative part is the choosing of the fabrics, and the way I wrap the gifts. I must say, I’m really looking forward to this one so bring on the first birthday of the year at the beginning of February, follow me on instagram if you want to see how I get on.
- Always use a reusable water bottle and travel mug – never get takeaway coffee in a single use cup. On the way back from the airport at the start of the year my family and I listened to a news story on the radio about plastic waste and I vowed to try and cut down my consumption of plastic products. By always carrying my reusable metal water bottle I won’t need to buy plastic water bottles when I’m out and about (and I’ll have a permanent reminder to stay hydrated). This is only a really small step, but it’s a step in the right direction nonetheless.
[Health & Wellbeing]
- Run 10,000km. This one is a big one. It’s a ridiculous challenge, almost entirely unachievable, but it is the almost that has set me down this path. It’s a pretty personal challenge, and for some people out there it would be nothing, but even if I only get halfway there I will know that I can be proud of myself for trying!
- Have a regular stretching routine (4x per week in the morning before running). I prefer running in the mornings as I feel it sets me up for my day and also I’m not then tempted to just skip a run after a long day. With all the running I’m going to be doing this year, stretching is going to have to become an important part of my routine for injury prevention and general sanity.
- Get into the habit of a good skincare routine including sunscreen and moisturiser. Between running, walking to and from campus each day, and a general love of the outdoors, my skin is going to face varying harsh conditions over the year so remembering to moisturise and use sun protection are going to be absolute necessities.
[Study & Learning]
- Read 50 books. I love reading (I currently have three books on the go!), but with so much else on I sometimes struggle to find time to read. Reading is a really good way to de-stress and relax for me so its really important that I find time to fit it in. Setting a goal for the number of books I would like to read this year should serve as motivation to find the time.
- Get a first in my second year of uni – get into a regular study routine, work hard and stay organised and on top of the workload to reduce stress. I thought my first semester was going well until exams rolled around and all of a sudden I realised how much more work I should have done from the start. Hopefully I have still passed these exams with good enough marks, but next semester I don’t want to leave it to chance. Having an academic goal is always a must for me.
- Relearn the violin. Years ago I could actually play the violin to a half decent standard and not make people want to remove their ears from the side of their head’s. I’m not sure I can say the same now, but I love music, I still have my old violin, and I really want to get back into it. I hope my housemates will understand…