So it’s 2018, 365 new days, 365 new chances. My 2017 was full of memories, but now it’s time to look forward to the year ahead.
- Look after my health, both mental and physical.
I plan to eat healthier, try to get more exercise – including walking to and from work more rather than getting the bus – and just generally keep myself in better shape. In terms of my mental health I plan to make sure not to put myself under any more pressure than is necessary, not to allow myself to get into situations that are bad for my mental health, and to always take rest days when I need them because nothing is more important than mental health.
- Complete the ‘1p Saving Challenge’.
You may have heard of this before, it’s where you save 1p on day one, 2p on day 2, 3p on day 3 etc. so by day 365 you save £3.65, meaning by the end of the year you’ve saved just over £650! There are many ways you can do this, save in cash or bank transfers (perhaps weekly) if it’s easier. However the way I’m doing it is to set up a second PayPal account and I’m sending myself the money every day and I’ve got a chart – the one I used is here, scroll down to find the pdf – so that I can cross off each day. I am awful at saving so I think this is going to be perfect to keep me motivated to save!
- Stop giving people more chances than they deserve.
All my life I’ve been too trusting of people and thought the best of people even when they’ve shown me the worst of them. I’ve always given people more chances than they deserve, but not anymore. I’m thinking something along the lines of 3 strikes and they’re out because I can’t be dealing with people who don’t appreciate my friendship.
- Clear out my social media following/friends.
In relation to the previous point, anyone who doesn’t deserve to be in my life will be unfriended/unfollowed, as well as people who I just don’t interact with anymore. I don’t need any negativity in my life and removing negative people will remove negativity. I’ve already made a start on this and deleted 44 Facebook friends but I need to go through all of my social media accounts thoroughly to truly clear out the negativity.
- Try more new foods.
Ever since I was a child I have been a fussy eater, and I don’t just mean a little bit picky, I mean I literally only eat potato, fish, sausages, a few fruits, and junk food such as crisps and chocolate. No vegetables whatsoever, though I’ve always been insistent that potato counts as a vegetable. Last year I tried McDonald’s chicken nuggets for the first time and I got kind of obsessed with them because I loved them so much. So this year I want to try at least 6 new foods throughout the course of the year, so an average of 1 every 2 months.
- Spend more time with the people who matter most.
This year I need to spend more time with my favourite people, so more trips to spoons with Marie, more weekends in London with Amber, more visits to family, and more nights out with work friends. There are memories to be made, and this year I want to make as many as I possibly can.
So there you have it, my new years resolutions for 2018. This year is going to be full of memories, I’m seeing The Script twice, I’m seeing Sarah Millican, I’m turning 22, and of course there’ll be so many memories that aren’t even planned yet!
Happy New Year!