I’m not normally one for New Year’s resolutions as I find they tend to manifest an all or nothing mindset. Such as “In 2018 I’m going to run a marathon!” – meanwhile the well-intentioned goal setter can’t run for 20 minutes straight. However, naturally at the end of a year I find myself looking introspectively whether I like it or not. I’ve been thinking of some loose goals that I’d like to work on in 2018 so what better than to record them and see if they come to fruition.
Spend more time with friends
I am a self confessed workaholic and total homebody. I find that if I spend time with friends it is fun at the time but then I need a whole day to recover! It’s kind of like a people-hangover 😛 . I am definitely an introvert but this is something I’d like to improve. To be fair, my lack of socialisation in 2017 is not entirely my fault as this year’s host of health issues made it very difficult to do much more than work and sleep.
Finally get that f****** piece of paper
I am SO close to getting my degree I can nearly taste it. I have only two more papers to complete for my Bachelor of Business Studies and I will be finished around September. I’m not entirely sure why it bothers me so much, as I already have my dream job before I’ve graduated but all I know is that I will be over the moon when I can hold that silly piece of paper in my hands. Although I know everyone goes through life at their own pace, it kills me a little bit when I go on Facebook and see yet another of my high school friends has graduated and I still haven’t. If you didn’t already know, I have done my degree part time as I was competing heavily in gymnastics throughout 2013 (when I began studying) until 2016, I took a semester off in 2015 and after that break, changed my degree from a BSc to BBS.
Find a sport/activity I enjoy and stick to it
Let’s face it, I don’t think I’ll ever find something that compares to the highs and lows of rhythmic gymnastics. I think that the one sport that may compare in intensity would be Body Building/Bikini competitions but I could never do that as I’m 99% sure it would fast track me to body image issues. Since I quit gymnastics I’ve dabbled in pole-dancing, hip hop, burlesque, going to the gym and a bit of yoga but nothing has quite stuck. I’ve been told I have the body for Olympic Weightlifting (not sure if that’s a compliment??) but that doesn’t interest me in the slightest so I’ll have to keep searching. Again, this one isn’t entirely my fault as up until November I wasn’t supposed to be exercising except for walking and stretching. Now the main issue is that I can’t commit to any sort of membership like joining the gym or 10 weeks of something because some weeks I feel great and then others are still bad. Plus I have lost a bit of weight/muscle so I am decidedly weak and unfit. So anything I do needs to be an activity that can be paid on a casual basis or better still – free! If you’ve got any ideas then please let me know.
Prioritise my health and happiness above all else
I need to learn to relax! Enough said. I might do another post on this later as it would take up way too much time here.
Improve my coding and graphic design skills
Improve my side hustle game
My favourite lecturer at university gave us all priceless advice one day, along the lines of “No matter if you’re earning $30,000 a year or $300,000, never underestimate the importance of having a side hustle, whether for increased income or pure enjoyment”. This one is already in the woodworks, whether its a success or not I’m not too fussed but it will be fun.
Become more financially stable
Dave Ramsey has 7 steps for getting out of debt that I found interesting! Fortunately I am not in debt but I still need to work on my savings. They are as follows:
- Baby Step 1: $1,000 cash in a beginner emergency fund
- Baby Step 2: Use the debt snowball to pay off all your debt but the house
- Baby Step 3: A fully funded emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of expenses
- Baby Step 4: Invest 15% of your household income into retirement
- Baby Step 5: Start saving for college
- Baby Step 6: Pay off your home early
- Baby Step 7: Build wealth and give generously
Sadly, my savings were going swimmingly until my trip to Europe which simultaneously wrecked both my health and my bank account! I want to work on ‘Baby Step 3’ which is to save three months worth of expenses. Now, this is a little more tricky than it sounds, because in the process of ‘Spend more time with friends’ and ‘Prioritise my health and happiness above all else’, I will undoubtedly spend money and that I don’t mind at all – you can’t put a price on good health, whether physical or mental. But there are certainly areas I can (and should) cut back on my spending, such as the copious amounts of takeaway coffee I consume and on clothing/makeup.
What can I say – life got too busy and blogging was put on the back burner. Now, my blog will never be glamorous nor exciting and I will never have many followers. But all in all, writing is cathartic and that’s all that matters. So whether its blogging once a week or once a month, I will try to be more consistent as I wholeheartedly enjoy it.
Phew! I have more goals than I thought. Hopefully they are all achievable and I will try to keep my blog updated with my progress 🙂 For now – ‘Happy New Year’ and let me know your goals for 2018 if you have any!