It’s that time of year again. Time we all reflect on how we’ve spent the past 365 days and make a load of promises to ourselves that we probably won’t keep come January 2nd.
However, I got rid of the classic New Year’s resolution formula last year (stop smoking, go to the gym more etc) in favour of one that allows me to grow as a person rather than focusing on arbitrary changes that I don’t really care about.
So, here are a few things I’d like to achieve in 2018.
1. Stop being anxious
This was the first thing on my list last year and if I’m honest, my anxiety has only gotten worse in 2017. I denied that I ‘had’ anxiety last year because I didn’t want to admit I had a problem.
Obviously, I have come to terms with it now and I’ve spoken about how I try and deal with it. However, I want to spend more time finding ways to control it rather than just solutions when I’m in the midst of an attack.
2. Blog more
Again, another resolution that I made last year and although I’m proud of myself for posting 47 times this year – almost averaging once a week – I can do better, I know I can.
I’ve finally found a groove with my blog where I feel I could comfortably write 2-3 new posts a week. This is a target I really want to stick to next year as I know it will really help my goal of building up my brand.
3. Stop snapping at people
God, I’m awful at this. I am generally a happy-go-lucky lass, so when something frustrates me, I can’t help but snap at people. It’s something that has gotten me into uncomfortable situations with those closest to me for as long as I can remember.
I have already started working on this, making sure I think before I speak, especially if it’s about a topic I feel passionate about. I just need to stay on top of it and really check myself because if I’m really honest, it’s a wanky trait that just makes me look entitled.
4. Start freelancing
It is actually my real-life job to write. I’m a digital editor and I want to start going outside of my comfort zone and actually network with people in the industry in the hopes of diversifying my writing.
This year I’ve realised how important it is to challenge myself and write about things I never thought I could and I want to continue that challenge next year.
5. Read the classics
I fell out of love with reading pretty much as soon as I hit secondary school. Books were quickly replaced with YouTube and now I have a 7 year gap in my book knowledge.
Since I’ve been working in London, I’ve read more, but next year I want to read more, specifically the classics. Think 1984, To Kill A Mockingbird, Jane Eyre… you get the picture.
6. Take more risks
No, I won’t be jumping out of a plane anytime soon (although not adverse), but I have always lived a very safe and comfortable life. I don’t like to do things that I can’t control and this has led me to live a sheltered life at times.
Next year, I vow to take more risks, go outside my comfort zone and most importantly, make mistakes.
What are your new year’s resolutions? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @amyjmcdonnell 🐦