Other goals and aspirations for 2018

1/06/2018 02:13:00 pm

In my last post, I talked about my writing goals for 2018 (which I consider a bit lofty for having not written much since 2015 but I digress) but I've spent the past few days thinking about the things I'd like to accomplish personally in 2018. Last year was a really tough year for me personally and I'd like to make some big changes this year to help improve myself both physically and mentally.

1. Read more. This is probably my biggest goal and something I really want to do for myself. I haven't read a huge amount since leaving university in 2012. While working toward my degree, I was reading several books a week and I think it took a lot of my love of reading away from me. I don't regret my degree and I consider it one of my biggest and best accomplishments but I haven't read much since. I decided to take the Goodreads Challenge this year and attempt to read 25 books this year. It doesn't seem like that much but I know I probably read about half that amount last year. It's time to start reading again.

2. Write and publish my first crochet/knitting patterns. I learned to crochet and knit in the summer of 2014 before moving to the UK and starting my master's programme. Since then, knitting and crochet have become a central theme in my life. I carry my yarn with me wherever I go. Without it, I'd probably be losing my my with stress and anxiety. After making all of my gifts for Christmas this year (a massive goal of mine since beginning to crochet), I've started dabbling in pattern creation and writing. So far, I've made up a few patterns for small items but I'd like to work more toward my goal of being a more well-rounded yarn artist and I'll probably start documenting some of these activities in my blog (even though I had intended for this to be an author blog only... but it's my blog so I can do what I want.)

3. Do more yoga. Last year, my goal was to do the splits and I came SO close before nearly blowing out my knee and having to take time away from it. This year, my goal is to be more regular with my yoga practice. Breathe more, build my strength slower, and push myself mentally in the practice instead of trying to break myself in two. I think 2017 was a year of self-destruction for me. I'd like 2018 to be a year of self-discovery and I'm hoping a more regular and relaxed yoga practice will help in this. I know it sounds like a lot of bullshit but it's amazing what a few deep breaths can do on a bad day.

4. Eat less sugar. Jesus I eat A LOT of sugar. I think this was part of my self-destructive habits--a lack of giving a single shit about what I ate and how much I was eating. My goal is to be a bit more disciplined about junk food and impulse food purchases. Basically this goal is just me shouting "No, you don't need to eat a whole bag of cookies just because they're on sale, Amy."

5. Drink less. On the theme of self-destruction and overeating, I think I really overdid it with the alcohol last year. I could definitely see myself using it as a crutch and it led to a lot of bad decisions and handling my emotions in really unhealthy ways. I'd like to change that. I know a lot of people are doing dry January and, so far, I've abstained too. But I don't want it to be a 'do dry January and then drink like a fish the rest of the year.' I'd just like to be a bit more conscious of what I'm putting in my body, basically.

And on that, I think I've got enough goals for the year. Generally, I just want to be happier and healthier and I think these are things I can do for myself, over time, that will help with that.

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