Happy New Year!! 2018, its 2018! Can someone explain how that happened! It feels like 2017 was a blur with the rate it’s passed us by, I don’t remember a year having ever gone over as quickly as the last. I do hope 2018 will be at a more steady pace. I always have mixed feelings about going into January. I absolutely love the festive period and it is without doubt my favourite time of the year, the arrival of January signifies the end of that for me. I definitely find January and February a struggle which ever way I look at. I find that beginning a new year with fresh goals and focus help to keep me moving forward and not dwelling too much on the end of the festivities.
I’m a firm believer of setting goals, I work best when I am working toward something and once I achieve it I can feel proud of myself and then push myself further by moving the finish line. For my own self growth I find this invaluable. For 2018 I am setting out some key focus areas which require different things from me, more lifestyle choices than anything else.
Adjust To A More Ethical Lifestyle
As far as being ethical goes I don’t feel like I do a bad job, I always recycle as much as I am able too, I rarely eat meat, I carry fabric bags with me when I go shopping to cut my plastic waste. I am sure anyone like myself who watched Blue Planet 2 would have been horrified to see our impact on the oceans. It really affected me to see what we as humans are responsible for.
I might only be one person, but if I can do my bit it all works towards a bigger picture. It’s all simple stuff we can all do such as, say no to the straw, buy cotton tips with card centre’s instead of plastic ones, use products that come in recycled bottles and that can be recycled, stop getting plastic carrier bags and opt for reusable fabric bags instead, buy a reusable take out cup for your coffees rather than get plastic coated ones. There are many things we can all do. Even ensuring we recycle everything we can and splitting our waste is a huge thing.
I am going to start to move more toward vegetarian / vegan options and try a more plant-based diet too. The areas I know will be a struggle for me will be dairy. I love milk and cheese so I’m hoping I will be able to find alternatives I will enjoy to swap them out. I will also now make better choices when it comes to products I get by opting for cruelty free options also.
Practice Better Self Care
This is a very broad goal for me this year. I want to of course improve my eating and ensure I get all of my veggies and what not, incorporate regular exercise with a view to being healthier and promote a healthy lifestyle, not just to lose weight. I have enjoyed eating as I please over the course of most of 2017, and I feel a bit lethargic and almost like my body isn’t running right.
The other is to try to better my self-care from a mental health point of view, more now than ever I am suffering with anxiety and I want to work toward trying to stop it. My plan is to get back into meditation, and to pick up yoga again, this combined with an overall healthier lifestyle I feel should go some way to helping with that.
Lastly, I want to take better care of my body physically too. Making sure I routinely exfoliate and moisturise after every shower. Use face masks twice a week along with my regular morning and evening skincare routine. Ensure I treat my hair to nourishing masks a couple of times a month also. I feel like I’ve really neglected these aspects over the past year so I am keen to put them right.
Do More Good
I saw a quote that read “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away” and it has inspired me to be more giving and charitable and to generally try to do more good. I own so much, far more than I need so it is my first goal to be ruthless and declutter and donate everything to charities and women’s refuges, etc.
I also plan to make regular donations to food banks, women’s shelters, animal shelters, and blood donations too. I’d love to take part in some events to help raise money also such as the race for life, I can probably just about manage that length of a run! The pretty muddy event looks fun too but I don’t think I could deal with getting that filthy!
Save, save, save!
Not a strong point for me as money tends to burn a hole in my pocket! That and the fact that I feel like I need everything I see! This year I am going to make every effort to save as much as possible and hopefully with that and being more mindful of what I buy I should be able to put some money aside and do more things.
I did a post like this at the beginning of 2017 which you can read here also. See how my goals compare.
What are your goals for 2018? I’d love to know, I find it uplifting and inspiring to read them so feel free to drop me a comment below.