Hi everyone! How are you? Before I start I want to thank everyone who commented and welcomed me back on my last post! I didn’t exactly forget what the community was like in the six days I was away from blogging 😂 (that’s not possible!) but it felt incredibly lovely to hear from you again and it rekindled the positivity I feel on here which was a lovely start to the year 🤗❤ In today’s post I thought I’d share my 2018 resolutions with you! I don’t think I set myself any in 2017 and so there are none to review and there’s also no previous knowledge of if I do well with them so this will be funny 🙈😂 I suppose it’s kind of similar to my bucket lists but spaced over a longer period of time and including them 😬
Whenever I write goals I feel like I’m setting myself up with positive thoughts and even if not all is achieved I’m kept busy trying 😂 I think that I have a fair chance of accomplishing these goals as long as I don’t get carried away with what I can’t handle. I can be stubborn and want to keep going and so some of the goals imply that a break from certain aspects of life is needed at times (my health would be grateful for this but my mind feels like it would be giving up so I definitely need to work on that this year). I have put my resolutions under two separate headings: Blogging and Life. I have tried to make them slightly difficult but achievable at the same time and so hopefully 2018 will be the year that I conquer them! 👊
Take more blogging breaks
Last year I got myself into a routine on here that I thought would fall apart if I so much as took a day off, so I didn’t, I kept going until the year ended whereupon I came to my senses and saw that breaks aren’t a sign of weakness. I see them this way in my life and I don’t want that to happen on here. If I start that way of thinking on here than who’s to say I won’t ever be able to stop it in life? I want to break away from certain mindsets and so after taking my first break from blogging after Christmas I now see just how beneficial they can be and I don’t want to put myself down for having more of them. Even if I start having 5 days off at the end of each month I hope to have found a new routine by the end of 2018!
Know when to step back from things that bring stress
Before Christmas I was considering doing extra things blogging wise (e.g collabs) and since then I have had to rethink this because of the state my health is in (spending spare time staring at a screen is not a good idea). I need to realize that the best and most likely the only thing I should try to keep up at the moment are my normal posts so as to not add any unnecessary pressure and/or fuel to the pain. In other words I’m introducing pacing into the virtual side of my life too! 😂 I’m not saying I’m not going to participate in other things in the blogging community throughout the year but I don’t want to commit to something that I know I will later worry about whilst I have a flare-up but be able to do nothing about it.
Do more reviews!
I have been gifted quite a lot of bath bombs and products recently (most of which I will show you in upcoming posts! 😉) and I want to get more into writing reviews which although I already sometimes do I don’t do a lot 😂. Especially since sitting back with my notebook after trying out something nice and writing about it is kinda like the perfect cherry on top for me as then I feel like I’m getting the most out of an experience 😂 When I’m relaxing with a bath bomb and I know that I want to write a review about it later on, I will enjoy the moment a lot more and try to see everything it offers. I’ve found this helps me to live in the moment which you know I have trouble doing (and in such a calming way too! 😂).
Live life as close to the full as I can (but what is full anyway? 😂)
Life is passing by and although I can’t help how my health affects what I can and can’t do I want to make sure that at the end of every day I can tell myself at least one new thing I did. Days out are few and far between because of flare-ups and the longer I go without getting out the more nervous I become of doing so but there’s nothing that can be done about it so making sure that even when I’m stuck inside I keep a positive mindset and can say I’ve done something when I’m able is important.
There are so many things I want to do this year including concerts and going to see historic sites that I could only have dreamed of visiting back when I was homeschooled and learning about them (now although there is still stuff in my way I’m one up from past me since passing my exams 😂). I need to learn to stick to pacing and accept what is impossible yet still possible if gone about the right way because I want to make memories with my family and friends (which is another goal below!).
Live in the here and now
Can this be a resolution? 😂 I’m always either stuck in the past or dreaming about the future, no matter how hard I try. Sometimes I can live in the moment but my mind is just racing. Things like self care bring me back down to a happy medium (like I said about the bath bombs above 😂) where it’s easier to focus on what is going on and not be overwhelmed. I know that this kind of thing can’t be planned as when I’m unwell and can’t move I’ll sit and think about tomorrow or even what my life will end up like and I can’t seem to make it stop. I hope that by the end of the year I will see what I have done and whether it be big or small I will be able to say that I lived through those moments and to have done so I would have had to focus on the moment at hand and that must be a good thing? 😂
Read like the wind! (There’s a storm at the moment so that may be a bit over optimistic 😂)
A long time ago I mentioned on here that I don’t set myself a certain amount of books to read as then I feel it’s almost like I would be reading for the sake of it but I do take note of the books I read throughout the year and want to keep that up! Reading is the best form of escape and must be a type of self care!? 😏😂 (Especially before I go to sleep!). I can’t help but smile when I think of all the books I’m yet to discover, hopefully 2018 will bring some good ones along!
Make a bucketload of memories 😂
Maybe I exaggerate with the “bucketload” part but not exactly when the memories meant can be big or small in order to build up. I don’t have to put my health in harm’s way in order to make a memory 😂 (I need to remember that! Alongside not getting annoyed with myself for things I can’t control that I fear ruin memories but really don’t). This year I want to spend time with family and friends and if it means being out and about in short bursts and inside most of the time pacing it won’t matter as long as the rule above of living in the moment is followed and memories that can be cherished when I’m unable to make more are made!
And that’s it! I’m slightly nervous reading through these and keep thinking that the only ones I will be able to track are the blogging ones but I guess I won’t know that until the end of the year will I? Hopefully I will surprise myself 😂 Thank you for reading! 😉❤ Do you have any new years resolutions? I wish you the best of luck with them! have a lovely day!