Twenty-seventeen is so last year, it’s 2018 baby! Of course, with the New Year comes many, many of the same old temporary resolutions, such as lose weight, save money, get organized, etc., that give us a spark of hope for change…which will only be practiced for a week (or if you’re like me, until you pass Taco Bell) before falling back into our regular routines. In order to truly make an effort to change, I usually try to take some time to reflect on my year, the ups and downs, and what I think I can improve with the coming year. Personally, I think there is no better time to make a change than the present, but if you’re motivated by the freshness of a new year, then by all means, go for it! After taking some time for myself, here are some of the things I want to change/work on this year…
1. Make decisions that will only help me grow.
I know, this sounds like the tired “be happy” quote used over and over again. The difference is, I know some of the decisions I will have to make won’t necessarily make me happy at the time being, but will ultimately benefit me and the goals I’m trying to achieve in the long run.
2. Cut down on the chocolate.
Anyone who knows me is painfully aware that I am a chocoholic. I haven’t gone a week this year without baking some sort of delectable dessert that I usually inhale minutes within it leaving the oven. Now, I’m not swearing off chocolate forever, but I am going to start limiting myself each week (one of those decisions I was talking about earlier) and maybe try to snack on something a little more nutritious.
3. Start putting away money for things I want.
I don’t know about you, but I have a major shopping addiction…and I’m also an impulse buyer. I am terrible at handling money and usually spend whatever I have in a couple of days. As I’m starting a new job, I have some spending money each week that usually runs out by the time I get my next paycheck. I have resolved to take out a set amount of money each week from my pay, as soon as I get it, so that I can successfully put away some income for something on a larger-scale I want later.
4. Be more punctual!
So…to be completely transparent, I’m always late. My friends know it, my family knows it, I definitely know it, I just never put in the effort to change this. Recently, I’ve been working on this (mainly because adulting means not showing up late to your job) and eliminating the problems that usually hold me up. I plan out my outfit the day before, time how long my makeup will take, and try to leave a little wiggle room in case something changes!
5. Go after what you want—leave your fears behind.
I’ve always been a shy, timid girl…it’s just my personality. College has definitely changed this and brought me out of my shell a little, but I still have a long way to go if I want to achieve my goals. For a long time I was always too nervous to apply for a job because I hate the idea of interviewing one-on-one with someone who would be judging me and my abilities; after swallowing my pride I set my mind on the job I wanted and got it! Since starting I’ve made so many friends and learned so much, and I’m so glad I went after what I wanted. This year I’m going to continue on with this and hopefully achieve more of my dreams as I get the opportunities.
6. Use more campus resources.
I took dual credit classes in high school on a college campus, so I am familiar with how classes and the routine works, but living in a dorm and actually attending a university full-time is incredibly different. There are countless organizations and resources to help you with academics, interests, and life on campus; unfortunately I did not take fully advantage of these during my first semester, but I am determined to make the most of what I can starting this year!
7. Learn about things you’re interested in.
Fortunately, as I’m working closer to studying my major, I am beginning to take classes that actually hold my interest, and I’m excited to attend. I also happen to like collecting books, and this year I hope I can actually get around to reading them; this is a great way to explore your hobbies and interests and if you enjoy it—clear your mind and relax.
Attending lectures on campus is another overlooked opportunity that could benefit you—I know it’s hard to actually get up and go, but you never know…you may pick up something important!
8. Blog more!!
There are a small number of people who know that I’ve actually had this blog since Summer 2017 (which is when I made my first post), but starting my first semester of college was hectic and left me little time to sit down and write for myself instead of for an assignment. I really enjoy writing about things I’m passionate about (travel, style, advice, food, etc.), which is why I started this in the first place, and I hope I can be consistent with posts throughout the year and expand my audience while creating original and inspiring content!! :))
9. Make plans.
I’m not just talking about plans with your friends for the weekend—I mean make plans & goals for each aspect of my life. Plan out my meals, classes, schedules, outfits, make lists, make time for things that I want to do…I may not stick to these schedules down the very last detail, but having a solid idea of what I want done and where can definitely give me a push to complete what needs to be done quicker.
10. Be yourself.
College is such a life-changing experience, somewhere you’ll meet forever friends and experience amazing things, but amongst all the excitement it’s easy to lose yourself and forget who you are & what you stand for. I can personally attest to this, and even though I went through a rough patch for a while, I’m finally starting to balance everything and truly focus on what’s important to me. It’s hard to admit, but I really cared about how I portrayed myself to people when the semester first started; I had to be the typical beautiful, preppy college girl, constantly making instagram-perfect memories. This isn’t realistic, for me at least, and although I still have trouble dealing with this, I’m becoming comfortable in my own skin, making my own decisions, and doing what I love. I definitely hear people telling me this way too often, but it’s the truth—the best friends you’ll make are going to be those who love you for who you really are, not for the image you make yourself to be. I’m so blessed to have found friends that stand beside me through whatever ridiculous decisions I’ve made, and who show me love even when I don’t deserve it, and I hope I can continue to focus on and improve myself and my relationships in 2018.