Resolutions: How to do it right!

10-things-Tuesday #19


I feel like sharing my New Year’s resolutions last year helped me stick to them. Writing them down somehow made them more real. That is why I’ve decided to share my new resolutions for 2018 as well. However, before I start my new list let’s take a look how I did last year. At the beginning of 2017, I tried to focus on realistic resolutions. Not those impossible goals that no one can stick to.

  1. Listen to a song I love – My resolution was to listen to a song I love when I wake up, but this turned into me listening to my favourite songs on my way to university or my internships. It was a nice way to just take a moment to myself before starting the day.
  2. Smile to a random stranger – This really worked. Sometimes I wasn’t really feeling it, but when I did smile it made my day better, too.
  3. Enjoy every time I eat something unhealthy – Apparently, it is impossible for me to not enjoy delicious food. So this one was easy.
  4. Compliment others – I discovered that giving compliments can be difficult. Somehow it feels awkward at times. That’s why I want to continue this resolution in the coming year. I want to get better at giving compliments.
  5. Go for a walk – Okay, this resolution didn’t really work out. I would walk to the train station a lot, but that was because I had to. In Scotland my sister and I did a lot of walking, which was absolutely amazing, however, once I got home I stopped. That’s why this will be a resolution for 2018 as well.
  6. Try to learn something new every day – maybe I didn’t learn something new every day, but I did learn a lot of new things. Most importantly about myself and my dreams. I have a better understanding of what I want. And I may have to work hard to get there, but I’m ready for the challenge.
  7. Recycle – Check. Check. And check!
  8. One day without my phone – Uhhh. Okay, I kinda forgot about this one. But a new year is just around the corner and I have tried using my phone less often. Maybe instead of no phone I could try no internet!
  9. Invest more time in my blog – Even though I didn’t write as much as I wanted to, I did invest a lot more time in reading the posts of other amazing writers. I tried to be more active in the community and read more of your stories.
  10. Don’t get mad when something doesn’t work out – I have learned to let things go. Sometimes it is difficult to get your brain to stop overthinking everything. I often start doubting my own decisions. This is something I will have to work on this year as well.

Sometimes your goals take time and can’t be achieved in just one year. That’s why I want to continue this journey and will be bringing five of my 2017 resolutions with me into 2018. Without any further ado, here are my new resolutions for 2018.

Old resolutions:

  1. Compliment others: It may feel strange at times, but practise makes perfect.
  2. Go for a walk: Sometimes you just need to clear your head and instead of staying inside and feeling down you need to go outside and get some fresh air.
  3. One day without the internet: We all need to unplug sometimes.
  4. Invest more time in my blog: This will always be a part of my resolutions list.
  5. Stop overthinking: It’s impossible not to overthink certain events and situations, but the moment you realise your brain is spinning out of control, stop and take a moment to breathe!

New resolutions:

  1. Read more: I used to read a book a week and I’ve realised that I’ve only read maybe 20 books this past year. My TBR-pile is out of control, but this year will be different.
  2. Set achievable goals: There can be no progress without achievable goals to reach. I want to make a list of all the goals I want to achieve this year.
  3. Allow myself to make mistakes: The best way to learn is to make as much mistakes as possible. Not everything needs to be perfect.
  4. Smile when you look in the mirror: Easy, but very effective.
  5. Stand up for myself: I want to learn to use my voice not only for others, but also for me own needs. I often speak up when my friends need someone to defend them, but can’t do the same when it comes to my own needs. This is maybe the most important resolution for 2018.

What will be your resolutions for 2018? I hope this list will inspire you to make your own list. Just remember: Don’t focus on resolutions that are impossible to stick to, look for things you can actually achieve.

Have a nice Tuesday!


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