As of tonight at midnight, it will officially be 2018. According to the Chinese Zodiac, it’s soon to be the year of the dog. Apparently, for rabbits like myself, this means a year of better fortune than 2017, the year of the rooster. Whether or not you put stock in such things, the new year always brings to mind a “fresh start.” A chance to start over and resolve to be better this year. When deciding on my own New Year’s Resolutions, I found that I could break them up into 3 distinctive categories – health, wealth and personal development.
Without further ado, here are my 2018 New Year’s Resolutions.
(See my 2018 Beauty Resolutions here)
Health + Fitness
1. Sign up for weekly Pilates and Yoga classes.
I’ve always heard how great these are for staying in shape and I know I respond well to fitness classes. I’ve taken Yoga in the past and found that while the beginners’ class wasn’t doing anything for my physical health, it did wonders for my mental health. So hopefully, I can advance past the beginners’ stage and benefit from the physical benefits of yoga. And in the meantime, I’ll receive some nice relief from my anxiety through the benefits of meditation.
2. Enjoy the outdoors more.
This is a hard one to reckon with right now as it’s currently 10 degrees out. But I always find the outdoors to be so rejuvenating for my spirit. From snow day sledding to spring days hiking and everything in between. It doesn’t even have to be exercise; I just want to spend more time appreciating the outdoors this year. I got the only apartment I could find with a balcony and a view – I should appreciate it!
3. Snack Less / Snack Smarter
I’m such a sucker for snacks. From chips to cookies, they are 100% my caloric downfall. While I don’t think I can truly fight my nature, this year, I’d like to just improve on these habits. In 2018, I’m only going to allow myself to purchase 1 sweet snack and 1 salty snack for my pantry per month. Additionally, I’m going to stop snacking past 10:00 pm.
4. Contribute more to your 401k.
I’ve had a 401k for a few years now but I’ve always only contributed the bare minimum. This year, I really want to invest the maximum amount to have a little security for my eventual retirement. (I’ll probably never fully stop working, but it’d be nice to know that I can one day).
5. Invest for things before retirement / Learn about investing
I’m not sure if buying a house is in the cards for me. At least not for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, it’d be good to take that money that would have gone towards fixing the roof or replacing the washing machine and put it into a different kind of investment. That way, I’ll be ready for whatever life throws at me. And if I do decide to buy a house one day, I’ll have a nice nest egg for a down payment.
6. Stay debt-free and always have AT LEAST 2 months’ worth of rent in savings.
Most financial experts would advise you to have more than 2 months’ saved up but I live alone in an expensive area so I have to be realistic. I recently paid off my credit cards at the end of 2017 and want to make sure they stay paid off. Plus, having been laid off from 2 jobs in 3 years, having that extra couple months’ rent in the bank would really help ease my financial anxiety.
7. Continue to post on this blog!
I’ve really enjoyed this hobby over the last few months and have found it to be really therapeutic. When work is hectic or stressful, it’s nice to know that I have this little space online to talk about the things I love. Even better, I get to connect with others who like the same stuff as me! That being said, like all things that are good for us, it takes diligence. I want to make a point of posting at least once a week.
8. Buy a camera and learn photography.
So far, all of the photos on this blog have been taken with my iPhone 6. While I suppose it does the job, I’d love to take better pictures. Ideally, I’d like to take an actual college course in photography. Besides being helpful with the blog, I think it would really satisfy my creative yearnings to learn a new skill like that.
This may not be something I accomplish early on in the year, given my financial goals above and the cost of a good camera and photography classes, but I do hope to achieve this by the end of 2018.
9. Try new recipes and experiment more in the kitchen.
One of the biggest changes I’ve made over the last few years is learning how to cook for myself. That being said, I’m still a beginner in the kitchen and tend to fall into “cooking ruts.” In 2018, I’d like to try 1 new recipe once a month – preferably a healthy one. It’s good to try new things. 🙂
10. Watch less TV and read more!
I used to read a lot when I was in high school and college. But as soon as I started a full-time office job after college, my free-time hobby of reading went down the tubes. I seem to have replaced it with television. It’s almost constantly on and was actually a source of arguments when I lived with my bookworm sister.
For a copywriter, marketer, and blogger such as myself to read so little is, quite frankly, a little embarrassing. In 2018, I’d like to read at least 1 book a month and turn off the TV every night at 10 pm. And that includes watching Netflix on my iPad before bed! It’s bad for my sleep cycles and is probably rotting my brain. This is the area in which I need to make the biggest improvement in my life.
So that’s it, folks. 10 New Year’s Resolutions in all to make me a better me next year. Cheers to the year of the dog! (Cheers using hot apple cider because #dryjanuary).
What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Comment below!