Hello from the other side (excuse the unintentional Adele reference)! Happy New Year to you all! I hope you had a wonderful time seeing in the new year, whether you were out celebrating, or snuggled up on the sofa with your family like me.
This is the time of year where everybody all of a sudden decides to start making changes in their life, because “new year, new me”. It feels like a fresh start, a great opportunity to start working towards your dreams and removing bad habits. Although, this time of year is particularly difficult for some. I too find myself feeling quite lost in January! This year, I am hoping that I don’t feel as confused and apprehensive.
Every year, I set resolutions that I agree to stick by. However, two weeks into January, I have forgotten all about them! Instead, I have compiled a list of different goals and aims for 2019 which I am going to share with you today. Calling them goals, rather than resolutions, makes me feel a lot more positive. Rather than being radical changes in my life, they are targets that I am going to gradually work towards over the course of the next 12 months. I know we’re into January now, but if you haven’t thought of anything you would like to achieve this year, it isn’t too late!
Achieve grades that I am happy with in my A-levels
(I want to feel like this on results day)
My A-levels are all I can think about right now. In just over 5 months time, I will be sat in the exam hall sitting those exams I have dreaded ever since the start of year 12. I am predicted to achieve AAA but realistically, I would be happy with ABB (success is relative!). Whichever university I decide to go to, all of them are asking for BBC. Of course, I am not limiting myself to that. I am going to put in so much hard work (and I mean that) to achieve the best grades I’m capable of; after all, I want to be proud of myself!
Start learning to drive
In my 2018 goals post, I said that I wanted to start learning to drive. However, when I turned 17, I was still pretty much terrified of the idea of being on the roads. Even now, I’m still pretty scared! In my heart, I know I want to drive; with my future job, I couldn’t guarantee getting to work on public transport everyday. As I want to dedicate my time to my A-levels, I am going to learn to drive as soon as they’re over. If I haven’t mentioned driving lessons by the 14th June, then remind me haha! My plan is to have regular driving lessons and take my theory test by the end of the year. It would be very ambitious of me to say that I want to pass by the end of 2019, but I do think that bucking up the courage to get behind the wheel is enough for me to be proud of.
Work on my confidence and get on with myself!
It’s so easy to get caught up in life and forget who you are and what you need. I want to make a conscious effort this year to work on my confidence and self-love. Self-love doesn’t mean being vain and literally falling in love with yourself! I just want to feel happy with who I am, and understand that I don’t ever have to change myself to feel valued. I’ve always struggled with my confidence, and it’s definitely held me back from so many opportunities. One thing I definitely need to let go of to be able to be happier in my own skin is to stop valuing others’ opinions so much. I often interpret people’s speech and actions in the wrong way, or I look into it too deeply. Anyway, going off on a tangent! Long story short, I want to feel more confident in who I am!
Get a job
Again, after my A-levels, (I feel like there is a running theme!) I would love to get a job to earn some money for when I go to university. Technically this would be my first proper job because I don’t know whether I count being paid to be a sort of “head girl” counts! I would love to work in retail (pretty sure I am going to regret saying that) but not a clothes shop, unless I can get away with not having to hang clothes up. Putting clothes on hangers is the absolute bane of my existence – I hate it!
Learn to manage my money
This year has been the first where I have had my own debit card and I’ve had money to spend on it. Originally I had planned to transfer half of each month’s money to my savings. HOWEVER… once the money started coming in, that was a whole other story! I’d tricked myself into thinking that shopping will make me happy. I’ve realised that a new top, a new lipstick, or a new pair of shoes really doesn’t improve my happiness in the long term, it provides me with temporary happiness. My mom is always saying to me that I am wasting my money on ‘silly things’, so I am going to try and be more careful this year. I’m thinking that the best way to manage my money is to start tracking my finances, but if you have any tips then please help me out!
Read for fun
Every year, I say that I’m going to read more and I never actually get round to doing it. When I was younger, I adored reading. I could sit for hours and get lost in a book. Finding the time to read alongside heaps of revision and other important life events is very difficult. However, when I have finished my A-Levels (and I no longer have to read books to analyse them) I really want to start reading again.
Enjoy living in the moment
This morning I was reading a book, and it was expressing the importance of living in the moment. I’m definitely guilty of thinking ahead! Something I always forget to do is check in on myself and what I’m thinking about. Right now, I’m thinking about the whole of 2019 and what it may bring. Of course, it’s great to think about the future, but what about the present day? I think the reason why I am constantly thinking ahead is because I’m worried about what the future may bring. To ensure that I begin to enjoy the present, I need to learn to trust myself and my ability to deal with challenges.
Produce more content on my blog
I have had this blog for two years now, and I’m so proud of myself for not giving up! I really enjoy putting up posts on here, and this year, I want to up my game a bit. An area I definitely need to work on is my organisation – currently, I’m trying to come up with some sort of schedule for my blog. Although I have my A-levels this year, I want to post whenever possible!
Finally, I want to change my outlook on life. I know, sounds very dramatic! 2016 was the worst year for me and my only way to turn it around was to fully immerse myself into positive thinking and mindfulness. However, with life being so busy this past year, I’d started to let go of my positive mindset. This year, I’m going to work on my positive thinking again! I think I’m going to do this by writing more frequently in my diary. Also, I hope to do some blogposts on positivity this year, so stay tuned!
So, that concludes my post! 2019 is going to be my year, I can feel it in my gut. I am determined to try and accomplish as many as possible and whenever I do, I’m sure I will document it. Wishing you all the very best for this year! January can be very difficult for some, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed when surrounded by people who are trying to accomplish goals. Remember that everybody has their own individual goals – just because somebody has set out to achieve something this year, you don’t have to force yourself to set yourself lots and lots of goals too! If you need to take it easy, that is totally okay.
What do you want to achieve this year?
My last post: Looking Back at 2018