Can you believe it is already closer to 2019 than it is to the start of 2018? My brain has been busy planning for 26 to be the best year of my life. I found a draft post from 2017 about my resolutions for the year and thought it would be interesting to see how they relate to what I am hoping to accomplish this year and how I’ve done since writing them.
2017 vs. now
2017: Have the healthiest year yet – mentally and physically.
Today: This is still my biggest goal. 2017 was one of the most YOLO years I have experienced so far even though I did make some progress like committing to a weekly yoga practice. There were a ton of ups and downs. The ups were really amazing but the downs were also pretty tough to handle at times. At this point in 2018, I feel pretty solid about where I am, what I am hoping to achieve and I feel ready to really commit to making this year my best one yet in terms of my health.
2017: Improve my French by daily practice.
Today: I really did put some effort into practicing my French last year. I spent a good 6 months logging into Duolingo and practicing. Now that I have been reminded of this goal, I’d like to recommit to this progress. When I last practiced, I was at 59% fluent according to the app so let’s aim for at least 80% by Christmas? Side note – if you are looking for a free and fun way to learn a new language I would 10/10 recommend Duolingo.
2017: Spend less by using the things I already have.
Today: My savings are still something I would like to improve on but when it comes to spending, I’ve made great strides. In terms of makeup and clothing, I’ve seen huge improvements with using what I already own. I’ve really been able to narrow down my spending to things I absolutely need and have even cut out unnecessary but fun expenses (like FabFitFun). I also started saving towards my retirement – which makes me feel very adult.
2017: Become a little more sustainable.
Today: Sustainability is the biggest and most unintentional improvement I have made over the last six months. I used to drink about seven plastic water bottles a day in high school and have fully transitioned over to reusable bottle (shout out to my Swells). My boyfriend is to thank for many of the other sustainable habits I have picked up which include turning off the water while brushing my teeth, using reusable bags at the grocery store and decreasing the use of Ziploc/plastic wrap. Next up, I would like to focus on a few more meatless meals. With so many options available, I think it would be good to switch up a couple meals a week for the betterment of the environment and for some excitement in the kitchen.
2017: Make a full year of commitment to my blog.
Today: The last year has been such a whirlwind that this goal definitely fell off the radar. I still love creating content and decided last year that the best way for me to do that was to participate on other blogs (check www.healthyishott.com for some of my work). I feel refreshed after my break from the blog and I’m ready to commit to a less rigid approach.
2017: See new places.
Today: Last year I visited Ireland. This year, I am hoping to get away in the winter but I am also exploring some parts of Canada. I live in a beautiful country and I have spent some time this summer checking out places that are right in my own backyard which makes me appreciate what we have!
It’s amazing what you can achieve without even intending to make changes. Imagine how great I could do if I put in even a little more effort?
In the next year, I’d like to continue on all of these intentions. I am ready to set some SMART goals after reviewing what is important to me. See below for some time-constrained goals that I am planning to work towards.
- Dedicate time each day to a workout and/or self-care.
- Reach 80% fluency by December on Duolingo by practicing my French at least three times a week.
- Focus on finishing debt repayment over the next year and saving money for my own place.
- Replace one lunch or dinner a week with a meatless meal.
- Use reusable bags every time I visit the grocery store.
- Post to the blog three times a month and don’t get stressed out about having a schedule.
- Plan a trip within the next year and in the meantime keep exploring places around me.
What are you plans for the rest of this year? Leave me a comment below!