Happy New Years, everyone!
It’s officially 2018 and I could not be happier to see 2017 end. That sounds so extremely pessimistic of me but honestly, 2017 just wasn’t a good year for a lot of us.
Don’t get me wrong, 2017 had it’s good moments but personally, I felt like I spent the entire year just going through the motions. I lost my blogging mojo, was completely overwhelmed by university and let my anxiety get the better of me. I don’t feel as though I made any progress with anything.
A new year means a new chance for progress, though. That’s why I’m so excited for 2018 – I have some big plans to overhaul my entire life and I’m so glad to finally be moving forward with them.
RECLAIM MY BLOG
I didn’t blog much in 2017 despite launching B&B on the first of January. There’s two main reasons for this:
- I felt cornered into my old niche.
- My work/life balance was a mess.
I relaunched my blog because I didn’t like that I felt forced to write about studying due to my old blog name, Study Break Down. I wanted to write about being a student, books, lifestyle and beauty, so I rebranded to Bookish & Bright in the hopes that would help me broaden my audience. When I relaunched however, all of my stats plummeted, blog, social media, everything. It all dropped so incredibly fast and it was so disheartening to watch. Instead of pushing through with my plan, I went back to what I thought would work and I lost motivation because I wasn’t interested in writing about studying anymore.
It also didn’t help that University overtook my life and I really struggled to find time to do anything other than eat, sleep or study. Let’s just say, I am so glad to see last semester end.
In 2018, I’m graduating. The work/life balance thing might be tricky for a little while but I’m determined to blog regularly this year. I’m also done with caring about what gets me page views and followers, my blog is for me, so I’m going to write about the things that interest me. Hopefully, this will mean more consistency and a wider range of topics talked about here at Bookish & Bright!
Look, I know everyone makes a New Years Resolution to lose weight or exercise more. I’m serious this year, I’m getting in control of my health. I’m almost 25 years old and while I’m lucky to not have ever had any major health issues, I do know that my super sedentary lifestyle is a risk for so many major health issues. While I can’t change the fact that I spend a lot of time sat at a desk, I can change my diet and how often I exercise. I’m not aiming to lose a particular amount of weight, although that would be an added bonus, I’m just planning on making healthier food choices and actually exercising at least three times a week. Let’s hope I can stick to it!
WORK ON MY ANXIETY
I feel like this is another one of those goals I make every single year but I’m very slowly getting there. I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder. It sucks but it’s one of those things I’m coming to terms with and I’m learning how to deal with. Last year I didn’t do too much for my anxiety, I didn’t step outside of my comfort zone too often and I definitely didn’t try to push myself.
This year I think I really need to reassess; if I’m not able to work on my anxiety myself, it may be time to go back to therapy. I have no shame in admitting that, I know that anxiety isn’t a problem I can solve on my own. I do, however, want to give things a go on my own first. I’m hoping to do little things each week to just push myself because I know I can do them and I know anxiety is something I can overcome.
I’m not a massive wild impulse spender. I’m also not the most frugal person ever. 2018 is the year I get my life together and save some money! In 2017, I had a series of expensive unexpected incidents occur and man, it is stressful wondering how far your little amount of income will take you. In 2018, I don’t want to have that stress if an unexpected expense occurs. I’d also like to start thinking of the future and save for a few things that are inevitable – like when my 1998 Volkswagen Golf, also known as the red beast, can no longer push through and I have to replace her.
It’d also be nice to know where my money actually goes (my guesses are food, coffee and Netflix but I can’t be sure), so I’m making a conscious effort to budget and save in 2018!
Those are my four main focuses of 2018! Let me know in the comments below what your goals and aims of 2018 are, or link me to your 2018 goals posts! I’d love to read them!