Happy New Year, everyone!
Long-time followers, you know the drill and should definitely feel free to flit your eyes past this paragraph to the next one. If you’re new here, though, I’ll give a little introduction to this post: Each January first, I make three New Year’s resolutions. Three, because it seems an infinitely manageable amount. Just enough goals to keep me motivated and working hard, but not so many that I overload myself with things to do. Posting them here means you guys can hold me accountable. Anyway, let’s dive right in!
1. Read more books
Would it be melodramatic to say that, ever since I stopped reading so much, I don’t feel quite like myself anymore? I used to read so much that, if just two or three days went by without picking up a book, I felt out of sorts. Some of this is doubtless due to depression, but I think some of it is simply a failure to prioritize. Yes, I lead a busy life as a college student, and yes, I’ve found that reading takes a focus entirely different from the one I need to write or practice an instrument or pay attention in class. But I want to do better.
To that end, I’ve made a shelf on Goodreads titled “2018 longlist.” I don’t know if I’ll get around to every last book I’ve added there, but I think it’ll successfully keep me from getting distracted by SHINY NEW BOOKS instead of plugging away at my TBR. (There is also a “2018 shortlist,” to help me remember which books to request from the library or borrow from friends/family so I can read them next.)
Some other habits I plan to start or resume this year:
- Keeping a book in my backpack and purse at all times
- Reading during mealtimes
- Reading immediately after waking up and right before I go to bed
- Reading during any commutes where I’m not the one driving (I mean, duh!)
And as always, I signed up for the Goodreads reading challenge. Set my goal for 100 books again, since I have consistently been able to achieve that in recent years despite everything else going on in my life lmao…
2. Start journaling
I have so fuckign many notebooks! And what do I do?! I. DON’T. USE. THEM. So I want to change that! I’ve been collecting ideas these past few weeks, from art journals and dream diaries to mental health/self care journals and commonplace books. And many more!
I think I’m pretty good at letting myself enjoy the small pleasures in life, rather than saving them “for a special day” that never comes… with the exception of my notebooks. I’ll wear a nice dress on a day when all I’m doing is going to class and meetings or make myself my absolute favorite cup of fancy-ass tea just because I damn well feel like it, but I get really anxious about writing in my notebooks because they’re just so prettyyyyyy and what if I mess them up somehow?!
And then I ask myself, what’s the point in having all those notebooks if I don’t use them?
3. Go outdoors more often
Not exactly sure what put this idea in my head… I just feel I could use more outside time! This coming year, I want to make more of an effort to study/read/write outdoors, go for walks, explore nearby parks, et cetera.
Nature is so calming and always jumpstarts my imagination, which does wonders for my writing! Plus, I haven’t done much photography at all lately and outdoors, there’s no possible shortage of subjects that catch my eye.
How do you feel about New Year’s resolutions: yea or nay? What are your goals for 2018?
P.S. As has been my tradition since 2014, the title of this post is taken from the lyrics of U2’s “New Year’s Day.” I’m happy about how hopeful this year’s choice has made me…