2019 Resolutions

2019 Resolutions

Hello! I hope you’ve had a brilliant Christmas and New Year. Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2019 and definitely a dry January! I don’t think I can stomach prosecco again for a long while…

I haven’t blogged for a while, but December was very busy and I probably didn’t use my spare time very productively. But hey, I’m not perfect. So I thought it would be a good idea to start of blogging in 2019 with the typical , but all important post about my New Year’s resolutions. I don’t know if any one is interested in these, but I’d like to post it to hold myself accountable and remind me along the way what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m definitely not saying I’ll stick to all of these / do all of these, but it’s certainly a good place to start! A lot of these will be pretty cliché, but still important. Recently, on instagram in particular, I’ve seen a lot of posts bashing the idea of making resolutions, saying that they set unrealistic expectations or are too pressurising. I reckon this can be valid to an extent, but come on!

Sometimes, we NEED some pressure and maybe some slightly out of reach goals to give us that extra push towards what we want. I love the new year and I love the idea of trying to change up my life. Without the whole concept of the new year, in the midst of winter, I’d find it pretty hard to motivate myself for anything really.

So here are some of my 2019 resolutions…

  1. Stop biting my nails. Or at least try. I HATE looking at my chewed nails and it’s not particular smart for when I get a serious job. I’m always seriously envious of those girls with beautiful, strong nails and just looking at my ruined nails makes me feel anxious and dirty.
  2. Spend less time on my phone. I think this is probably one of everyone’s resolutions as it’s becoming so prevalent. I definitely spent less time on it in 2018 than in the years before but I still have wasted a silly amount of time aimlessly scrolling on instagram, stalking people I’ve never met. The amount of films and tv programmes I’ve lost track during due to furious whatsapping is a joke. I’m hoping my 4 month travel trip will take me away from my phone completely.
  3. Work harder for success. This is a pretty big one, and I’m not even completely sure what I mean by it. What I do know is that since graduation, I’ve been a little bit lost in regards to the path I want to take in life and in the past few weeks, I think I’m beginning to have an idea of what I want my future to look like. Of course, I’m not an advocate for having everything minutely planned out and I’m incredibly open to change, but I want to have some sort of direction. However, the thing is, I’m a great one for thinking ‘ooh I like the sound of that job/career/opportunity etc’ but then doing very little about it. I need to take the initiative and quite literally, grab something by both hands and go with it. Again, I’m hoping my travels will take me out of my comfort zone and give me a new confidence to approach my future with a fresh mentality. I’m excited about 2019.
  4. Buy less clothes. This is slightly paradoxical since a huge part of my blog and my life is fashion. Nonetheless, with an increasing awareness of sustainability and the contribution of the fashion industry to global warming, I’ve begun to feel a tad guilty about buying random tops and one off outfits for occasions. Especially ridiculously cheap clothes in sales and through discounts online. I’ve even been one of those people to buy something, wear it and then return it – something I’m now truly against. Instead, I’m going to try and save my money to spend on fewer items of clothes, but more expensive, quality ones. Especially clothes that I know I won’t regret. I’m also going to declutter all of my clothes, shoes and accessories as I have an excessive amount…
  5. Read more books. Again, another cliché one, but still important. I read plenty of ‘content’ on the internet, whether it be blog posts, news websites, subscription magazines. At university I got really sick of reading books, since I read SO many for essays and research, so reading something other than an ancient history book didn’t appeal to me. I got quite a few books for Christmas and I’m really excited to start reading again. For me, as I’m sure is the same for many, reading is a really special time to relax and completely switch off. It also makes me think about new ideas, concepts and conversations and actually engage my brain with something other than social media.
  6. Do something charitable/meaningful. Oh yes you say, white girl privilege strikes again. Well you’re probably not wrong, but I’ve thought so much about some things this Christmas. I felt super guilty this year about the presents I received (don’t get me wrong, I am incredibly grateful and I love everything I was given) and sort of irritated with the intense materiality of Christmas. I get that it is a huge part of Christmas and it makes some people very happy and I completely respect that, but something isn’t sitting right with me. I have so much ‘stuff’ and I’m very, very lucky to own everything that I do, but it all seems a tiny bit unnecessary. I just really, really want to do something to help someone else out who may be a little less fortunate and make a difference to their life. I’d love to get involved in a project or mentoring scheme rather than just a donation, which I’m always doing but you don’t necessarily see the results.
  7. Exercise. This is always on everyone’s lists, but for good reason. I’m going travelling in two months time and I’m definitely going to be making unhealthy choices whilst I’m there. Proper exercise is certainly not going to happen. So at least for the two months before, I want to eat healthily, but since I already do this most of the time, I want to focus on exercise. I really slacked in 2018 with exercise, especially after I graduated. I’m a terrible one for procrastinating exercise or thinking of all the reasons why I can’t or don’t have time. For the next two months, I need to get my butt in gear and go for it. I don’t have access to a gym, plus I want to save money, so I’m just going to focus on runs and home based workouts. Being fit and strong is my goal, not to lose weight. Fingers crossed.
  8. Eat less meat and dairy. I wasn’t about to put ‘become vegetarian/vegan’, because I know this really isn’t realistic for me. Before Christmas, I was doing quite well with the whole vegetarian thing, but as soon as pigs in blankets rolled around, I fell off the wagon. But that’s ok, because in January I’m going to aim to eat almost completely vegetarian food during the week and then allow myself to have meat (if I want) at the weekends. I love eating meat, so I currently can’t fully restrict myself, but I’ll do my best. Dairy is not so much of a problem for me since it’s not a huge part of my diet anyway, but I’m still looking to cut down on this as well.

That’s my list, and there’s almost definitely other resolutions in the back of my mind, but these are the most important ones for me. Here’s hoping I stick to them…

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4 Comments

  1. January 2, 2019 / 12:02 pm

    Great list and I wish you luck! Spending less time on the phone is a resolution I think everyone could use. Have a great, blessed year!

    • gradgirldiary
      Author
      January 2, 2019 / 1:42 pm

      thanks so much for the comment! totally agree. Best wishes for 2019!

  2. January 3, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    Wonderful list of goals and plans. Hope that in 2019 all your resolutions will be fulfilled.
    Loren | plaidandsugar.blogspot.ca

    • gradgirldiary
      Author
      January 3, 2019 / 10:47 pm

      Thank you Loren! Happy New Year.

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