Moving Forward: My New Year’s Resolutions

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With 2017 fading rapidly into the past, it’s time to look towards 2018. A new year, a fresh start. We all know how it goes. We eagerly write up our New Year’s resolutions, feel highly motivated, stick with our goals for a month or so, and then promptly abandon everything. There’s always next year, we tell ourselves. That’s pretty much how all of my past resolutions have gone. I’m utter shit at keeping up with them. This year, I want to change that.

While some scoff at resolutions, I am a huge fan. It’s helpful to set clear goals for yourself and to envision where you want your life to be in one month, six months, or a years time. I was moderately successful at my 2017 resolutions, but I’m hoping to get a hell of a lot more accomplished in 2018. Without further ado, here are some goals I want to achieve next year…

TRAVEL

These past two years were defined by my myriad of travels. Countless U.S. road trips, two months in Europe, attending music festivals, long weekend city breaks, etc… If anything, in 2018 I should travel less and focus more on building my career. That being said, this year I still want to take at least one big trip abroad. I’m debating between Iceland or Japan, two countries I’m dying to explore.

Though I moved to Boston six months ago, I really haven’t seen much of the East Coast beyond road trips to Quebec and Stowe. I think a long weekend in New York is my next adventure. I’m also interested in seeing Cape Cod and driving up the coast to Maine. Acadia National Park looks stunning!

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BLOGGING

A big achievement in 2017 was starting this blog. I’d been contemplating creating one for years but had always been too afraid of putting myself out there. Even though I’m only just starting this blogging journey, I’m already planning my next big moves. In 2018, I want to focus on expanding and developing this website.

While uploading consistent and engaging content is important, I’m more interested in utilizing my social media platforms to reach a wider audience. Blogs are a dying medium. Though I still see their value, it’s clear that to be a successful “influencer” in this day and age you need to heavily invest in other platforms, especially Instagram. Already I’ve begun to update my Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest on a daily basis. (Please follow my accounts if you haven’t already!) But I’m still learning the ropes and really haven’t been great at attracting new followers. Time to up my game! YouTube is also on my radar. I’m an avid YouTuber watcher and think it’s one of the best social platforms for reaching larger audiences.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Investing in a proper camera has been on my to-do list for ages. Thanks to my obsession with Instagram, I’ve realized how much I enjoy capturing moments in my day to day life. While my iPhone is great, it’s time for a much-needed upgrade. I hate that I don’t have good quality photos of my various trips! I’m also keen on learning more about photo editing. For my own pleasure, I’m thinking about taking a Polaroid a day since I have an Instax Mini 8, but the film is so expensive! The other reason for investing right now is this blog. At the moment, I’m using my iPhone for the blog photos, which has worked out OK. If you’ve noticed, I’m getting better at this flat lay business! But I still need a proper camera to get better quality pictures.

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JOURNALING

In my last post, I mentioned my newfound journaling hobby. In 2018, I’m definitely keen on continuing my daily personal and art journal entries.

I started my personal journal way back in January. Though I intended it to be a daily journal, I quickly realized that I didn’t have enough to write about. Now I tend to write entries every few days, sometimes less, sometimes more depending on my mood or how much is happening. I’ve surprised myself by how often I write. My past journaling ventures tended to end abruptly once their novelty wore off.

My newest experiment, my art journal, started in November after stumbling upon mesmerizing art journaling videos on YouTube. I had never heard of the concept beforehand but was itching to start one after watching a few. I love seeing how creative people are! Since childhood, I’ve had a penchant for painting and doodling. Sadly, I haven’t picked up a pencil or paintbrush since high school. I thought this would be a perfect way to indulge my creative side! Right now I’m focusing on improving my watercoloring and typography skills.

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There are a few more resolutions on my list, but I’m not quite ready to share them on the blog. Too personal. Too embarrassing.

What are some of your New Year’s resolutions? Or are you someone who finds them pointless? Write me a comment below!

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