2017 was an incredible year for me. I finished the second year of my media and communications degree with four high distinctions, I started a new job and I completed an internship at a PR agency I adore.
At the same time, I turned 21, launched a blog and purchased my first investment property.
I threw myself completely out of my comfort zone and while I couldn’t be prouder of the outcome, I can’t shake the nagging feeling that I let myself go.
I was like an overworked mum who put herself last, except I had no kids and my stress was self-inflicted.
This year I’m going to take some time out of the rat race to focus on my physical and mental wellbeing because at the end of the day there is nothing more important than your body and mind.
HOW WILL I MAKE IT HAPPEN?
In 2018, I’m going to make sure my New Year resolutions eventuate by setting smart goals and objectives.
If you work in public relations you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Instead of being ambiguous, these resolutions will be:
- Realistic and
- Time bound
With them I won’t have to ask myself if I ate healthier or worked harder than the year before because I will have something distinct to measure it against. I will know if I passed or failed based on the marker I set to help me achieve the goal.
Here’s what I’ve got so far:
To Take More Pride In My Appearance
I currently work at a tech start up with a bunch of scruffy developers and my fashion choices are as adventurous as Homer Simpsons’.
I rock up to work in jeans and a tee and chuck my hair in a topknot – it’s bloody disgusting!
This year I’m going to put some effort in.
- To wear foundation and mascara on every working day of 2018 (or to invest in some goddamn eye-lash extensions).
- To spend a minimum of $500 on new work clothes before July 2018, maybe then I’ll feel like dressing up.
- To never repeat the same outfit more than once in a week until December 2018.
To Get Fit And Healthy
Having been through every eating disorder under the sun, this is the hardest part of my life to get under control.
Before starting at ActivePipe, I was a waitress and spent 30 hours a week on my feet. Sitting in an office chair for eight hours a day means my physical activity has plummeted and I am now lucky to clock 4,000 steps a day.
- To get a minimum of 7,000 steps on every weekday of 2018 even if that means getting up at 5am to take the dog for a walk.
- To meal prep atleast three lunches a week until New Years Day 2019.
- To not let a single piece of chocolate touch my lips until January 2019. As a self-confessed Nutella junkie, this is going to be a challenge.
To Give This Blogging Thing An Actual Shot
I’m the sort of person who starts things with the enthusiasm of a bitch on heat and falls flat when the time comes to commit.
I’ve purchased filming equipment and sold it, bought into fitness programs and pulled out and applied for job positions then withdrawn.
I don’t want this blog to be another thing I abandon (especially after how much work I put into setting it up).
- To share a minimum of three blog posts on my personal Facebook page before the end of the year. That’s asking a lot because I’m insanely insecure about people I know reading my work and putting it on my social media channels makes me feel like a self-promoting fuckwit.
- To write and publish one blog post every week on a Wednesday. That’s 52 blog posts a year, starting with this one.
- To buy a mirrorless camera before I get back to uni in March and take a photography course to learn how to use it’s manual settings before the end of the year.
What do you think? Have I over committed?
I’m so excited to see you kick goals in 2018!
Keep killing it,