mental health, Opining

A (flexible) to do list for 2018.

“I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me. ” 
Anaïs Nin

I always used to make new years resolutions, and they would always be the same.

  • Lose weight
  • Exercise more
  • Drink more water
  • Lose some more weight
  • Stop being fat
  • Start saving for a boob job
  • Honestly love, just stop eating

There’s something truly bleak about using the fresh start a new year brings to focus on the things you don’t like and want to change about yourself. Seriously, look at the definition of a resolution:

1. a firm decision to do or not to do something.
2. the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.

Starting your year believing you’re a problem, a dispute, a contentious matter that needs to be solved is probably not the key to a positive year. I understand and appreciate the desire to improve yourself, but in the context of a new years resolution it always feels so negative; like a punishment for indulging over Christmas.
So I gave up new years resolutions. Instead, I like to list a few fun things I want to do in upcoming year. Call me crazy, but I like to be excited about the upcoming year rather than seeing it as a battleground in which I must address my (ever present) flaws.
If I don’t tick off the things I want to do, then no drama, I’ll get to it another time. So, no feeling of failure come December (just the opportunity to make another fun list of things I want to do!)

So, here’s a few of things I want to do in 2018.

  • Travel to a country I’ve never visited
  • Go for afternoon tea somewhere fancy (I had a voucher for this in 2017, but completely forgot to use it before it’s expiry date. Oops)
  • Go to an outside cinema event
  • Try a new cuisine (I’m thinking Sri Lankan or Filipino. Any other good recommendations?)
  • Read at least 75 books (and try to make some of them classics)
  • Try to get a job in travel 
  • Start learning Spanish
  • Drink more cocktails (2016 had a lot of cocktails. 2017 performed poorly in comparison.)
  • See something in theatre
  • Cook a new recipe
  • Take at least one photo that you absolutely love
  • Explore somewhere new in the UK
  • Keep writing (but only if you keep enjoying it)
  • Tick something off your travel bucket list 
  • Find a theme for this blog that you actually like
  • Learn something new 
  • Get a great massage

What do you want to get done in 2018?


9 thoughts on “A (flexible) to do list for 2018.”

  1. I love this post. I’ll reread it later too 😃 That list of yours for what you want to do in 2018, and your thoughts on making everything positive is so amazing. I’ve got a Malaysian recipe you should try + I want to join your for afternoon tea please 💐


  2. I would love to do an outdoor cinema event, they look awesome. Winter preferably, I know it would be cold but on a chilly evening, wrapped up with warm drinks, it would be really nice I should imagine.


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