For some reason I’ve felt a little anti-resolution this year. I feel like it’s really just a gimmick to buy planners and workout clothes that never end up getting used. That’s the pessimist in me. Given my current perspective, I wanted to try and find a different angle. Instead of making a list of all the individual things I want to accomplish, I want to think in categories.
Here are the categories I’m thinking about (cue the unavoidable list):
I don’t really recall having a ton of conscious thoughts from this time last year. Letting go of my fear is the only thing I really remember thinking about. I think instead of giving myself a million things to accomplish, I decided to try to let go of fear when it came to my career. I didn’t want to care anymore about people not understanding the choices I was making and the path I was pursuing.
ANYWAY, what I’m trying to say is, whether I did it on purpose or not, 2017 was a year of my career. I left my office job and starting freelancing full-time and also put a big focus on my blog. 2017 really was an incredible year of professional growth for me. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself.
So now that it’s 2018, I want to shift things a bit. The category I’m choosing to focus on this year is wellness. In the last few months, I noticed I actually don’t treat myself that well. I don’t wash my skin, I have zero skincare routine, my anxiety is at an all-time high, my weight is all over the place. And the worst part is how aware I am of all of these things and I’m not doing anything about it.
I wrote all of this to say that I really do want to make some changes to my lifestyle this year. I just don’t want the pressure of all this “new year, new me” stuff. So, although I’m hoping that the subconscious me that took over last year, will also do the same in 2018, I don’t want to rely on that.
I want to do my life on purpose this year. Because although 2017 was an AMAZING year, sometimes I feel like it all happened by chance. Who knows though, now that I’m trying to be intentional about what I focus on this year, more than likely another category will sneak in and take over. That’s usually how things work, right?
This post is reading a bit like a ramble. But I hope it makes at least a little bit of sense to someone. Basically, what I’m saying is, good things can happen when you’re working really hard, but aren’t necessarily making plans. So, what will happen if I’m putting in the effort and actually being intentional about achieving the things I say I want? TBD. I’ll report back in one year.
What category are you focusing on in 2018? Do you believe that being intentional can help or put even more pressure on? Let me know in the comments!