Goals. They can be so easy to make for myself, but some of the hardest things for me to follow through on. So my 2018 goals I really wanted to spend time planning them out and choosing reasonable goals that I can strive for.
1. PURSUE MY PASSIONS.
My two passions for the longest time have been fashion & writing. I have been working on and off for awhile on my blog, but never poured that much of myself into it. I wanted it, but not enough to get out of my comfort zone and really make it happen. I let the fear of what others would think of me or about my posts keep me back. Every time someone said something negative about my content or how often I post, I let their words push me down.
Starting this year I am pushing through that fear and insecurity. I am pursuing that passion and doing something I love no matter if I’m the only one enjoying it. It’s hard, but I need to remember that I do not live to please others. I live to follow God’s will in my life and to be true to myself and who He made me to be.
2. CHOOSE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.
Food is definitely another passion of mine. Not only do I LOVE it’s taste, but I love the fellowship that so often comes with food. I grew up having big family dinners & in a home where my parents always had people over for dinner parties and get togethers. I always had the best of memories around food. So what do I do when I want to have a good time now? I want to go for brunch or for dessert & coffee. My social life has centered around food.
I’m not saying that this year I will not partake in social eating, but I will make wiser & healthier decisions on what and how much I will be eating while I'm socializing. Our health is so important and it’s something I have never paid attention to. Society has put pressure on women to always look our best by being thin, having our hair always done, & makeup on. We must always be put together! Because of that I obsessed over my weight. I watched what I ate solely because of the pressures to look good. I have never strived to be healthy physically or mentally. But all that is about to change.
3. STAY ORGANIZED.
I always start out with the best of intentions but somewhere along the way I start slacking and even my best laid out plans fall through. From blog content to meal plans I just can’t keep it together and sometimes I feel like I am drowning. (I guess that means I’m human, right?)
The key to success is being organized. Even in the littlest of details. Organization helps in keeping control. Write it out. Take notes. Have someone help hold yourself accountable. And when it gets hard I just gotta tell myself to just keep swimming.... just keep swimming.
4. HELP OTHERS.
I just get so busy with everything that I have to do. From being a full time student, a part time barista & a part time hairstylist. It all makes for a very challenging and full schedule. One that usually centers around myself. Growing up I was told 2 things about this chapter of my life.
> Your college years are when you are supposed to be thinking about yourself - job, career, future.
> College kids are selfish.
That being said it's hard finding that balance. A balance between focusing on what your life and not being considered selfish. The key is helping others. And that is one of my goals this years. To not always focus on myself, but the world around me.
5. WORK ON A FINANCIAL PLAN.
I’ve always be pretty good with money. I spend within my means, paid off my first student loans, and I pay bills on time. But since becoming a student, I find it so difficult to SAVE. Every time I turn around I’m having to spend more money. Whether it’s in school supplies, car bills, or just living expenses. It just keeps going out. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feel that way. But I am wanting that to change this year. Instead of stressing about money my goal is to be in control of it.
2018 is about being the best version of myself I can be.
No pressure, right?