2018: 8 Goals and Some Thoughts
Hello everyone and happy New Year! 2017 seriously flew by and I can't believe we are in January again already. The start of a new year is always a prime time for people to reflect over the past year, good and bad, and put some thought in to what they want to achieve going forward. I think that goal setting is a great strategy as it forces you to actually sit and think about the future and plan some steps towards your dream. However setting yourself New Year's resolutions is often just a method of punishing yourself for things you perceived as issues in the year before, or berating yourself for indulgence over Christmas. Starting off a new year with strict rules that stem from a negative mindset is no way to go about succeeding and reaching your goals! It is totally okay to want to improve on things from the year prior, and we all should always be focusing on growing and learning. However sending yourself on a detox, cutting out carbs or following some fad diet is not the way to look after yourself! If you read my 12 Days of Nutrition Post, you will know that these fad diets and trends don't work. So be kind to yourself and set some positive, achievable goals that don't feel like a punishment! With that in mind, here are a few of my goals for 2018.
1. Work on my food guilt.
As someone who has struggled off and on with disordered eating in the past, I suffer from feelings of guilt after eating on a regular basis. This was also a goal for 2017 and I have come a long way with it, but I still have a ways to go. I used to feel guilty about getting hungry and needing to eat again and after eating I would always regret what I ate. Meals out were followed by anger and punishing myself for the rest of that day and the day after and I would rarely choose what I really wanted on the menu, just what I thought I should eat. This is such a flawed thought process, while I am thinking these things I know how ridiculous they are yet I still act that way. So this year I really want to work on this and kick those feelings for good because they are DUMB!
2. Set up a schedule and blog regularly.
Starting my blog last year was one of the best decisions I have ever made, after debating it for years I am so happy I finally did it and I want to stick with it. Even if not many of you actually read it, it is a great way for me to continue learning and to document my thoughts. In 2018 I want to set a schedule for blog posts and really work on growing my blog.
3. Continue pilates.
I got back in to pilates at the end of last year after not practicing for a good 3 years and I had totally forgotten how much I love it. For me, yoga is a bit too dull but I still love a good stretch so pilates is the perfect combination of stretching and strength training and it makes me feel amazing. So this year I want to stick to going to classes regularly and improve my technique.
4. Complete my masters and start a career.
In September this year I will finish my masters and become an Associate Nutritionist. I honestly can't wait to get out working in this field but I need to power through the rest of my Master's first! I have one term of teaching and another to do my research project left. I have learned so much in the first term and I can't wait to see what the rest of the course has in store. After that I hope to start my career and really grow my brand. Eventually I want to have a private practice to see individual clients and consult for businesses but I have a lot of steps to complete first!
5. Recipe testing.
As well as coming up with my own recipes to share here on the blog I also want to start making an effort to try other bloggers recipes. I always save amazing recipes from people I follow but never get round to making them so this year my goal is to make one new recipe a month from another blogger. It is so important to share the love and encourage each other in this nutrition/blogging space so I am going to try to engage more with my favourite people.
6. Save some money.
Having been a student for almost 5 years, my savings have definitely dwindled and as I have a lot of adulting coming up once I graduate I want to start preparing for that and putting some more money away!
7. Live more in the moment.
I know this sounds like the cheesiest goal ever, but I am so guilty of always planning and looking to the next thing and not savouring little day to day moments. I am the classic Type A personality who has every aspect of her life planned out and gets stressed by little deviations. So as cliche as it sounds, I do want to try and savour things more and be present in the moment!
8. Read a book each month.
I was an avid reader as a child/teenager and used to tear through books in a couple of days, I loved reading and would spend hours a day engrossed in a book. University quickly hindered that as the sheer volume of work I had to do and papers I had to read meant that I rarely wanted to read for pleasure in the evenings and only really would on holiday. I received some lovely books for Christmas and I miss reading so my goal is to get through one a month!
There you have it, these are my goals for this year and I really encourage you to sit down, reflect on last year and set yourself some positive goals that will actually enrich your life! I am trying out bullet journaling this year so I am hoping to keep track of some of these things in there and document it to look back on so let me know if you would like to see content about that. I hope you have a great start to the year and be kind to yourself!