What I Want to Focus On in 2018

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

Original outfit post here.

Like everyone else (or at least, so it seems on the internet!) I think the idea of making “resolutions” for the new year is oftentimes pointless. Habits are to break and hard to make, and even though a new year can feel invigorating, it rarely means you can completely change yourself, or even elements of your self.

But still, I like the idea of starting a new year with a few forward-thinking thoughts and goals in mind. I love reading about other people’s, so I’m chronicling mine below. A fun comparison? Looking at last years goals. I’d say I did decently well. I connected with a few old friends, made fitness a bigger part of my routine and started bringing my lunch to work more often. However, I’ve definitely let the blog slip in the past few months of crazy travel. Ah well, it happens! Without further ado, here are my 2018 thoughts.

Spend less. // Who doesn’t want to spend less in the new year? (Maybe those crazy people who are trying to retire by 30 and only eat ramen.) Saving money is great and I want to do more of it in the new year.

Clear out the clutter. // Another reason to spend less? To have less. When you’re living in a small New York apartment, this is not just a matter of money but sheer space. It’s incredible the amount of stuff you collect simply by existing, but I want to have less of it in 2018. While I don’t think I’m quite ready to go full Marie Kondo, I’ve scheduled a Salvation Army pickup for early February and will continue to sell the clothing and accessories I’m done with on Poshmark.

Work out more. // I started 2017 with this same goal, and managed to incorporate a gym trip into my schedule once a week. I’m at the point now where I feel guilty if I miss my Saturday morning spin class (if I’m town!) which I think is a step in the right direction! Of course, once a week isn’t much, but for someone who has had a really had time making fitness a habit. (I truly hate working out and though I’ve tried many different workouts, I have yet to find anything I truly enjoy in a gym.)

Join a book club. // I read a lot this year, though I didn’t quite hit the 50 book goal I set for myself last year. That may have been a bit ambitious, so in 2018 I’m hoping for 40. But on a bigger note, I want to join a book club! Preferably with people I don’t already know — no offense, pals — as I think this could be a great way to make new friends!

Blog more. // Like I said, the blog definitely took a backseat at the end of 2017. It was for a good reason — three really incredible trips — but it happened. I’m not going to beat myself up over it, but I do want to do better in 2018. Expect more lifestyle content, more NYC-centric posts and plenty of travel recaps from last year’s trips!

Pick up a new country and a new state. // Travel is one of the most important things in the world to me. I’m hoping to add even more than one country to my list (Australia and New Zealand!) as well as a new state (hopefully Vermont!) to my list in 2018.

Be better at saying no. // I definitely have a hard time saying no and can overload myself unintentionally. There’s nothing wrong with challenging and pushing yourself, but sometimes it’s better to be upfront when you can’t take something on.

Apologize less. // On that note, I — like many women — have a problem with over-apologizing. I catch myself doing it when someone bumps into me or when I just don’t need to. Sometimes apologies are necessary, but I want to do it less when it isn’t necessary.

Volunteer. // After the 2016 election, I started donating monthly to two causes that are important to me. I’ve never regretted that decision, but I think it would be great to do something that gives back on a deeper level. I have a few ideas in mind so will hopefully take the plunge soon!

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  • Lauren Oliver

    Loved reading about your goals for the year, as many of them are the same as mine! Fitness and saving money are definitely a top priority, and I totally want to read more… I used to do that all the time, so hoping to pick it back up!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

    • Good luck with your 2018 goals!! Fitness and saving money are always top for me too. xx