This year me and my boyfriend Sean have decided to commit to writing blogs, and to motivate us we've agreed on a 'friendly' competition to see who can achieve the most hits by the end of the year. If Sean wins, we have to have two TV's in our living room and if I win, we're getting a dog. Totally realistic wagers.
I find the tradition of making New Year's resolutions inspiring, if not a little restrictive. Resolutions often end up unfulfilled and I'm pretty sure I've never stuck to one in my life, it just feels too unattainable to start something from scratch on the 1st of January and not falter from it for 365 days. That being said, identifying some loose goals is a nice way to start the year so, in addition to our blogging goal I thought I'd share some of the other things I want to achieve in 2018.
This year I want to give stop using plastic drinking straws, and cut down my plastic consumption in other ways too. I'm ashamed to say I have a habit for using plastic straws with everything I drink (...including hot coffee), but I've made a start on this buying myself a set of re-usable straws. I've also created an account on goodreads to inspire myself to write more book recommendations, and to inspire me to reach the goal I set myself every New Year, of reading more books than I did the year before. When I pick out new books I almost always take reviews into account and yet I never contribute any of my own. I'm not a natural reviewer, but I'd like to take a few minutes to jot down some thoughts on books I enjoy.
As a more long-term goal, I want to apply myself to learning Japanese. Sean and I are planning to visit Japan for his 30th (in 2020) and in the process of researching our trip I've become obsessed with all things Japanese. I spend most of my evenings watching 'J-vloggers' (let's be honest, Pokémon centre tours) and taking notes on places that our awkward gluten-free/vegetarian asses might actually be able to eat. I started learning some phrases and Hiragana towards the end of 2017, but it would be amazing to have some conversational skills by the time we go, so it's time to step it up.
Lastly, in 2017 we bought our first house which meant almost every penny we had went into our little property and the rest was haemorrhaged on furniture and fees. In 2018 we plan to enjoy some of the things we had to sacrifice last year like taking a holiday (or two!) but I still want to make a conscious effort to save some cash.
Do you make resolutions? If so, what's your main goal for the year ahead?