I’ve been thinking about all of the things I want to do for myself, to better myself, in the new year. I know this is a cliche, but I kind of love the New Year for this reason. I love how it is a do over. It’s a way to wipe the slate clean and start over.
So I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to do that. One of the things I want to do next year is stop buying stupid shit. And to stop using my credit cards. I really buy a lot of stuff that I don’t need. I bought a lot of art supplies last year I haven’t used. Expensive stuff too. And it turns out my favorite art supply is the humble ballpoint pen that I can get pretty much for free anywhere. I buy a lot of clothes. I don’t need anymore clothes. I have all of the clothes I need. Or books! Oh god I so do not need any more books. I have got to stop checking the Friend’s Of the Library bookstore every time I walk by. I have to read through all of the books I have purchased.
I kind of am seeing lately that my desire to buy stuff is a kind of addiction. It’s a way of making myself feel better. Buying things turns on something in my brain that makes me happy. But then I just feel bad for spending the money because that is money that could be saved for something much better than a stupid something that I don’t really need.
Which brings me to the other things I want to do. Read for an hour everyday. I probably won’t be able to do this everyday, but I can shoot for this and it’s not as hard as it sounds because I tend to read in 20 minute increments throughout the day. 20 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes at lunch, 20 minutes in the evening. Boom, I’m done. Maybe I will actually read through all of my books!
I also want to meditate for at least 20 minutes every day when I can, or at least 10 minutes everyday. Yoga everyday. Aerobic exercise everyday. And I mean work up a good sweat exercise. I’ve noticed that a good aerobic workout helps my mental health profoundly. I’ve already pretty much been doing this so that’s good. Keep doing it!
I want to stop drinking except for social occasions. Drinking makes me depressed. I stopped for about 2 weeks a month ago and I felt so, so much better. I actually woke up happy for the first time in my adult life. Alcohol is a depressant and I struggle with depression therefore, I just don’t think I can drink it casually as much as I do if I want to be a happy person.
Stop eating sugar. again. This seems to be the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. I keep jumping right back on the bus with this. So I am going to be kind to myself because I will probably fail but I need to keep trying because it is important for my health.
Lose 10 pounds. I just need to fucking be disciplined about this. I know what I need to do. I just fucking need to do it already.
Draw everyday. I like how drawing makes me feel. I miss it when I don’t do it. This is kind of silly, but I bought a Hobonachi Planner and am going to use it for this purpose. I would like to develop my skills with the ballpoint pen.
This all seems like kind of a lot, and it kind of is. Some of it is stuff I’ve been working on already. So we’ll see. It’s a work in progress. I am a work in progress. 🙂
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This is a good list. I have been struggling to make my goals list for 2018, but you have given me a few places to start.
I definitely want to reduce my spending and read more. I have canceled all of my streaming services for this reason. I haven’t watched Netflix in over 6 months, so why am I paying for it?
I did cancel my Audible account, but that’s another service I haven’t really utilized even tho I had a ton of audiobook credits. So I spent them all and now have a handful of books to read for the New Year. (Listening is reading right?)
Hope you have a kick-ass 2018!
Thanks Simon! You are off to a good start! I should think about some of the things I should cancel as well…
Good for you putting these desires into words and onto your site. I’ll recommend the LoseIt app. It’s helped me tremendously in becoming more aware of what I consume. Definitely try and do what makes you happy for a little bit every day. For me it’s been music and carefully listening to albums again. Good luck!
Thanks Matthew! I remember trying Loseit a long time ago and really liking it. I will have to check it out again!
It keeps me accountable, some days are better than others but I’m a healthier person for the effort.
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Those are all good things. Maybe work on one or two at a time? I’ve found when I try to change everything all at once, it doesn’t end well. But, I gave up sugary treats, then started walking several months later and both have stuck. Either way… rock on!
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Thank you! I really like that idea! Less chance for failure 😊