It was my 22nd birthday yesterday and I’ve been hit with some sudden inspiration to sort my life out. Here’s 22 ways that I am going to do that.
Get my shit together
I have been inspired by Sarah Knight’s fantastic book, which has been my bedtime read for quite a while now and I am trying to be more organised. Anyone who knows me would find that hilarious, because I am the sort of person who hears the phrase “you’d lose your head if it’s wasn’t attached” on a regular basis. I started my getting shit together journey with simple to do lists and bullet journaling, but now I’ve got some bigger ambitions to sort myself out.
Make my bedroom comfortable again
I’m not going to show you a before and after picture of my bedroom, because it’s really bad and also I haven’t actually finished yet. My bedroom became a dumping ground for things rather than a space that I could live in. I didn’t like being there and I would always keep my door closed, so that people couldn’t see the mess. I would have to literally jump from my doorway to the bed to avoid standing on all the things on the floor. It was awful. I had the sudden inspiration to do a bit of home improvement and I’m going to spend this year buying some new things to make it my own.
Let go of things I don’t need
I can be a terrible hoarder. I have hundreds of DVDs and CDs that I don’t use. I have boxes of random stuff under my bed. I found a One Direction hoodie that is definitely way too small for me and I wouldn’t wear it in 2018 anyway. I need to let go and get rid. I’m going to give a lot of it to a local charity shop, I’m going to sell the DVDs on Ebay and then the rest can be binned.
Have a work/life balance
This is a really big one for me. Being a teacher with a mountain of paperwork and doing a degree at the same time was a mistake. I don’t regret it because I had some wonderful experiences in my job, but it did ultimately lead me towards a mental breakdown that could have been avoided or at least wouldn’t have been as severe. When I start my new job, I am going to make sure that I have clear boundaries between my work and my personal life and that I don’t bring my work home with me.
Make time for the people important to me
I always make time for my best friend in our work schedules and we see each other regularly, but I’m not great at keeping in contact with people otherwise. Some friendships work regardless, because you don’t see each other for months and when you do it’s like they never left. I worry that after leaving work I’m going to lose touch of some of the amazing friendships I made during my 4 years of working there. So, I’m going to make a conscious effort to stay in contact.
Put myself first
It is important to make time for self care and during my time signed off of work, I have given myself a lot of self loving to make myself feel better. I don’t want that to stop when I get back into living my normal life and I am going to give myself as much time as I need. Even if my self care that day is just putting on a face mask and watching Love Island, it’s still some chill out time for me. Yes that is currently what my self care consists of.
Keep up the exercise
Since I started using exercise as a stress reliever and mood lifter, I have really enjoyed working out every day. I try different things and I feel like I am getting fitter. I still struggle with some parts of it as an asthmatic and as an incredibly weak person. My first goal is that I’m going to be able to do a push up (a proper one not on my knees). I have also been working on my flexibility using yoga and I would love to get back to my days as a dancer where I could comfortably sit in the splits.
Drink more water!
I know this is quite a common goal and everyone is trying to drink their 2 litres a day. However, I am very good at doing this for 4 days in a row and then completely blowing it for the next 3 days. I want to be consistent with my water drinking and I am going to do it. It’s actually something that I added to my bullet journal to make sure that I’m tracking every day.
Be more adventurous with food
Since my health kick started, I’ve been cooking for myself more, but I’m falling into a pattern of cooking familiar things and I want to try more. Especially when it comes to fish. I made the transition from vegetarian to pescatarian last year, mainly for convenience while travelling. I tried octopus for the first time in Croatia and it’s given me some inspiration to try out some new recipes (although octopus might be a bit ambitious!).
Get better at tracking my spending
I find it difficult to find a balance between saving money and still getting to do fun things. I am a monster when it comes to online shopping and I cannot be tamed no matter how hard I try. I tried using budgeting apps and writing what I spend down, but I keep forgetting to do it, so if anyone has any ideas or tips on how to track my spending and saving, they would be greatly appreciated.
I have gone through really productive blogging periods and then neglect it for months. I would like to be more consistent throughout the year. I am going to try to schedule in some time (as I sort out that work/life balance) and I am going to focus on keeping my blog up to date more regularly. I enjoy maintaining my instagram and I have got into a good routine with that, so I am going to try to channel that into my blogging.
Do more exciting things
Yes, I know this contradicts my spending less money goal, but I’m sure I can find a way to do fun things without spending too much. To make sure that I have exciting content on my blog, I want to go on days out and make posts as if I’m travelling but while I’m at home. There are plenty of things to do in the UK and I think a bit of local travel or days out would do some good. Whether this is going to more concerts or festivals or just going on a day out to Thorpe Park, I’m going to try and have lots of fun.
Finally make that scrapbook
In the middle of tidying my room, I found bags and boxes of stuff I bought to make my own scrapbook. I have photographs and items and memories in there that I would love to just put all in one place, so I am going to allow myself some time to do that. I print photos quite regularly, so I would like to have somewhere to document my experiences in a more personal way rather than just putting everything on instagram!
Get back into learning Korean
I have been learning Korean for 3 years and I have been stuck at an early intermediate level for the last year, because I just don’t have the time to commit to studying anymore. I am going to set aside at least one day a week for a decent length lesson and short vocabulary activities every day. It depends on how well getting my shit together in the other areas go, but it is something I really enjoy and I think I could get a lot out of it.
I need to stop worrying what people think about me. I know that a certain amount of this is my anxiety feeding into my insecurities, but I have become so much more confident in the last few years than I would ever have thought possible. I think that travelling has played a massive part in that. I need to put my travel persona into my everyday life and just think about my own experience, rather than overthinking what is going on around me.
An absolutely HUGE part of me caring less revolves around me learning to love myself and my body. I have made huge steps in being more experimental with my clothing and wearing crop tops out in public. I wear things that make me feel good and I am feeling better about myself every day. I am eating healthier and exercising regularly, but I am trying not to get too caught up in the numbers of calories and pounds of weight. I am just trying to live my life and be confident in myself.
Get more tattoos
I love tattoos. I have so many ideas of ones that I want to get and not enough time or money to do them all right now. I’m hoping that every few months I can afford to splash the cash on a new tattoo. It’s something that helps me become more confident about my body and I love the feeling of having a new tattoo. I always stop and admire my tattoos in a mirror a couple of times a day. I am going to aim to get up to 10 tattoos before I turn 23 (I’m on 6 now so I don’t think that’s too drastic).
Finish my degree
This is something that is especially important. Starting from September, I need to write my dissertation and do all these final assignments so that I end up with a degree before I go travelling. I admit that I am not the best student in the world, I don’t always go to my lectures and I have been known to finish my assignments minutes before the deadline, but I am determined to get through this. It’s been a long 3 years and the last year isn’t going to get any easier, but I can do it.
Plan for the future
September 2019 is the start of my proper world travels. I have already made a rough plan for this and started looking at the costs, so that I can think about the money I will need. We are going to start in Australia and New Zealand, before heading out across Asia and I am so extremely excited just thinking about it.
Save save save
I like to think that despite my spending habit I am good at saving. I can always raise enough money to fund my travels before I go, but I have been known to run out of money before. I am going to attempt to be more in control of my money. I’m going to start selling things as I organise my room and offer my babysitting services to as many people as possible. I am going to do everything I can.
This is always my most important goal. I just want to be happy. I want to feel as good as I can all the time. This year, I’ve had some really great highs and some really bad lows. I just want to find a way to look at my life in a positive way all the time and make this year a good one. Especially, as it’s likely to be my last year living in the UK if I get to follow my dreams and travel the world.