You know that moment of exhilaration when you’re going on a trip you’ve been looking forward to and finally arrive at your destination after a long journey? That’s how I’m feeling right now. 2018 is finally here – just a few hours more. 2017 was long. I only remember doing two things this year – going to school and studying – though of course, there was a lot more to the year.
It was a fairly good year. There was a lot to learn from it – how to love myself, how to be happy, how to not worry – and plenty of self-reflection, which taught me what I need to improve about myself and provided me a new perspective to look at the world from.
I’m really looking forward to 2018 – the last week of December seemed to drag on forever. 2018 is going to be an exciting year – I’ll finally graduate from school and start studying Creative and Professional Writing at university, but between these two milestones, I’ll be doing so much more. I’m looking forward to all the free time I’ll have after exams end. I’ve so many interesting projects lined up – from another reading challenge to 30-day projects, more writing and editing and exploring. I’ll never have so much time and freedom from any kind of responsibilities in my life again, so I plan to make as much use of it as I can.
Before I share my new year resolutions and goals, I’d like to see how successful I was in following 2017’s resolutions:
- Get published in at least 10 literary magazines – Not ten, but I did get published in two magazines. I didn’t send out 10 pieces in the first place. I’d overestimated the hard work and the time needed. But something’s better than nothing, isn’t it?
- Earn the Scholar Badge at School – This was an easy one. I trusted myself enough to know I’d earn this one. This was the first time I received any kind of tangible appreciation for my academic achievements, and it brought along another award and a scholarship – much to my surprise.
- Excel in my competitive exams – Not long into the year, I decided to ditch the idea of studying in the US ; though I still need to give the IELTS for studying abroad, which I will in 2018, so this goal became irrelevant in 2018.
- 1000+ followers on blog – I don’t know if I really wanted this. We’re at 137 followers. I’d love it if more people read my blog – what I look forward to is people’s comments and forming meaningful friendships with them.
- Grow a plant – I bought a plant that I thought will bloom all year, but it only bloomed half a dozen times. And since it was already a foot tall, I didn’t have to do much to keep it healthy. So the resolution was pretty pointless, in a way.
- Eat a balanced meal every day – I managed to do this, excepting a few days, and I think that’s allowed, when you’re eating healthy all year, isn’t it?
- Don’t punish yourself for unproductive days/saying no – I was half successful at this. I had to remind myself a couple of days that taking a break once in a while is fine.
- Celebrate the littlest achievements – This was surprisingly very easy and doable.
- Take care of yourself – I did make sure to get enough sleep and eat healthy, but I failed to take care of myself emotionally and mentally. That’s what I’ll be aiming for in 2018.
- Be a good sister – I failed miserably at this. My self-centredness and occupation with my goals took a toll on my relationship with my sister, and I’ll try to make amends in 2018.
- Start a Journal of Little Things – This was an unnecessary resolution. I failed to keep it, mostly because I’d overestimated the time I’d have at hand. I did write to my diary as much as I could but it wasn’t exactly a ‘journal of little things’.
- Read more diverse blogs – Another big failure. Thanks to the Ray Bradbury Reading Challenge, I did read a lot of diverse authors, but didn’t find any – or make an effort to find – blogs written by diverse people. This is another thing I’d like to change in 2018.
I’m not sharing all of my goals and resolutions for 2018 here because a couple of them are very personal, but here are some that I’ll be focusing on in the new year:
- Get published in 20 literary magazines
- 100 Rejections
- Follow at least five diverse blogs
- Start a zero-waste lifestyle and stick to it
- Eat a balanced diet every day
- Exercise/do yoga/meditate regularly
- Listen more
- Give time to others
I’ve seen people choose certain words to guide their months or years, so I’m doing something similar for 2018. It was just a spontaneous thought that came to mind when I was taking pictures of my jars for my Instagram account (@sustainable_hufflepuff). I have one jar for each of the three words I’ve chosen:
- Happy: I’m going to keep a Happy Jar – note one thing down every day that made me happy and put it in the jar, to be opened when things are not okay.
- Helpful (towards the environment): Although we’ve started taking steps to go zero-waste, I’d like to completely change our consumerist lifestyle and aim for creating as little waste as possible. I’m going to make a mason jar my dustbin and try to keep it empty. If others can do it, then I can too.
- Healthy: This year, I don’t just want to eat a balanced diet but also eat more iron-rich foods. I want to start donating blood once I turn eighteen this year, and I have to have enough iron in my blood for that – not to mention to be healthy, too.
Also, here’s a list of some of my favorite posts form 2017. I was really surprised at the improvement in my voice after reading them some days ago:
- I’m Not a US Citizen or an Immigrant, But It Affects Me That Trump is President
- Ignorance, Freedom of Speech and What Nationalism Isn’t
- Review: The View from the Cheap Seats
- Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
- Weekend Coffee Share: Stagnant
- Let’s Talk About Women Empowerment
- The Promise of Friendship
- Changing My Ways
- 100-Word Story: Findings
Each year, we despise the twelve months that went by and hope for a better year ahead, and this time too, I pray for the same for the world. I hope that we get to see a stronger, more accepting, loving and peaceful world. I hope that the world will rise even though 2017 tried to crush it
I hope that you’ll be loved by family and friends, that you’ll find a song to play on repeat, that your sunrises will be spectacular and that you’ll get to see the Milky Way in all its glory, that you’ll finally achieve your goals, that you will be happier and healthier.
Here’s to you, to me, to the world – here’s to a wonderful new year!
“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”
― Oprah Winfrey