HeyHiHello! Welcome to my blog. (That’s how you do an introduction, right?) I’m Clare, a 23-year-old living in Canada who’s decided 2018 would be the year I start blogging. I’m not going to lie, I feel kind of awkward sharing my thoughts and opinions with the internet, but, hey, I want to be a writer. So I better start getting used to it, right?
Since it’s the beginning of the year, I thought what better way to kick things off (and introduce myself) than by sharing the 10 New Year’s resolutions I’ve set for myself. I’d like to think they’re pretty doable, but I say that every year and only end up accomplishing one or two…
1. Read 25 books
I’m starting off this list with what I hope will be an easy one. I was always reading when I was younger, but over the past few years I’ve let it fall by the wayside. (Mainly due to me having zero free time as of late.) So, considering this is the year I’ll be graduating university and (hopefully) having more free time, I’m setting myself the goal of reading 25 books in 2018. Two books a month doesn’t seem like too difficult a goal, right?
If you want to follow my progress, then check out my Goodreads profile. (My hope is I’ll be shamed into actually completing this goal if I share my progress with the internet.)
2. Better my writing
In case you couldn’t tell by my great intro, I hope to become a writer in the future. And whilst I write and edit for TenEighty Magazine (and absolutely love it), I feel like I need to spread my wings and write about things that aren’t solely about YouTube – hence why I’m starting this blog. I’m hoping by writing more frequently I’ll be able to fix common mistakes and become more comfortable sharing what I write.
3. Get my sleep issues under control (or at least figure out what’s going on)
I’ve never been a great sleeper, but I’ve noticed things have gotten worse over the past year or so. More often than not, I’m either unable to fall asleep or stay asleep, and most nights I’m lucky if I get over 6 hours a night. (The average is around 5-6 hours.) As a result, I’m pretty much always tired and end up accidentally napping throughout the day. I’m not sure what’s wrong. I recently got a blood test done, thinking I was anemic, but everything came back as normal. Right now, I’m taking Vitamin D, so we’ll see if that helps. I’ve also been told to buy a weighted blanket, so that’ll probably be the next thing I try.
I JUST WANT A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?
4. Start freelancing
It’s the dream to be your own boss, and that’s exactly what freelancing offers. However, I know it’s incredibly hard, so I’ve decided to give it a try now, while I have another job giving me a stable income. Sure, I could quit my current job and dive headfirst into the freelance world – and maybe that’s something I should be doing – but I like having financial security, so… We’ll wait to do that until I’ve gotten my name out there more.
(Psst, I have a pretty dashing portfolio you should check out.)
5. Learn to better deal with my anxiety
I’ve always been an anxious person – I overthink things way too much – and I’ve been lucky enough that over the past few years my anxiety’s receded to a point where I barely think about it. However, due to my lack of sleep, it’s starting to creep back in, which is why I’m more eager than ever to figure out why I’m not sleeping. I like not anxious Clare better than anxious Clare – she’s a lot more fun.
6. Hang out with my friends more
I’m an introvert. I prefer spending time with small groups or by myself, rather than with a large amount of people. And I’m okay with that. However, I’ve noticed I’ve become increasingly more isolated over the past year due to my busy work, school and writing schedules, so I’m determined to change that this year. It’ll do me a lot of good to get out more.
7. Be more organized
I’m a pretty organized person, but I could definitely do with being a little better at it.
8. Take better care of my body
A pretty generic resolution, but one I feel needs to be included on this list, considering 1) I’m working to better my sleep and mental health, and 2) I’m a recovered anorexic. (I’ll get into that in a later post.)
9. Listen to more music
I used to LOVE music. It was pretty much the only thing I cared about throughout my teen years. (My wallet and now-deleted Tumblr blog would concur.) However, I’ve found over the last year or so that I just don’t care about it anymore. I can’t remember the last time I listened to a new band or new music from one of my old favourites. The radio and my friend, Quinn, are the only ways I’ve stayed up-to-date on what’s “popular”. I’m determined to change that this year.
10. Go to the movies more
I love movies, but I’ve been so busy as of late that I could probably count the ones I saw in 2017 on one hand. I’m changing that, even if it means setting aside an evening each week to watch a movie on Netflix.
So there you have it, my 2018 New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think they’re too unreasonable, but we’ll know by the end of the year whether I was realistic or completely naïve.
Photo by Michel Oeler.