Some New Year’s Resolutions For A Healthy 2018

Hello strangers!

So how silly is it to need a hiatus after starting a blog only a month ago? There has been quite a lot happening in my life that has made it difficult for me to focus on everything at once. Sometimes you just need to eliminate certain tasks until you’re in a better space, and unfortunately for me this blog had to be one of them.

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But I’m back, and as 2019 approaches, I’m looking to refresh and refocus on the good – which for me, is this blog. The whole “New year, new me” mantra may be cheesy, but what’s wrong with trying to motivate yourself to do better and be better at the start of a new beginning?

I don’t typically make New Year’s Resolutions. My personality tends to be a bit commitment-phobic, and I get too bored to maintain things. I know it’s not a good thing. But with all of the challenges I’ve faced in 2018, I absolutely need to set some concrete resolutions and honestly and wholeheartedly work towards achieving them. I’m hoping that putting these resolutions out into the world will force me to be accountable.

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So without further ado, these are the resolutions I’m hoping to keep for a healthy 2019.

1. Make Decisions For Myself and Noone Else

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One thing I’ve really absorbed this year is I have let others’ feelings and circumstances hold me back. I’m refusing to do that anymore. I’m actively working on changing things that are toxic and are no longer serving me. Here’s hoping it works out!

2. Manage My Money

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I have a really tough time managing money. We have goals we would like to achieve in the next couple of years, and I want to be responsible enough to realize those goals. So next year, I’m budgeting better, looking for ways to save money, and trying to control my impulses.

3. Find Ways To Be Environmentally Responsible, And Maintain This

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I’ve made some decisions in my life this year to try and reduce my carbon footprint and personal waste. I’d like to re-commit to making these small life changes personally.

For example, I travel with reusable bags and reusable produce bags when I shop. I have a metal straw for when I grab coffee. I buy reusable snack bags when I find them. I would like to do more though.

I’m hoping to reduce my consumption of plastic by buying in bulk with reusable containers, I want to get more tumblers to avoid using coffee cups and plastic cold cups, I want to use up more food instead of wasting it … and whatever else I learn along the way to waste less.

4. Manage My Time Better

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Anyone who knows me knows I almost always carry a planner around with me. I can’t use my phone to schedule my time. But I have a habit of forgetting to use my planner sometimes and when I do, chaos ensues.

I want to schedule my time better to ensure I manage my work and responsibilities, but also take time to have a social life and relax and pursue other opportunities. It’s tough and it’s a lot to manage, but it’s not impossible.

5. Do More For Others

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I’ve been trying to make an effort to do small things for others lately, and it absolutely has a positive effect on my day. I give change to those who ask me, I will buy someone food if I have the money, and I’ll give to charity when a shop asks for a donation. But I would like to do more.

I’m hoping to find more time to volunteer. I’d like to buy someone’s coffee when I am buying myself one. I’d like to find more things to do within my means to help out my fellow person, because I truly believe that what you give comes back to you tenfold.

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I’m sure I’ll find more changes I would like to make, but these resolutions are attainable for me right now.

Change is hard, but it’s not impossible. If we truly want something, we need to put in the work. We never recieve the results we want if we half-ass anything, and I don’t want to half-ass my life anymore.

I hope you and many more come along with me this new year and we have an amazing time!

What are your resolutions this coming year? Share with me!

Your friend,

Alicia

Published by Alicia Gallant

I'm a 20-something girl living with severe anxiety and panic on a journey to love myself. I'm becoming a part of the conversation about mental health through honesty and humour. *Photo: Stefanie Moreau Photography

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