2018 Resolutions

2018 Resolutions

I’ve always been a big fan of new years resolutions and set some for myself every year. In the past I have always set very specific goals and while that is great I find that I get very discouraged when I don’t meet the goal and end up giving up completely. This year I took a different approach, I thought about the life that I want to be living and made my resolutions suited to attaining that. These aren’t goal oriented resolutions they are more like long-term habits that I want to continue to work on over many years. I’m hoping that this new style of resolution will help me to stay motivated all year long and for years into the future.

    At the beginning of every term I have fantastic study habits but slowly I always fall off the wagon and end up cramming for my exams and finishing my assignments the night before. This year I want to work hard to keep up with my course work and put my grades higher on my priority list. Later this year I will be starting my last year of my undergraduate degree and my grades will determine what programs I am able to get in after I graduate.
    I want to spend more of my time focusing on my health, both physical and mental. This resolution can be further broken up into a couple of parts. I want to make sure that I’m doing more physical activity, even if it’s just going for a walk or a 10 minute yoga flow. I also want to be more conscious of what I’m putting on and in my body, this includes food, drinks, skin/hair products, etc. And last but not least, I want to work on my mental health by meditating, seeing a therapist when needed, and getting into a routine that makes me feel happy and productive.
    I feel like I didn’t see my family and friends as much as I would have liked to this year. It’s hard to visit my family when I live an hour and a half away from them and don’t own a car but this year I’m going to try to make more trips home. I also want to spend more quality time with my friends, even if it’s just studying together. I think that being around people I care about more often will also help with my mental health.
    This resolution started about 2 months ago when I started researching a zero-waste lifestyle. I’ve already made quite a few switches to reduce my impact and I want to continue on this path throughout 2018. I hope to find new ways to produce less waste and write about it to encourage others. Stay tuned for many blog posts about this topic in the future!
    In 2017 I realized that I like to write (when I get to choose the topic) and I think I’m fairly good at it. In 2018 I want to continue to work on this blog and turn it into something I’m proud of and something I can possibly make an income off of. I also want to explore other areas of creative expression that I haven’t tried before. I would love to learn how to draw and I plan to start playing the guitar again.

I plan to write all of these out somewhere that I can look at them daily to remind myself what I am working towards. There are many little things that I can do in order to make these resolutions a reality and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to figure them out as I go. Overall, I want to be healthy and happy, and I want to truly enjoy this year. 2017 was a great year for me full of fantastic changes and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. If you set new years resolutions for yourself do you make them goal-oriented, habit style, or a combination of both?

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret B. Runbeck



  1. January 4, 2018 / 12:48 AM

    These resolutions sound wonderful and I wish you so much success this year, Girl!! I love that you used the word “develop”, as it has a much more obtainable feel and is a better word for what it will be- a process. Also, how wonderful to be mindful enough to include reducing your impact on the environment. This is beautiful!

    • January 4, 2018 / 2:59 PM

      Thank you so much Ainslee! Wishing you all the best in 2018 as well!

  2. em
    January 4, 2018 / 4:13 AM

    Love this! Wishing you success!

    • January 4, 2018 / 2:59 PM

      Thank you! Have a wonderful year!

  3. January 4, 2018 / 10:44 PM

    Inspired, thank you!

    • January 5, 2018 / 3:57 PM

      Thanks for your comment Nancy!

  4. January 5, 2018 / 11:01 AM

    I can identify myself a lot of with you and your resolutions. They are awesome. Wish you all the best and keep on inspiring! xxx Theresa

    • January 5, 2018 / 3:56 PM

      Thank you Theresa!

  5. wv
    January 5, 2018 / 3:33 PM

    These are great resolutions, I love that they all promote self care & growth! I really like that you kept them in more open ended forms and continuous processes instead of a resolution that ends when the goal is reached. This post gave me some great ideas for my own resolutions, thanks for sharing!!

    • January 5, 2018 / 3:56 PM

      Thank you for your comment! I hope you have a great 2018 and good luck with your resolutions! 🙂

  6. January 6, 2018 / 12:45 AM

    What a refreshing blog! I will enjoy to read through your many shares. Hope you will find some things in my blog you will enjoy. I have a huge diverse family and so I create recipes for everyone, from Vegan to … You name it!

  7. Jess
    January 6, 2018 / 4:15 AM

    I especially Love number 4 and 5.
    I am hoping to dig deeper in my creative side this year, and definitely continue reducing my carbon footprint and impact on the planet ❤️

    • January 6, 2018 / 4:18 AM

      Thank you Jess! I wish you so much success on your journey ❤️

  8. January 6, 2018 / 7:15 PM

    Love your resolutions! I will be back to check your Zero-waste posts and more. Good luck.

  9. January 7, 2018 / 8:25 AM

    Your resolutions are great. And as a lecturer (English Lit) I’m particularly in favour of the first one. It’s always so disheartening to see students stressed out and not enjoying their work because they haven’t been able to maintain a steady pace. That said, I was like you and often crammed at the last minute too, especially for work that wasn’t that appealing to me or when the rest of life was too interesting…so I definitely empathise! P.S. You write really well too so you should be proud of your blog.

    • January 7, 2018 / 1:19 PM

      Thank you for your comment! You just made my day 😊

  10. January 8, 2018 / 10:17 PM

    Hi Chelsea. Great post and great resolutions too!

  11. January 11, 2018 / 12:56 PM

    Hi Chelsea Just wanted to stop by and show some love and send virtual hugs for your likes on my blog! Best Harlem @ the Living Better Simply blog

  12. January 25, 2018 / 6:31 PM

    I especially like #5. Recognizing your strengths and passions are so important! With that focus, it’s so much easier to recognize opportunities for using them as springboards into satisfying and meaningful work. Keep us posted on your progress … and thanks for sharing.

    • January 26, 2018 / 4:22 AM

      Thanks Judy! I’ll definitely do an update post in the future 😊

  13. February 10, 2018 / 8:34 PM

    I love the Zero-Waste idea – I’ve only just come across this concept a few weeks ago and it sounds very smart and a good thing to do. Let us know how it is going! xxx

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