By Ashleigh Wright
10 New Year’s Resolutions and What I Plan to Achieve This Year
And just like that, we have once again, rang in the new year; although, much differently in 2021 compared to previously.
While New South Wales’ COVID-19 restrictions felt like they were at an all-time low, many of us made the conscious decision to stay home and be in bed by 10pm — or was that just me? One of my best friends had initially planned to have a handful of us over at her new apartment for some drinks; however, much like most of the state’s population, she wound up contracting the highly contagious Omicron variant of the virus, the week before Christmas. This resulted in her having to self-isolate for 10 days, and cancel any and all holiday plans. She was one of the lucky few with very minor, as well as mild symptoms, and has since made a full recovery (shout out to Pfizer).
Due to this, I spent my New Year’s Eve, in my room, contemplating the year ahead. I began to think about what I wanted to accomplish, as well as how I wished to perceive my life in 2022. Therefore, it only seemed fitting that I turn these ideas into a blog post, and make it my very first update for the new year!
Below is a list of 10 goals and achievements that I have come up with for myself, that may also inspire you for 2022. Additionally, I have included my 2022 vision board that I created on Pinterest and a playlist I made on Spotify to help set the vibe for this year ahead. Even if you’re not a resolutions kind of person or a goal setter in general, I highly recommend and encourage anyone reading this blog to get creative and come up with some sort of motivation/inspiration for yourself to refer back to over the coming months, whether that be a vision board, playlist, journal entry, etc. It’ll be something fun to do now, as well as look back on in 12 months to see how much of what you planned to accomplish came true. And hey, if none of it accurately reflects how your year went, at least you have something to laugh at in 2023!
Become the healthiest version of me
During 2020’s lockdown, I spent every day going for walks and finding new ways to move my body. I was eating clean and drinking plenty of water. I was motivated and felt the healthiest I ever had, even more so than when I was a child. 2021’s lockdown saw me do less. I scrolled on TikTok for hours and laid in bed all day. I ate takeout for almost every meal and started drinking soft drinks again, which I had given up in 2019. This year, I want to find the motivation to become the healthiest version of myself again. Not just physically, but mentally. I want to read more and spend less time on my screen, as well as get my 2&5 intake each day.
Whether a lesser-known publisher picks up my work, or somewhere prestigious like Vogue or The New York Times, I would love to see at least one of my articles be published this year. I have spent several months submitting pitches and pieces to different publishers, all to no avail. Regardless, this will not deter me; rather, motivate me to write better and submit harder!
Begin a job/internship in my dream career field
At this point, I am still unsure whether I want to pursue television or radio. No matter which route I decide to take, I would love to take on board the opportunity to work casually/part-time or intern at a company that will help me gain experience in the journalism field, which will also allow me to network and gain contacts for my future career.
Eat out/order-in less, and cook more at home
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. I simply want to spend less time buying fast food, and more time in my home’s kitchen, cooking with fresh ingredients.
This goes hand-in-hand with the aforementioned resolution. I ideally want to move out of my parent’s home in the near future, and in order to do that, I need to save my money, which is hard enough to make as a full-time student and casual retail employee. Spending every cent of my earnings on takeaway is not helping me.
Drink more water
Need I say more? While in 2020 I was drinking almost 3.5L a day, I am now only drinking 1.5-2L every second day. I’m good at drinking water. I have no complaints or issues with it. I’ve just been lazy. This year, I want to work my way back up to drinking at least 3L every day.
Set a schedule and stick to it!
I love the gym. I just haven’t been in months. I’ve also been sleeping in late and going to bed even later. With uni about to begin again soon, it’s time that I create a schedule and stick to it! I need to figure out a healthy balance between work, studying, the gym, and my social life. Not to mention, I need to find time in between all of that to REST! By creating a routine for myself and sticking with it, I’ll be able to manage all of these tasks easier.
Whether it’s locally, interstate, or international. I. want. to. TRAVEL! I miss driving for long periods of time; I miss airports and long haul flights; I miss hotel beds and crushed ice machines. As soon as it is safe to do so, I will be booking my next trip away.
Make new friends and spend time with them in person
With my current university degree having been taken all online thus far, it’s been hard to make relationships and build rapport with fellow students. Luckily, my course requires us all to create a Twitter account and interact with one another. Through this, as well as discord classrooms, I have been able to make several connections with people studying the same disciplines as me. While it’s all well and good to message back and forth in Twitter and Instagram DMs, I am looking forward to meeting a lot of these personalities and spending time with them face-to-face.
Say “Yes” to more opportunities
I’ve never been the type of person that struggles to say “No” to people. If I don’t want to do something, I simply won’t, and I won’t give any excuses as to why; I just say “No”. However, I definitely need to learn to say “Yes” more. This doesn’t mean saying yes to things I know I won’t enjoy, or saying yes to seeing friends when I am socially and physically exhausted. This means saying yes to more opportunities that will better my future career and/or life. Saying yes to new job offerings, and not being afraid of change. Saying yes to going to events where I may not know anyone, allowing me to network and make new friends, and not being afraid of being left alone in a corner. Just say “Yes”.