The year of 2017 was kinda a big let down. It wasn’t the worst year of my life, but it wasn’t the best, either. I learned a lot about myself, my strengths and weaknesses, what I can handle and what I can’t. But on the same coin, I feel like my year lacked growth— personally, professionally and in relationships. Towards the latter half of 2017, I vowed that 2018 would be my best year yet— a year of me, dedicated to self-improvements. I was so ready to start 2018 on a positive note, and was determined that come January 1 things would be different.
I’m not going to lie, I spent the better half of January 1 in bed, nursing a hangover from the previous night. That wasn’t exactly how I had planned on ringing in the new year, but it is what it is.
So, here we are, January 7. I’m still trying to get a grasp on 2018 and all that’s bound to follow. I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to start a new year off on the right foot, and while striving for pure perfection will only lead to disappointment, there are a few things you can do to begin on a more positive note.
So this month, the first 31 days of the new year, I’m simply focusing on doing good and being better. Here are 8 easy ways to start 2018 off on the right foot.
1) Be realistic with your goals. I think setting goals that are actually attainable is key. I have one or two bigger goals I’d like to achieve this year, but besides that, I’m sticking to a 2018 bucket list (versus resolutions). More on this later.
2) Do a spontaneous, random act of kindness. I started off the year by paying for the order of the car behind me in the Starbucks drive-thru. While it’s a small act, giving felt good. Pay it forward, people (even if it’s just once or twice).
3) Detox. Go to the grocery store immediately and buy some kale, kombucha and quinoa. After the holiday partying, taking a break from cheese and booze is so refreshing!
4) Make a list. I have a running tab of things I want to try and places I want to go in 2018. Having it down in writing (in the notes on my phone), mapped out by month, makes them seem more attainable and real. And, of course, being able to check them off one by one is so satisfying.
5) Invest in yourself early on. The last thing you want is to realize that the year is halfway over and you forgot to invest in yourself. Don’t wait until July to have a spa day, try a new skin care regime, buy those new running shoes, or plan a trip. Do you, and do it now!
6) Get your beauty sleep. I need at least 8 (usually 9-10) hours of sleep every night. After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you should allow your body to recharge. Stay in on a Saturday night, relax and get to bed early— I guarantee you’ll be 10x more productive the next day.
7) Commit to being more organized. Buy a new planner, or a fun notebook, to jot down ideas, plans and dreams for the upcoming year. Being more organized with my thoughts and tasks is something I really want to work on in 2018.
8) Believe in yourself. Above all, go in to 2018 blindly optimistic, and embrace whatever the next 358 days throw your way.