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This is my THIRD post in the #Project14Lists series, hosted by Shealea at That Bookshelf Bitch! You can find more information here, as well as a thread of my posts for the event here.
Previous #Project14Lists Posts:
1. Winter TBR
2. #Short-a-Thon: Graphic Novel/Manga Goals
Today’s #Project14Lists post is…
2019’s General “Life” Resolutions & Goals
I used to be a big believer in the idea that New Years Resolutions were a waste of time—if you’re going to make a change in your life, you can do it any day, so why wait until January 1st, right?! As I’ve gotten older, though, I’ve come to recognize that in my personal life, there’s a lot of positive energy and hope surrounding the idea of a new beginning, and it helps motivate me, so now, I like coming up with resolutions for the new year!
Everything I’m aiming for in 2019 boils down to one main focus: SELF-CARE.
I am the worst about letting my own self-care fall to the wayside when I’m stressed or upset, and this is a particularly important time for me to pay attention to that, as my mental health is typically at its lowest between early January and mid-March. Here are a few ways I aim to take care of myself in 2019 that I didn’t focus enough on in 2018:
1. MORE VIDEO GAMES:
I LOVE gaming, but have barely done it at all in the last 2 years because I always tell myself there’s something “more important”, like reading review copies, or blogging, or housework, or whatever else. In 2019, I want to catch up on some recent games I missed out on, as well as replaying some old faves—and I’ll have a whole gaming-dedicated post coming for you all later in this #Project14Lists series, so stay tuned, gamers!
2. MORE MOVIES & TV:
There are so many movies I’ve missed lately and so many television shows I never finished (or started!), and while I’m not a major TV/film viewer (outside of horror films!), it would be nice to veg out a little more often.
3. LESS TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
This is a HUGE goal of mine for 2019. I spend way too much time on social media—especially twitter—and not only does it amp up my anxiety, it also eats a lot of my time.
4. CLEAN UP MY SOCIAL MEDIA FEEDS:
When I first got into the book twittersphere, I basically followed back every bookworm who followed me, because I wanted to be friendly and welcoming—but the truth is that it has led me to a cluttered feed with a lot of people who hold very dissimilar values to mine. I’m not going on some mass unfollow spree, but I have to learn that putting myself first is more important than following back everyone in the whole damn community.
5. LESS SCHOOL-RELATED ANXIETY:
Easier said than done, but I spend SO much time obsessing over my coursework. If you don’t know, I’m in grad school for my MLIS (library science) degree, and I am very much a perfectionist who feels the need to pass every class with a perfect A and never miss a single step in any given assignment. While that sounds okay in theory, it has led to a lot of panic attacks and minor meltdowns (with a couple of huge ones) over the last few semesters, and I have to learn to let go a little.
6. FOCUS ON MY CRAFT, SPIRITUAL HEALTH, & POSITIVE ENERGY:
If you ask most witches, they’ll agree that one of the worst things you can do is to neglect your craft, because it in turn tends to have some poor effects on your overall spiritual, emotional, and mental health. Over the last few months, I’ve been struggling to prioritize my craft, so in 2019, I want to get back into the habit of daily tarot readings, meditation, and generally practicing. Much like you lose strength if you stop lifting weights, I believe you lose clarity and positivity if you stop focusing on those things, and it’s time that I get back on top of it!
7. GET ACTIVE:
This isn’t about losing weight (though I would like to fit into a few pairs of old jeans, just because I HATE shopping for new ones, haha!), but about the way it makes me feel to move my body. I’ve always loved things like dancing, pilates, hula hooping, lifting weights, etc.—activities that make me feel strong and in control—but I’ve not focused on any of the above very much lately, and would like to change that.
8. PURGE CLUTTER:
This might sound basic, but it’s a big one for me. My home isn’t particularly large, but we have a LOT of stuff, and most of it never gets used for anything! Purging is one of those tasks that is extremely energy-consuming for me, so I can’t really do a big “spring cleaning” and tackle the whole house in a weekend; instead, I want 2019 to be the year I learn how to collect less clutter, and do away with anything unnecessary that I’ve already accumulated. (Don’t worry, the books aren’t going anywhere!)
9. BUDGET BETTER:
This one is pretty self-explanatory, and I know a LOT of us have this as a new years resolution—maybe even every year, haha—but it’s another thing I neglected big time in 2018 and need to get back into the routine of.
10. FOCUS MORE ON MY LONG-TERM SELF-CARE & HEALTH:
I don’t talk about my health much online, but I deal with invisible disabilities, chronic illness, and chronic pain, most prominently. Some of my health problems will steadily worsen with age—that’s simply a fact I’ve grown to accept—and much more rapidly if I don’t start taking care of myself, whether that’s keeping myself hydrated, getting more rest, keeping on track with my medications, ensuring that I’m getting the nutrition my body needs, or whatever else.
I had a bit of a health scare a couple of months ago that I brushed off at first, but as the last few weeks have gone by, it’s sunk in and become a bit of a reality check: I have a lot of things I want to do in life, and I never want my health to stop me from doing those things. While I can’t prevent that from ever being an issue, I’ll be damned if I don’t at least try!
So, those are my non-bookish, “life” resolutions and goals for 2019. I hope you all don’t mind me taking some time to shift the focus away from books for the day to discuss these goals! They were just things I wanted to share with you all, and I think that, by being transparent about the issues I’m facing and what I need to do to help make these changes, it will also motivate ME to stick to my goals better in the coming year.
Do you like creating resolutions for the new year? Have you come up with any for 2019 yet? Let me know in the comments!