18 Little Things for 2018- Blogmas Day 11

December 11th 2017


525,600 minutes and I’m thinking up new ways to spend them.

Lately I’ve been craving plans. And I don’t mean the kind of plans like “go to the movies” or “go to a party”. I mean plans. Plans for the future, goals to achieve, little things to get excited about. Life has been feeling sort of tedious as of late, so I have been looking for new ways to get excited for the new year ahead and bring some much needed change into my life.

I know we aren’t even halfway through December, but the new year always creeps up on me, so now I am getting a jump on it and getting prepared!

Here are a list of silly little things I want to do next year (with a list of more specific things coming later this month):

  1. Cut my hair- I am a scaredy cat wimp when it comes to my hair. When I find a style that is working out okay for me, I stick with it for like…ever. I really want to test out more layers and more of an angle towards the front. Just a little change to leave me feeling fresh.
  2. More tattoos- I got my first tattoo last summer and I really want another one. I have a very specific one in mind in honor of my college and yoga training graduations that I would like to do in January hopefully.
  3. Visit the psychic- Some people may find this super silly, but I find going to psychics to be really fun. I have gone to this one woman a couple of times and she has always been right. And she wasn’t even vague about things either. She told me my dad would get a raise in 2 weeks once and exactly 2 weeks later he did. I’d love to check her out again and see if she has anything new and interesting to say. I try not to live my life based on her predictions, but I think the novelty of it all is comforting and fun and at times, offers tons of closure.
  4. Lose some weight- This is usually the part where people I know say that I’m already thin and should be happy with the way I am, but I don’t think it’s wrong to want to lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle so long as you are doing it safely!
  5. More dance parties- This one is really silly, but lately I’ve been craving a dance party to some good tunes just because. I feel like I don’t take enough time out of my life to just be silly.
  6. Stop Defaulting- This one may not be that obvious from reading it, but let me explain. Whenever someone asks me how I am, I say “Good, how are you?”. When I don’t know what to do with someone I suggest we go out for coffee or food. When I don’t know what to do with myself, I lay in bed and go on YouTube for hours. I want to stop immediately going to my default solution for everything. I want to stop going to the same 3 restaurants and always ordering the same thing, listening to the same few albums, hanging out with the same few people, saying whatever I think people want to hear. Less default, more authenticity.
  7. Take more active steps towards my goals- It’s a weird thing with me. I want to succeed so bad, but success almost feels too complicated. I feel like I don’t push myself at blogging enough because I’m afraid I’ll actually succeed and have to learn to do harder stuff tech-wise and will have to take on more responsibility, so I let myself plateau. I do that with many areas of my life and it stops me from trying new things all together.
  8. Stand up for myself- I can be such a doormat. People ask me to do things and I just say okay because I don’t want to be unreliable. But honestly, it sucks.  I feel like some people take advantage of my kindness and I get disappointed when I don’t receive the same support in return. I need to learn to stand by and up for myself.
  9. Meditation- Plain and simple, I need to meditate more. I used to love meditating every morning and I fell out of the routine. My phone has built in mindfulness tracks, so I want to utilize them.
  10. Enjoy new music- I support so many artists with my whole heart, but I have been listening to the same albums on repeat for like 4 years. I want to find some new music to enjoy this year.
  11. Put myself out there- I have gotten so much better at this but there is a long long way to go. I used to be too afraid to talk to people and I was even too afraid to promote my blog until February of this year. I want to put myself out there more. I want to seek more opportunities, say yes to more, and try to push myself out of my comfort zone a bit.
  12. Save more- I am my bank account’s worst enemy and although I have a decent savings, I know I need to be saving more. I spend beyond my means and as I seek full time employment in 2018, I need to budget and save whatever I can for fun and for my future. Less wasted money on food.
  13. Reading for fun- Since I started yoga training, I can’t remember the last time I read because I sincerely just felt like it. I have a collection of books building and building and I have had no time or desire to read them. I want to read Lolita, The Alchemist, and The Happiness Project among a wide array of other books filling my shelves.
  14. I want to write a book- This isn’t really a 2018 exclusive goal. This is just a goal that I have been thinking about a lot lately. I would love to write a book one day. I’m not 100% sure about what, but I think I want it to be in the realm of “self-help” and “personal growth”. I used to think those kinds of books were super campy and corny, but I have found a few I really admire the style of and want to take a stab at trying to write one myself.
  15.  Learn to bake from scratch- I have always want my own special recipe. One that I create with help from other recipes but is entirely my own. I have been playing around with cooking and baking more this year, but I want to get more into trying new things next year.
  16. Do more charity work- I really want to do more to help the world in any big or small way I can. The world is a really messed up place right now and I want to “be the change I wish to see in the world.” I really want to mentor a kid or something because I feel like I have a lot to offer to the next generation.
  17. Learn a new skill or find a new hobby- I am sort of into the idea of learning a new skill or hobby. I do yoga and I blog which are both awesome, but I would love to add something fun and new to my list of things to do. I was considering embroidery or maybe some acro yoga classes.
  18. Take more breaks- This sounds counterproductive since I said at the beginning of the post that I wanted things to look forward to, but I really am looking forward to a break. I need a do nothing day so bad, so I really want to set aside more time to just do nothing next year and relax.

What is on your to do list for next year?


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Jess, 25, yogi, believer in things, book worm, shy, aspiring human of Earth. I like to spend my time on a yoga mat, typing away with my thoughts, or taking pictures of anything and everything. Stop on by for everything from self-care to book reviews to fashion posts and more!

30 thoughts on “18 Little Things for 2018- Blogmas Day 11

  1. Meditation is something I need to do more of. This is a great post and one I may borrow the idea of as it would be a great one for my bullet journal next year. I am hopeless at organising myself so full on bullet journal use next year will help. Great post

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    1. Bullet journalling sounds like a really fun way to stay organized! Also if you want to get more into meditation I’d totally recommend apps like Headspace, Insight Timer and an app called Stop, Breathe & Think! All super useful and have meditations for varying intentions and time limits:)

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      1. Thanks for the info. Im fine though just got out of the habit last couple of weeks. Need to get back or things will start slipping. I took a course on mindfulness and meditation earlier this year with a lovely lady I met through a paranormal investigation I went on. Ended up in the same Tarot class too 🙂 x

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      2. They are really addictive these ghost hunts/paranormal investigations. I went on one in March 2016 and still going on them regularly. Find a good group to go with. I did and they helped me develop some of my abilities to. All good things 🙂

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  2. Oh my goodness, I could relate to almost everything on this list- so much so that I can’t narrow down a favorite to gush over! The one that especially stood out to me was wanting to write a book: I’ve actually already got an idea in mind, but due to my young age and lack of experience, I’m scared too… But anyway, I wish you the best of luck with this list! Embrace life for the beautiful thing it is and you’re already halfway done 🙂

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    1. Aw thank you very much! And I don’t think you’re ever too young to do something you feel passionately towards! I think there should be more young writers out there who can speak to the experience of being a young person today. That’s part of the reason I’d love to write a book myself. and experience comes from trial and error, no one is born knowing how to write a book! 🙂

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      1. Thank you!! That’s a lot of the reason why I decided to start my blog, was to pursue my dreams of writing before pursuing a book. You’re very right, so I wish us both the best of luck on writing! 🙂

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  3. I am with you with the defaulting thing too. I am so scared of going to a new place or even ordering something new at an old place. I just went to a Christmas lunch and mid-way I realized I probably ordered the same thing I had ordered 2 years ago when I was there last. It was an interesting realization. But I think it is so hard to leave your comfort zone really.
    And yes, regarding putting myself out there…I can’t really do that. I am often afraid to make connections or even promote my writings to those around me. I have started talking to people slowly and I am hoping to become better at it in the new year. Hopefully one day I won’t be too afraid to make connections and have lots of friends.

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    1. I think that taking baby steps is a huge accomplishment, so even starting slow at talking to people is great!

      And yeah defaulting is my worst habit, to be honest. I have this saying “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” and I want to start following that personally myself!


      1. I used to have a goal of trying a new restaurant for lunch every week. I think I felt good about it for a while. Sometimes I liked the new stuff, sometimes I didn’t. Overall though, I felt good having the courage to try something new. This past year though, I have been mostly on the comfortable side. I don’t want to try anything new, just wanna stick with the comfort of familiar. I am hoping I will feel different in the new year. Hoping to get a new job too.

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  4. I love your list, I’m gonna screenshot it to remind myself to do those things especially the stop defaulting one, I’ve never even given it much thought but I seem to live my life on default too. Also I’d love tattoos but I’m a complete wimp and too scared to get one!

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    1. Honestly I was so nervous about getting my first tattoo on my ribs which people say is super painful but it was way less painful than I thought! And the defaulting one seems to be something that resonates with a lot of people which makes me feel less alone! And thank you!

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  5. That was a beautiful post and damn girl, you give me new goals.There’s so much I can relate to right now and well definitely a lot that I can imbibe from.A wonderful flow of words by the way and yes indeed, I’m gonna steal some little things from that list and hope I can at least implement a few of them.Thanks for the lovely post ! Happy blogging !

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    1. Thank you very much! I find that setting good goals before a new year really helps you start off on the right foot and I wanted to use this post as a way to show people you don’t need to set quantifiable goals (lose 30lbs, earn $25,000, read 50 books, etc.) in order to accomplish a bunch during the year! I’m glad I helped contribute to some of your goals and happy blogging to you too!


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