Rinn’s New Year’s Resolutions 2018

NY Resolutions 2018

On my previous blog, I always used to share my New Year’s Resolutions, and I thought I’d continue over here! I never really like to set super strict goals, but rather things I’d like to take into consideration over the next year. Here’s what I’d like to do in 2018:

  • Take better care of myself. Physically, emotionally, mentally – I’d like to consider a little more about what I’m putting in my body and how I treat it. I’m generally quite good when it comes to meals, but stop snacking so much (or at least snack more on fruit).
  • And talking of food… experiment more with cooking. I’ve had my own place since March now, and one thing I always said I’d look forward to about having my own flat was having free range of the kitchen. Whilst I’ve tried some new dishes this year, I haven’t tried to make as much new stuff from scratch as I’d like.
  • Read at least 52 books this year. This is a really low goal for me – since I started blogging five years ago, I’ve consistently read at least 100 books every year, and the total has increased each year. By the very end of 2017 I’d read 151 books, which is a record for me. However, I like to aim to read at least one a week, and set no more – to avoid any unnecessary stress (I get very competitive when it comes to setting goals so need to go low…)
  • Keep up both the blog and my Twitch channel, but don’t let them take over my life. For a while, my book blog was all that I’d think about. I think I spent more time writing posts, thinking about writing posts and checking out new releases online than I actually did reading. I felt pressured to post a certain amount of times a week, get a certain number of comments on each post for it to be a ‘success’, constantly network on Twitter etc and comment on other blogs. It was not healthy and I eventually burned out, and began to almost resent book blogging. Hence this blog, which is much more casual and also covers a wider range of topics – so if I feel like ignoring books for a bit and posting about something else, I can. Similarly, before I reached Twitch Affiliate I got a bit obsessive about streaming and pretty much spent all my evenings playing games until midnight. Now I’m an Affiliate, I feel more relaxed and have instead set up a schedule, which I won’t neccessarily stick to if I just don’t feel like it.
  • Make something out of my job. I’m a bit fed up with just having a job. I want a career, and I want 2018 to finally be the year something happens. Whether this means I move on up where I am now, or I try and get back into the museum sector, I don’t know – but I want to feel like I’ve made progress career-wise by the end of 2018.

What are your resolutions for 2018? Do you set strict goals for yourself, or just have an idea of what you’d like to achieve?

7 thoughts on “Rinn’s New Year’s Resolutions 2018

  1. Jorie says:

    Hallo, Hallo Rinn,

    In regards to NY Resolutions – I kept it a bit simple this year – as I put into motion the biggest changes two years ago which is when I started to scale back my blog commitments and took on less ‘deadline-specific’ reviews. I find the lighter load to be a true blessing. I don’t regret the first years – don’t get me wrong – I loved them, but the pace was something which became unhealthy for me, which goes back to your point on this blog post – we have to each decide what is *healthy* for us – overall – not just physically but mentally and emotionally too. I even curbed reading war dramas of certain varieties after finding a few too many of them crushed my soul. I can still read the war dramas that are a bit lighter on the spectrum of the genre – fused more the relationship/romance lives of the characters but if they go into those nitty-gritty war realities? I had to just opt-out after awhile. It went against my heart.

    For this year, I decided I missed being connected to the bloggers I’ve known for four & 1/2 years whilst owned the fact I follow nearly 350+ bloggers on Twitter – most of whom haven’t seen me interact with them for at least 2+ years? It was mostly due to a rise in my chronic migraines – where I had to cocoon my efforts to my own blog or Twitter feeds – but as I’m emerging out of some of the personal stress I was going through and having the added benefits of seeing the migraines being better held at bay by implementing audiobooks into my reading life (to off-set the ones I read in print) — it’s time to resume being the chatty heart I am in the blogosphere! 🙂

    In that vein, I joined the #Commenting365 challenge to keep this at the forefront of focus each week for the next 52 weeks as I’m doing the challenge 3 different ways! lol 🙂

    Secondly, I created a personal reading challenge called #70AuthorsChallenge which focuses on my love of INSPY Fiction. Something I launched Year 1 and have not given the proper attention to – you could say I was ‘distracted’ by other stories… lol. I’ve always been a hybrid reader (INSPY + mainstream) but this year, I wanted to return to my roots and re-highlight the writers and stories of INSPY who give my heart a heap of joy — to me that’s why creating resolutions are helpful to us.

    It allows us to think about what we want to change — even if it’s not always immediate change, and then set on a path towards realising those goals.

    That’s actually it – I kept it really simple! Ooh, and secondarily, I’m trying to keep myself limited to monthly reading challenges like RALs (I have three this January!) or mini-challenges to where I don’t feel consumed by them for a full 12 months. The only exception (at this point) is the HIstorical Fiction Reading Challenge – as despite participating on my own behalf on my blog — tracking how much #HistFic I read, I never officially participated until this year. lol This was always a no-brainier – I literally get giddy excited about going into the historic past every chance I can! 🙂

    On the health front – I, too, want to make some radical changes. From what I eat to how I find better longevity and overall wellness. I’m still re-aligning back into a veghead diet; something I’ve missed and longed to achieve for four years. We’re all works-in-progress on some level.

    Here’s to you and here’s to all of us attempting to make 2018 a good year for ourselves.

    Many happy returns & New Year’s blessings to you, dear Rinn!


  2. Louise says:

    Sounds like you’ve set some pretty good goals for yourself! I usually try to make simple goals for myself so that they’re easier to achieve but I want to be less lazy from now on so I’ve gone for more productive goals that involve actually doing things 😊


  3. Valerie says:

    Great resolutions Rinn! I have very similar ones, especially the cooking one (I’m so lazy and sometimes slack at making my own food, which needs to stop).

    I don’t have that many resolutions except for small things here and there, like more reading, being more productive, take one thing at a time, etc. And yes to self care!


    • Rinn says:

      Yeah, I love cooking but when I get home from work I don’t want to spend hours making something. I try and food prep on the weekend but I often end up making a meal that lasts 3-4 days and it gets a bit boring…

      Self care can never be overestimated ❤


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