How have I kept to my resolutions so far?
My first blog post of 2018 was a list of my New Year's Resolutions and while writing that post, I told myself to keep on top of them by reflecting at the end of each month. Obviously, I won't be writing about my NY Resolutions every month but I thought the end of January/start of Feb was a pretty good place to start. So, how have my resolutions been going?
Go to the gym more
I think I've done a pretty good job with this one, which I didn't think I'd do. I was aiming for two workouts a week, but I've actually been doing three or four (except last week, I only managed one as I was unwell). I've been going to the gym every Monday and Wednesday, and then I head to a gym class with my stepmum every Tuesday and Thursday. The variety has actually been a great way to keep me motivated and I've definitely been feeling healthier for it.
Drink Less Alcohol
Looking back on this resolution I now realise that I don't actually drink that much alcohol, and I that I had just had too much in December (I think I can allow that as I worked so hard, too). Anyway, I've still managed to cut down and only drank on the first Saturday in Jan - I do think I'll be more lenient with this resolution, though!
Focus on Exams
I'd like to think I'm doing pretty well with this one. I know I'm doing my best and I'm currently in the process of doing the bare minimum at work so that I can focus on my studies. I'm just hoping I see the results!
I've got to be honest, I'm very on the fence about how well this one's going. In some ways I've done a great job of saving, but in others I've done an awful job. I've made a few impulse purchases, but I have definitely kept to my "half in savings, half in current account" task.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water seems like a simple task, in theory. I managed to ace this resolution by downloading a free app called Plant Nanny, where you have a little plant that you have to water every time you drink. For the majority of Jan, I drank as much or more water as I should per day. It's made me feel loads better in myself, and I've definitely seen an improvement in my skin.
Look after myself more/focus on what makes me happy
I'm throwing these two resolutions into one as I think they go hand-in-hand. I must say, I feel like a wave of positivity has washed over me over the past few weeks and I can't quite put my finger on what it is. I've just been feeling great. Writing this blog makes me so happy and I really strive to do one post a week (aiming for more after exams) but sometimes things get in the way, especially in this vital year of studies, so I have to make some exceptions. All in all though, I'm smiles all round.
Start a Bullet Journal
Starting a bullet journal was sort of an after-thought, but I love doing it. I don't think my current lifestyle (EXAMS!!!) allows me to do something creative with it every day, but I use it daily and do something new every few days. I find it very relaxing while not feeling like I'm wasting time - sometimes, when revision is too much, I take a break but TV makes me feel like I'm not being productive - and it's very fun to organise all of the aspects of my life that I prioritise.
Look after my nails
Okay, so far looking after my nails isn't going great. I don't bite them but I definitely pick at them when I'm nervous or bored, and I'm almost always one or the other. I may postpone this until after exams, when I'm not constantly worrying!
There's not a huge lot to say about this as I am just having fun. I'm trying to put myself first this year and it's definitely changing my outlook on life.
How're your New Year's Resolutions going? Let me know in the comments!