new year’s resolutions in march?

I am redoing my New Year’s Resolutions. I know what you’re thinking – IT’S MARCH. However, the expectations that I had for myself were outrageous due to my lifestyle and the state of my mental health. So, I have decided to start over. I don’t have to wait until next year, I can start right now. As the cliche goes, “there is no time like the present.”

 If you go back to my original post ( twenty-eighteen goals ), you will see that many of my goals were quite specific. I am altering these goals, they are as follows:

  1. Read something everyday. Any page length, any length of time, just read something – even if it’s just for class.
  2. Read 50 books this year. So far I am on track for this; however, if I am unable to complete this goal, I won’t be angry at myself.
  3. Write at least 1 blog post a week. I hope to do more, but this is the bare minimum.
  4. Begin writing a book (can be a poetry collection, short story collection, novella, or novel). There is no set way in which to start doing this, I simply need to start.
  5. Continue with journaling, and try different things in the journal. I want to use my journal to plan and do art; overall, I want the journal to be an accurate representation of my life.
  6. Start a YouTube channel. This is something that may or may not happen, depending on how my schedule is. Currently it is much easier to blog, so that’s what I’m doing, but I am hoping to branch out.
  7. Work on my health (both physical and mental). I have already started on this: I was put on anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medication, I have started journaling, and I have a gym membership. However, I need to actually go to the gym and I need to develop a healthier diet.
  8. Spend less pointless time on social media. I went two days without my phone for a class, and I think being off social media may help my mental health some, so this is something that I really want to try more.
  9. Stay on top of class work. I’ve been really good about that this semester, and hope to continue with to do so.
  10. Save money / spend less money. My paychecks have been pretty small this year, so after paying bills there isn’t a whole lot to spend… Does that count as spending less, since there is nothing to spend?

          So, starting in April, these will be my main goals. I hope that this time around I am able to stick to them, but if I happen to slip again, I hope that I keep trying and don’t give up.


 Lauren Hope

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