Sunday, December 17, 2017

New Year Resolutions To Support My Life Goals

Last year I introduced myself to setting goals. With the help of WikiHow, at 32 years old, for the first time, I was deciding what the hell I want from my life. This week, a year later, I spent some much required time on reevaluating and brainstorming my life goals for 2018.

I have always been very suspicious towards all the visualization and affirmation techniques. When put on paper, your goals might seem small, or silly, or sound too ambitious. Altogether it doesn't look like some life-changing activity. 

Yet, I’m going for it. Why? Because it helps. It helps me to keep on track. It helps me to align with my values. It helps me to prioritize. It keeps anxiety at bay. When you see how things in your life you fall into the certain categories without you even thinking about it, you’ll know you’re moving towards your true dreams. 

My Resolutions for 2018

The resolutions are the tools that can help you to nail down the bigger goals. Let me tell you about mine and show how they correlate with what I'm going to achieve. 

1. I will read in English only for one year straight

That may sound funny to Native English speakers, yet for this Russian-Ukrainian bilingual it doesn't come naturally. Reading in English for a year will be a scaffolding for another goal - passing an IELTS test by the end of the year. 

While in Vietnam, I didn't have access to the books in Russian, so I just had to read in English. And I liked it! I read ‘The Help’ for the outstanding language and lovely setting. The Mockingjay was a junk food for the brain, yet very helpful with the grammars and basic sentence structure.

2. I will keep working out every other day

You can check details of my workout schedule here. When winter came, I enrolled the gym. It's just the best feeling in the world to come to the group sessions and be in the top 3 toughest girls there. A-ma-zing. 

I'm still running outside when I can, but the Winter in Eastern Europe is not something you can fool around with. It's pitch dark, cold and wet. The roads are hideous as is, and just hazardous when covered with snow. So, it’s treadmill every other time now. 

3. I will sort the trash

A nice stretch out from my comfort zone. Here in Ukraine (as well as in Vietnam), they don't have any state regulations for the garbage. There are recycling stations, but you have to take your paper or glass there yourself. 

I will be really happy if the habit will stick. It supports my goal of adopting the ‘Reuse. Recycle. Repair.’ philosophy that I’m gravitating towards. To begin with, I’ll print out the 'Which Trash Goes Where’ manual and put it on the wall. 

4. I will get rid of ten things monthly

Sell, donate, or toss away, but the clutter has to go. After we moved back to the small city apartment, I was underwhelmed. It's our home, I love my storage, I love my shelving, and I'm absolutely in love with my kitchen. Yet.. it's cluttered. 

Since Kiev is my birthplace, I have all my emotionally priceless possessions here. But life abroad taught me you need to detach from material things. You only need few to get cozy in any place. Everything else can be replaced. 

So, 10 things a month are going away. This is not much. I'm setting the plank low and will reevaluate it in a couple of months. 

5. I will write 500 words for 5 days out of 7

Freewriting is astonishing. It is a good practice with multiple benefits. When you consequently learn that you can just get a thousand words out in half an hour, writing the drafts becomes easy-peasy. No, really. 

This resolution is a great cornerstone for my career goals. Last year I switched to Content Marketing position, and feel very inspired by it. Good writing is crucial for this sphere. 

The two remaining days a week go for the morning runs. It breaks the streaks, but I don’t care. Anyway, I always write more than 500 words a day. 

6. I will do my skincare routines

This pretty girl recently visited cosmetologist for the first time in her life. It was awesome. Turns out it’s never too late to stop picking your pimples, not even when you’re 33. 

I’m committing to cosmetologist sessions, proper cleansing and moisturizing. Here I stop and leave the rest to the beauty bloggers.  

I've got much more on my plate. Blogging is a big part of it, as well as making busyboards. Emir's education will take another huge chunk of time, as I'm now officially a Driver Mommy responsible for the commute of all family members. 

But I feel very excited. I love setting goals. I love making resolutions. I love to brag about my adamant 80th level willpower so much. Let's see what I can nail from the list above. So far, I consider it doable, just have to stretch out a little. 

I think I can!


  1. Some of these are fabulous and am really intrigued to know if you complete some. for example the only reading in english for a year. Good luck and i hope you have a wonderful new year x

    1. Aww, thanks a lot for your support. I feel most challenged about sorting the trash - it just slips out of my focus, so gotta work hard on creating the habit.
      Hope you have the most joyful holidays and good luck with your goals, too!