HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! In honor of the first day of 2018, I’m sharing a few of my New Year’s Resolutions with you all. (There’s also a giveaway at the end of this post!)
But first, a note to any regular readers – as you may have noticed last week, I put up three posts instead of my usual two. This is actually a permanent change – I’m officially a three-post-a-week gal! Instead of Tuesdays and Fridays, you can expect a new post to appear on Espresso and Ambition every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Anyways, let’s dive into the resolutions and the giveaway.
Resolution #1: Start meditating
I always pick one “big” goal for the year based on the area of my life that I think needs the biggest improvement. In 2016, it was losing weight and getting healthy; in 2017, it was reading more books, since I love reading but had gotten out of the habit of it. This year, I want to start meditating early. With all of the pieces of my life that I attempt to balance, my mind can easily turn into a jumbled mess at times. I want a better way to start my days with a clear head, and 10 minutes of meditation first thing in the morning seems like an excellent way to do that. I’ve downloaded the Headspace app, which I’ve heard is amazing for beginner meditators. I can’t wait to see how this one goes!
Resolution #2: Make a YouTube channel
This resolution is actually a long time coming. I’ve been planning to launch a YouTube channel for a few months now, and the new year just seems like the perfect time to do that. This resolution is also why I’ve made the change in my posting schedule – I’m planning to post normal blog posts on Mondays and Fridays, with video content coming out on Wednesdays. If all goes according to plan (meaning I can successfully film and edit for the first time in the next 48 hours), the first video is going up on Wednesday!
Resolution #3: Get rid of things I don’t need
As someone who’s getting pretty darn close to the point in her life when she packs everything she owns into a U-Haul and moves to a new city after graduation, I really need to start clearing out my possessions and getting rid of things I don’t need. I’ve started some of that in 2017 by listing some clothes on Poshmark and the like, but I’m ready to take it up a notch in 2018. I’m also extending this beyond material things, and really working to narrow down the things I dedicate my time and energy. There’s only so many hours in a day, and I want to be sure they’re not wasted on things I don’t really care about.
And now, the giveaway! As you already know, my 2017 resolution was to read 50 books (a task I accomplished at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve). In honor of fulfilling that resolution, I’m giving away a few of my favorite books from the year! I’ll be giving away 2 sets of 2 books – the first will contain Handmaid’s Tale and Leave Your Mark, and the second will contain Girl Code and The Nightingale. A few of these books have been featured in my book posts throughout the year, so I hope you’ll love them too. This giveaway is open to anyone in the United States (I’d love to do an international giveaway at some point, but international shipping is just so darn expensive, lol). Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!
Happy 2018 – I hope this year is all you want it to be and more!