I know for a fact when I make new year’s resolutions I don’t stick to 99.9% of them! Despite this, I still made a mental list of what I wanted to get done in 2018 and a lot of them were the usual suspects:

. Start running 3x a week
. Eat more vegetables (not just peas)
. Try to be more optimistic
. Make a plan (good one, Jade)
. Take a second video a day, EVERYDAY
. Spend more time with friends and family
. Try to keep a journal
. Keep up with a blog (not just my university one)
. Try to accomplish at least 1 productive thing a day

Now, so far I have tried and failed at a lot of these! I have been running max three times this year (still an accomplishment to be honest). I do eat a bit more veg in my meals but being a university student, my diet mainly consists of chicken nuggets and soup. I am more optimistic, mainly about the plan I have for when I get out of university at the end of this semester. I have managed to take a second video a day for quite a few days. I need to spend more time with my family. Most days I manage to clean up my room if I don’t do anything else, so I guess that’s productive… I will try a bit harder with that one.

However, I have stuck to one of my resolutions which was to journal everyday!
I admit it can be difficult to keep it up, some days I feel too down to write anything! But on these days, I just write one sentence saying how I feel, it really doesn’t have to be long or in-depth. I think the most important thing to remember is that it is a really beneficial thing to do, writing down your worries and accomplishments helps with your mental state especially when you are going through a turbulent time in your life. I am in the middle of a rocky time in my life, it isn’t the worst situation I could be in, but I thought things would turn out differently. Because of this I have found writing down that I am not happy every single day helps me get it out, so I don’t bottle it up. Even though I have only been writing for two months, I can already look back and see I have come a way away from where I was at the beginning of the year!

When I first thought of journaling I thought of the long Bridget Jones’s diary style entry’s. I really could not keep up with that, it’s too much work to write down every single thought you had that day. So, start small. Write down key words, thoughts, feelings or even how the weather is if that makes you feel better. Anything to get it out of your system. You will than yourself in the future, you can look back and see what has changed or even what has stayed the same. From this you can learn what to do differently, and what works best.

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior”

– Christina Baldwin

Thanks for reading!


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