If you've been here since last year, you might remember that in february I said that I didn't do new years resolutions in january because I don't believe in them, or rather, I think that making overly ambitious and unplanned new years resolutions in january is setting yourself up for failure, this stands true to this day, but there's a twist now!
See, resolutions are a trap, they are a trap because even though we know we're setting ourselves up for failure we still go ahead and say something unrealistic like "I'm gonna go to the gym everyday for the next three-sixty-five days of my life" like...bro, you once ate three bowls of instant ramen playing overwatch at 3AM who u fooling?
Goals on the other hand, are nice, realistic and you can tick them off your bullet journal and break them down into mini sub-goals spread throughout your year, like "I'm gonna limit my ramen intake to one per week" or "I'm gonna walk my dog two times a day", see? Not so scary, or intimidating, or so impossible that you're ready to quit three days into the year.
Taking this into consideration, the least that I could do after writing that text-wall of biblical proportions above was to give you a bunch of goals and resources to kickstart your year, divided neatly and linked properly for ease-of-use. Enjoy!
LEARN SOMETHING NEW!
Repeat after me: this is the year in which we nourish our minds and souls like we do our bodies! Your brain is gonna be there at the end of the day wether you want it to or not, so you might as well fill it with useful stuff instead of letting it catch dust, right? This post is not sponsored but I recently signed up to skillshare and I found it to be a great resource so I want to give you this link so you can get three months of premium for 0.99€ to spend on learning something new. With that being said:
This year I want to...
Learn illustration: Youtube: Proko / Sycra / Kienan Lafferty / Level Up! — Websites: CGCookie / Paintable CC — Courses: Drawing Plants & Animals by Karina Eibatova / Digital Painting Academy
Learn hand-lettering: Inspiration: Jasmine Dowling / Cocorrina / Kinlake / Euni + Co. / Light of Leni / Wilde House Paper — Courses: Casual Hand Lettering by Kinlake / Lettering for Designers by Jessica Hische / Hand-lettering by Cocorrina
Learn design: Youtube: The Future / Flux / Adobe — Websites: Behance / Dribbble — Courses: Branding Process by Cocorrina / Fundamentals of Photoshop: One, Two, Three & Four by Meg Lewis / Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator by Brad Woodard / Pen & Pencil Magic: Illustrator Basics by Dylan Mierzwinski
Learn a new language: Apps: Memrise / Duolingo / HiNative / Eggbun— Websites: Italki / The Langblr Tumblr Community* — Korean Websites + Blogs: Korean Class 101 + Youtube Channel / Bitesize Korean / Eojetbam-Studies (my side-blog!) — Japanese Websites + Blogs: Japanese Pod 101 + Youtube / Learn JP * just add "target language" langblr for more specific posts
TRY SOMETHING NEW!
Mind covered, it's time to actually get our hands dirty. There's so many new cool things to do in this day and age that I'm surprised we still spend so much of our time in front of our phones.
If you like reading and writing, how about opening up a blog? You can write about virtually anything now and it's a great place to express yourself and meet people! Or maybe you have more skill with sharing stories through images, in which case you could dabble with having a youtube channel.
Maybe this can be the year where you reinvent yourself, perhaps you could try a capsule wardrobe for a season and see how you like it, or try creating your own skincare routine? Nowadays I swear by korean skincare and even though I don't do the whole ten-step routine I've definitely seen such an improvement on my face from before!
Hmm what more what more? That's the magic of it, isn't it? You could try your hand at millions of different things, like gardening, knitting, dancing, painting, meditating, baking, etc., just go out and get your body moving, it's good for the soul <3
Mind and body taken care for, let's get creative and do things out of our comfort zone. There are many different ways you can challenge yourself, doesn't have to be something you saw online, maybe you're shy and it's difficult for you to look at people in the eye, so you could challenge yourself to making eye contact at least three times a day, or maybe you have an unhealthy obsession with ramen and you need to challenge yourself to not eating so much of it *ahem*
Last year I did the Shameless Challenge by Shameless Maya and I challenged myself to do one thing a day that my otherwise shy, reserved and unassuming self would never do, and it changed my life, it gave me confidence and it made me realise that my life is worth being heard you know?
This year I'm returning to that challenge and I'm also doing the 100 Days of Productivity Challenge where you have to do at least one productive thing every day for one hundred days. For this challenge I'm focusing on my health, creative work and my art skills and also my korean and japanese. Not to freak anyone out but in five days I walked 26.2k...damn girl, talk about kickstarting your year right!
If neither of these challenges sound appealing to you though, don't fret! You could do a social media detox, or maybe challenge yourself dancing if you're scared of it's too sexy, the end of the line here is that the good things in life are at the other side of your comfort zone, which one you get out of you realise it was really small to begin with.
LOVE YOURSELF <3
Last but not least, nothing can start right if you aren't in the right space with yourself. Lately I've been seeing a lot of people online trash talk about themselves like it's some sort of competition, and I get it sometimes you have to make lighthearted jokes from terrible situations to keep yourself sane, but some of the things I've read are anything but lighthearted.
Let's make of this year a positive environment for ourselves to thrive in, okay? Let's say good things about ourselves and, let's do more things that make us happy this year and cut ourselves some slack, there's no need to be perfect, just good enough. I know that sometimes it gets hard to keep going, but there's so many things worth fighting for, please use them as strengths to lift you up instead of anchoring you down. Let's do great this year together, deal? <3