Is it too late for a 2018 post? Never. 2017 for me was a year of learning. Learning more about myself has been enlightening, a bit scary and makes me feel excited about the years ahead.
The year past was far from perfect. There were some very rocky patches with my mental health, a traumatic experience that is still looming, and a few failures here and there. These experiences are what makes the good parts of life so much better; something that I’ve had to remind myself of a few times in 2017. In this post, I wanted to touch on a few things that I began in previous years and I am continuing, but also some new things that I am exploring in 2018 as well.
I am definitely remaining vegan for the forseeable future. I’ve never felt better about my choices and I’ve honestly never felt healthier and more in tune with myself since making the change. I am hoping to share more of the food I am eating and different products that I use in my day to day life because you don’t realise how easy it is. Truly. The world has never been so accommodating to opt for cruelty free options.
Living a more minimal life is still a consistent goal for me, and something I need to check in with every so often. I have a lot of things in my life that I still want to let go of (like that makeup I never wear) and I am hoping to continue to whittle away at my possessions that are overstocked. I also want to live a more minimal life in terms of relationships that are uncomplicated, spending time with people I care about and not giving extra thought to people that I don’t resonate with.
I am very new in the zero waste movement, but I am more determined than ever to reduce my footprint and find plastic free options. I’m hoping to start recording things I’m using up, the struggles I’m facing, the triumphs I’m having, and everything about switching to zero waste. I’m also toying with the idea of a free challenge checklist so you can start switching out to zero waste options in your life too! Let me know if you would like this kind of starter checklist!
Something I already started on the 3rd December 2017 was a sober year. I am unsure if it will continue past the year deadline, but I forsee that once I’ve gotten the year milestone, I would want to continue. I figured if I made it through the silly season without any alcohol, the rest of the year will be a breeze. The main reason I am doing this is for my mental health. I did a few sober months in 2017 which were really great, but after when I would have a glass of wine or two, I would notice that my body and my mood would be very affected afterwards. On the 2nd December I had my work xmas party where I overindulged a little – like we all do at one point or another – and I had four days of anxiety afterwards. It makes much more sense for me to stop drinking now before I do any more damage to my body or my mind. To be honest, I only missed it a little in December and since then I haven’t really noticed at all.
If you have read some of my previous personal posts, you would know that I have been struggling with hormonal acne for some time now. Actually if you think about it, because I was on the pill from 16 – 27, you could say that I have been masking the hormonal imbalance I’ve had with fake hormones, and never had the real issue dealt with. I’ve been educating myself regarding hormonal imbalances, hormonal birth control for women and what it can do to your body, and how to combat this. I ultimately decided to quit hormonal birth control, revise my diet and go to an acupuncturist for more help regarding this. Let me know if you’d like to hear more about this journey in the comments below.
Of course, there are other things that I want to achieve in 2018, but these five are my main goals that I wanted to share with you.
Let me know your goals in the comments below! I’d love to hear what your plans are too 🙂