New year, new me? I am pretty sure this is the most cliche start to just about every new year. Most of us set out long lists of what we want to achieve most years and it only seems to be a small percentage of us, who actually stick to these goals. Every year I tell myself on January 1st, I am going to lose a huge amount of weight, in an unreasonable time and in ways which for me are just not sustainable. As well as that I'll tell myself this will be the year I will go to the gym 5 times a week, along with getting more of a social life. It's only this year, it's become crystal clear to me, it's impossible to live this way. Setting unreasonable goals for yourself, which you are likely to fail at, is a bit like self sabotage. So this year, I am doing it differently, I am not claiming to be a whole new me, or even close. More like an improved version of myself. The 'old me' was great, however the new me can be even better. 

I am not setting unreasonable goals, more like things I'd like to achieve but these don't even just have to be in the year twenty eighteen, these can be anytime I can make these happen. These goals range from massive life changing ones to small tips to live a happier life. I thought I'd share some of these goals with you today and hopefully inspire you to set some of your own goals. Remember you can start fresh at anytime and it is not limited to January 1st. You do you, and you do what you want to do. 

My Big Goal List:
May as well jump in at the deep end with this and start with one of my biggest goals, which is to get a car for myself, I passed my test in July 2017, however affording a car is a totally different story, I am the worst for spending money, I am awful at saving. I've recently heard about a ton of apps you can download to help you stay within your budget, and that way allowing me to have some money spare to start saving for a car. I know it'll feel great, knowing I saved for it all on my own. Now just to put myself on a spending ban, for a long time. To lose weight is my other big goal for the near future. I am about as bad at dieting as I am with saving, I am a huge fan of restaurants and often lack motivation to cook, it's not ideal at all. But I am going back to Slimming World, with a fresh pair of eyes. This is me, and I want to succeed. It will be one of the hardest things I've had to do, like ever. As I am a huge comfort eater, and food is one of the things I enjoy most in life and as sad as that seems it's a hard cycle to break, however it can be done. Whether it takes me 6 months, 6 years or even longer, if I am working towards this goal, I am happy.

My 'Small' Goals List:
In reality, no goals are actually small, a lot of them, even the 'easiest' ones can be difficult to maintain. But these will be ones I am pushing for this year. Taking better care of myself is a huge one for me, as someone who has struggled with mental illness for as long as they can remember, as well as issues with weight I was neglecting self care and being kind to myself. Towards the end of 2017 I started to treat myself better, it's simple things for me, like treating myself to a hair cut every six weeks, and getting some of the best hair products like Moroccan oil around and using face masks on the regular. Acne has been a huuuuge deal for me since I was around 11 years old, it comes and goes, but when it's here, it's bad. I've seen a variety of options online for acne removal and other issues people may be see as flaws, see here more details. Murad seems to be the only skincare that work well on my skin, and despite being fairly pricey, it's something I am willing to invest in. Having good skin makes me feel good.

Do more social things is another one I want to get nailed down soon. I am a huge fan of staying in the house, and an even bigger fan of staying in bed. The idea of going out with my friends is often hard, I don't really drink and can find it hard to socialise, but hiding away isn't going to make it any better. So my aim is to try go out, when I am invited out by my friends, instead of going into panic mode and wanting to hide out. Try saying yes, it's ok to say no sometimes of course it is. However I will try to make the effort to do more. 

What are your goals for the upcoming year? Let me know in the comments!

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