January Small Goals + My Word for 2018

Happy 2018!!! I can’t believe the New Year is here. I’m already in that post-Christmas sadness that is going to stay with me pretty much until March (or August) and it’s crazy since we also celebrate Epiphany on January 6th here in Italy, so all the decorations are still on, Christmas movies are still on TV and things like that. When I was a child, I knew there was another present to open and other treats to eat, but now that I’m older I can only hope for a good movie on TV.

December has been an incredibly good month this year. Not having University classes to attend, I just did some trips to the library to gather material for my thesis and, for once, I spent December 23rd at home helping my mom. I don’t miss school at all!

Here is a recap of my goals for the month.

1. Avoid procrastination before the Holidays. I don’t feel like I’ve been productive as much as I wanted, some days it was basically impossible to concentrate on my thesis research for me. I could do better.

2. Exercize daily. Done! *pats her shoulder*

3. Choose a word for 2018. More on that in a moment.

4. Spend less time on social media. Done!!! I still can’t believe it, but I’ve been able to take 48h completely off from Instagram. It has been my very first social media detox (I basically use only Instagram these days, LOL) and it felt so good! At first, I started constantly wanting to check it, but I had hidden the app in my app drawer (I love Android for this feature!) and it helped a lot because it wasn’t in front of me all the time. Then, I started forgetting it completely at the point that I didn’t even want to check it back on December 27th! During this break, I realized that I never felt the need to take a detox when Instagram was just, well, Instagram. But now with private messages, Stories, sponsored stuff (I’m looking at you Garden Escapes!) and the ability to follow hashtags, it’s incredibly cluttered, like Twitter. I always followed only the people I really cared to see updates from, not to be rude, but I wanted to be sure to interact with them, leave comments and be a good friend. Now, even if I still follow few people, my time spent using the app has increased because of all those features. I don’t care about the Stories of every single person I follow, but there is no way to avoid them once I start watching them, I can skip them, but they still pop up in front of me.

Articles Written in December

Since I write for other websites as well, I thought it would be nice to share my posts here in these monthly recaps as a sort of newsletter.

November Favorites – My friend Lily and I shared our favorite things from the past month on Travelling Geek Show.

How to Start a Seriously Awesome 2018 Journal – This month’s blog post for Page Flutter was all about starting a journal for 2018. I shared my tips and tricks on how and what to journal and where to start!

My goals for January

1. Watch more movies and only 1 TV series at a time. Since last November, when I finally got Netflix, I got so excited that I started watching tons and tons of TV series, doing little progress since I watched one or two episodes per week of each. I was so excited to finally be able to watch what I liked (TV doesn’t interest me at all), that I’ve lost track of what I started and I basically stopped watching movies, also because my attention span decreased a lot during the years, but I want to change that because movies are what I will remember along the years, not random short episodes. So my goal for January is to watch more movies and to pick only 1 TV series at a time, preferably with a small number of seasons and episodes (The Crown was the only TV show I watched in December and was perfect!), so I can fully appreciate it without feeling the need to binge-watch it.

2. Journal daily. I’ve always been tempted by journaling apps, but I love the feeling of pen and paper when it comes to jotting down my thoughts. However, not being able to print my photos to add to my journaling has always been a pain for me. Luckily, I discovered a beautiful (free) app called Journey and my plan is to use it as a daily recap log, it won’t replace my ramblings on paper, it will be a sort of a photo-a-day project just for myself. I was thinking about doing it on a private Instagram account, but this app is much better. It syncs with Google Drive, you can export your entries in different formats and, most importantly, it isn’t a social media.

3. Reduce my time on Instagram. I will continue with my December goal, it went so well that I’m excited to unplug more this month!

4. Wear more makeup. If you’ve read my previous blog post, you’ll already know that one of the things that I regret the most in 2017 is being too lazy for makeup. I already ordered a new mascara to replace my expired one, so I hope to be in the right direction.

5. Visit more blogs and leave more comments. This can also be translated with: being a blogger again. Instagram is cool, but I’m not an influencer, I’m a blogger and I’ve been that for more than a decade now. In 2017, I’ve been more than once close to shutting down this blog because I couldn’t find the enthusiasm anymore. Maybe I just needed a break.

One Little Word

The amazing Ali Edwards introduced me to this project and I’ve been choosing a word to guide me through the years since 2015. You can find all my previous posts about that here.

2015 – immerse
2016 – less
2017 – magic
2018 – slow

I chose slow for 2018, inspired by the slow reading movement. I want to stop scrolling and start reading this year (can we create a T-shirt with that motto??). I want to spend less time comparing myself to others and more time to be productive. I want to stop feeling like I’m in a race to read as many books as I can and I want to actually finish my TBR folder on my Kindle before getting new books (by the way, I joined the #theunreadshelfproject2018 on Bookstagram, you can follow my adventures here). I want to slow down in general and actually enjoy the moment, being more present with my eyes away from a screen.

Here is the plan, let’s hope I’ll be able to stick with it!

 

Do you have any goals, words, resolutions for 2018?

December Small Goals + End of the Year Reflections

After enjoying for months all the posts about monthly goals that Kay and Kristin have written, I finally decided to give it a go and why not starting in December? I discovered that the “Small Goals” series is actually a link up by Nicole of Writes Like a Girl!

So here are my small goals for December.

Avoid procrastination before the Holidays. I have a thesis to write and research to do and when the calendar is set on December my inner clock says CHRISTMAS and so the only things I want to do is to watch Christmas movies on Netflix. But the truth is that I have so much work to do that I should definitely avoid distraction and procrastination and stay productive at least until December 23rd.

Exercize daily. My body is currently a wreck at the moment and my osteopath gave me 3 simple exercises to do every single day, they are not very time-consuming. I want to be sure to actually do them every day even during the holidays, so I’ve set up reminders on my phone.

Choose a word for 2018. I stopped setting goals for the new year because I never achieved them and they weren’t actionable, so I decided to pick a word and let it guide me. This project was inspired by the One Little Word class by Ali Edwards and my word for 2017 was MAGIC. I wanted to reconnect myself with my fandoms and my passions because I’ve put them aside when I started learning about blogging and biz and all the marketing you can find online.

Spend less time on social media. Meaning Instagram since all the other social media platforms are automated now (my Facebook page and Twitter, while I completely abandoned Pinterest for now). I’d like to check it only a couple of times a day (or not at all during the various Christmas parties) and use my phone to take photos rather than scroll a feed of other people’s lives.

And now the boring part: my end of the year reflections (you can skip it if you want). 🙂

2017 has been a great year for me. I finished all my exams at University, I participated to my very first Instagram workshop, I’ve met in person another Instagram friend, I collaborated with other bloggers, I became a contributor to Page Flutter and I also moved my blog to WordPress.

I was so excited to have some extra money to upgrade my plan and map my domain, in order to have a more professional presence here. I was seeing a bright new future for my blog and I was so happy of that that I even announced it to my parents (I never share internet stuff with them). But things started changing just a few months after.

First of all, I discovered that the price of my plan has increased and I’ll have to pay a lot more next year, only to have my domain mapped, and I’m pretty sure that I won’t be able to afford it, if a miracle won’t happen in the meantime, this also means that I’ll have tons of broken links around the internet that I won’t be able to fix, especially on Pinterest. I also noticed that comments started decreasing and decreasing here on the blog after moving to WordPress, not sure why since my posts are still visible on Feedly and Bloglovin’. I don’t care about numbers anymore, so I don’t even know how many followers, page views, readers I have at this point, but comments were what kept me going, this way it’s almost like talking to myself, which is good, but I already do it all the time in my journal. 😀 Please don’t take it like I’m begging for comments or things like that. It’s just a general consideration and my curiosity makes me wonder why it happened (I love studying marketing strategies!).

But not everything that happened was negative, I also managed to do some incredibly fulfilling collaborations with other bloggers and, the excitement I got doing that, made me question whether I still want to run my blog or not. The answer is: I don’t know. I hope to find it out during 2018 and, in the meantime, I’ll keep blogging and I’ll try to stick with my small goals.

One of the reasons why I kept writing here, even if when I didn’t feel inspired or encouraged, was to keep improving my English, to keep forcing myself to write in a language that it isn’t mine and to have a sort of portfolio for my articles. But now I contribute to other blogs (Page Flutter, Travelling Geek Show, Middle Earth News) and I have all my “useful” posts on Medium, I write lengthy captions on Instagram and I chat every day with English-speaking people on WhatsApp. In short, I have to find other reasons to keep running this blog. I love to contribute to other blogs and I love to remble in my diary. So 2018 is going to be the year of discovery, I guess.

Let’s see what the future will bring us.