New Years Resolutions | 2018

New Years Resolutions | 2018

Legitimately, how is 2017 already over? How am I sitting here at my dining table, writing another resolutions post? I feel like these posts are a right of passage every year for myself. My review of this year’s resolutions and the process of making resolutions for the coming year is a repeated process reminding me that I have all these goals for a more-improved Racquel that will probably not be achieved…

New Year Resolutions 2017
New Years Resolutions 2016
New Years Resolutions 2015

But don’t we all do this? Most of us just don’t publicise it on the Internet…

Down the rabbit hole we go again!

My 2017 resolutions were to:

  • Take some Piano lessons; i’ve always wanted to learn.
  • Continue to keep learning French
  • Release one blog post once a week
  • Socialise more
  • Save as much money as possible
  • Make definite plans to move out of home in 2018
  • Graduate university with the best grades possible
  • Put together a professional portfolio of design work
  • Enrol into a Masters degree OR land myself a full-time job
  • Try everything- even if i’m afraid to- on my euro-trip!
  • Video and Document my euro-trip
  • Volunteer once a month
  • Book a Graduation Holiday

I never took up the piano or learning more French, I failed at releasing one blog post a week, and I didn’t volunteer at all. Why? The mental health stuff was a big player in the game, but ultimately it came down to being time poor. I was in Europe for two months, then I was working 45 hour weeks, and then I went back to university full time.

I did not put together a professional portfolio of design work because I tend to loose interest in things very quickly, and this was one of those things. Lastly, I did not book a graduation holiday because Rac grew up and got a full-time job/was also a little poor from the $18,000 euro-trip and two months of unemployment.

Surprisingly though, there were a couple of resolutions that I succeeded at. I socialised more, I graduated university with the best grades possible, I landed myself a full-time job, I did literally everything I possibly could do on my euro-trip whilst videoing and documenting it all, and despite spending $18,000 on travel and being unemployed, I still managed to save as much money as I could.

In conclusion, 2017 wasn’t a massive flop resolution-wise, but what could Racquel have on the horizon for 2018? Let’s see…

  • Read more books
  • Blog more, maybe once a week.
  • Obtain a Visa to work in the UK for 2019
  • Look into applying for postgraduate degree study
  • Eat healthier, try being a vegetarian?
  • Smash some work goals and go on a famil!
  • Get fitter, maybe join a gym?
  • Holiday in Canada
  • Save lots of money!

I get the vibe that 2018 might be a little better than 2017 for me personally. Why? Because it’s already a change-up from the past four years of unstable employment and full-time study. I don’t know; 2018 just has a magical ring to it, maybe it’s just because it’s an even number…

We will see.

Let me know your new years resolutions for 2018 in the comments!


Racquel Hardie
Racquel Hardie

A twenty-something Aussie woman passionate about travel and documenting everything.

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