The start of a new year always feels like a blank sheet of paper to me. It’s clean and fresh, ready to be written upon. Although I set goals and challenges throughout the year, new years resolutions always feel more charged and purposeful to me. Today I wanted to take some time to review my 2017 goals as well as setting some new goals for the year ahead.
2017 goals in review
Journal once per week
There was only one week this year that I missed journalling, and it was because I was ill with the flu and couldn’t even hold my head up. I did a mixture of traditional day-to-day records, stream of consciousness work and journal prompts. I really enjoyed taking that time for myself to put my thoughts down on paper.
2. Read all the books in my to-read pile
I didn’t even come close to achieving this goal. Although I read a lot this year, I also got two bookstore giftcards, which inevitably led to the addition of about ten new books to the pile. If I’m going to have any chance of working through my to-read pile, I need to concentrate on not acquiring new books just as much as reading the ones on the shelf.
3. Knit a whole garment
I knitted not one, but three jumpers for myself this year (and made good progress on a fourth).
4. Continue transitioning to a vegan-ish diet
I rocked this one and went full vegan this year. I cooked loads of new recipes, tried foods I never expected to like and ate out at some fantastic vegan restaurants.
5. Declutter my flat
I got rid of approximately one quarter of all my possessions this year. I was extremely ruthless and cleaned out every cupboard and drawer. I was very honest about things that I was hanging onto out of guilt, or because it represented the kind of person I wished I were, rather than the person I am. It was incredibly freeing.
6. Buy fewer things
I drastically reduced the number of “just because” purchases I made this year. Although I did a fair amount of shopping still, I tried hard to be mindful of what I was spending money on and only bought things that were necessary or which brought me joy (and I went a bit nuts at Kinkfest and Sexpo….my bad!)
7. Write more sex positive posts
I’m really proud of the number of sex positive posts I published in 2017. I completed my series on the ABC’s of BDsM, wrote about sex on Game of Thrones, reviewed some awesome toys including my glass tentacle wand, the Tantus Destiny and the Bootie plug and considered the performance of pleasure. I got a lot more comfortable writing about sex and talking about difficult topics. I also attended Sexpo and Oz Kinkfest and met loads of incredible people at both events.
8. Build an aftercare kit
I had long wanted to build an aftercare kit for my BDsM needs. I put together an awesome little bag filled with all the essentials I need to take care of myself after a scene. It’s been super useful and it was truly therapeutic to consider closely the type of aftercare I need after a scene.
Close the gap on my long distance relationship
I’ve been dating my partner for almost two years now and we live three hours away from each other. Long distance relationships are rewarding, but difficult. By this time next year, I’d really like for my love and I to be living closer to one another.
Be able to do a forward split
My yoga practice has stalled a little this year, and I’ve noticed that my hips and hamstrings are especially tight. I have still been practising but I’ve slacked off a bit. So in 2018 I want to put more effort into regular yoga workouts and incorporating loads of flexibility training to allow myself to achieve a King Monkey Pose (or forward split) by the end of the year.
Learn colourwork knitting
It’s my dream to eventually learn how to make my own ugly Christmas sweaters. But before I can do that, I need to learn how to do colourwork properly. 2018 will be the year of colourwork knitting for me.
100 days of no spending
I’m trying hard to cut down my spending this year. There are a lot of days when I will pop into the shops aimlessly during my lunch break or call into the supermarket on my way home without a clear idea of what I’m going to buy. So this year I want to rack up 100 days where I don’t spend any money. I think this goal will help me to cut down on those little “just because” purchases.
Publish one toy review per month
I have a stack of toys that are waiting to be reviewed. I’d really like to get the ball rolling on more reviews and post one per month.
Catch up with one friend per month
I haven’t been terribly social this past year. I realised towards Christmas that there are some people I adore that I didn’t see at all in 2017. This year I want to make a huge effort to catch up with my friends more often, and arranging at least one friend-date per month will help with that.
So that’s my goals for 2018. Cross your fingers and lend me your support as I work towards them. And don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss any of my adventures and reviews.
What are your resolutions for 2018?