It’s already been twenty-sixteen for almost a week, so now that I’ve got the reminiscing over twenty-fifteen out of the way, I thought it was high time to start looking to the twelve months ahead. In my first in review post two years ago I wrote about how I don’t really buy into New Year’s Resolutions and the idea that we can completely regenerate ourselves overnight. However, as I wrote then I can’t deny that there’s something refreshing about the beginning of a new year. It’s as good a time as any to take a look at ourselves, our ambitions and goals, and make new plans for reaching them – so that’s just what I’m doing.
My first term at university can only be described as turbulent. I’ll be writing a post in the next few days looking back over those first ten weeks in York, but now it’s all over and we’re about to begin a new semester things have begun to settle down. My ultimate aim is to complete this year with a first, but with only one essay grade in so far I’m not yet sure how plausible this is! Really, my goal can only be do keep doing the best I can, and that means staying organised and keeping on top of my reading. I also want to get to know York better, and in the summertime explore the Yorkshire countryside. There’s a Goals for Term Two blogpost on its way soon, so keep a look out for more in the next few days!
My social life at uni definitely has room for improvement. I want to leave space for socialising every day, even if it’s just a cup of coffee in the kitchen with my housemates. My friend Jess and I are hoping to organise a study group one evening a week, and I want to keep reaching out and meeting as many people as possible here. Back home, where I have to rely on my parents for lifts to meet up with people, it’s a lot harder; I didn’t do well enough at all with catching up with people back home at Christmas, so during the holidays I want to meet up with friends at least twice a week.
Mind and Body
My mental health took a big hit during my first term at university, but thankfully this is on the way up now. To keep my mind at its best, I need to keep organised using my bullet journal, write my diary, and spend time with people. But mental and physical health go hand in hand; during my gap year I got really into fitness, running, swimming and going to the gym two or three times a week. My diet at uni is pretty good – being in charge of everything I buy has really helped me focus on only eating foods which benefit me – but my gym routine last term was almost non-existent. Here in York I’ve amazing fitness facilities just a five-minute walk away, so I’m committing to getting to the gym more often. I was lucky enough to get a FitBit for Christmas which has proved really motivational. I’ll start with just once or twice a week, and then try to build up – maybe I’ll even try a class, something which has always terrified me!
I want to go somewhere hot this year. I don’t know where, when or how, but I’m in need of some time under the sun! I’d also love to visit my friend Billie, who’s studying in Lille, and to spend some more time in my favourite place in the world, the Lake District. Hopefully G and I will take a holiday to one of these places – we’re planning a kayaking/camping trip for the summer! – but I’d love to travel somewhere with my sister, even just for the weekend. In order to do any of this, I’ll need to earn some money more regularly – watch this space…
Every single year I say I’ll ‘post more’. I’ve even got as far as setting schedules for myself – but I manage to never stick to them. This year, I’m fully committing to making this little site as good as it can be. So, I’ll be posting more regularly, starting at twice a week and potentially building up. Naturally this might fluctuate a little around essay weeks or weeks like this when I have no classes, but I’ll be aiming for a ‘fifty-two weeks’-type project, with a weekly update of what’s going on, and at least one other post alongside. I’ll be making a bigger effort on social media, and networking and replying to comments more.
Naturally, there’s more where all this came from; I don’t want to stop volunteering, and I’m hoping I’ll find some more journalism opportunities during the summer alongside my work on Nouse at university. I want to keep playing my violin and my harp, and singing too. But these things will probably come later, during my holidays from university – for now, I want to focus on creating new habits and routines. I can’t wait to see where this year takes me, and I hope you’ll join me! You can subscribe to my blog in the sidebar, or follow me on BlogLovin’!
Don’t forget to comment below with your goals for the next twelve months!