I’m not really a fan of this term. It stinks of huge corporations preying on our insecurities to make money, something which I already struggle to ignore after almost a lifetime of conditioning.
The reason I’ve decided to use it is because I think I can make pledges to myself which will positively impact my life. This is not a “join a gym” or “eat more salad” list. It is a “how can I make myself happier next year?” list.
So, what do I want out of 2018?
To be able to use my time more effectively. Since moving to Hanoi, I have more time on my hands than ever before in my adult life. The nature of teaching ESL over here is mostly evening/ weekends, meaning that daytimes during the week are fair game. Now that I’m settled, I think I could use that time in a really positive way (not that Netflix in bed isn’t positive…).
To continue to push myself out of my comfort zone. So moving to the other side of the world was the biggie. But there’s been so many small things along the way that I didn’t think I could do, which I did anyway and are now a normal part of my life. Getting on a motorbike stands out as the most obvious one. I want to continue to surprise myself with my ability to think outside of those immediate feelings of anxiety.
To travel to new places. I don’t think I will struggle with this one. I have easy access to so many countries which interest me, I have to make sure that I remember why I’m in Hanoi so that I can make the most of it. It also goes hand-in-hand with number 2.
I’m looking forward to see how I approach and embrace new situations in the upcoming year. If I can continue to grow as much as I did in 2017 then I will consider it a huge success.