New Year Resolutions 2018

Happy New Year! 2017 was a productive year and one I learned a lot. I’m very happy to keep the momentum going in the new year. I don’t really need a fresh start, but it’s a nice time point to stop and look at how my resolutions are going and where I want to focus on moving forward.

At this point last year, I mentioned I would try to run a half marathon (I did it) and get that PhD I’ve been working on for so long (I didn’t, but I’m really close). In 2018, I want to finally get that PhD and move back to Greece. Here’s my overview of last year’s goals and my plans for the new one that just began.

Last Year’s Resolutions

Become better in small talk. Fail. I didn’t even work on this. I think I’m at a worse place than last year.

Finish that PhD. Keep working smarter, not harder. I didn’t finish the PhD (fail) yet, but I figured how to be effective and work smart (success).

Be present and spend quality time with myself. This year I began painting again and read more than any other year. I’m happy with the way I spent time with myself. Success.

Read 17 in 2017. I read 26 books in 2017! Success.

Be kind and gentle to myself. Accept myself. I’m more kind to myself than I used to be. In 2017, I began to realize what triggers me and building up some limits. I’m still affected by other people’s mood (not everybody’s though anymore). I’ll consider this a success, but I definitely need more work.

Be punctual. Was this the year I beat this beast? Nope. Fail.

Have fun. I’ll say it’s a success, keeping in mind that I’m finishing a PhD. It wasn’t bad at least.

This year’s resolutions

Declutter and move to my own place in Athens. This is harder than it sounds, but it’s a priority and something that would make me extremely happy. As I’m finishing my PhD, it’s time to take the next step in life.

Decide what I want to do in my life. Or to be more correct, what I want to do at this stage of my life. Endless possibilities.

Read 18 in 2018 and donate the books I don’t want to read again or don’t like.

Be kind and gentle to myself. Accept myself. There’s still a lot of work to do in standing by my decisions. I don’t want to be who others want me to be, I just want to be who I am. In 2018, I want to work on my self-esteem.

Be punctual. Here we go again…

Have fun. Or keep having fun, as much as needed and when needed.

Workout more efficiently. Whether that means personal training or simply changing training habits, I want to figure out a better training plan that I still enjoy.