• Hannah Ost

8 New Year's Resolution Ideas for 2020

You don't need 20/20 vision to see that the new decade is fast approaching us. I don't traditionally make new year's resolutions, but I am on a bit of a self-improvement high right now, so I figured I'd come up with a few! Here are 8 ideas I had for my 2020 resolutions - feel free to steal and add to your own lists - there are some handy graphics at the bottom for you to pin!

1. Appreciate my parents more

An important one, especially around the festive period. I think everybody goes through a transitional phase when they become adults - you start to see your parents more as people (as opposed to Dad-the-Taxi, etc.) I think about their lives, their stories before I was even born. It's made me consider the point of life more - to learn about others, perhaps? To share stories, to find out what other people make of this crazy planet we call home (that we really need to stop burning, global warming is real, y'all.) I want to learn about my parents' lives more, so I have tales to share with my own children in the future!

2. Have my own place

Bit of a personal one for me - I want to move out! I live with my parents during the holidays, and in university halls during term-time. I want a real place, where I can do my own decorations, have my own kitchen I don't have to share with strangers (no offence to the 2/8 people in my flat that I actually do hang out with, you guys are cool). Point is, I'm turning 21 this year and I want a little independence - I've got the whole world to explore, after all!

3. Read more

Since I've been home, no more uni, no more assignments (at least for 3 weeks), I read 5 books in 5 days. I used to do this as a child all the time - I would tear through pages and pages like a human shredder. But since I've gone to uni, I haven't found the time to just sit and read. I want that to change - I love getting lost in a good novel, so I'm resolving to read more; at least one book per month (at the very LEAST!)

4. Sort out my health

For those of you who have been following my blog, you'll know that I write a series called The Spoonie Sagas about my chronic illness. This year, I want to get some things sorted - appointments, treatment plans, diagnoses even? I just want some tangible progress and I'm pledging to actively seek it out in 2020.

5. Start a routine

Any routine would be great. I don't have any in my life and it is STRESSFUL. I'm so bad at sticking to them, but I know they make me feel better when I implement them. So regardless of what it is, I want a routine of some kind!

6. Become more comfortable in my own skin

Big one. I don't pledge to totally love myself by the end of the year because it's actually super hard! What I do want to see is progress - feeling a bit more secure, appreciating what my body does more, that kind of thing.

7. Make a post-uni plan

I finish University in six months (WHAAAATTT... *cue nervous breakdown*). I'm not set on anything at the moment, I'm just applying for various graduate programmes, auditioning for things, emailing people and begging them to employ me, etc. etc... I'd like to formulate some kind of plan of what I'm going to be doing, so I can get started on Number 2 as well!

8. Clean out my emails/notes/various lists

Inbox: 842

That will either make you say 'relatable' or trigger a panic attack. Alas, that is what I see when I open up each of my email accounts. My notes app is almost full to bursting and my intray, which was once dedicated to things that need urgently doing, is now full of random papers and to-do lists and hasn't been looked at in months. No, I don't know how I get anything done either. I see a new list beginning: 2020 - To Do.

That's all from me today! What are your New Year's Resolutions? Or, do you not make any at all? Let me know in the comments below and remember you can always get in touch with me at my social medias, which are all at the top of the page!


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Student Journalist