What an asshole year. I really wasn’t sad to see it go.
I took a little break from my social media (mainly just Twitter, tbh) and tried to spend that time on other things. I drew up a list of smaller goals I wanted to stick to, like staying away from fast food and making a Soundcloud playlist for fun. Ultimately, I wanted to reset some bad habits.
I’m not in any high hopes of 2018 being wildly amazing, but I do know I’m in an “Oh, well – might as well try it.” mood.
So I don’t have a rigid list of 2018 resolutions, but I do have habits I’ve been implementing and preparing for:
Shopping fast 2k18
I have a mild shopping issue. I love online shopping, thrifting and getting new lewks. But I’m trying to be a more conscious consumer and pinpoint what triggers/behaviour lead me to impulsive shopping. So I’m embarking on a shopping fast. Basically that means I’m not buying clothes, shoes or anything unnecessary for around 6 months.
It’s something that I’ve tried before and failed at because I wasn’t prepared. This time around, I’ve unsubscribed from newsletters and made sure that I have everything I need. I also intend to buy from locally made clothing brands in the future, if I do part with my money. Wish me luck!
Setting up a savings account
Along with the shopping issue, I have been terrible with money for over a year. Like wow, I need to do better. I have set up an emergency fund for myself and want to contribute to it for this year. Getting older means saving money and being a bit more responsible with my cash. I don’t have kids or a partner and while I’m a single Pringle, I need to make sure I’m taking care of my future properly.
Doing more fun shit
I’ve become a really boring person, shame. I get it, we get older and comfortable in our routines. I love having a set schedule, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t balance it out with actual fun activities. I finally made a playlist on Soundcloud and starting going out with friends more often. I just needed to remember how much I love being a social person and being around my friends again.
Check out one of my playlists here:
Starting to learn more about low waste lifestyles
I’ve been writing about minimalism for a bit now and I’m moving towards a more eco-conscious lifestyle. Now, recycling is great, but it does help to not create that much waste in the first place. I don’t ever want to be preachy about a lifestyle, but if you can change up certain aspects of your consumption – you’ve already won.
Sidenote: this idea that minimalism is a concept fronted by white men when the global majority (aka black/brown people) been living with less for year is WILD. Anyways.
Shout out to all the people who actually read my blog. I really just blog for myself and use this as a space to put my thoughts out there. Thank you for reading, supporting and being kind to little ol’ me. I appreciate it, so much.
5 thoughts on “Hello 2018”
Hey Alyx. Nice post. I set structures around my consumer lifestyle, and I am proud to say that I have only made ONE clothing purchase in a year, better yet it was less than R500. So yeah, it isn’t that difficult. But it’s tricky. Consumerism is a mind-game anyway. You can do this.
But also, how do you stick to blogging? That being one of my resolutions, I don’t know how to commit to.
You only bought one thing last year? Teach meeeee. I’m pretty shitty with impulse buying so trying to retrain my habits. Blogging does actually require a schedule or at least a list of ideas. I write down about ten or so to choose from to start off with. I then add to it whenever I want to. I’m planning to do weekly blogs or at least 3 times a month. So ja, planning is required (along with interesting blog content that you enjoy writing) 🙂
Start of buying watching documentaries on the dark side of consumerism. That should help with the impulse.
I got it. I have flash ideas. The come and go every time. So I think I just have to journal / memo the ideas.
I love your blog. Please do more about minimalism and such.
I’m a big can.
Ah thank you so much! I’m planning to focus more on that in the future. Is there anything you would like to know or read?