2018 is My Year

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Happy New Years Loves~

I’m going to give 2018 everything I have, with little to no excuses. This past year wasn’t so bad, but it was a year of compromises. I compromised my creativity for my education, and I felt incomplete. I compromised my friendships and college experiences for meaningless work and unnecessary commitments. 2017 had it’s pros and cons, and I feel like I’ve managed, however, I want to thrive


2018 promises for more stressful schedules, less sleep, and graduate school applications. As I prepare myself for this coming year, I can’t help but feel scared that my emotions, anxiety, and stress will spiral out of control again.

I think I’ve figured out what’s best for me in regards to time management, so I am going to work hard for this year’s resolutions. I refuse to give myself excuses for not achieving my goals and resolutions.

  1. Get Good Grades: This will forever be on my list until I earn my doctorate title in front of my name. I achieved the most amount of A’s in this past semester than my entire college career, and I’m proud of myself. Was it enough to pull me out of the hole? — No, not really, but that’s okay. I proved to myself that I can do it.
    This upcoming semester is going to be hell, but I’m aiming to do more than manage.
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  2. Read More: Due to my busy schedule and just my overall lazy demeanor, I forgot that I love to read. 2018 is the year that I will be mindful of my down time, and be more productive with books instead of internet surfing. To start off on a good note, I picked up a few reads:
    The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
    A Beautiful Mind, a Beautiful Life: The Bubz Guide to Being Unstoppable by Lindy Tsang
    The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
    The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
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  3. Blog / Write More: I’ve basically abandoned my blog in the past year. I am still passionate about M.A.N, but I still feel like I am stuck in this rut. However, I promised myself that I am not going to create excuses. Again, I can utilize my time better by becoming more productive with my blog. Before blogging, I had a love for writing and creating plots and characters; and, I plan on getting back into it with Little Red Wolf.
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  4. Learn to Cook: I am honestly not that bad in the kitchen. I know how to bake, but I need to learn how to cook and use kitchen tools properly. To this day, I don’t know how to properly use a knife. I am at the age where I’m thinking about moving out a lot, and learning to cook is just a good thing to have up my sleeves — you know, so I don’t starve or eat unhealthy.
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  5. Purge: I realize that I am a hoarder. I own things that I haven’t used in years, yet refuse to get rid of. This includes clothes, shoes, makeup, jewelry, craft supplies, etc. Ever since my family moved into a smaller house, two years ago, I’ve been struggling with letting go of my things. I’ve become materialistic, and I don’t like it. I’ve slowly started my purging process, but it’s been difficult. Hopefully, by the end of my purge, I will be more conscious with my spending as well as being more mindful of my possessions.
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2018 is the year I’m going to get it right. I’ve managed to get better grades with my new way of managing my time, and I hope to follow through with it in the upcoming semester — on top of maintaining my resolutions above. I plan on correcting my wrongs, and improving myself physically and mentally as well.

All in all, 2018 is going to be a good year regardless of all the chaos that’s coming my way.

Thank you guys for being so patient, and for being so understanding. I plan to make it up to you. I hope y’all had an amazing holiday season, and a wonderful new year. I hope everyone was safe, had fun, and relaxed some before the craziness settles.

Here’s to 2018: The year we decide to kick butt!

With Love, Joslyn Pham

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