I will be honest with you all I’m not really one for setting a new years resolutions or at least calling them ‘resolutions’ anymore. I have always been that person that every 1st of January starts a diet and says this is the year I’m going to get fit. Let’s be honest by the 5th of January you’ve already given up and forgotten all about that plan of losing loads of weight and being a super hot model. Instead, this year I’ve decided to set myself a numerous amount of simple yet achievable goals to help me become the happy person I inspire to be. Today’s post is going to be about the many things I have set myself to do this year and how I plan on doing then. Just like the title of this post, ‘Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try’ and I am ready to give it 100%.
The first task I have set myself to do this year is to try and read one book every month. For anyone who knows me well, you will know how much of a bookworm I am and how much I love to read. Whether that being blog posts, magazines or a mystical story about unicorns and vampires, I am a huge fan of something to read. Once I open a book I find it very hard to put back down, however, recently I’ve become a bit overwhelmed with life and have struggled to pick the book up in the first place. Therefore, this is my number one goal, not only is it a great way to educate myself but it also extremely helps me with my mental health. I can proudly announce that as of the 13th of January, I, Ashleigh Davis have already finished my first book. I recently finished reading the amazing authour John Greens new book, Turtles all the way down and I couldn’t recommend it anymore if I tried, he is such a fantastic authour so if you haven’t checked him out yet you should.
My second task of the year is to travel again and experience more of what the world has to offer. For many of you who have been reading my blog for a while now, you will know how much I love to travel and how I have in fact lived in several countries. I have been to many countries such as; Australia, Thailand, Bali, Morroco and even travelled the west coast of America. Although now I have signed myself up to 3 years at university, that does not mean I can’t jet off on the odd weekend and discover what is out there in the world. My friend Aimee and I have already decided to book a mystery weekend away in February using a deal on the website Wowcher. The deal was for 99 pounds you could fly away on a mystery holiday for 2-7 nights depending on the destination you win, flights and hotel included. There was a choice of about 30 different holiday destinations and in all honesty, I would be over the moon to win any of them. I also plan on travelling to Israel this year at some point as I think the country looks absolutely beautiful and I am extremely interested in learning about their culture, although nothing is set in stone as of yet. I will keep you all updated on my adventures.
Although I said this was cliche and wasn’t so much my aim of the year, a big aim of mine is to look after myself both physically and emotionally. I’ve accepted the fact I will never ever be a size 8 but that doesn’t mean I am not beautiful and people won’t love me. As long as I am healthy and I learn to love my curvy figure that’s all I can really ask for. I am not hugely overweight but I’m not exactly skinner either, therefore, my aim is to eat healthy, tone up my body and fill myself with love. Once I have my physical appreciation under control I would like to focus on my emotional side and learn to love myself internally. A lot of the time I let my emotions get the best of me and I do silly stuff which I regret. My biggest fear is the people closest to me get sick and tired of my irrational outbursts and I will end up losing everyone. Therefore I want to sort myself out and try not to be so down and depressed all the time. My one aim in life is to find love and the way I see it is, how can anyone love me when I don’t love myself.
So yes, that pretty much sums up everything I’ve set myself to aim for this year (well the big things anyway). I really hope I get to achieve what I want and what I deserve because I really do think I deserve this. I’ve spent the last two years worrying and being upset about anything and everything and that’s not a good way to be. 2 years is far too long for any person to feel that way. I truly believe I will achieve my dreams and I truly hope my 2019 post next year will be able to prove that I did.
(Starting university in September 2017 was an extremely scary thing for me to do and I was so worried I would not make any friends. Well, I have been so fortunate enough to meet two amazing ladies and I just want to say a big thank you to them. I am extremely looking forward to sharing all my memories with you both in 2018)