New Year, New Dreams

Hello readers and Happy New Year! Can you believe that 2017 has come and gone and 2018 has arrived? I already discussed all the great things 2017 has done for me, but today, as we enter a new year, I want to discuss my plans for 2018 for my real life as well as for my blog. So sit back, relax, my resolutions with me?

Now, we all know of resolutions. We either make them and never follow through all of it, or not even bother making one because we know we'll fail. Even if I fail my resolutions, I still make them because it gives me goals for the year. I may not know what the year will bring for me, but I want to plan and have an idea of what I want to do and accomplish. Last year, I made a list of 11 things I wanted to do in 2017. I decided to look at that list again almost a year later and well....I only did three out of the eleven. It's alright though; whatever I didn't accomplish last year, I want to try this year.

My 2018 New Years Resolutions

-Change my lifestyle by being healthy. The end of 2017 was truly a wake up call to better my health, so in 2018, I want to continue being serious about my health. I'm going to eat and drink better, try to cut dairy/dairy products as well as bread. I also plan to find a workout routine that works for me.
-Learn a new language. I wanted to do this last year, but we'll try for this year! Hoping to learn either Spanish or Japanese.
-Read more books. I have a ton of books I've been dying to read, so I want to get into the kick of reading more (last year I only read two books).
-Get my driver's license. I've had this on my list for years, but 2018 WILL be the year I get my license. Speaking that into existence.
-Finally move out and live on my own. Pretty self explanatory.
-Apply to grad school. Last year, I had on my list to get accepted into grad school, but I'm going to make this year the year I at least apply.
-Experiment with clothing styles. Last year, I decided to really up my clothing style with a ton of dresses, which I loved! However, in 2018, I want it to be the year I experiment with my fashion style. I want dresses that make me look and feel sexy, not just cute. I want to wear more hats, different sweater styles; just really experiment with what I wear.
-Focus on God. I was in and out when it came to God and my religion. I started off great and it just kind of fell off once I entered March. So I want to make focusing on God a daily thing again.
-Try new foods/Don't be picky. I'm making this the year I finally start eating onions. I have loathed onions for years, but I gotta face my fears.
-Practice with dancing/singing/playing the piano. Do I expect to do all of this in one year? No, but it doesn't hurt to try. If I am only able to accomplish one this out of the three, it's finally using my keyboard and learning to play the piano.
-Volunteer more/Become a mentor. The goal of becoming a mentor was on my list last year, and I was so close to reaching it, but sadly I didn't have any luck. I want to make sure that this year, I'm able to mentor someone. It's one of my biggest dreams. Also after volunteering for my church last month, I really want to volunteer more in my community.
-Travel. I haven't traveled in so long. The last place I ever traveled to was the capital of my state, and that was over two years ago. Speaking this into existence, but I am for sure traveling to Texas this year to go to the final Warped Tour as well as meeting my long time friend from Tumblr, as well as traveling to Pennsylvania to not only see more of it, but to meet a friend of mine.

Sorry that was a long list, but if you read through all of that, congrats! You are now expected to make sure I follow my dreams and do at least one or two things on that list! Now, time for some resolutions I have when it comes to this blog. For 2018, I have a lot planned, so I hope you look forward to what I'm about to list!

Goals/Plans for "The Pastel Princess" in 2018

-Collaborations! That's right, this year, I plan to collaborate with my fellow bloggers. I already have one collaboration with a fellow blogger and friend for the end of January. Also, I recently collaborated with Megan Hubrex, a fellow blogger, on the topic of mental health. Definitely take a read and show some love here! So, if you're a blogger and you blog about mental health, self love, or positivity, definitely head on over to my "Reach Me" page and we can work together!
-Giveaways. Definitely planning on doing giveaways this year, and you didn't hear this from me, but I may or may not be having a giveaway coming up in the coming weeks. Like I said, you didn't hear it from me...
-Doing reviews. I would love to review things and give my opinion to my readers. Specifically, I'd love to review self help books (I'm kind of addicted to that genre of books).
-A possible weekly/monthly webcam chat. So my ideas for this is still very new and not completely set up, but I want to do either recorded videos, or a webcam chat, where you all can join in and interact in a group chat, and talk about certain topics. I want to really get my readers involved!
-Fan Page on Facebook. This will be happening either this month or next month, so stay tuned for that!
-Merchandise? Ok, so I don't know if this will happen (because I have no idea what kind of merchandise I'd like to offer), but I would love to make this possible!

I know both are a big list, and that's a lot to get done in one year. I may accomplish all or some, but regardless, I want to really make 2018 the year of exploring, trying new things, and enjoying life. I want 2018 to be the year we all find the self love we have, the year we grow as a person, and the year that will care for ourselves and others. In the comments below, tell me one thing you'd love to accomplish in 2018! As always, thank you so much for reading, like, comment, share, and subscribe. I'll see you all next time!

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