My Simple Living Goals for The New Year

The first week of 2018 in the blogging community was all about blogging goals and personal life goals. Honestly, I enjoyed reading every single one. Even though a lot of people had similar goals, I was always excited to see each person’s individual twist on each post. For the longest time, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to share my goals with the blog and if I did share, how personal did I want it to be. The reality is, this blog is actually helping me grow in my simple living journey. So it makes sense to share certain aspects of my life here as you guys, directly and indirectly, help me grow.

While I’m not particularly sharing some personal goals, I do want to share some of my Simple living goals for 2018. These are some things I hope to advance in by the end of the year. I hope this post helps you consider some areas of your life that you could simplify to live more intentionally.

So here we go.….

1. Be more intentional

I want to be more intentional with life, with self-care and unapologetically living my best life. I want to be intentional with my decisions and with the friendships I make and sustain. When I thought about being intentional, I was worried that it’ll mean my life and emotions are calculated which would affect my authenticity. That’s not true. Being intentional means that I’m fully aware of my attitudes, my emotions, my feelings and my response to things and situations. It means that I’m purposeful in all that I do; that I consider others in my lifestyle just as much as I consider myself.

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2. Read More

Books were some of the things I got rid of to embrace simple living. I do plan to donate most of the books I have as part of my decluttering. Giving away all those books hasn’t stopped my desire to be an avid reader. This year, I want to read more. To read more books that add value to my life, books that challenge my mind and some books that entertain me. I also hope to read more blogs- especially meaningful lifestyle blogs. I want 2018 to be yet defining year for me like 2017 was. So, I must equip myself with tools that would set me on the right path. If you know any blogs, do suggest them in the comment. Thank you!

3. Follow and interact with more simple living and minimalist social media accounts

When I was trying out Veganism, one of the things that really helped me was following and interacting with other vegans in different stages of the vegan lifestyle. I know that to succeed in this simple living path, I must follow and interact with like-minded individuals. I want to be inspired by their journey and experiences, learn from their stories and hopefully make a few friends in the process.

4. Only buy multipurpose products

Like I’ve shared on many occasions, a big way to combat clutter is to invest in quality items that are multipurpose. This allows you to only own few things but still do a lot with them. Check out my things I won’t buy in 2018 post for more ideas (post will be published next week).

5. Declutter once and for all and start truly living my best simple life

I am proud of myself. I would never in a million years believe that I would let go of so much stuff. In 2018, I hope to be fully done decluttering. One of the life-changing declutter tips I learned from Marie Kondo was to declutter/discard things first before you start storing and organizing them. By the end of 2018, I hope that the only items I have in my home are items that bring me joy and serve a purpose. I don’t want to constantly spend hours weekly “decluttering” and wonder why there’s still so much junk to declutter. I want my home to be 100% free of clutter as I live a simple life that brings me authentic joy.

6. Reduce how much paper I bring in

I love prints. There’s just something about the smell of crispy paper that soothes my senses. But papers aren’t very sustainable and they produce a significant amount of waste. I hope to find even more simple eco-friendly swaps and teach myself how to be happy with electronic materials instead. Having less paper = fewer things to declutter so it’s a win-win.

7. Only have clothes that I truly wear and love

I hope to only have clothes that I love and wear. Clothes that fit my personal style and that truly bring me joy. I will practice a more minimal fashions style. Actually, I want to be a capsule wardrobe fashionista. This will eliminate the stress of constantly looking for what to wear. And I can spend my time doing more meaningful things.

8. Perfect my planning and organization

I am a perfectionist & a master procrastinator. This year, I want to do better. I want to be able to plan things in advance and be more organized with my tasks and life. My goal is to plan out the blog and social media contents in advance and organize my life. This will prevent me from running helter-skelter to publish posts each week.

9. Keep record of things I bought

Financial discipline is one of my personal goals for this year. I am saving towards some big projects in the future. I hope to be able to keep a record of what I spend my money on in 2018. Every single penny that I bring in must be accounted for. So I’ll be keeping a financial log and of course, buy fewer things 🙂

10. Only spend on what’s needed

This doesn’t need much explanation. I’m no more interested in just buying things because they look good or because I saw them on Instagram. I will only spend on what I need. I have a strategy for this. if interested, let me know 🙂

11. Buy fewer books

I buy books a lot thanks to Amazon’s 1-click. While I enjoy owning books, It breaks my heart that libraries are struggling. This year, I want to support my local library more. So I will buy fewer books and borrow more from libraries. This will allow me to donate more to my local county library in order for it to thrive. When I first thought of this, I was worried that authors won’t get the appreciation for their work. To support authors of books I read, I hope there can be ways to support them. Many authors have patreon accounts, So I’ll be donating to those who do. If they don’t I’ll be forced to buy their books and maybe donate them after reading.

The key isn’t to not buy books at all, but to buy books that I know I’ll read rather than books that just fill a shelf just for the sake of it.

What are your thoughts? What are your goals for 2018? Is simple living/minimalism part of your goal? Let me know! Please take a moment to share this post if you enjoyed it 🙂

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