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.
  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
  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.
  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.
  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.

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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Joslyn Pham

26 • Biology alumna • Lifestyle, travel, beauty, study / education blog • Aspire to Inspire "The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." - Audrey Hepburn

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