THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, 2018

Hi guys, my name is Ellyn and I’m a Negative Nancy

…but 2018 is going to change that. 

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So… who am I and what am I doing with my life?

Welp, honestly I don’t really know buttttt, what I do know is that 2017 was a hellfire of a year and I am determined to stop that from happening this year.

Okay, so I have already mentioned that I am a Negative Nancy (I prefer the term realistic but oh well) and that is basically just my personality so my goal is not to change that but, I would like to enjoy the year more. I would like to purposefully chuck myself into situations I know will lift my spirits instead of ranting about politics and listening to Adele on repeat.

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So, I’ve called this The Happiness Project but what does that mean? Basically, it means that I just want to be happy in 2018. Last year I went a little crazy. I bought too many books and then got really ashamed of myself for it, I started a new and very stressful job, I got soo stressed and anxious that I am still dealing with the repercussions now (2-3 months later for a bit of a guide) and I finished High School. So you could say it was a bit of an intense year.
And that’s not even getting political, or talking about stessful running a blog can be.

So, that’s why I’ve created this project for myself (and anyone else who wants to hop on board with me). This year is about me. I am still dealing with the fallout of 2017, both mentally and physically and I refuse to let this be what I am left with the same time next year. It’s not healthy and I won’t let it happen. And so, without further ado… my (lowkey) goals.

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READING GOALS

So, I have already shared my reading goals (read about them here) with you guys but I think this is a different, more low-key type of goal. I hereby declare that, in 2018, I Ellyn of Allonsythornraxxbooks would like to make an effort to enjoy what I read this year. 

If I feel like listening to an 800 page, 48 hour horror than I want to actually do it. If I feel like not reading for 6 months then damn you, I’m going to stop reading for 6 months. But, most importantly, I don’t want to pick up books I already know I’m not going to enjoy, because what’s the point in that?

So far, this year I have already started doing this and oh boy, I have read so much: nearly a book a day!! I have re-read book literally days apart from when I read them last and I have generally enjoyed my reading a lot more than I have in the last couple of years. I’m not competing with anyone, I’m just enjoying myself and reading what I want to read.

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MOVIE GOALS

So, this is not such a low-key goal. But, this year I would like to go to the cinema more often. I am not the richest person in the world but generally, when I see a film (if I like it) I will syphon off that energy and thrive off it for the next couple of days/ weeks so I would like to actually utilise that strength. For example, just a few hours ago I went and saw Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (review coming soon) and since then I have written two blog posts, planned two more, braved a childhood fear and sent too much time theorising about and picking apart a certain movie franchise (hint: blog post coming soon!).

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BLOGGING GOALS

I don’t really have a big low-key blogging goal but mainly I think this year is for me. I want to focus on myself, what I want and what makes me happy. So, I think this year, I just want to talk about topics I want to discuss/ learn about with you guys and I would also like to write more Life Chats posts so I can get to know you guys while you slowly learn more about me.

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AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: LIFE GOALS

And here it is, my big goal, my big revelation. How am I going to ensure I remain happy this year?

Well… I’m going to be super cliche. But hey, #NoRagrets

I’m going to write all my happiest most accomplished moments down and put them in a jar so I can read them at the end of the year when I’m exhausted and at my crabbiest/ most done with life stage. I really detest Christmas and Blogmas is going to kick my ass this year so I really think this is going to help lift my spirits in my time of need.

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WHAT ARE YOUR 2018 LIFE GOALS? DO YOU HAVE A SIMILAR PROJECT/ GOAL?

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4 thoughts on “THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, 2018

  1. This sounds like a great project! I wish you luck with it. I’m completely on board with trying to only read books I think I will enjoy. For me the biggest goal this year is not to care about how much I am reading. Last year I got so focused on reaching my goodreads goal and it wasn’t healthy. I’ve started journaling to try to remember the best moments of the year, and I have a personal goal to do something I wouldn’t usually do at least once a month because I get boxed into routines so easily.

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    1. Thank you! I’m really excited about this project, so far this year, just changing my reading style and motivations has really helped me. I have already read just over 10 books and a whole bunch of comics, it’s a great feeling!
      Yes, the idea of journalling sounds fantastic to me, though I don’t think I will start doing it until I move out of home.

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  2. I absolutely love this idea 😍I’m really sorry to hear that you were so stress last year and I hope that this year is going to be calmer and happier for you 🙂 I try to be more positive as well and keep what I call a “Happy Journal” – each day I write down 3 things that made me happy 🙂 I also totally get only reading what you want, this is something I have been feeling as well lately – I want to be free to read what I feel like reading at the moment.

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