How I’m Starting 2018 Right

It’s incredibly hard to believe that 2017 is almost over. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been out of college almost three years now. This terrifies me because even though I’ve done a lot (as in getting a full-time job and two other part-time jobs and balancing all three), I feel like I haven’t done anything in my life of note this last year. I realize that I have a lot of issues with follow through, whether it’s due to my negligence or over commitment to many different things.

So to make 2018 that much more amazing, there are a few things I’m going to do. I’m writing it down so I can be held accountable to it.


I will be more consistent with my habits.

So our church is doing a “Read the Bible in a Year” plan, and I signed up through a YouVersion link to do it with some other people. Having the extra accountability with doing it with other people should help me stay frequent with it.

Proof that I am, indeed, a lifeguard.

I work at a YMCA as a lifeguard. Despite being there once or twice a week, I find it difficult to adhere to a strict workout schedule. This might be due to doing it alone. My parents had invited me to work out with them when they do, but I don’t know. I feel like it’s weird working out with my parents. Oh well. I think if I put my mind to it I can handle it.

I also started streaming on my Twitch Channel in December this year. I want to be more consistent with the streaming on there, so I think that I’m going to set aside time on Tuesdays and Thursdays to stream. The goal is to possibly hit affiliate status by July 2018. It’s weird because I stream in the mornings, but as I work in the evenings for my full-time job, I’m making due with what I have.

One thing that I didn’t do as much as I wanted to in 2017 was upload on my YouTube Channel. I did a Let’s Play on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but that was the only real piece of content that I created this past year, aside from some “bumper videos” that I created for my home church. This I hope to remedy by coming up with a schedule of biweekly or weekly videos that cover a lot of different things. I grow tired of Let’s Plays, and that avenue can be shown through my Twitch Streams. This way, my skills of video production that I learned in college won’t go entirely to waste. I need to get my money’s worth out of that incredibly expensive piece of paper that said I graduated.

My YouTube Channel. It’s small, but we have fun here.

I will be more positive yet realistic in 2018

A lot of times in 2017, I felt mildly depressed. It might be because I’m spreading myself incredibly thin with the jobs that I have, but it kind of puts a damper on a lot of things. It’s purely circumstantial for me as well. Being in an incredible amount of school debt, I focus a lot of my mental health on focusing to fix this debt. I am working on budgeting what I make (which is interesting, being an hourly job) and making sure that I have sufficient funds to make sure at least the minimum payments are taken care of. There were many times in 2017 where I had to hit a ton of overdraft fees with my bank to make sure that everything was paid off. This needs to change.

With the planning comes the positivity. Not everything is terrible. I want to make sure that everyone realizes that. However, I also want to make sure that I don’t go too crazy on my optimism, as some of that is unrealistic. A good mix of dreaming and realism can go a decent way.


Conclusion

2018 is going to be an interesting year. I have absolutely no idea what insanity will come forth this year, but I feel like I am going to be adequately prepared for it. We shall see in a few months how I’m faring. I hope to post more on this Medium site, and be more creative than I was in 2017. Thanks for hearing me out, and I hope that this encourages you to also make 2018 the best year ever!

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