January 3, 2018

*Not my photo. Photo from tumblr. 


Ahh, 2018 has finally arrived and I can't tell you guys how excited I am to start all over again. I feel like the new year is just one big reset button, and this time around I really felt the need to push it. I know there's a lot of talk about new year's resolutions, and how you shouldn't wait 'til the new year to get yourself in line with your goals and whatnot. I agree, somewhat. I do think that you shouldn't wait until it's a new year to realize that you should make some changes in your life, however, there's something about it being a new year, a whole new 365 days to make your own, especially if the last 365 were pretty crappy.

For me personally, I'm not planning on going overboard, and jotting down unrealistic goals that I won't be able able to maintain for longer than 2 weeks. 2017 was a real self-reflecting year for me. I became really honest with myself and allowed myself to be vulnerable. I went through a lot of things, emotionally and physically:
  • I graduated from high school and started college
  • I moved out of my house (even if it's only 30 minutes away)
  • I started working in fast food lol
  • I found a career that fits me (crosses fingers)
  • I hit rock-bottom, like crying in the middle of class and having breakdowns in the bathroom lol
To say the least, 2017 meant a lot to me. I found myself maturing and slowly becoming the person I was meant to be. I don't want to reflect too much about the past year because that's not what this post is about. I'm not here to share my past failures and lowest points in my life. That's another post for a different day. For today, I'm here to share with you guys my goals for 2018. My plan of actions that I will take upon for me to complete. There's no more time to be wasted sitting around, wishing I was someone else. There's no more time for being lazy, and not getting shit done. There's no more time to be stuck, which is exactly how I've felt my whole life. 2018 is my year, and I've already claimed it.

  1. Find a cause, something that matter close to my heart, and be an advocate for it. Learn about it, do my research, and make it a part of who I am and what I do. There's so many problems that the world is faced with everyday. I believe that if I can find a cause that matters to me, and devote my time and money to it, then I am doing my part as a privileged human in making this world a better place. I encourage you all to do the same.
  2. Save up AT LEAST $1,500 this year. I have dreams of moving to New York when I graduate from college, which is in 4 years. We all know that living in NYC is not cheap, so I better start saving now so I'm not struggling so much later.
  3. Read 12 books this year. I know I didn't meet this goal in 2017, but that's okay. The motivation wasn't there, but I feel it this time around. My hands are already itching to pick up books and dive right into them. I also know that 12 books might not seem like a lot, but I'm choosing to focus on quality over quantity from now on. I still hope to surpass this number though. 
  4. Put effort into my bookstagram and blog. Kathlyn's Korner has been with me for 2 years. I'm ready to start taking it seriously and have it be more than just a place for me to write my thoughts. This is my safe haven, and it will always be. It's where I feel like I can be myself without anything holding me back. I'm ready to share that with the world, and not hide behind it anymore. I don't want to focus on the amount of followers and views I get on instagram or my blog, because that does not truly matter to me, at least not that much. I want to focus on building relationships with my readers. I want to make friends, not followers. I want to make sure I am putting the best content out there for you guys. 
  5. Attend a yoga class AT LEAST once a week. The gym at my university has weekly workout class that we can attend, and I started going to the yoga ones a few times last year. I really enjoyed it, and always felt great after each session. I love yoga because it's not super fast, and there's no one yelling at me to try harder or go faster. It's a soothing practice, that helps me connect with my mind, body, and soul, and I hope to grow in all of those areas in my life. 
  6. Explore faith. My journey of spirituality is one that I have been hesitant to start. I don't know where I stand with God or whatever is out there. I know that I believe in something, I just don't know what, and I don't want to put a label on anything just yet. I've been interested in the Bahai faith for some time, so I'll be reading on that this year, and seeing if I connect with it. Faith is something that's hard to explain, but I don't want to force anything.
  7. De-clutter my space and my life. I'm a practicing minimalist, in theory. I have yet to actually take the actions to declutter my life. Physically, I just want to cut down on a lot of the things that I own, such as clothes, decorations, and random materialistic stuff. Books will obviously be excluded from this because come on, I'm a book lover. Decluttering my life is just me trying my best to live without all the unnecessary stress that I place on myself. This means valuing quality over quantity in most aspects of my life. When it comes to  my relationships, my time, my energy, you get the jiff. 
And there you have it! I'll be doing an update post every three months until the end of the year so you guys can see how I'm doing keeping up with my resolutions. I hope you guys have a great start to the year, and a great 2018 in general. This is your year, so claim it. 

What is your plan of action(s) for the new year?

Until next time, 



  1. Happy New Year! Your goals for this year are awesome. Saving up to live in New York now rather than later is really smart. Living is expensive. Have a wonderful year!

    Simply Me

    1. Happy New Year Vanessa! I'm hoping that saving up now will take off some of the stress I'm going to have when I plan to move in the next couple of years. Thank you girl and have a wonderful year as well!


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