My Top 5 New Years Resolutions | 2018

2017 is over, and to be honest, I’m glad to see the end of it. Last year was filled with ups and downs, and now I simply hope to enjoy 2018. I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I’ve had a hectic few months, and unfortunately this blog got put on hold, but this New Year I am going to make a fresh start with it. For the first time in my life, I am setting myself some real resolutions which I intend to see through. So carry on reading to see what my goals are for 2018.

Moving on out

Out of all my resolutions, this is my biggest one. I can’t say living at home is terrible, I currently don’t pay rent and I get meals made for me. But truthfully I hate it, independence is very important to me and I miss it so much. It may sound strange to some people but I miss doing all my own washing, cooking and cleaning. I hate how easy it is to get used to someone else doing it, and over the last year, I have seen myself become lazier. But this resolution is hugely money dependent, so hopefully, I will be able to make it work soon.

12 books for 12 months

I love reading and it is one of the main reasons why I wanted to Study English at University. Recently however, I have sucked at reading, and so with this resolution, I hope to get back into enjoying it, and with my Kindle packed full of new books I’m really looking forward to completing it.

Be more social

At University, I was constantly around friends and it felt like I never stopped socialising. However, after starting a full-time job in London I tend to spend evenings and weekends at home, instead of living my life. This is something that will be easier to achieve once I move out, with no trains issues and parents worrying about my every move.

Learn to enjoy exercise again

This is another thing that I know I will find easier when I move out. When it comes to exercise, I find that I am motivated by other people, and quite bad at motivating myself. At home, it is too easy to be lazy, but when you exercise with friends it becomes a sociable activity. Anyway, with this resolution, I aim to get back in to exercise and ultimately loose some much-needed weight.

Befriend an elderly person

I have wanted to volunteer for Age UK for a while, as loneliness with elderly people is a massive issue. After seeing the news and adverts I knew I had to do something to help, it affected me more than I thought. It shocked me to find out that loneliness is as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and that an incredible 3.6 million elderly people live alone. So a couple of weeks ago I started the process of befriending an elderly person and as the process continues I will make sure to keep you updated on how it goes. All my resolutions are important to me, but this one is the most important. If you also would like to get involved with Age UK then click here.

p.s. sorry I know these images are all Christmassy, but I love them and never got round to using them. Hope you don’t mind.

Thanks for reading, and of course if you have any question tweet me @MariellaKennedy.  xoxo


  1. Emily 13th January 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Love these resolutions! xx

    • marryella
      13th January 2018 / 9:55 pm

      Thank you x

  2. Cheski 13th January 2018 / 9:49 pm

    How can I help with befriending an elderly person too? Great post! X

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