New [School] Year Resolutions

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Okay, okay, so it’s technically not January first, but everyone knows that high school students’ lives start on the first of September. And that was yesterday, so I’m either a day late or four months early.

I’d already decided to make a bunch of changes to my habits and basically take care of myself better a while back, but I figured that listing them somewhere wouldn’t hurt! Here are some of the things I plan on doing or changing in my last year of high school.

1: Do homework.
I’m not sure if it’s laziness, forgetfulness, or a combination of both that’s forced me to fall into the habit of writing really fast so I could finish homework during five-minute break periods, but it’s not a great habit. This year has been the year of planners and note-keeping, and hopefully keeping on top of my assignments will also help me get good grades. [I can’t believe it took me 12 years to decide to do this.]

2: Sleep early.
I’m not great at sleeping. I need to get better at sleeping. Specifically, I need to break the habit of staying up on tumblr until 12 pm on school nights and waking up like a zombie in the morning.

3: Travel more.
I didn’t get to travel much at all this summer, which sucked, but I’ve got a huge trip [China 2k16 y’all] planned for next spring! I’m pretty much all paid, and only need to get my visa at this point, and I’m so incredibly excited to be going. I need to plan more trips, though, because this wanderlust is never going away.

4: Work more.
Unfortunately, life= money. And money=work. Therefore, I want to live, so I need to work. [See, I can be good at math!]

5: Spend less.
I have a book-buying problem. Or, rather, my shopping impulses come in phases. Clothes phase, makeup phase, book phase, exotic pet phase… Yeah, I definitely need to get that under control.

6: Blog daily.
Obvious one, here. This shouldn’t be as big of a deal, because I now officially have a ‘BLOG HARDER, BETTER, STRONGER, FASTER’ post-it note on my laptop’s screen, so I’m reminded every day. 

7: Vlog at least a little??
Most people aren’t even aware that I run a vlog, and that’s mostly because I went back and deleted most of my old videos a while ago. They were mostly about books and my personal life, but I’m definitely planning on sticking some travel-related things in there later… Maybe a travel Q&A with my readers here? The channel’s still there, but the only video present is that timelapse I shot of Yosemite a while back. On my phone. SPEAKING OF WHICH:

8: Use a real camera!!
I’ve fallen into the habit of using my phone to take pictures, even though I have a gorgeous professional camera at my disposal. Upping the quality of my blog is what this year is gonna be all about, and I need to stop thinking that carrying a camera around is embarrassing and use it! [Although it might be worth investing in a slightly lighter model, since the one I have is a tad heavy to lug around everywhere with me.]

9: Keep up with college stuff.
Yep, I’m officially in that phase of my life where everything is applications and deadlines. It’s scary and overwhelming, but I need to keep on top of things. Stay strong, me.

That’s it for my list Tell me your own personal new school year resolutions below!

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