New Year’s resolutions. I’ve expressed my opinions about attempting ‘fresh starts’ before and upon reflection, I still feel pretty similar about them.
When I wrote that post, however, I was turning 27, was terrified about the unknown my future held and felt so incredibly lost.
It was only upon reading that post just now (mainly to make sure it wasn’t too cringe-worthy to link here), I realised how far I’ve come. I’m still somewhat nervous about my future, but the excitement for it overrides it tenfold. I can finally see potential. And this leads me right into 2017.
Whilst I’m not making ‘resolutions’ or ‘goals’ per say, I’ve had a few thoughts of things I’d like to achieve this year. Don’t get too excited – they’re nothing monumental. I won’t be hiking Everest or running a marathon, but just small changes for a happier life. As a dear friend said to me on New Year’s Day, “I’m not calling them resolutions – just trying to be a better me”.
So let’s get stuck into them, shall we?
1. Be more mindful with money
Something I’ve always struggled with is keeping money in the bank and it wasn’t until we started saving for our wedding that I realised our potential. Instead of regretting not starting to save earlier (ok, so I am regretting it a little), I’m going to be much more mindful when it comes to things I spend my money on, from new clothes to meals out. I really want to start saving for ‘adult’ life – like starting a family and building a house. They beat new jeans any day.
2. Step away from technology
My eyes are bad, I have trouble concentrating and if I’m late to something, it’s usually because I was watching too many YouTube videos. Need I say more?
3. Stop stalking people on social media
I told a friend this today and he laughed at me, but I’m serious. This is a very REAL thing I personally believe a LOT of people should do, but just aren’t game enough to admit it. I don’t stalk people online because I’m positively interested in their lives – it’s normally because I’m jealous of what they’re up to and am constantly comparing their lives to my own. NOT COOL GUYS! Not being such a sticky beak is helping me focus on the great things about my own life – not others’.
4. Write letters
This goes hand-in-hand with stepping away from technology. I love being social (minus the social media) and there’s something extra-special about a friendship grown through ink, stamps and paper.
5. Make time to read one book every month
I LOVE reading. Do I do it often? No. This year, a friend and I are choosing a book at the start of every month to read and then discuss. It’s like our own little book club! I’m already half way into The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer and am enjoying every single word. Even the rude ones.
6. Complete my photography diploma
This is a very real thing I am doing and I am truly excited/shit scared about it. I have until the end of November to get it done. Please wish me luck.
7. Experiment with cooking
I’m sick of not only being a ‘meat and three veg’ girl, but also owning a selection of expensive cooking books I never use. Two birds, one stone.
8. Life a tidier life
It’s a lot less stressful waking up and stepping onto carpet, rather than every item of clothing you’ve worn for the past week.
9. Gym less
This one may come as a surprise to those who know me best, but yes – I want to go to the gym less. I went a little crazy last year with a few fitness challenges that saw me at the gym anywhere up to three times a day, six days a week. It resulted in exhaustion and injuries, and it wasn’t until I backed off a little and let myself rest that I started to see real progress.
10. Blog more
And here I am.
There we go – no losing 15kg or not eating chocolate for six months (although I am attempting to cut back because inhaling Lindt balls was a very real thing over Christmas).
Now just one quick favour before you go – please share one thing you’d like to achieve in 2017 in the comments below!