So this post is a little overdue, being late January and all! But better late than never as they say. I’m sure you’ve seen the hundreds (or thousands) of blogger resolutions for the new year, and I guess this won’t be any different. But you can be the judge and read for yourself. So here I’ll be sharing my top goals in the form of my 17 new year’s resolutions for 2017…
Say yes more
This has been advice I’ve seen pop up on numerous blogs and articles. Saying ‘yes’ more, doesn’t mean become a push-over. It simply means that you should be more open to opportunities. For example saying yes, when someone asks if you want to go out. I’m so guilty of being an anti-social friend and co-worker. I rarely go out for drinks unless it’s for a birthday or other celebration.
But it’s these random nights out that I know I’ll miss when I’m older (ahem!), so really should make the most of it while I can. And as the saying goes – ‘just sleep when you’re dead!’.
Similar to my first goal, this one is more about stepping outside of your comfort zone. I’ve been blogging for over a year now and really just started to have some type of creative outlet as well as it being relevant to my job. And yes, if you weren’t aware, I do work in PR – so walk the thin line of being blogger and a PR. On one side I’m not able to attend as many blogger events or be too active in the community as it coincides too closely with work.
But this year I’m making the conscious effort of getting over that and doing what I want. Who cares if someone will judge on either side (I’m looking at you, blogger who blamed me for the reason they had a sh*t stay at one of my client’s hotels. FYI – not my fault!). It’s also partly the reason why I don’t tell too many people at work about it. Fear of being judged.
So this year I will walk outside my comfort zone and I will be uncomfortable, in order to get to a place where I will eventually be comfortable.
Again, this one kind of relates to the goal above. So much time is wasted on caring too much about things that we have no control over. This resolution is quite simply to care less about the things we can’t change.
See the world
A cliché I know, but what type of new year resolutions list would this be without it?
This year I aim to travel more. My previous holidays have been bigger vacations that I usually have to save up for months and months for. But this year, I’ll be doing more long weekend breaks and road trips.
I guess one of the great things about being in London is that getting to other parts of Europe is still relatively easy. However the strain of Brexit has already impacted this goal as the pound has dropped and travel is more expensive. Thanks pro-Brexit voters!
If I want to have any hope of being able to accomplish even half of these goals, then I really need to learn how to focus on exactly what I want to achieve. In the last few years I’ve been trying to tackle too many things at once and not really getting anywhere. So this year will be about narrowing down to the key things I want to accomplish and focusing on those.
Similar to the above goal of focusing on priorities, I wanted to practice the art of mindfulness. You may have seen the term ‘hyyge’ thrown about. It’s direct translation is essentially to create or live in an environment that is ‘cozy’ and highlights the simple pleasures in life like enjoying a hot chocolate on the sofa. I don’t know why I went with that metaphor, but I’ll run with it.
My goal to simplify is basically to live life a bit slower and enjoy the basic pleasures in life. Simple.
Learn something new
I’m proud to say I’ve already started with this goal and have been attempting to learn Spanish. With the use of a handy app of course! I’ve been using Duolingo. (No this isn’t a sponsored post, ha!) It is a really user-friendly app you can download on your phone. It takes you through basic lessons each day and you only need to commit to around 5 minutes a day. ¡Ahí lo tienes!
Count experiences, don’t count calories
Kind of self explanatory. I wanted to get away from the typical, go on a diet and lose weight resolution. Yes, I want to be healthy and naturally part of that is to lose weight. But I want to focus on enjoying that journey and not restricting myself too much. Of course, I’ll still diet, but I’ll learn to treat myself and still enjoy food!
This one is personally a really important goal. When I say educate, I’m not referring to my earlier goal of learning a new language. In fact I’m referring to something far more important. Politics.
I’m the first to put my hands up when it comes to not knowing much about the ins and outs of politics. But seeing all the madness in the world from Brexit in the UK, Duterte in the Philippines and now Trump in the US.
I refuse to be a victim of my own ignorance, and this year will aim to educate myself more on politics. Not that I could ever make more difference then just casting my vote, but at least there’s that.
If you saw my last post, you know I’ve now started a bullet journal. This is an extension of that which has been sparked by my recent BuJo hobby. I want to rekindle my passion of art and being creative. I studied art in school and college, and aside from visits to galleries here and there, I don’t do anything “creative” anymore.
So perhaps this year, I’ll pick up my paintbrush once more. Watch this space.
Make an effort
This sounds like an easy one, but will probably be equally hard to keep up. Successful people make an effort in all aspects of their life. From home life, work, relationships and hobbies. So this resolution should be a mantra in everyone’s life right?
But reality is, making an effort can come naturally to some. And let’s face it, there are days when we wake up and immediately want to get back into bed. So for now, I’ll try and leave those days behind me.
This is personally one of my biggest challenges. Too often I find myself being distracted and getting caught up in order things, only to put off something else. Something as simple as tidying my closet. I have been due to do this for months now and will usually end up re-ordering another part of my room just to put off having to do the one thing I intended to.
This year I will focus and do as I say.
Pick up good habits
Not sure what I’ll be planning for this but to keep it manageable I’ve started with an easy one. The first “good habit” I’m trying out is pressing the snooze button less in the mornings.
If you’re like me, you have about 4 different alarms in order to get you up (fear of missing one and then being late for work). Well I’ve been setting only 2 alarms in the morning and find that I’m waking up feeling less drowsy, so it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
I can honestly say that patience is not my strongest quality. I live in London, get on the tube at rush hour, can’t wait for delivery so buy things in store straight away… You see where I’m going with this.
But patience is one of the best “good habits” I can suggest to try to pick up this year. Learning patience will make you more considerate, make you think twice about starting that fight or getting upset about something redundant. And ultimately means you’re less stressed.
This year I will try to be thankful for the things in my life. From simple pleasures to the bigger more important blessings in my life like family and friends.
Pay it forward
I’ve never volunteered. And that to me is disappointing. I see so many inspiring people in the world and some are even closer to home. With friends doing charity runs or donating time to helping others, I hope to be as selfless as them this year.
Achieve something significant
I guess my biggest takeaway from 2016, is that I really need to let go of the past and get over the things I can’t change. As you may have seen in my previous birthday post, I’ve recently been inspired by ‘the magic of not giving a f*ck’. And whilst I’ve tried to embrace this, what I really want to get out of this year is to be able to say I did something.
I want this year to mean something, whether its a personal life milestone like buying a house or getting married. I want to be writing a blog post this time next year and be able to say, yes, I did it…
So what are your goals for 2017?