The start of a new year gives us a chance to reflect and dream; a chance to think about what we want to achieve in the next 365 days and how we want to use our time.
But New Years resolutions are hard. There’s the cliché ‘I’ll join a gym’, or the hopeful ‘I’ll save for the trip of a lifetime’. Then there are attempts to break bad habits with ‘I’ll stop smoking’ or ‘I’ll stop biting my fingernails’ (disclaimer – I do neither of those things!)
Whatever your resolutions are, don’t see them as a huge effort or something to beat yourself up about if you slip up. It’s good to have a focus. January is known as the most depressing month but with a goal ahead of you, it can motivate you for bigger and brighter things.
So what are my resolutions?
Very good question.
These are the things I’m hoping to achieve in 2018. I say ‘hoping to achieve’ rather than ‘resolutions’ as I see these like yearly goals and ambitions rather than a promise to myself.
And if you’re still reading by the end of the year, we’ll take a look back and see how well I actually did…
- Write blogs more regularly!!
Over the Christmas period, I admit, I had time off. So yes, I probably should have written a blog post. But sometimes you need to truly switch off and reconnect with people around you. When I went back to work yesterday, I felt like I’d used my time off wisely. I’d seen lots of family, caught up with friends, and we finished some bits and pieces off in the flat (YES – it’s actually almost completely done!!) So while I should have written a post or two, it’s actually nice to think that I spent my time wisely when it came to everything else.
But in 2018? I’ve dedicated an actual notebook to the blog and I’m coming up with a schedule…
- Write more.
As well as the blog, I’d like to keep writing that novel (NaNoWriMo didn’t go too well as you may have guessed…) and perhaps start a journal too. I haven’t done one for years but there’s something quite therapeutic about scribbling down your thoughts for the day. I’m undecided about this one though. I know resolutions are meant to be definite statements but I’ve never been the sort of person who could write in a diary every day. Or even every week. I’m SHOCKING. But we’ll see. I have a lovely tan leather notebook screaming to be written in so, perhaps, that is its destiny…
When we bought the flat, my gym routine took a dive. I still ate healthily, but my workouts were becoming a thing of the past. While my commute and lifestyle still don’t warrant spending money on a gym membership, I’m going to motivate myself with home workouts. I’ll try to run semi-regularly to boost my cardio and if I can do the odd day pass in a gym at weekends, I will. It’s all about being toned, healthy and happy. And when my body is in good shape, my mind is too. Plus, I need my body to be in shape for the next goal…
- At LEAST one surfing trip.
The only way to improve is to practice after all! I’m intending to go back to the awesome guys at Escape Surf School in Newquay but if my bank balance allows, I may take my wetsuit further afield…
- Be better at being social.
Despite having our friends at the click of a button now, we don’t actually see and spend valuable time with people we care about enough. This year, that changes.
- Brush up my French and learn a new language.
I downloaded DuoLingo about two years ago and I went through phases of doing it then stopping for months, then going again. This year, even if it’s only 5 minutes at a time, I will brush up my very rusty A-Level French and resume learning Italian.
- Use less plastic.
I’ve written about the problems facing our oceans a lot. And I wish I could do more. I also wish I knew more – about this problem, about the oceans and about wildlife everywhere. But what I do know is that our natural world is under threat and we need to do something. So this year, I’m going to be conscious with my choices – say no to drinking straws (they last in the environment for hundreds of years), pick up litter, try not to buy plastic bottles but use reusable ones instead, stop buying chewing gum (it’s part plastic, part rubber and it takes around 1 million years to biodegrade!) and recycle as much as I possibly can. I’m also going to try to read up on the world around us and educate myself on the issues and species I feel passionate about. Because you’re never too old, right?
So hopefully, I’ll be able to keep to these goals and make 2018 a slightly busy, but very productive and rewarding year!
But if I don’t? If I slip up along the way?
Well, that’s fine. The important thing is to get back up again and carry on trying. So whatever your resolutions are this year, don’t worry if you break them or slip up next week, or next month. Pick yourself back up and carry on. As H.G. Wells said, “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.”
Good luck guys and girls and Happy 2018!