New Years Resolutions. It’s that time again. To reflect on how naughty you’ve been over the last year and promise to be better behaved and drink more water and eat less sugar and go to the gym every morning before work and inevitably fail at every one of these promises because you’re human.
All the same, it can’t be bad to start every year with good intentions, and so what if you fall off the wagon on day 3 of ‘Dry January’ and end up in Lamar’s getting carried away as ‘I wanna dance with somebody’ comes on (I’m definitely not talking about me…)? They say it takes 30 days to make a habit, and I’m starting from today. Here is what I’m aiming for this year…
1. Stop sweating the small stuff.
Like many others I know, I’m a real worrier. I keep it all bottled up inside and often have long nights of laying awake worrying about small insignificant things. I need to remember this more…
2. Don’t be flaky, love more.
From replying to friends texts straight away, arranging to see people I’ve not seen in a while, spending quality time with my family and giving more to my partner.
3. Don’t let the weather stop me from getting out there.
It’s so easy to hibernate but we have at least ten more weeks of dark, cold evenings. And it’s going to happen every year. I want to make more of an effort to not let it stop me from getting out there and exploring the city. I think this one will be tough as I love putting on my pj’s and drinking tea, but we’ll see.
In art, in great jeans, in really great basics.
5. Improve my photography skills.
6. Blog twice a week.
I work full time in digital marketing and adore my job, but equally I love writing this blog. It’s hard to find the time to write as well as do things I can write about! This year, I want to get into a regular routine of writing two blog posts a week, and publishing them at a regular time.
7. Wear nice things to bed.
I have a large drawer packed to the rafters with old baggy tee shirts, jersey shorts and pyjama bottoms with flowers on. I’d love some silky pyjamas, like Kate’s…
8. Drink more of the good stuff.
This one appears on my list every year. I’m the worst for drinking water. I don’t like the sensation of cold water going down my throat, it makes me feel queasy. Unless I’m gasping for a drink I go for hot water. This year I want to stop being utterly pathetic and drink at least a litre of plain cold water a day.
9. Wind down and read.
Do you ever have those nights where you feel exhausted when you get into bed but as soon as your head hits the pillow your mind wanders to all of the things? The more you tell your brain to shut up the more restless and fidgety you get, and before you know it your alarm is going off and you feel like you’ve been asleep for all of ten minutes.
I have nights like that all too often. I want to make a real effort to switch off the TV and put down my phone an hour before I sleep. I love nothing more than getting stuck into a really great book, but it’s months since I really read. So big changes to the bedtime routine this year. I think this is going to be a tough one to keep.
10. Visit new places.
Oh so much I need to see and do. I’ll be putting them in a 2015 travel bucket list this week.
11. Do Yoga at least twice a week.
I’ve recently started Bikram Yoga and so far I love it. I feel great afterwards, so I really want to continue with it and go as much as I can. Twice a week can’t be that hard… can it?
12. Take better care of my skin.
I find exfoliating and moisturising a massive chore so tend to do it as little and as un-often as I can get away with. I want to get into better habits of beautifying more regularly to keep the scaly legs at bay.
13. Spend more time with the happy makers.
This one is pinched from Lucy at FMN but when I read her Resolutions for this year, this one made perfect sense to me, I had to include it. The Happy Makers are those people with whom you feel completely happy in their company, as opposed to those who leave you feeling down and insecure. You leave a Happy Maker thinking about how much you like that person, not wondering whether they like you.
14. Save save save.
For a rainy day, for a holiday and for handbags.
15. Let it go, let it go.
Stop worrying about mistakes I’ve made in the past. Stop thinking about what other people think of me and the choices I make. Stop comparing my life to others. Have more self confidence and get on with being happy without looking back.
I hope you have a happy and healthy 2015!
Pictures from Pinterest.