This blog is long overdue. It’s Monday 6th February (as I write this) and 2017 is already going past in the blink of an eye. I know that it’s a bit late to still be rambling on about new years resolutions, but I’ve been thinking hard about what I want to change and achieve in 2017.
The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster and to say that I’ve grown up is an understatement. I’m over making resolutions that don’t last. I’m done with eating healthy for January then scoffing anything and everything for the rest of the year, and hitting the gym religiously for a month and then spending the next 11 finding the perfecting my TV watching position.
I’ve learnt a hell of a lot since this time last year and for the first time, I can truly say that I am settled and content.
I feel that I’m at the right stage in my career for my age, experience and knowledge, I’m constantly surprising myself with what I’m capable of producing at work, and I want that to continue. I’m more than happy in my relationship, I have someone that I want to spend my whole life with and for that I am so grateful and lastly, I’m content in myself. I may not be happy with how I look or what I weigh, but we can work on that… I’m happy with the person that I’ve become, I’m stronger and more confident that I could ever have imagined.
So, for 2017, I don’t have resolutions as such, more rules that I want to live by…
Stick to a blog schedule
I’ve had this little blog for a short while now and I’ve been so, so lazy. I’m done making excuses, who cares if I’ve changed jobs, moved house and had no wifi for what feels like forever… So, it’s time for a weekly blogging schedule, lots of activity on my social media channels, photos that I’m proud of and content that challenges myself. I’m also going to keep !track of my stats to monitor how things go. I’ve got some target figures in my head and I’m determined to smash them!
Be happy and healthy
I’m never going to be slim, I’m just not built that way, as much as I’d love to be. But I can get back into a good exercise routine, make regular visits to the gym, keep up with tap dancing and cook healthy, tasty food. There’s always going to be junk in the trunk, and my thighs will always stop me from dropping my phone into the toilet (thank you!), but that’s okay. Last summer I was the most confident I’d ever felt in a bikini, if I’ve done it once, I can do it again.
Focus on who matters
I’m a fiercely loyal friend. My friends come first no matter what. I’ll be there no matter what you’ve done and I’ll defend you until I’m blue in the face if you’re being bad mouthed. But you know what, some people just do not deserve good friends and learning that was a painful but necessary lesson. This last year has seen me completely change my focus, from people that I assumed would be by my side forever, to people that only came into my life recently, yet I couldn’t imagine being without.
Recently I’ve got back into contact with some old school friends. One of whom I met in a year 7 DT lesson, we bonded over sharing a glue stick, the other one I become inseparable from when I found out that we were born 1 day apart. We never fell out, just drifted apart after leaving 6th form, as people do, but we’ve been chatting every week since before Christmas and meeting up for take away and wine and it’s fab, I couldn’t be happier. It’s like nothing has changed, and it hasn’t. Those are the friends that matter, the ones that don’t require effort.
And finally, I’m done feeling like I’ve missed out. I think Sarah Knight’s ‘The Life Changing Magic of not Giving a Fuck’ is to blame for this one but she’s on to something. Saying ‘no’ shouldn’t make us feel guilty.
Our unhealthy obsession with social media makes it pretty much impossible to not feel FOMO at some point. With the tap of a screen we can find out who’s out, where they are and how they’re feeling about it. If I don’t want to go for a drink on a Saturday night because I had a shit week at work, can’t be bothered to wash my hair and quite frankly just don’t want to, I won’t. I’m not going to feel guilty, I’m not going to repeatedly refresh Snapchat to keep up with what’s happening and I’m not going to be made to feel like I missed out.
We all know that social media makes things seem 100 times better than they actually are, so shove your £6 glass of wine and your standing room only, I’ll stick with my £5 bottle and as much room on the sofa as I want.
Those are my 2017 ‘resolutions’ or ‘rules’ that I want to live by for hopefully what will turn out to be my happiest, healthiest year. I’d love for you to come along for the journey!
What were your new years resolutions this year?