Scarily, it’s only a few days until New Years Eve. Which means that even more scarily, January 1st is only a few days away. It’s that time of year when the internet is full of people making resolutions, and even if you don’t feel a need to share them with the world or vocalise them, there’s probably something which has made you think, ‘I’ll do (insert thing) here, next year’.
I don’t usually bother with resolutions, generally because I know I won’t keep them, but this year, something feels different. A number of things have changed in the last few months with work and my home life, and I feel more determined as a result. To completely ignore this new-found determination feels like it would be a waste, and so I’m going in to January 2016 with goals and aims, and even more importantly, a feeling that I’ll actually see them through this time. Some are work related, which I won’t bore you with. However there are a good number which are more about general life and well-being which I’m going to share. They have an instant knock-on effect on this blog too, and so with any luck, will be shaping my posts of 2016….
- Blog more: When I started City of Simplicity earlier this year, I was so energised and enthusiastic about it. Unfortunately work, general life, holidays and then writers block got in the way. I’m determined that this year, I’m going to turn it around, post more and develop the site further.
- Get fit: There’s nothing like the prospect of a hen-do in Ibiza in June to make you want to sort yourself out! Christmas and actually all of December, have definitely been times of indulgence and it’s time to fight the flab! I’d love to get stronger and fitter and slimmer, and I’m actually excited to get started. I’ve been researching HIIT routines and other types of training, I’ve been shopping and got me some new gear, and now I’m ready to go!
- Eat better: I used to eat so well, but then work and life began to get in the way (I appreciate that they’re just excuses), anyways, I now have some new cookbooks and I’m excited to get back in the kitchen and try some recipes that will supplement by above fitness mission. It also means that I’ll have lots of yummy stuff to post on Insta and on here.
- Get better with money: I’m starting to realise that at 27, perhaps it’s time that I started to grow up and act more responsibly with money. The thought of this, a reduced number of holidays and dare I say it, less nights outs, fills me with an impending sense of boredom. However, with it, comes new challenges, all of which can be utilised for blog articles….alternative nights out, cheap days out in London, stay-cations. And, ultimately, the thought that one day, I’ll be able to buy my own property. At the moment it feels like a far off dream, but it’s something which I’ve wanted more and more recently, and you have to start saving at some point.
- Complete Dry January: Everyone I have mentioned this to has laughed at me…I’m well known for enjoying a glass or two of wine, however, I’m actually determined to do it. The fact that it will really supplement and help me achieve most of the above is a bonus. There’s only one day which I’m going to make an exception for, and that is the goodbye lunch for my best friend who is leaving me to travel the world for a year. If I had broken it by going on an ad hoc trip down the pub, I would be annoyed, but I think that knowing that I have one event that I’m making an allowance for, which can’t be pushed back into February, well, I’m telling myself that that’s okay.
These resolutions don’t actually feel that unique to me. They seem like the bog-standard ones that everyone says. But I’m okay with that. If I can actually achieve what I’m setting out to do in 2016, then I feel that I’ll be winning. And that would be great for 2016!
Hope you all have a fab NYE, and an even better 2016!
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