The New Year is a great time for fresh starts and feeling positive about the year ahead. It can mean a clean slate, and gives us the opportunity to make changes to improve our lives for better – never a bad thing surely? Now, I know that New Year’s Resolutions gets a bad rep, but personally I don’t see anything wrong with making positive plans for the future and feeling optimistic about the things we can do to make our lives better.
That said, I’ve definitely been one of those people who make Resolutions only to end up breaking them before the end of January. The problem is that you can’t just make huge life-altering changes to your life and not expect it to be hard. Which is why, this year, I’m not making huge Resolutions like ‘lose 2 stone’ or ‘cut out sugar’, because, for me, that just won’t work long-term. Instead, I’m using this time to plan on how I can make myself happier. Small things I can do, or things to remember that will help me to be a better, happier, healthier person. Here they are:
First and foremost I want to make 2015 count. And what I mean by this is not that I want this year to be the most life-changing, unbelievable year of my life, but rather, that I want the year to be one in which I spend more time with the people that mean the most to me, and doing things I enjoy, rather than spending with people who make me stressed, or doing things I end up feeling rubbish about. I want to make the most of every day and be as happy as possible, as much of the time as I can. Granted, there will always be times when you’re not 100% happy, and recent happenings have shown me that actually, you can’t predict what might happen, but what we can do is to make the most of our time, with the people that we love.
Secondly, I want to explore more. Now that I’m driving and feeling more confident with it, I really want to try and explore more of the UK. Inspired by one of my closest friends and fellow blogger who’s spent the last few years travelling as much as possible, and is so much happier for it, I really want to see more of the amazing places that we’re so lucky to have around us in the UK. We live in such a beautiful country, and as much as we moan about the weather etc, there are some really lovely areas of the UK and I want to see many more of them!
Third on my list is to plan for the future. This sounds quite ambiguous, but by this I mean that I want to get more things in order, from getting my savings in order, to working on making our house exactly as we want it, and planning a pretty big holiday for 2016. This last year has been full of ups and downs for me, and I’ve not really felt a full sense of control for a good while, so I really just want to get back that feeling and satisfy the control freak in me!
Finally, and this one is probably one that most of us add to our lists, but I really want to put more of a focus on my health and fitness. My health and fitness levels have both been lagging a bit as of the past few years, but it’s not gotten to the point where I really just want to get back to feeling healthy, and better in myself. My job writing about health and fitness means I really ought to be able to kick this one up a gear and really get on it this year. I’ve just got to get all the leftover Christmas chocolate out of the house first!
How about you? What are your New Year’s Resolutions?