There’s nothing like the dawn of a new year to fill you with fresh hope and renewed enthusiasm for the future; it’s always such a refreshing time of year for me, and I almost feel like I’m shedding a skin and stepping afresh into the new year. As such, making a list of goals and resolutions for the year ahead is one of my favourite things to do, as it helps me channel that excitement into achieving certain things. I really enjoy looking back at the list throughout the year and ticking off what’s been achieved, and thinking about what’s left to do. It gives me focus and helps me appreciate my achievements and think about how to take them further.
I’ve already discussed the results of last year’s resolutions, but I thought I’d make a new set for the new year, adding in those that I didn’t quite tick off in 2014. So, here we go…
1. Buy A Home
This is a biggie. My boyfriend and I have been saving for a house deposit since before we graduated university, and it looks like this is something that we may finally be able to do. We’re going to start pursuing this dream early this month, and we’re both hoping beyond hope that things go well for us and we’re able to purchase a lovely place to live and decorate (Pinterest won’t know what’s hit it…) – I’ll keep you posted on this one.
2. Make The Right Decisions For Me
Often in the past, I’ve found myself saying yes to things in my career that aren’t necessarily right for me, so I want to face this head-on in 2015 and not be afraid to say no when something doesn’t feel right or makes me uncomfortable. That one little thing (which, admittedly, does feel like quite a big thing) should help alleviate worries and concerns when they arise – and after all, who doesn’t want to be working on things that they’re totally comfortable and happy with?!
3. Be Braver In Decision-Making
This kind of echoes the above statement, but applies to my whole life, not just my work life. I want to chase dreams and do things that seem scary if they’re things that I really want to do. So 2015 will be the year that I say yes to crazy things and follow my heart if it makes me happy.
4. Make Friends
I have a horrible habit of moving to a new place, just as I make friends and get really comfortable in my old place. This just happened again – we were totally settled in Glasgow but London came calling, and I made one of those brave and crazy decisions I was just talking about. Now we’re here and here for the foreseeable future, I really want to get properly settled and start making some friends, as my old school friends all have moved on and have their own groups and lives. I’m going to try classes and the gym and try to start attending blogging events, all in the name of growing my own little circle of pals!
5. Start Serious Work On My Novel
This is also a bit of a biggie, and carries on from last year. I said I’d have ten chapters complete by the start of 2015, but the right idea only came to me at the start of December, so that didn’t happen. Now I have the idea and the characters, this year is the year to begin seriously writing this and doing something about it.
6. Focus On The Blog
I’ve fallen totally back in love with this little pocket of the internet, and want to dedicate a large chunk of 2015 to making it grow and making it the best it can be. I read about how my favourite bloggers have changed their lives and enjoy incredible experiences and opportunities thanks to their blogs, so forgive me for saying that I want me a piece of that. What could be better than enjoying wonderful experiences and sharing them with dedicated readers?!
7. Put My Own Happiness and Health Higher On My List
Day to day, I’m sure we’re all guilty of not putting ourselves as a priority and making sure that things we want are top of the list. This is definitely one of my worse habits, and definitely something that I’ll be changing. What’s the point in focusing positive energy on the home, career, book and blog and neglecting myself? I want to do what makes me happy, and make my own health a priority. I suffer with anxiety quite often, and this is something I want to deal with this year to put me on the path to a healthier, happier me. Also included in the ‘health’ category is physical health – 2015 is the year I admit that I am pretty darn unhealthy, and do something about it.
8. Grow My Nails!
This is happening, dear readers. No longer do I want to only use gorgeous polishes on my toes, it is a waste. A WASTE.
9. Travel More
Saving one of the best until last, travel. This is a continuing resolution that I’m sure will carry over every year. This year, I want to visit Italy, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Wales and maybe even Portugal. Travel is one of the greatest privileges in life and I want to see as much of the world as I can!
So, there’s my resolutions for the new year, and I’m feeling pretty inspired and excited about getting started. Do you have resolutions? Link to them below and I’d love to read!