I know resolutions are a huge topic of discussion at this time of year and the usual clichéd posts about having a ‘rollercoaster ride’ of a year get old fast. So I will be attempting (and probably end up failing) to steer clear of joining that chorus of people. However being the optimist I am I do try to better myself at every available opportunity and New Years is as good a time as any.
Overall, my year has been a great one, I found myself a job that I love, got to continue to watch my baby brother grow up, met some amazing people and have great memories with family and friends to add to the photo album. Of course like anything there were negatives within my year however without the darkness you don’t appreciate the light. (This is one of my first steps to having a more positive outlook.)
As much as I enjoy my job it has taken up much of my time in the past few months which has sadly lowered the amount of time I am able to be with my family and friends, to add to this I have also let it get in the way of my university studies and prioritised it over studying. I am aware this is a flaw of my own as I have a very understanding boss; so this year I have vowed to find a better balance between university, work and family.
Other changes I would like to have for next year are to blog more, I have been lazy with my posts only posting when I needed to or when I had an idea- which was never. I always promise myself I’ll always post one the next day claiming I have no time to write it up, type it and publish it, however I do really enjoy the experience and always feel happier once I have published a post. This year I’m hoping to create a realistic schedule for my posts in order to make sure I post when I’m supposed to and consistently.
This next bit is where I get more cliché unfortunately; I am horrendous at saving money and I am constantly reminded by my mum that she was the same at my age and regrets it totally. So I’m aiming to take part in the 52 week saver plan, to save £1 in the first week, £2 in the second week, £3 in the third week and so on until the 52nd week where you have saved well over £1000. It isn’t towards anything in particular its just to prove to myself that I can do it, however it would obviously be a great thing to do so I wouldn’t need to have any added stress over christmas. To help with this I hope to budget better as that is a huge weakness for me constantly asking my mum for money gets really annoying and very embarrassing as I have a job myself so I really shouldn’t need her help at all. I am aware that she doesn’t mind giving me the help I need however I always promised myself as a child that I wouldn’t sponge off of my parents or the government when I got older and I intend to stick to that promise.
As a full time eater a passion of mine is to eat everything I possibly can and doing nothing about it afterwards, despite the guilty feelings that arise afterwards. So I’ve decided to eat healthier, exercise more often (at home of course), this is something that I believe to be achievable because instead of promising myself I’ll go to the gym, I am promising myself I will go long walks and do easy 15 minute workouts three times a week in the comfort of my own flat. I also have added support with me as my flatmate/best friend/life partner and her boyfriend will be helping with this as they have vowed to do the same to help me with my targets. They are also very good cooks and always make very healthy meals. With their support I’m hoping I will go the distance this year.
However, I did enjoy my 2015 and wouldn’t complain if 2016 were to be the same, I just hope to improve on 2015 and learn from mistakes.
Did you make resolutions this year? If so what are they?
Thank you for reading and Happy New Year!