I love a new year.
I am someone who likes to make plans (whether or not those plans actually happen, well that is another story) and lists, oooh I seriously love me a list… I can write lists about lists! So yes as someone who loves to plan and list, this is how I normally start the year. I will grab myself a new diary, a couple of planners, a notebook or two and most likely a calendar and start organising what I want to do and achieve in the new year.
I think it is incredibly helpful to write things down and having things in black and white means that I am more likely to see them through. I am always filled with hope and excitement for the year ahead and have all these grand ideas of how things will be and how I will change. Without fail, each year, some things change and some things don’t and I have no doubt that will always be the case. However, I have a habit of setting myself unrealistic goals in lengthy lists i.e I will exercise every day and never eat another cake and I’ll get up at the crack of dawn to go for a run and I’ll write a novel and volunteer three nights a week, in between going to the gym and cooking and cleaning and making myself look perfect every day and travelling the world. I have realised that this method is overwhelming and actually counterproductive.
So this year I have decided to do things slightly differently. I am as enthusiastic as ever for the year ahead but I don’t have a list of goals, plans or resolutions. Nope, not me, this year I have decided on one.
My one goal/plan/resolution/change for 2016: Love more.
Perhaps I am cheating a little, as that ONE resolution can be used to cover a variety of things but it’s the one intention I have for the year.
I don’t mean it in a hippy ‘free love’ or ‘love everyone’ kind of way but in a…
-Do more of what makes me feel good and happy
-Being kind and patient with myself
-If I don’t love it or it doesn’t love me then change it, but stop beating myself up over things that don’t come into fruition
-Being grateful and appreciative of the people in my life
…kind of way.
Throughout the year I will still set myself goals and no doubt write lists (always with the lists) but they will be regular, realistic and bitesize! For example I know I need to start eating better, stuffing myself with excessive amounts of junk food and alcohol is not me being kind and loving to myself. It makes me feel sluggish and put on weight, it would be much nicer of me to fill my body with food that nourishes it as much as possible.
Although can't wait to see in the new year with plenty of food and bubbles ;-)
Have you set yourself any resolutions or goals? If you have then feel free to share and good luck to you in achieving everything you want for 2016. Wishing you all a Very Happy New Year!