2016 has been one hell of a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows and to be honest this past year I definitely had my fair share of lows. Looking back now, I realised that I have learnt a lot about myself. I discovered that I had an inner strength I never knew existed and now I know that no matter what comes my way I am able to deal with it. In 2017 my main focus is making it a year for ME. I’m determined to reach my goals I set out but most importantly live a happy and healthy year.
1. Save more $$$
Okay I am definitely one to admit that I was shocking saving money this past year so I’m determined to get this goal in order! It is easy for me to justify spending money; from the excuse of winding down from a stressful day at work to having a rough day in general, buying that new outfit because everyone’s already seen it, needing that confidence boost or even one of my favourite excuses “I never buy anything for myself”. Instead of buying things I don’t need, to make myself feel better, I will try my best to wind down in other ways such as exercise or meditation or even a good old-fashioned nap. If there was one thing that I learnt in 2016 it would be that spending money isn’t going to reduce my stress in the long run, it only increases it.
2. Be more consistent with my blog
I was one of those kids in school that were not overly academically gifted; I wasn’t terrible I was just borderline average. It’s not a secret that English wasn’t my strong point at school and as much as I do appreciate it at times, I’m not going to let the opinions of the grammar police discouraged me. This blog wasn’t started with the intention to get anywhere with it or even the thought that people will read the content I post. I simply created it to express myself, my life, my opinions and my experiences. It’s just something that makes me happy and if by the odd chance you all read the content I post and love it then that’s just a bonus. I want to be able to plan ahead, be more consistent but also be proud of each and every post I upload. On the days that I’m feeling less motivated, I want to be able to look back at my own posts, be inspired by my own work and just keep going.
3. Take more photos and improve my photography skills
How amazing is photography?! I couldn’t imagine a world where we aren’t able to look at a photograph and not be taken back. The world is such a big and diverse planet that we are so fortunate to be able to capture the beauty of and the beautiful people in it. When I see amazing photography from other people, I can’t help but tend to compare my own photos and wonder why mine didn’t turn out as amazing as theirs and I’m sure I’m not the only one to admit it. This New Year I need to focus more on positive affirmations and tell myself that I am capable to take amazing photography, if not better than those who inspired me in the first place. Whenever I see amazing work from other people I will use this inspiration to broaden my skills in photography and give me ideas about places I’d like to travel to in the future, or photos that I’d like to take for myself. Practice will only make perfect so now is my time to invest!
4. Stop comparing myself to others and tell myself I am worthy!
I’m guilty of this in every aspect of my life unfortunately and it’s something I have really struggled with in 2016. I compared myself to other bloggers and thought I wasn’t capable of creative writing, I compared my Instagram to other profiles and thought I wasn’t capable to create an eye-catching theme or amazing photography, and I also compared myself to other girls and thinking I wasn’t worthy enough to have the amazing partner that I do. We all compare, criticize and judge ourselves at times and it’s because we lose a bit of self-love and acceptance. Our relationship with ourselves affects everything in our life.
My grandma told me something when I was younger and it really stuck with me. She said “Love yourself before you can love others”. I never really understood it quite as much as I do now. Comparing myself to others is basically saying that I am not accepting of who I am. I do believe that I am true to myself most of the time, but I’m going to be honest and say that it can be hard some days. I need to start practicing everyday to believe in myself and know that I am a unique, wonderful human being and special in my own way. When I learn to love myself, I learn to be the best version of myself and this helps with surrounding myself with the right people who will help encourage me to be myself. I want to become so focused on living my passion and sharing my creativity that I do not have the time or energy to compare myself to others.
5. Live a healthier lifestyle
I swear this is on my goal list every year! It’s hard to ignore the refreshing feeling a new year brings. It’s a chance to re-evaluate our life and think about where we might like to make changes. I don’t want this year, for my goal to “lose weight”. I simply want to have the realistic goal of adding more fruit and vegetables on my plate, cutting soft drinks out of my diet, or the chance to train once a week with my partner. Dallas being a personal trainer is a massive bonus. He helps me understand what’s good and what’s not to fuel my body with, he motivates me to be the best that I can be and our bond grows closer the more we share this mutual interest.
So there you go, my 5 New Year goals. I might print them out, stick them in a frame and place them in a spot where I can revisit them every day. Having that constant visual reminder might help me to stick to my goals throughout the year. What are your new year’s resolutions? Leave me a comment! X