Everyone says they don’t believe in New Year Resolutions. I’ve said it a gazillion times, myself. We’ve all done that thing, in our youth, of vowing to give up cakes/go to the gym four times a week/drink more water/drink less booze, and by January 20th, we’re sat there eating a doughnut (in our gym kit that we put on but didn’t make it out of the door), drinking Diet Coke instead of water, with a slight hangover because we drank a bit too much wine the night before. Oh, and filled with lovely self-loathing because we CAN’T EVEN KEEP our new year resolutions.
But while I’m not a fan of a resolution, I am a fan of a plan. I think there’s definitely something to be said for starting off a new year with a bit of a vision of how it’s going to look for you. I’ve read posts from some of my favourite bloggers (hi Katie and Molly!) about their plans and it’s spurred me onto think about mine. So here they are!
I’m going to stop allowing my hormones to kick my ass on a regular basis. 2015 was filled with bouts of anxiety and depression, for me. Thankfully, it was also filled with bouts of feeling great too. But I realised that an imbalance of hormones meant that for around a week every month, I’d feel low, tearful, keen to stay indoors and an overwhelming feeling of being unable to cope with day to day life. Sheeesh! Drama queen, here. I chatted to a bunch of friends about this, only a few weeks ago during one of my worst dips ever, and the advice they gave me has left me feeling ready to fight it, when it next rears its ugly head. Hurrah!
Off the back of this, I’m going to look after myself much better. At the end of 2015, I got into a real cycle of just not caring about myself, and I’ve already started to remedy this with buying new skincare products and using posh Jo Malone bath oil. Also in my plan is starting to drink smoothies for breakfast again (hi Nutri-Ninja, old friend) and going back to the gym. I’ve linked to it before, but this Caitlin Moran piece which talks about treating yourself like a pet is really worth reading.
I want to focus on this blog a little more. Sorry to admit this, but my blog has always been a bit of a hobby that I fit in, when I can. I’ve never been one of those bloggers who posts regularly and consistently, instead I blog when the mood takes me and when I have time. But this year, I’d like to show my blog a bit more love, and try to approach it with a bit more planning and consideration.
I want to continue to improve my photography skills. I spent a lot of 2015 teaching myself how to take better photos. I grew up in a house that had a darkroom and was always interested in photography, even taking a module at uni which taught me how to use an SLR. But during my 20s, with easy peasy point-and-click digital cameras emerging and in those pre-camera phone days, I lost interest. So I’ve loved learning how to use my DSLR, and I want to carry on improving this year. I also want to get better at shooting and editing video too – I taught myself how to do this from scratch last year, but because I’m not a natural, it’s something I have to remind myself to do.
I’d like to finally organise our house so that it’s not a total tip. Anyone who’s been to my house can testify that it doesn’t look anything like the photos I post on Instagram or this blog. Sure, there are pockets of order and tidiness, but the reality is this: I’m a hoarder. A terrible terrible hoarder. I keep everything (you know, just in case….) and the result is that I have piles of paper everywhere, tiny plastic toys from party bags on the kitchen table and books that I’ll never read. Add to this the fact that I’m naturally a bit messy, and it means our house is just filled with clutter. So, in 2016, I want to redesign our under-the-stairs cupboard to have shelving and space to store loads of stuff, and I want to re-organise our dining room/play room to use the space and storage more effectively.
Not how my house usually looks
I’ve also got a couple of career goals, but I’m going to keep those to myself for now – not in an attempt to be cryptic and annoying, but just because it’s not always wise to blab on about everything in public, is it?
So there you go – my plans for 2016. What are your plans?