Welcoming The New Year
One of the hardest tasks I find this time of year is sitting down and thinking about what goals I’d like to achieve over the next three hundred and sixty five days. I avoid the term ‘resolutions’ simply because it’s just so big, isn’t it? We always romanticise what we want to achieve in the next year… joining the gym, giving up sweets and travelling the world. Wonderful, wonderful ideas that seem so beautiful and achievable when the first of January comes around, but in harsh reality, ideas that have all been forgotten by the first day of Spring.
Instead, I always go for ‘goals’, the more achievable, the less panic-inducing objectives I’m more likely to complete over the next year. Realistic wants that are going to give me the motivation, drive and energy to achieve them.
Looking back at the goals I set last year, I’ve managed to achieve a good chunk of them which has really made me happy and that’s just it isn’t it? That sense of achievement, patting yourself on the back and realising that you can do it. And not only that, it’s about making those steps to better your life, your hobbies and most importantly, your happiness.
This year, I’m keeping to the simple ideas that are perhaps bigger than they seem, that I would love to achieve by this time next year and I’m sharing them with you in hope to look back on them next year and maybe even give you some motivation to set your own 2017 goals!
Here’s to a very happy new year!
01. Positive Thinking
It’s no secret that I’m a natural worrier, someone who overthinks to the point of exhaustion and someone who will sit for hours worrying about something minuscule instead of doing something that makes me happy. It’s not productive and it’s certainly not healthy, so I’m determined to make 2017 all about positivity.
There isn’t a simple step-by-step guide to changing the way your mind works but there’s those little things you can do to help it along the way. Surrounding yourself friends that are rays of sunshine when things get tough, taking a brisk walk when it feels like the four walls are swallowing you whole, instead of thinking of all the things that could wrong, think of all the things that are going to go right. After all, there is nothing more powerful than your on mind.
“If you are feeling good , it is because you are thinking good thoughts .”
– Rhonda Byrne, The Secret
02. The Healthy Lifestyle
I’m not talking about joining a gym or rushing out to buy some weights. I’m talking about simply looking after my body a little more. Taking more note on what I put in and what I do. More walking, less getting on the bus. Talking a walk to my local coffee shop to do work instead of the small movement I have to make to my desk. I’m a pretty unhealthy eater, my student diet consists of instant noddles, a ready meal every now and then and a ridiculous amount of toast. And whilst I don’t have the worst diet in the world, it could certainly be improved.
I believe strongly in everything in moderation and unless you are genuinely allergic or intolerant to a food, you shouldn’t need to completely cut it out. So you can still have cake, chocolate, pasta, cream but also lots of veggies, fruits, protein and just more general goodness.
I want to kick the habit of coming home from univeristy and only feeling bothered to make some instant noodles or shove a piece of bread in the toaster. I want to start balancing my diet more, forcing myself to eat more veggies (yay!) and stop forgetting to eat the fruit I buy. No need to diet, no need to give up treats, just simply injecting more goodness in. Which leads me onto my next goal….
03. Learn To Cook
Surprisingly, I’ve actually improved on this a little already and have already started to get more adventurous in the kitchen. But, as my above point states, I’m still pretty lazy when it comes to cooking. With so many easy ways to have a meal so quickly now: ready meals, heating up some soup, shoving a pizza in the oven, it’s so easy to want to do this instead of gathering ingredients and preparing them.
Even on my student budget, I want to be more adventurous with cooking, try that little bit harder and enjoy more homemade meals. Last year I purchased Niomi Smart’s wonderful cookbook, Eat Smart which is full to the brim with such lovely, healthy recipes I would love to give a try. It’s time to crack out the wooden spoon, measuring jugs and whatever else is required to create a beautiful homemade meal and practice until cooking starts to come just that little bit more naturally to me. Mum, you will be proud!
04. Improve Productivity Levels
Every now and then I’ll have a really productive day; get loads done, tick off the to-do list, finally feel better about everything and it will be great. And then the next day, I’ll do barely anything in comparison because of how well I did the do before.
But, I’m feeling good about 2017 and there’s lots that need to be done. My dissertation and countless of other university assignments, I’ve got to start thinking about a full-time job and everything that comes with that all alongside running this blog. I certainly got a little lazy last year when the pressure mounted and it’s time to kick that in 2017.
The plan is to take full advantage of the day, plan ahead, break things do and always keep aware of what I’ve got to do, whilst allowing myself the odd Netflix break, of course. 2017 is the year of getting things done for me, and not always last-minute!
05. Boss This Online World
2016 was a really great year for SimplyAbbi, the first year I really took SA seriously and put the most amount of time and effort into this little space on the web more than ever before. I finally got a layout I’m really increadibly happy with, formatted my posts into a style I love that makes reading more exciting, put more effort into my social media presence and started to improve on my photography.
And the goal for SimplyAbbi this year is simple, just keep doing that. Improving constantly, defining my brand, working on writing more efficiently, take more eye-pleasing photographs and continue to interact with you readers and the blogging community in general.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the content over here throughout 2016 and I hope you’ll continue to stick with me on this adventure as I aim to improve and better SimplyAbbi and everything about it! Thank you so much for visiting, commenting and just being some of the best friends I’ve got on the online world (and those who I’ve actually met through this), you all mean the world to me and here’s to bossing this online world together in 2017!
What are your New Year Goals? What’s the one thing you’d like to have achieved next year?
Thank you for reading!