It’s a funny thing, isn’t it, turning another year older? Since my birthday falls on New Years Day, I often find myself reflecting on the past year and whether or not I feel any older on the day. And the truth is, I never do. I don’t suppose anyone really does, not immediately anyway. Because to me January 1st is just another day in our lives, and yet it is so heavily romanticised to be “that fresh start” and giving everyone hope that “this year will be better than the last” (even though I quite enjoyed 2016 anyway).
Yet despite these conflicting thoughts, I sit down at the end of each year and write out my goals in attempted seriousness and assume that I will stick to them if they remain in a random notebook on my beside table (this never works) and feebly attempt to “exercise more” and “not let things get to me” (it doesn’t happen) and by the end of February I’ll be grateful if I’ve managed to water the plants once a week and not splurge every time a cute dress appears on Princess Polly.
A little dramatic? Maybe. But I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say that having BIG yearly goals just doesn’t cut it for me. I thrive on ‘To Do’ lists and ticking off tedious tasks, and am much more inclined to do something when I have to look at it on my wardrobe door everyday until it’s been accomplished. This is partly why I’m so excited to begin my Happiness Project this year, and although I am already a little behind, I’m excited to see how monthly/daily checklists will impact how well I still to the resolutions. I’m planning to do a whole other post relating to this, and the life-changing book by Gretchen Rubin that has inspired it all.
But in the meantime, I still wanted to have some overall goals for the year. Things that aren’t monumental or particularly hard to do, but things that I often overlook when I start getting busy. Some of them are really simple reminders, whilst others are skills I want to develop or habits I want to create. I’m planning to type these up and make them look cute enough to stick up on the old wardrobe door, with another copy in my planner, so I’m being constantly reminded of the things that I want to achieve because I’m passionate about them.
So without anymore blabbering, here are my goals for 2017, which are quite heavily creativity-based – something I don’t mind one bit.
On the blog front:
- Become more organised and have content scheduled in advance
- Look at getting a custom layout & a custom domain name
- Use my blooming graphic design skills to spice up my posts
And the rest:
- Get back into film photography & post more photography on the blog (if Kmart ever finds my Rubens snaps)
- Continue on with my Graphic Design course at full speed and 100% commitment and passion
- Practice meditation & gratitude daily
- Get back into weekly yoga classes
- Create for fun
- Read EVERY DAY
- Write more
- Learn to make/edit videos
- Learn to skate
- Save for big ticket items & always put away some money for a “rainy”(catastrophic) day
- Cook more at home and have lunches organised for each week
- Look after my plants
- Get my ideas down straight away
- Be more organised with “life admin” stuff
Like I said, it’s not an extensive or extravagant list, but they’re realistic goals that I can incorporate into my everyday life, which is how I think they’ll best get achieved. None of these can be ticked off after one attempt, which is probably why they work best as yearly goals, as I will constantly have things to work towards that will make me a happier little human.
Wishing you a happy, full & adventurous new year,