Happy New Year! Is it just me or did we blink and end up in January? The festive season is always over too fast but in all honesty, I quite like January. It’s a season of new beginnings, and for me is full of excitement for what a new year might bring. I love the new year, but I’m not really a resolutions kinda gal. Instead I like to set myself a few little goals, mostly thinking about what I want my life to look like in the new year. From that, I put together a list of things to do more of in 2018, and I thought I’d share that list with you – I think they’re things everyone would benefit from in 2018!
Be more present. I’ve learnt a lot in 2017 about mindfulness, and how being present can really have a profound positive effect on your mental health. Without realising, we spend an awful lot of time on autopilot, going through the motions of tasks with our minds elsewhere, normally on past events or worrying about the future. Through mindfulness I’ve found I can pull myself back into the moment and be truly present in what I’m doing. Not only does this make my day to day activities more rewarding, it certainly makes me feel less anxious too. I want to make a concerted effort to bring this practise into the New Year, and focus on really being present in the moment.
Be kinder to myself. 2017 was, for the most part, a year of being pretty hard on myself. Throughout the year I had three surgeries, and was constantly beating myself up over not being back at work straight away, or for still having to have an afternoon nap a few months down the line. I spent the latter half of the year working with a psychologist, a service I was offered by the Teenage Cancer Trust and Clic Sargent Charity, who was helping me come to terms with my diagnosis + the changes to how I thought my life would look moving forward. She’s really helped me come to realise that I’ve been through a lot, and it’s okay to not be able to do everything, and to cut myself some slack. Self care + kindness is something I really want to work on in 2018, it doesn’t come naturally to me but it’s something I think is so important.
Sidenote: I’m aware I haven’t talked much about my diagnosis or my experiences seeing a psychologist on the blog, if this is something you think you’d like to hear more about, let me know!
Meal prep regularly. I thought about adding up how much Connor and I spent on eating out in 2017, then I remembered about being kinder to myself, so I didn’t. Needless to say though, it’s a habit we need to curb, or at least cut back on. I want to be better at prepping meals to take to work, and having things ready to go in the evenings! I feel like this also comes under being kind to yourself, prepping good, nutritious meals!
Spend more time pursuing creative outlets. I used to do a lot more creatively than I do now, whether that was writing, heading out camera in hand, or enrolling on short courses to expand my knowledge. 2017 a lot of that fell by the wayside while I concentrated on my health, but this year I want to spend more time nurturing my creative side.
Say yes more. I say no to a lot of stuff, whether it’s social engagements or blog opportunities, and I want 2018 to be the year of saying yes. I don’t want my health, or any social anxieties I may have to get in the way of great opportunities, so saying yes more is something I want to embrace!
Embrace routine. For me I feel physically + mentally better when my body is in some kind of routine. I want to make mornings easier by introducing some sense of routine + a standard wakeup time, I want to get into the routine of moving after work, whether that’s going for a walk or getting some yoga in. I want to find an evening routine that really works for me and helps me drift off easily.
As always, thank you guys for your support in 2017, I can’t wait to share more new + exciting content with you in 2018!
What are your goals for 2018?