Those fateful words that are uttered and said to usher in the New Year. Well meaning resolutions are made and many abandoned by the end of the month. This year, I won’t be trying do achieve a new me or make resolutions. Instead I will try and make some intentions clear and hope that I can work towards a more intentional way of living.
I must first start by saying that if you want to make resolutions and try to redefine who you are this year then I am not saying that you shouldn’t do that. I’m a firm believer in do what is right for you. I’ve come to realise that when I set goals for myself, I am not so good at making them realistic and I’m not particularly kind to myself when I don’t achieve them. This then leads to a lot of negative self – talk that is just not good for my mental health.
This year I would like to:
Dedicate more time to the things and people that are important to me.
I’m in a very busy job and that has led to me putting myself and my passions in the back seat and mostly focussing on my work and the most pressing matters at the time. This has resulted in my blog and reading taking a backseat. These are both passions that I love. It has also resulted in me not putting as much time into doing things with the people that I love. This is something I really want to change this coming year.
Cultivate a productive routine
In order to help set me up for some better days and more restful nights, I would like to try and cultivate a healthy morning and evening routine that will ensure that I am hydrating, eating healthily and allowing some time for mindfulness. I am hoping that this will help to reduce some of the stress that I experience on a daily basis and will help me to give more time over to the things that will make me happier.
Move towards a more minimal lifestyle
I have been striving for a more minimal lifestyle for a long time. This was first sparked by my discovering Marie Kondo and The Minimalists. There is now being a huge movement towards living a more minimal and environmentally friendly life. Whilst I don’t think I will reach a truly minimal or eco friendly life in the next year (I don’t want to pressurise myself!) I would like to take further steps towards it. I will continue to declutter and reduce my possessions (this has been incredibly freeing!) and I will re – cull my social media friends and follows. This is something I started this year and I felt so much lighter after removing a load of people from social media. I will also be thinking more carefully about what I am spending my time doing and putting my effort into.
Be kinder to myself
I have a long past of not being particularly kind to myself. I am pleased to say that I have been dedicating time this year to therapy and it has made a huge difference to my life. I want to continue to be kinder to myself by trying to focus on what will make me happier and more content, rather than doing what other people think I should be doing. I have a lot to look forward to this year and I would like to try and keep myself as healthy and content as possible all whilst being kinder to myself in order to help me enjoy this year as much as possible.
Do more charitable and nice acts
The world is a pretty awful and scary place at the moment. It can feel very overwhelming and like there is not a lot that we, as individuals, can do. However, if we all tried to change and do something good or charitable this year that we didn’t do last year. If we all changed one small thing then together we can make a difference to the country, or even the world. Maybe this is just me being a dreamer but I’m hoping to do some small things, that don’t take up too much time but that can make a difference!
Are you making resolutions this year? What are you hoping that 2020 will bring?