Thoughts on Resolutions

There’s something rather magical about the start of a new year. As clichéd as it may sound, it’s a wonderful opportunity for a fresh start, a clean slate and a new page. In previous years I’d set goals and a long list of resolutions for January 1st, but rarely managed to make them stick. I’ve come to realise that it’s far more useful to use this time to create plans, rather than starting the year by making huge changes. Although I love the opportunity to start fresh, I’m not a huge fan of the phrase ‘new year, new me’. Yes, some people may feel they need to start over at the very beginning, but I really don’t think a complete overhaul is necessary. Chances are, no matter what stresses were thrown at you last year, you’re doing just fine. If we started again in January every year, we’d never get anywhere at all.

The beginning of the year is a great opportunity to look ahead and plan developments. I like to think of it as an excuse to grow – it’s the perfect time to sit down and take stock and work out where it is you are and where it is you want to be, and make a plan of how to get there. Write a list of what you want to achieve, and start deciding on what actions are going to get you there. Make them small, or as big as you can dream, but either way, writing them down is a good place to start. I personally prefer the idea of intentions too, it sounds so much more definite than resolutions, and somehow more achievable that way.

A few of my intentions for the year ahead include:-

Make & Create – cook more, bake more, sew more, crochet more – keep working on the little creative outlets I enjoy

Eat well and balanced – and finally cut out dairy again (Sadly I cannot ignore my lactose intolerance forever!)

Practise – play the piano, take more photos, teach myself calligraphy – develop my skills to be the best I can be

Balance my time – organise my schedule to free up my days. Make more time to go outside, and switch my phone off every once in a while.

All of these are part of my project to simplify my year, to focus on the little things in life and generally slow down a little. Read more about A Slow 2017 here. What are your plans for the year ahead?

 

  • I love this! I’m planning on cutting out dairy too this year, once the Christmas chocolate is all gone! I’m also trying my hand at Calligraphy, I really need to pick up knitting again too. Such a lovely post xx

    Sophie | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • This is all very spot on, I look at each year as an opportunity to grow and develop as an individual, not so much to make or keep resolutions. I always list my top 3 priorities for the year, and mine this year are getting married, pay off a debt and build my wealth and take an overseas trip. I then break those priorities down into small, manageable chunks. I also continue to work on habit building such as fitness, cooking, cleaning/tidying each day etc I found in the past when I made resolutions I would never stick with them! I look forward to reading your journey into a simpler 2017!

  • I love the way you’ve split up your resolutions for the year! I feel the same way about this time of year – I think it’s great to just reflect and think about the small ways you can improve things for yourself.

    Lynnsay x
    http://www.sartorialscot.com

  • I’m in agreement with you about using the beginning of the year to make plans. 🙂 I think that’s why I like January so much – it’s as though the universe has turned us by the shoulders 180 degrees and said “there, face that way!” and we can see across twelve months to the horizon. I love that feeling! I hope your intentions for 2017 are enjoyable, and I’ll look forward to seeing what you write on here this year too!

    Flora 🙂

    http://www.theeverchanginghome.com

  • missgetaway

    Cutting out diary will do wonders to your body. I’ve been lactose intolerant for the most part of my life and used to just ignore it. EVer since I cut out diary I do feel MUCH better though. And it’s not as hard as it sounds with the hundreds of yummy recipes on Pinterest!

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

  • Love this! These resolutions are very similar to mine for the year 🙂

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  • They sound like wonderful intentions and all things that will add to your life rather than take away! x
    Sophie Cliff

  • I love that. Intentions instead of resolutions. Such a lovely way of phrasing it! I’m aiming to balance my time a bit better as well. Yay for organisation!!! xx

    Little Miss Katy | Lifestyle, Food & Travel

  • This outlook on the New Year is definitely more achievable I agree! Balancing time is definitely a good one and practicing! I’ve found I get so overwhelmed by work that my creative hobbies often go without touch for ages – especially the piano!!

    I definitely want to start getting fit again and try new things with regard to fitness. I also want to be happier this year, 2016 wasn’t my best year and I definitely want to be healthier and happier in myself!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

  • Ice Pandora, one of my favourite bloggers, also wrote about her intentions 🙂 I also try to shy away from the daunting idea of resolutions. I think everyone will be at a different stage when the new year comes around. They might have everything they want and just want to continue in that trajectory; they might really not like where they are and need a huge change; they might be getting closer to where they want to be but aren’t quite there yet. I find that I mostly just need to refocus and remind myself why I’ve set certain goals. Good luck with your intentions and happy 2017! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s