New Year’s Resolutions

On the ninth day of Bookmas…

Happy New Year everyone!

I had ten new year’s resolutions for 2015, which I decided halfway through the year was way too many to juggle.  Even though I still achieved many of my goals – I got a 2.1 in my degree, I took a FutureLearn course, I read 50 books – I feel like I was trying to focus on too much at once.

As a result, I’m going to pick five this year – half the resolutions, but double the focus on them (I hope).  I also think that although using the new year to change can be good, it is important to keep in mind that change can happen anytime.  There is a quote I love that I think sums this up really well:

You are under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.
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Why wait til the new year to start afresh, when you can start right now?  Therefore, my new years resolutions are mostly a continuation of on-going ones, with a few exceptions:

  1. Reach 10,000 followers in total for the website, Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter combined (yes you heard right, this is a pretty spectacular total, I’ll admit, but I’m an ambitious person!)
  2. Be fit and healthy (and complete a 5K charity run)
  3. Finish writing a novel (as in, finished finished, not just the completed draft I have at present – either of the two novels currently in progress will do fine)
  4. Go to Japan (just booked my flights!)
  5. Start Serious Saving (this deserves capital letters as it will be a state of mind)

I feel that this year is also the year of Important Life Choices (more important things worthy of capitals).  I figure they will just happen, as they tend to do, so I won’t dwell on them too much now.

I’m also going to continue a mantra that I have been pushing for the past year, which has proved successful! I saw it summed up perfectly on a postcard recently: ‘Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it.’ Basically, don’t just talk about it, do it.

What are your new years resolutions?  Do you agree that change can happen anytime, or does having an official date in the calender make goals more easy to kickstart?

Emma,

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3 Comments

  1. January 3, 2016 / 12:12 am

    I agree, when you are focusing on too much all at once it is easy to spread yourself too thinly. Last year was such a battle ground for me that even focusing on the most important tasks was difficult, and although yes you can start afresh at any time, It feels so good for the year to have ended and a new one to begin. Although it is technically just another day the emphasis on it being a close has brought me closure to a year that I can only describe accurately as Sludge 😛 everything feels fresh, crispy and new. All the events of the previous year are now behind me and I am moving forward with new goals in mind.
    I think you have chosen some really good new years resolutions, they are well balanced and focus on all the different aspects of your life I hope that you can reach all your goals and this next year is positive for you.
    (wow, this is a monster sized comment, I almost feel like I am writing a blog post about your New year’s resolutions )

    • January 4, 2016 / 12:04 pm

      That was an impressive comment, thank you! I agree, I think the new year is a good time to wave goodbye to bad experiences from the previous one. I quite liked last year, so I feel less inclined to let it go!

      My danger in the past has been to start something at the beginning of a new year and feel deflated if it doesn’t work out, thus postponing it to the following year! For me, many things have to start NOW else I would put them off forever! I suppose it works differently for everyone, and I can’t say that starting something at a time when so many other people have set goals across the world isn’t inspiring! Also, as you will know, having a whole new year to plot fitness goals has been really helpful, and so far successful!

      I wish you luck with your new year and resolutions too! I’m certain this year will be a better one for you! :3

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