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.
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:
- 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!)
- Be fit and healthy (and complete a 5K charity run)
- 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)
- Go to Japan (just booked my flights!)
- 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?