I wasn’t going to make a list. Mainly because I don’t believe in New Year resolutions. Perhaps it’s because I always seem to fail mine, but I guess also because it stresses me out thinking about how I ‘have to’ do something. I don’t think that’s a great way to do things.
In saying that though, there are certain things I want to aim for. I don’t want them to be resolutions as such, more like goals to work towards. I don’t want them to be too specific either, just things that will make me happier in general. So without further ado, here are the things I’ve thought of so far.
I’m quite the introvert, and lately I’ve realised that most people I’ve considered friends in the past are more like acquaintances now, which is a bit sad.
This year I’d love to spend more time with people I enjoy being around to strengthen those relationships a bit. Easier said than done though as some of them are overseas or in other cities, but these days Skype makes things a lot easier.
I also want to make new friends. Again, this one is quite tricky because Jeremy and I are planning on moving overseas, so I’d basically be creating friendships that I then have to work really hard to keep from the other side of the world. But I reckon it’s worth it.
This one is quite a tricky one. Mainly because I blog, and I also watch a lot of TV shows. But I’m confident that I’ll be able to cut down on the time I normally spend doing those things. Blogging is a hobby of mine, so I’m not giving it up, but I’m going to try to schedule posts this year so that I free up some of my evenings while the blog does its thing.
I usually make my posts quite long too, so maybe it’s about time to think about making them short and sweet rather than long and tiring to read (like this one – oops).
Rather than ‘losing weight’ or ‘exercise X amount of times per week’, I think a looser goal is better. I will be focusing on living a healthier lifestyle, so this includes going to the gym, eating good foods and staying away from unhealthiness in general. But rather than setting exact targets, I will simply asked myself throughout the year ‘Is this in line with my goal to be a healthier?’
I will definitely try to eat less take-out, and focus a lot on cooking at home. Not only will that make sure that I stay healthy, I will likely also learn how to cook new things, which is always a big plus!
I started focusing a lot on this during 2015 and it’s really changed the way I feel about a lot of things. I’ve felt less stressed, and happier in general. So this one is a super important one for me.
It’s definitely a challenging one, but certainly doable. I’d really recommend this one for others too. Give it a go for a month and I promise you you’ll feel the difference. I’ve had much less mood swings and have felt much more motivated to do things I normally wouldn’t.
This one is actually really important because of the plans Jeremy and I have for this year. Moving overseas is not a cheap affair. The flights alone are so pricy (we are looking at flying business class too, haha!) So I need to make sure I don’t spend money on unnecessary things this year.
I think the thing I spend the most money on usually is lunch. Every now and again I’ll have leftovers to eat, but I’ve spent a lot of money on sushi and other meals when I probably should have just made a sandwich. This year I’ll try my best to improve that.
There you have it, five fairly easy goals to stick to. Wish me luck and I wish you all the best with your new year resolutions!
What is your main resolution this year?