2016 was a bit of a tough year for me, and I struggled with all bar one of my New Years resolutions: 1) be more healthy, 2) blog even more, 3) focus on my degree.
In all honesty, I’ve spent most of this year dedicating most of my time into my second and third year at university, and whilst my blog (and healthy eating regime) sat largely on the sideline, I’m really glad that I finally focused myself.
I started off the year well with eating healthier as I joined Slimming World for a fieldwork project and therefore as an Anthropology student, I had no choice but to participate in the food optimising plans. It was great but come exam time, I really, really, really struggled. I was stressed, tired and far too worked up to think around the clock about what I was eating; and whilst that seems like a ‘great’ copout, it is the absolute truth. I couldn’t hack the workload plus continuously feeling guilty about mac n’ cheese at 2am. So I gave up and tried again during summer. It wasn’t a complete fail but it also was not a huge success.
As for blogging, I’ve been so focused on other things that I just didn’t have the motivation to actually turn the ideas in my head into real words on here, especially since starting my third year. I feel that my goal of three good posts a week was a probably a bit over enthusiastic.
This year, I’ve got four, rather general, resolutions or goals:
Stick at it and be focused
I’m pretty determined when it comes to most things. However, actually sticking with something (big or small) can be tricky at times. I want to stick at eating a bit healthier, going to the gym, looking after myself a tiny bit more (physically and mentally), creating new stuff weekly for my sticker shop and of course, blogging, even if only once a week. I have just five months left of my degree, would you believe it? So therefore there is no harm in absolute focus and commitment for the time I have left.
Don’t give up at the first hurdle
This one is similar to the above. I get, at times, frustrated when I can’t do something first time or if something stops working out as well as it always has done. I wouldn’t say I completely give up, but I certainly feel like it. Although, I blame my dyslexia and dyspraxia for that. I need to learn to have faith in myself; and to believe that even when I feel like I can’t do something, I absolutely can.
Remember that small gestures are not ‘Insignificant’
This year in the Queen’s Christmas Day speech she talked about how often people are reluctant to do ‘small gestures’ as they feel that they have no larger impact, when in fact they do. If everyone did something small each day, or week, or month, then the world would be a better place. This got me thinking about how I’d like to do a few small things throughout the year to help others.
Drink more water!
… because I definitely don’t drink enough. For sure.
What are your resolutions this year? Let me know below!
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