I think there’s pretty much a 50/50 split between people who think that New Year is “just another day” and people who think it’s really exciting.
I’m part of the latter. I know that it is just another day and nothing extraordinary is going to happen. But at the same time, it’s a good chance to reflect on the year and set goals for the coming one. And just as all diets start on a Monday, New Year is the ultimate fresh start.
So I’ve come up with some resolutions. I’ve not done any crazy strict ones like I usually do, because they all fail within the first week. Instead I’ve just thought of where I need to improve and how I can better myself and tailored each resolution around that goal.
So without further ado, my 4 resolutions for 2017 are:
1) To look after myself better:
This doesn’t mean eating better or losing weight, it means to look after myself in all the little ways that I usually overlook. For example, remembering to take my makeup off before going to bed so I don’t damage my skin. Or remembering to use hand cream when I’ve worked the delivery at work so I don’t get sore hands. It’s the little things that add up and I know I’ll really feel the benefit if I start making little changes.
2) Helping other people
It’s very easy to be selfish when it comes to setting goals. You’re so busy thinking about what you want and what you need, but what about everyone around you? So I want to make it a resolution to put other people first and help them out. This doesn’t mean ignoring my wants/needs and happiness, it just means reevaluating them. For example, if I make an effort to care about every customer at work, then I will be able to help them better because I’ll genuinely care about the outcome, instead of just trying to sell products. It’ll also make my relationships with loved ones better, especially if I start cooking more and tidying!
3) Being present
I read in a book once that the only life we actually have is the present moment, because everything else is either a memory or a dream. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan for the future or cherish memories, but it’s important to enjoy every moment. I think if I try to enjoy every little moment instead of counting down the hours until I can go home or waiting for an event, I’ll find life much nicer ^_^
4) Set Goals
You know when you go for a job interview and they ask you where you see yourself in 5 years time? Well I’ve been thinking about it and I want my resolution to be to think hard about where I want to be and then start putting plans in place to get there. It doesn’t matter if it’s a little plan but as long as I’m moving in the right direction.
Happy New Year!