I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas, and if you’re like me then you’re now looking to the year ahead and setting some goals. I have already written an ‘ideas list’ for New Year’s Resolutions that are a lot more positive than the usual “Lose weight, get fit, be perfect” resolution.
I get very excited on New Year’s Eve, I think I actually love it just as much as I love Christmas. I look forward to a fresh start, the closing of a chapter and the opening of a new one, and a chance to reflect on the past year and plan the next one.
I’ve had a long think about what I want my resolutions to be and where I want my life to go in 2018. I’ve made sure that all of my resolutions are about moving forward in a positive and logical way, and are steering clear of unachievable, perfectionist goals. With that in mind, let’s jump straight in with the first goal!
1) Continue focusing on my recovery
Who didn’t see this one coming? Of course one of my main focuses in the coming year is going to be healing my mental health and hopefully recovering for good.
January is a difficult month when you suffer with an eating disorder. Everyone around you seems to be on a diet and every time you turn on the TV or the radio you will hear an advert trying to sell you laxative tea or reminding you that you MUST get rid of your Christmas weight gain!
If I go a bit quiet around my blog and my Twitter profile during the first few weeks of January, it’s because I’m avoiding these toxic messages and focusing on loving my body. Unfortunately, I can’t escape quite so easily at work when everyone talks about how ‘bad’ they were over Christmas. But if everything gets too much, I can always just walk away and do something else.
2) Play the piano more
Recently, I’ve been playing the piano a lot more and I’ve learned a few songs. I’ve recorded a few of them and put them on my YouTube channel. I find playing the piano very therapeutic, and I can easily lose track of time when I’m learning something new or playing songs that I love.
In the New Year, I would like to keep up with this trend and keep learning new pieces and sharing them online. I can look back one day and see how much I’ve improved over time (hopefully!)
3) Be more ‘me’ on my blog
When I first started this blog, over a year ago, I wrote because I enjoyed it and I didn’t mind if anyone read it or not. A few months ago I started feeling the pressure to write more of what other people would like to read.
For a while I was caught up in the numbers. My blog wasn’t as professional-looking as some, the pictures I used weren’t perfect and stylish, I wasn’t funny enough or as charismatic as other bloggers. For ages I felt that I should start blogging about beauty products and doing hauls, because I see loads of blogs about beauty and they all look so lovely.
But in reality, I need to stay true to me, and I haven’t the first clue about beauty products! I’m a bit awkward, I blog about seemingly random subjects without a clear focus for my blog, I’m sometimes serious and sometimes just plain silly. My pictures aren’t perfectly edited and my theme isn’t always consistent. But that’s just me, so I’m going to keep it up!
4) I’d like to learn sign language
There’s a couple who often come into my work who are deaf. Usually we will communicate by writing down what we would like to say, and I’ve picked up how to say ‘thank you’ when they’re leaving. But it strikes me how annoying it must be to struggle to communicate when you’re just trying to get your shopping done.
So in 2018, I would like to start trying to learn sign language. Even if I just learn some basics, enough to talk to them properly when they’re at the till and help them when they’re looking for certain products. It’s such a useful skill to learn because you never know when you will need it.
5) Help out
I really like the idea of getting into conservation, and there are loads of opportunities in my local area for volunteering. Specifically, I would like to get involved in animal conservation and nature conservation. Going somewhere new, meeting new people and making a difference to the world around me is way out of my comfort zone, but I know it will be worth it.
That’s about it for this blog post, I hope you liked it! What are your resolutions for 2018? Let me know in the comments!
Happy New Year!