New year always gets me in such a mood to declutter every single thing and re-evaluate my goals. As cliché as it is in writing these types of posts at this time of year, I am not sorry for having goals and wanting to better myself! So why not keep re-creating the best version of yourself?
I become a neat freak as we approach mid-November. I already have in mind what areas that I would like to organise (think wardrobe, room furniture re-arranging etc.) and plan this step-by-step till the New Year. Charity or absolute garbage? Need this but definitely don’t need that. I know. It’s excessive but it’s a trait I’m proud of!
A trait I’m not so proud of however is the inability to stick to ‘New Years Resolutions’. It is perhaps by its name and definition that it fails just as diets do because we only allow it to be temporary rather than a real lifestyle change. And then something that should be positive becomes negative because lo and behold, we are awful human beings. But I’d like to stick to a few things and have you be in part of the journey. 🙂
Let’s start shall we?
1. Drink more water.
I know, I know. I can’t be serious, right? But I am.
And it’d mean so much if I can get myself up to drinking 8 cups a day. I have never been able to achieve this except during my university days where there was a water system that allowed us to drink copious amounts for free. Plus my skin was pretty good at that point when I did.
Maybe you’re laughing because many don’t drink the 8 cups anyway, but the real problem is that I only manage about 2-3 cups on average. Which is somehow an improvement to when I was younger, believe it or not. Small steps.
2. Be as serious about fitness as I am with my skincare.
I have re-worded the caption a few times, and in the end I stuck with this. I found it to be the most motivating (for me) and least robotic. Plus it speaks a lot of sense. Because why put in 100% for one thing and not 100% for another?
One of the biggest changes I’ve seen in 2016 in regards to fitness, is my knowledge of it. I’m still so-so with the physical side, so I’d love to be more consistent and less on/off with my routine!
3. Read more.
This one’s self-explanatory.
I have a huge TBR list that keeps increasing but I’ve yet to get through it! Right now, I am almost done with reading Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay.
Also – I’ve just joined GoodReads so feel free to add me or recommend me some books 🙂
4. Eat well.
By this point, you’re probably rolling your eyes, right? Because how much more of a walking cliché do I need to be with my New Years Resolutions? But I’m not talking about dieting.
I want to learn to prepare a few more meals that are hearty and satisfying for the soul: breakfast. (I blame Instagram.) I’d love to learn to cook some healthy dinners too, and as such I’ve purchased a few books to get me started: Strong by Zanna Van Dijk and Eat Smart by Niomi Smart.
I don’t consider myself to be unhealthy, but it’s good to have a few more ideas in the bag.
5. Network more.
I don’t think I need to explain this one, do I? Everyone should do this!
6. Be a morning person.
I feel that I should have put this at the top, although none of these goals are in any particular prioritised order. It’s just that if I succeed this goal, I’d really feel invincible.
Without a doubt, over the years, I have become better at being a morning person and even eat breakfast every morning without fail! (Something that I never did until mid-university-days.) But I’d like to become even better and wake up on my first alarm. Sleep earlier and wake up earlier. Just to have those extra productive hours to really start my day, and less nocturnal hours of aimlessly browsing the internet (basically, less productivity). Who’s with me?
7. This blog.
I feel that 2016 is the year where my blog really started to blossom despite having started this blog since 2014. I had written a couple of posts prior to then too, which I had long deleted since I was still working out my blog layout, content and writing style even. Now that all that is sorted, I’d love to just continue creating more content!
Come 2017, I’d like to be more consistent and have a wider variety of posts because there’s so many thoughts I want to express and generate discussion around!
What do you think about New Year Resolutions? What are yours for 2017?
I think it’s only a ‘New Year Fad’ when you allow it to be because the only motivation you had was in it being the new year. Oh and the cliché? Not sticking to it once January is over.
Happy New Year everyone.
Much love. 🙂 ❤