Hello 2018

I don’t do resolutions, but I do have a few things I want to focus on next year. These are things that I’ll try, they aren’t goals, they are just things to have in mind at the start of the year. Some will stick, some won’t, and that’s all part of the fun.

Fundamentally I refuse to shape my life based on one day, but as one year ends and another begins, I can’t help but pause and take stock.

Material stuff

I’m pretty happy with my home, although I definitely need to have another clear-out of my clothes as I am still changing shape/losing weight, which is a good problem to have. Aside from that, it’s upgrades rather than additions that I’ll be looking at, possibly replacing a couple of IKEA pieces for something a little more stylish.

Life stuff

As I mentioned recently, life is good so I’m not really of a mind to make any changes or set myself goals for improvement, instead I’m just gonna keep on keeping on with all of the things that have gotten me to where I am today.

And yes, I realise how lucky I am to be in this position.

There will be some tweaks though; As I’ve already signed up to go to three classes a week at the gym, I’ll definitely need to be a bit better with my food and nutrition to fuel that additional exercise. With that in mind I’m aiming to spend a little more time cooking nice things (my approach recently has been very food = fuel) and as someone said to me recently, there is something wonderfully decadent about buying fresh ingredients and taking the time to prepare a nice meal for yourself, so I’m going to be mindful to do that now and then.

Mental-health wise I’ll be doing more things I enjoy and stepping away from some things that no longer really hit the mark for me (sorry Book Club). The ‘writing a book’ thing is still sitting in the back of my brain (two drafts sit gathering virtual dust as I type), but that notion falls into the same bucket as my ongoing ‘maybe’ about buying, and re-learning how to play, a piano; I think I need to be in the right mindset for those things.

Again, neither of those notions are goals, they will be what they will be and if they don’t happen, then it clearly wasn’t right time for them to be part of my life.

Aspirations

I’ve already reflected on my life and all I really aspire to is a couple of simple notions that have stood me in good stead in the latter half of this last year, which I hope I can remain mindful of in the coming months, and which should make 2018 a good year for me, and in turn for those I love and hold dear.

  • Say YES more than no.
  • Be happy.

I sincerely hope that 2018 is a good year for you all.


Also published on Medium.

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