I absolutely hate that phrase. As soon as it hit 00:00 on 01/01/2017 my Facebook page was spammed with “New Year, new me! posts. But is it really?
Yes it’s a new year, but how exactly are you new? When you wake up on 1st January, you’re still exactly the same person as you were on 31st December, you just may have new resolutions/goals/aspirations that you want to complete. That in no way makes you new.
Alas, I like most have indeed set myself some 2017 goals. I call them ‘goals’ rather than resolutions as majority of them are numeric, and have a tangible result. Now these are things that need much consideration, so I decided to take the first week of the New Year to work out what I think I can achieve.
- Happiness – This is probably my main goal for the year ahead, and it’s simply to be happy. To enjoy time with my friends and family, be happy in my career (whether it’s in my current job or not), hopefully be in some sort of romantic relationship that makes me happy and generally just be happy in myself. When going in to new situations the first thing I’m going to ask myself is “Does this truly make me happy?”.
- Fitness – When it comes to a new year everyone’s first reaction is “I’m going to lose weight!”. Well, I definitely want to work on my fitness but not purposely for weight-loss reasons. I want to get fitter, stronger and most importantly healthier. The main goals that I want to complete are to actually use the gym that I pay for and also to complete more 5k runs.
- Language – I learnt German at GCSE level, but then was unable to take it any further. I want to try and revisit my language skills, brush up on my German and then potentially start to learn another language.
- Goodreads Challenge – As I have done for the past 2 years, I have set myself a Goodreads challenge. With my hectic schedule last year I didn’t manage to complete my goal of 30 books, and so I have carried that forward. Hopefully with more of the free time I have this will be manageable.
- Different genres – Whilst I have a challenge to read a certain number of books over the year, I also want to diversify my reading by adding novels of genres that I don’t usually read. In this list include; British Classics, American Authors, Science Fiction and Auto/Biography.
- Audiobooks – After enjoying the ‘Sleeper and the Spindle‘ audiobook towards the end of last year I want to get back into listening to audiobooks. I used to listen to them a lot as a child, in my fancy Walkman, and I really enjoyed just relaxing in bed and having someone read me a story. I’m going to have to look into whether I can finance using Audible, or whether there is a more cost-effective solution. The library perhaps?
- Classics – Now different people with have their own perspective on what is a ‘classic’ film. But my aim is to watch a lot of the films that I have never seen, that when I tell people this their response is “You’ve never seen x?!” Examples of these (that I’m not proud to admit) include; Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption, to name a few. It’s not that I haven’t seen them, it’s that I haven’t watched them in their entirety.
- 50 films – In 2016 I became a Cineworld Unlimited member. It quickly became a weekly tradition for me to go to the cinema each week after finishing work early on a Friday afternoon. To take that slightly further, my aim is to see 50 films at the cinema over the year – I’ve already ticked off the first by taking my friend Michelle to watch Fantastic Beasts (my 2nd viewing).
- Blog – I’m not going to give myself any strict rules for the blog, because I don’t want to make it feel like I have to post at a certain time each week. However there are a few different blog-type projects/series that I have been considering writing so my blog goal is to publish at least one of those ideas during this year.
- Personal writing – Generally, just to do more. I love writing. As a kid, when I wasn’t reading, I was writing. Since becoming an ‘adult’ and moving into the ‘real world’ I haven’t had much opportunity to sit down and put pen to paper. 2017 will re-write that! (pun not intended)
- NaNoWriMo – Piggybacking on the above, I’ve always wanted to take part in NaNoWriMo, but alas I just haven’t had the time to give up an entire November. Well, with enough prep and planning, I’m hoping that I can lay the groundwork over the next 10 months to not only take part in this year’s writing challenge, but also complete it.
- The UK – One of the things that a lot of people never take advantage of is their ‘backyard’, or in my case – the United Kingdom. There are so many cities and towns in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland that I have yet to visit, and it is my aim to visit a few of them this year.
- Europe – Last year I made the goal to travel to 2 European countries, that didn’t happen at all. So it is my mission this year to travel to at least one European country I’ve never visited before. This hopefully should be easy to do as I plan on travelling to Holland for the Women’s Euro’s – fingers crossed!
There are probably plenty more goals that I will set myself over the next year, but I think those 10 are a good start, don’t you?
So do you have any 2017 resolutions/goals/aspirations that you’ve set yourself? Fancy sharing? Let me know below.