2015. What a whirlwind of a year you have been. You have presented me with some tough challenges and I feel that I am a better person for it. However, with the closing of another year, goals and resolutions begin to develop. All based on the reflection of the year gone by. Here is how I hope 2016 will turn out.
It’s lovely to be blogging again! I haven’t had much time to throughout the “holiday period.” However as we begin this new year I have decided to start blogging more regularly. Not more often just more regularly. I will be continuing my 52 weeks photo challenge as well as trying for a post a week at the very least. I will surround myself with beautiful things and fill these pages with more beautiful photographs.
I have heard many resolutions surrounding weight-loss and getting the “ideal body”. A few years ago, I would have had that on my list of new years resolutions, however; I have since realised that the numbers mean nothing. Living healthier does not necessitate a no carb, no sugar and no fun diet with unrealistic fitness regime. It should be about changing your lifestyle in a healthy way. I believe in cutting down portion sizes to have the full cream. I believe in finding creative and fun exercises as opposed to going to the gym or running 5 – 10 km a day, 7 days per week. I choose to live a sustainable and healthy life this year but most of all to never turn away the things I enjoy such as bacon, sauces and sugary treats.
I recognise that I can love myself right now, accepting the way I look (despite the obvious post holiday weight gain) and that there is no “best self” when looks are concerned. Women especially are their own worst critic. Why set yourself up for failure. Love your self now and continue to love yourself more and more each day no matter who you are, what you look like or what size clothing you are wearing. To me, a healthy mind is equivalent to a healthy life and a healthy life is achieved through a happy life and a healthy heart.
This year, I would like to optimise my productivity at work and in other areas of my life including blogging. The time for procrastinating is over. I shall live by a few rules when it comes to work:
- Be lazy but don’t take shortcuts. Find the best way to do things quickly but never do something if it means you will need to redo it at some point.
- Prioritise the important things.
- Just do it. Mondays come once a week and it will always be there so instead of dwelling on how difficult it is to get out of bed and to do some work, just do it and get it done as efficiently as possible.
Live a Life Well Loved
For Christmas this year, my best friend gave me a beautiful set of cards containing inspirational quotes. One of my favourites being “Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.” Everyday we have the opportunity to change the way we live our life. Most days people are content to continue the life they are living. The lucky few is living the dream while others I have notice, set about their days grumbling, complaining and generally being unhappy with their life.
There were certainly moments last year when I was one of the unlucky ones. Moments where I felt trapped in the life I was living. Those circumstances are a very big possibility however, at the end of this year I want to look back at 2016 and remember happiness. I want to be able to recall all the perfect moments and I want them to outweigh the bad moments. I want to start living with very little regrets and to live a life I love. I don’t want to commit to long days of travels that I can’t afford but will certainly enjoy or to promise myself over the top luxury experiences or items. I want instead to spend the majority of my days doing the little enjoyable things such as allowing myself the time to read a good book or go for a walk or to save room for the occasional dessert. To catch a movie at the cinema, spending time with family and friends and occasionally organising little trips away.
What is your resolution this year?