Let’s talk New Year Resolutions

Over the last couple of days, and I mean that because as I’m typing this it’s only the second day into the new year - I’ve read a lot of blog posts
and tweets with people saying that new years resolutions are dead, non existent or simply just corny. I, myself tend to set myself some every year and they usually consist of the same sort of themes and ideas. The typical get fit, drink more water, be happier and to build my confidence in my design work. When I look back at 2016 and my resolutions I set for it, I do have to admit I mostly failed at them all. I did join a gym, but had a couple of bad experiences with my PT which triggered my anxiety and I started to associate these bad experiences with the gym, even though I should have tried to change this thinking I think I was just dealing with too much in my personal life, as well as my working life and trying to balance social and university as well. It all just got a bit too much.

If I remember correctly another one was to change my thinking when it came to my design work and to become more confident in what I was producing. This, when I look back on it is kind of like a double-edged sword. While I was for the most part, really happy with what I was creating because I was still in uni and producing work to fit within the briefs, I had to essentially be creating to my teacher’s tastes and then compete with
all the other students in my class. Combine the stress of consistently trying to please the teachers and comparing your own work to your friends ended up with me just submitting work that I was yes – happy with but just submitting it to get it done.

Moving onto a more positive note, I feel like I was able to get a bit more of a control onto my anxiety. I feel like this is something I’m just going
to have for the rest of my life, its something I don’t feel like I will be able to completely push away… if that makes sense. But last year I was able
to push myself to do more events, more social outings, make new friends and grow more within myself. These little achievements for myself are something I want to continue to improve on coming into 2017.

Okay, enough with all the crap from last year. This year after reading a post about new years resolutions and how to stick to them from Anna
(who if you don’t know of then you are completely bat shit crazy), she mentioned that her goals are often SMART goals. If you haven’t studied any business subjects in your life then you probably won’t understand what it means. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. In other words, your goals should be clear, easy to measure, not set too crazy so that you can’t achieve them and have a number or time
set so that you know where you stand and how much more you have to do to reach that goal.

So for this year, 2017 I think I will attempt to achieve the following goals;

To Drink at Least 1 bottle of Water a Day – this is a difficult one for me because I don’t like tap water. I’ll drink it if I really have to but otherwise
I don’t like it. (My family gives me so much crap because of this, but maybe this is a goal within a goal??)

To Go For At Least a 20-Minute Walk, 3 Times a Week – I really don’t like the gym I’ve decided now after attempting my third one.
I like being outside, not having to listen to men make so many noises while lifting weights or see them walking around in their tiny short shorts.

Meditate Daily – I think setting aside some time for myself each day to just reflect or wind down will help my mental health overall.
This is something I think is important to do and putting down the technology will help too!

Practice More Self Love – this one is a difficult one. I’m not too sure if this is technically a smart one (news alert – it ain’t) but by this I mean taking myself off to see a movie that I want to see, or going out for breakfast, lunch whatever it may be. Treating myself to a new item of clothing or simply a bunch of beautiful flowers for my desk. It’s all about the small things that make you happy. 

I think for now I’ll leave it at them. There are of course career goals and travel goals but seeing as I have no clue what I’ve got ahead of me
this year, I feel a bit uneasy setting some goals relating to them.. Though in saying this maybe I should to kick my own butt into gear!

What are your New Year resolutions? I’d love to read them so link your post below or comment what yours are!
I'll leave you with some of my favourite photos from the year :)