I’m sure the majority of people will agree that 2016 was a pretty crap year. We had our highs and lows, but I feel that the bad far outweighed the good. From a personal point of view, it was ‘OK.’ I met new people (some I have already lost contact with), gained a best friend, obtained a job that I love and gained a small amount of confidence. It’s astonishing how much can be accomplished in one year and how much time many of us waste without even realising.
I want this year to be different. I want to discover new things. I want to jump out of my comfort zone and into the unknown, despite the fact it’s terrifying. But more than anything, I want to have as many laughs as possible.
I want 2017 to have more of this.
Travelling. I never used to get the urge to travel like other people did until sometime last year when I decided that travelling is the key to discovering new experiences. Lately, I’ve been reading various travel blogs, staring at stunning pictures of Rome, wishing that I was on the other side of the world. I want to try foods that I’ve only seen pictures of, I want to people watch, I want to learn about different cultures. It’s not that I want to ‘escape’, I want to live.
Blog regularly. To be honest, I have neglected my blog. I’ve been so focussed on freelance writing for other websites that I completely failed to update my own. Firstly, I need to work out a schedule for how many times a week I should post and try my best to stick to it this time. Even if I’m really busy with other things, I’m going to make sure I plan some posts in advance instead of posting whenever I feel like it. At the very least I’m aiming to post twice a week.
Meet new people. As soon as I left school it dawned on me just how difficult it is to make new friends. Nobody seems to talk about this. I’ve been shy since birth, so it’s not a surprise that I’ve always found it difficult talking to people. I half expected people to start a conversation with me first, which I now realise is a bad mentality to have. If I want to meet new people, I have to go out there and find them. So I’m setting myself a goal to start talking to more strangers. If I see someone with a book in their hand, I’ll try asking them about it. Who knows, it could be the start of a great friendship.
Get in shape. I’ve said this for the past five years but this year I’m more determined than ever. The only thing that’s changed is my mentality. Before I wanted to lose weight, but I couldn’t be bothered to put in the work to achieve that. Now I know that the only way I can get the body I want is to put in the time and effort. I’m going to start small. 30 minute walks / 5 minute workouts. Then gradually build it up. A healthy body equals a healthier mind.
Aim bigger. As much as I love freelance writing and blogging, there’s so much more I want to achieve. I have a few book ideas that I’ve been putting off for at least two years. The reason why is because I’m my own worst critic and find fault in every idea I ever have, but this is going to be the year that I ignore those doubts, start writing a book and hopefully get most of it finished by the end of 2017.
What do you have planned for 2017? Let’s hope it’s a good one!