Friday, 1 January 2016

Hello 2016! Resolutions and Goals

New Year, New Me?

As it's a new year, now's the time when we all make our resolutions and plan how we're going to generally 'do better' for the next twelve months. I'm the first to admit I'm a bit useless with resolutions. Like most people, I start off with these ideas and then by February they're out of the window and I'm back to behaving as normal old me.

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Prime example: last year, me and Adam made a pact to use our Saturday evenings to actually put to use the many cookbooks he has collected over the years; we were going to pick a different recipe every week and spend time together making delicious meals. I can honestly only think of one occasion when we actually did this. Best laid plans and all that...

Having said all this, I did take a minute yesterday to pop some little notes on my notepad app on my phone, of things I do want to try and 'achieve' (if that's the right word) in 2016. As my blog is new, and I'm busy working on building my content, it seemed a good idea to write this post to document my 'resolutions', so I can look back on them in twelve months' time and reflect on whether I stuck it out. Plus, there are loads of resolution posts about in the blogging world at the moment, so I figured I might as well join in with the rest of this community that I'm venturing into.

The List

The things I've written down and want to try and stick to aren't particularly earth-shattering or life-changing, they're just things I want to try and do. I don't want to make any drastic changes, I'm generally a happy and optimistic person and I think I do ok at life, but like everyone I have bad habits and there are things I can make a conscious effort to do differently.  

So here they are, in no particular order, just as they came to me:

1. Read books and blogs

I admit it, my phone is attached to my hand. I spend too much time looking at its little blue-light shining screen and it's not healthy. I don't even look at anything worthwhile, 90% of the time. I've been vowing to read more books since goodness knows when - I have a boxful waiting to be read. I love books, when I was a child I would read at least one a day in the school holidays. This year, I really want to stick to this one.  I added blogs in there too - I read these quite a bit already and this does involve looking at my phone, but I class this as more 'worthwhile' than just mindlessly browsing Facebook. Which leads nicely to my next resolution...

2. Spend less time browsing Facebook pointlessly

See above, basically. I sit staring at this little social media platform and at the end of it, what have I achieved? Don't get me wrong, I don't hate Facebook, I use it a lot for events and sharing photos as well as just mindless scrolling. But I know I spend too much time looking at 'nothing'. The phone will be getting left on one side whilst books take back my heart in 2016.

3. Procrastinate less

This will be hard.  I'm hard wired to procrastinate. I was one of those annoying people who could leave revision and assignments to the last minute and still do well. At work, we perform under pressure to tight deadlines, at the last minute. I honestly feel I have learnt that I can procrastinate and still succeed. But I know this cannot work all the time. Sometimes, I've come close to leaving things that bit too late. So I do want to make an effort with this one and get stuff done sooner rather than later.

4. Blog

Quite an obvious one, given this is only my third ever post. It was always my intention to 'launch' this blog in 2016, so now it's live I have to make the effort to get it up and running and to turn it into what I want it to be.

5. Join in

This relates specifically to blogging. If I want people to show an interest in my blog, then I owe them the same courtesy. I have commented on the odd post here and there in the past, but I want to make an effort to do this more. I know how much I'd appreciate comments on my posts, so I need to join in and get to know other bloggers as I develop my own.

6. Dance with beginners and ask men to dance

This is a salsa resolution. I love to salsa and I attend lots of classes and socials. As my salsa has improved, I've tended to stick to dancing with the same leads, those I feel comfortable with and those I know I can follow well. I need to step back and make effort to help beginners. We were all beginners once, and having improver level dancers to help build your confidence is brilliant. I also need to stop hanging around waiting to be asked to dance, and be the one doing the asking. It's easy to let guys take the lead (pardon the pun), but it's 2016, I need to be a modern dancer!

7. Have Courage and Be Kind

Ok, I stole this from Cinderella's mum...but who doesn't love Disney and who can argue with this one?!

Off we go...

I hope you've enjoyed this post, I know I always find it interesting to read people's reflections and see what they want to do to make those small changes in their lives. Good luck with all of your resolutions and here's to a fantastic 2016 filled with happiness and love.

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