Happy New Year everyone! 2016 is firmly behind us and 2017 resolutions have been popping up on feeds across the blogging community, so I thought I’d add to them with my little contribution.
This year, I’m choosing to be a more positive person than I have been recently. For a number of reasons, the past few months have really taken their toll on me, so it’s time to ‘shake it off’ as Tay Tay would say and get excited for what 2017 could bring…
Predictable but it’s been a few months of getting into a commuting lifestyle for me, which means my exercise routine has taken a bit of a hit. I’m planning on getting back into Yoga and Pilates this year, which I’m hoping will have an impact on my posture and mental wellbeing. I’m currently scouting out gym memberships (and fitness outfits) so watch this space.
To deal with the commute, I’ve been watching a LOT more YouTube videos from my favourite bloggers. Initially, I found them a little cringe. I’m not really sure why apart from the fact that it’s something I could never ‘gel’ with, I’ve always been a bit more of an introvert but as months passed, I’ve grown to love them (soz, data). Personal faves, for me, include Hannah Gale, Kristabel, The Travelista, What Olivia Did and The Elle Next Door, if you’ve got any picks then leave them in the comments and I’ll check them out. But the bottom line is, all these videos have made me want to learn video editing and potentially, make a few videos of my own.
The other skill I want to learn, that’s pretty similar, is photography. Don’t get me wrong, I can take a photo but I want to really hone my skills, if you can call them that. My Instagram feed is full of travel, food and blog photographers which means I get serious daily FOMO. 2017 will be the year I smash this goal, improve my Instagram game and spend more time taking photos of my adventures.
For a few years I’ve wanted to learn a language. Not content with just learning French or German like any other wise person, I’ve opted for something a little different; Japanese. Since I studied Japanese culture during my degree, I’ve been keen to try to learn the language I became fascinated by. I’m hoping it’ll also aid me when I FINALLY make it over there. I’ve found a beginners course and it looks like I’ll be starting in the next fortnight – eek!
This one is odd because I already read a hell of a lot but the majority of this is online. Whether it’s my favourite blogs or articles from Refinery29, I’m always inhaling words. For one of my 2017 resolutions, I want to read actual paper books again, with spines and everything. I have a stack of at least 20 to read, so the aim is to finish one a month – I’ve already finish my first, DO Design by Alan Moore. It’s well worth a read if you’re interested in visual art and the beauty of everyday life.
With a job in digital marketing and a love for all things internet, it’s hard to avoid screens. So, as well as the above reading and fitness goal, I want to switch off my phone at 9pm every night to give my mind time to shut down. Whether I read a book or do some meditation, I want to get back to sleeping like a regular person and this should help me achieve that *fingers crossed*.
The other 2017 wellbeing resolution I have is to explore more. I’ve just invested in a pair of hiking boots for my recent trip to Iceland, so I’m already thinking about where I can spend a few hours just taking in the world and wearing them in some more. It’s only in my twenties that I’m finally appreciating the benefits of a good ramble – it turns out my Dad was right all along.
Saving the big one for last… Joe and I have been in our current flat for the past 5 years and it’s safe to say that we’ve outgrown the place we’ve come to call home. It’s time to expand, get a larger gaff and another bedroom – finally! The next few months may be a bit stressful, as it always is with moving but it’ll be SO worth it. If you’ve got any moving or renting tips, then it’d be good to read your thoughts below.
Have you got any 2017 resolutions for the new year?