My 2016 New Year's Resolutions!
Another year, another diary - or so Bridget Jones would say! I'm a firm believer that setting goals and challenges for yourself really does get you a long way. Getting out of your comfort zone allows you to experience new things, develop as a person and do what you never thought possible, and what better time than to set some goals which you can complete throughout the upcoming year. This year, I decided not to pass the buck when it came to New Year's Resolutions. I was keen to set myself challenges that would push me out of my comfort zone. But that said, I know that New Year's resolutions can be hard to stick to, so by setting myself some smaller, more readily-achievable goals alongside the bigger ones, I know that I can start small and work my way up!
So, without further ado, here are my New Years Resolutions for 2016!
- Register as a blood donor and give blood (the thought of this has always scared me, but I feel like it's such an important thing to do and a bit of discomfort is a small price to pay for saving lives).
- Read more - it's time to ditch shit TV and bury my nose in the books. I read at a snails pace, but I'm aiming to read a new book every month.
- Make more time for sketching - Drawing is one of my true passions and something that I'm genuinely good at. But it's something that gets neglected far too often and I should make more time for it.
- Drink more water - Simple but important. Radiant skin here I come.
- Go to the gym 3 times a week (or more!) - Exercise helps me to feel motivated and more body-confident. Taking some time out of my week to have some "me time" at the gym also helps me to destress.
- Complete dry January - A detox is in order. You don't need the calories in that large glass of red wine. Have a glass of lemon water instead!
- Travel more - time to discover some new places and explore new cultures. Better get saving/planning! I'm thinking big and dreaming of different continents...
- Keep up French language - I went from being fluent in French when finishing uni in July, to not using French one bit in my grad job for the last 6 months, and sadly I've started to lose my language skills. So... this calls for holidays in Paris!
- Embrace being single & eat out alone - Not as tragic as it sounds. It's the perfect opportunity to take a novel/notebook and get stuck in. If there is no-one on the scene to wine and dine me I shall simply wine and dine myself!
- Stay connected with friends - (despite busy schedules!) Time really flies when you get into the world of grad jobs and work. Arrange weekends to catchup - alternatively arrange phonecalls and skype chats to keep in touch with your faves. It's all to easy to get wrapped up in your own life.
I'm excited to start these and I'm off to a good start. I read Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar in just three days and have already registered as a blood donor, I'm planning on going in Feb...
What are your resolutions for the new year? let me know in the comments below!