How I’m going to make myself proud in 2017

Usually I start the year with a “come at me” attitude. I post a sassy quote or two on Instagram, vow that I’m going to work my butt off and then I hit the ground running.

This year has been different. When the clock ticked over and a new year began this time around, I felt calm. I’m so unshakably confident that 2017 is going to be a good one. I feel like the last 365 days, which were so full of lessons, were preparing me for the blessings that are coming my way this year. And as such, I don’t feel like I’m in competition with this huge expanse of time that’s in front of me. I don’t feel like I’m about to fight 2017. I don’t feel like I need an ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead’, complete girlboss attitude to kick off the year.

Instead, I’m starting 2017 by asking it to dance. I truly believe that we’re going to work together to make something beautiful. My resolutions this year aren’t about pushing through something or forcing myself to make positive changes, they’re more about following what I already know is right. I’m not going to try to post every day, get to 25k on Instagram or get abs (which, by the way, are totally legitimate and admirable goals if that’s where you’re at). This year, I want to free my creativity and make myself even more proud, and I have a few little plans that I know will help me along the way.

Less scrolling

2016 taught me just how exhausted and overwhelmed I can become due to social media. I really do find it difficult to get the balance right, especially considering the industry I’m in. Within the blogging world, a lot of emphasis is put on scheduling tweets and learning about SEO. But I don’t always enjoy it. Sometimes I just don’t want to be thinking about how I can get the most engagement on Facebook.

So, in 2017, when I want to log out, I’m going to. If I lose a few hundred page views, I can deal with that. I’ve realised that I would rather read the book, drink the tea or actually focus on my content.

More strolling

I am so much healthier when I get up from my desk and go for lovely long walks. Or even short walks, for that matter.

The funny thing is, I often crave getting outside but put it off in favour of work (because I’m too much of a girlboss to take breaks, you know) and then when I finally finish I’m too exhausted to do anything but Netflix my life away. That’s not going to happen anymore. 2017 is going to be the year that I go outside as soon as I want to go outside.

Being aware of the stories I tell myself 

Words are such powerful little things. I truly believe that positive affirmations can make a day and that negative words can break one. After watching Shope Delano’s video about ‘insights learned in 2016‘, I realised that she was so right in saying we need to be aware of the stories that we tell ourselves.

For me, this goes hand in hand with things that I tell other people. In 2017, I’m going to stop complaining about money, whining about how much work I have or stunting about how insanely busy I am. Because in my mind, that’s just a way of convincing myself, and the universe, that I’m never going to have money or free time.

Being aware of where my money goes 

When I look back at what I’ve invested my money in throughout 2016, I feel like a shitty person. Considering how comparatively informed I am on matters like animal testing and fair trading, my receipts should not look the way they do. This year, I’m going to follow my gut and stop buying into big corporations (just when you thought I couldn’t get any more wanky, I use words like “corporations”) due to their convenience or cheapness.

I want to support companies that deserve my support. Local business. The online girl gang. Anyone that is trying to do good and anything where I know that my money is actually going towards putting food on someone’s table.



  1. Becca Fletcher
    January 1, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    These are some good aims and goals for 2017. I need to spend less time scrolling too. I hope 2017 is a great year for you. Im confident this year is going to be a much better one for everyone.

    • BethanyAustin
      January 2, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you, Becca! I totally agree xx

  2. Lucy Cole
    January 1, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    Bethany I really love reading your posts – you make so much sense! I really want to do the whole les scrolling more strolling this year too, there's so much more to life off screen. xx LUCY |

    • BethanyAustin
      January 2, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you so much, Lucy! Your comments always make me smile. We can do this girl – less time online and more time outside! xx

  3. Augustin Ra
    January 2, 2017 / 7:22 am

    We have the same new year's resolution on less scrolling, Beth! Ugh, I hate myself for scrolling too much on my social medias. I even uninstalled unnecessary apps like Twitter and Facebook from my phone to lessen the habit. Since the time I did that, I only check my notifications when I feel like to. If it wasn't for my FB's blog page and FB groups I'm in which were there because of my classes, I think I would've deactivated mine. Every time I spend my money even though I recently paid my transportation fair, I immediately take a note of it on my phone so that I'd always remind myself that I've already spent this certain amount of money and in that way, I can save more. Hehe! 🙂 I also felt good when I bought a gift for my boyfriend from a local project in the city. It feels good to help those businesses who are just starting out but already has the talents to do such art and business in one. :)Lovely resolutions, dear. Good luck with that. :)Augustin Ra / Indie Spirit

    • BethanyAustin
      January 2, 2017 / 3:38 pm

      You've inspired me to delete the apps – I can't believe it's something I never even considered before. Thank you, Augustin. And well done for keeping track of your money, I would love to be that organised. Thank you, lovely! I hope you have a blessed 2017. Bethany | Curly and Wordy

  4. Kayleigh Wright
    January 2, 2017 / 4:32 pm

    Love the title of this post, inspiring! I feel the same way about 2017, I definitely want to feel proud of myself and my work! You have a really good list of goals! I wish you all the best in 2017 :)Kayleigh |

    • BethanyAustin
      January 2, 2017 / 5:03 pm

      Thank you, Kayleigh! I hope you have an absolutely wonderful year and that you achieve all of your goals. xx

  5. Lucy Furneaux
    January 2, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    "I'm starting 2017 by asking it to dance" – oh, I just *love* this. Sounds like a brilliant start to the year, and I love all of your goals. I hope your confidence in the year continues and comes to fruition! I feel much the same way about this year – 2016 was incredibly hard at times but taught me so much, and 2017 seems to hold a lot of promise. Fingers crossed for us both!Happy New Year!Lx | Lightly We Go

    • BethanyAustin
      January 4, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Aw thank you so much Lucy! I hope your year is bloody wonderful too! xx

  6. Abby
    January 3, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Such a cute post and your goals are perfect – I definitely need to stop scrolling and I feel exactly the same about where my money goes, it's actually shameful. I'm feeling super positive about 2017, I hope it's a lovely year for you! xxAbby | Eärendil

    • BethanyAustin
      January 4, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Thank you, Abby! I hope 2017 is your best year yet xx

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