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.
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.
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.