As I sit, with a very large glass of rose wine approaching the end of 2016, it seems a very good time to be thinking about new year’s resolutions. Only it isn’t. Because they’re naff.
I’d like to think that I know myself pretty well by now. I’m 30 years old and I think I’m a bit beyond setting myself the annual goal of ‘stop biting my nails’ or the vague annual pledge to ‘be healthier’. I’ve learnt to recognise that they don’t mean anything and, although I do pretty well in January, by mid February I’ve given up. This year I’m deciding to give myself a break and am pledging that I’m not going to pledge to change my entire life in 2017. Also, from previous experience I’ve found that setting myself new year’s resolutions gives me an excuse to be pretty crappy until January. ‘Eat that cupcake,’ I say to myself, ‘then you can fulfil your resolution to eat more healthily.’ Rubbish!
That’s not to say I’m going to stop trying to do things better. I read a really good book recently which has helped me to see things a bit clearer when it comes to trying to better myself. I’ve never been one to read a self-help book, but after a recommendation from the website ‘A Bowl Full of Lemons‘ (which contains all of my life house goals) I decided to give it a go. The book in question is ‘Living Well Spending Less‘ by Ruth Soukup. This appealed to me for two reasons: I always feel a little bit broke and in need of ways to save money and I wasn’t very happy at the time and needed something to sort me out a bit.
Despite the overly Christian approach Ruth takes to her book (the pages are littered with Bible verses which would be lovely for some people but just aren’t for me) I’ve found that this book has really helped me decide what I want to do in 2017 and break those long term goals down into shorter, more achievable chunks. This book’s guidance, combined with starting to bullet journal again, has really helped me make the most of the little time I have to do things for me. So this year I’m not making new year’s resolutions but I am making monthly resolutions, planning time to fit them in, and starting right away rather than waiting until January 1st.
My December goals were:
So far one is crossed off the list, and hopefully by February our hall, landing and stairs area will be as new.
Waiting to be crossed off the list are the other three:
- I’ve made a conscious effort to text my two bestest buddies every day because I miss them like crazy now that they’ve moved away.
- I’ve booked in the ‘Moon Walk‘ with one of the aforementioned bestest buddies just to be able to say that I’ve completed a marathon. Another activity I really wanted to do next year was the Urban Triathlon at Balance Festival, but as bloody terrible luck would have it, they’re on the same weekend! There’s still one event to book. I’m going to see what’s on at the theatre and whether any book tours are coming near York.
- The running club will be up and running come the 9th January – wahoo!
By the end of December, all the things on the list will be crossed off and I’ll be on to January ones. I’ve not decided what these will be yet, but I’ll post them up when I have.
If you’re sitting there thinking about new year, don’t wait to be amazing or do something different. Start right now. Don’t have a sugar in your tea. Walk to work instead of taking the car. Call your old friend. Why wait?
Lots of love and a happy new year to you all.
Around the Corner Fitness.