I hate New Year Resolutions and all that new year new me stuff. I think with resolutions you are setting yourself up for failure with a load of unachieveable targets. I feel like goals provide more direction and can be more attainable. For example a resolution is generally about losing a shed load of weight or giving up chocolate while a goal could be more about leading a healthier lifestyle. With this in mind I have set myself five realistic goals to help me achieve various things I have been thinking about this last few months.
Goal #1 – Fitness
I have always wanted to do ballet, it is something I never had the chance to do as a child. I realise I am cracking on a bit now and I have the flexibility of an ironing board but I’m not going to let that stop me. I will either try and find a local class to attend or sign up to Sleek Technique which is online ballet based classes. I took a class with them a couple of years ago which I reviewed for the blog and it was brilliant, I meant to sign up then but life just got in the way.
I regularly run but this last month or so I have let this slip mainly because I hate running in the cold (such a poor excuse). I am going to schedule time in my day for running or cycling as I have an exercise bike that I’m just not getting the use out of.
On NYE I came across Cat Meffan’s Yoganuary where you basically do yoga everyday of January (obviously). I have next to no experience of yoga but I think it could really help the amount of stiffness I have in my back due to being sat at a desk all day nearly seven days a week.
Goal #2 – Me
I never spend time on myself, my life tends to just revolve around other people. Of course there is nothing wrong with that, I like to be helpful where I can but it is often at my own expense. I need to try and set aside a little time for myself, even if it is just once and week. This kind of ties in with the previous post as I used to use running as the time I would work off stress and clear my head.
Goal #3 – Read
Part of my 30 before 30 was to read the top ten classics of all time and I am rather ashamed to admit that in nearly a year that has passed since that challenge I have probably read two books. If anyone has any recommendations for some great books then I would love to hear them.
Goal #4 – Sleep
I have had problems sleeping for years and I have been really trying to get into a routine and improve the amount and quality of sleep I get. I use my Fitbit to track how much sleep I am getting and would love to be able to achieve 7 hours. The amount I sleep for wildly varies from four hours a night up to six. Last week I averaged around six and a half hours so I am really close to my target. I know some of the issue is the amount of time I take to fall asleep which is probably down to scrolling through social media while laying in bed. I need to try and put my phone down at least half an hour before I go to bed.
Goal #5 – Fun
I feel like I lead a very boring life and I tend to slip into a rutt very easily which is why I’m going to aim to plan something fun for every month of 2017. I love it when you have an event planned and it gives you something to look forward to. I hate just drifting along from day to day! These fun things don’t have to be something major like a holiday, they can be something simple like a blogging event or day out with friends.
Goal #6 – Style
I am useless with accessories unless its a bag or a pair of shoes. I love jewellery but I never wear it so I would like to get better at finishing my outfits off……maybe there is a blog post in there somewhere.
Goal #7 – Blog
My main blogging goal this year would be to successfully start vlogging. I think I have briefly mentioned this in another post but there have been a couple of occasions where I have attempted to vlog and it either went rather wrong or I forgot all about it halfway through the day. I think by starting vlogging it will make my blog more well rounded as there are quite often times where filming something would be a much better fit that me photographing and writing about it.
Have you set yourself any goals for 2017? What do you think about New Year resolutions?