Last year was a rollercoaster year for many of us, me included. You can read here about some of my 2016 highlights and what they taught me. There were some fantastic highs for me over the course of the year, as well as things that didn’t go as planned, one of these being moving home.
We’ve been wanting to move to a slightly bigger house in a particular area for a few years and every year, I have been so hopeful that this will be the year we move, but it just hasn’t happened yet. We feel extremely lucky to have been able to buy our first home in our early twenties, but the location isn’t right for us. We would love to move to the area where my Mum and Dad live, where I grew up and where Dan and I got married, so it’s a special place to the both of us and every time we visit my parents, it just feels like home. I’m so excited that it’s looking very likely that we will finally be able to return there within the next 12 months, which is one reason why I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.
Resolution 1: Try to worry and stress less
I’m a terrible worrier and so I usually find that the welcoming of a new year is tainted with a little trepidation as to what the year ahead will bring. What if bad things happen? What if this year isn’t a good one for me and my family?
I’ve always been a worrier, it’s just in my nature. My Dad worries about things sometimes, although he never tells me, I know that he does, and my Grandma (my Mum’s Mum) was always worrying about something, so I seem to have inherited it from both sides of my family!
I’ve been working hard at trying to be more positive for the last couple of years and I’m really happy with the start I’ve made. You can read a little about my journey to be more positive and why I regularly tell myself that life is easy here. Worrying does nothing to improve a situation, in fact it just hinders it, so I know that making further inroads here will do nothing but benefit me. I’ve learnt that adopting a positive attitude and outlook on life can completely transform your world, which is why I believe this resolution is so important for me.
Resolution 2: Relax and treat myself more
Related to my first resolution is making sure I relax and take the time to de-stress. As someone who really struggles to switch off, I want to focus a lot more this year on treating myself to real down time, where I can truly calm down my constantly racing mind and treat myself.
I want to be able to put down my laptop and phone and run myself a bubble bath with a glass of wine, read a good book whilst sipping a hot chocolate, and maybe start to meditate, or just simply take the time to sit in the peace and quiet with just my thoughts and a journal and some scented candles. It sounds like heaven, doesn’t it?
Often it’s the simplest things that we don’t take the time out of our busy lives to do that can make the biggest difference to our happiness and well-being. This downtime feels like a great luxury to me and costs nothing, so I’m sure it’s something I can easily fit into my life that will be oh so worth it.
Resolution 3: Get super organised
When I told my Mum that being more organised was one of my resolutions for the year, she said ‘but you’re already so organised’. And she’s right, I am. But I still feel there are a few things I could be even more organised with, particularly blogging. I seem to put it at the bottom of my list of priorities, but it’s something I really enjoy doing, a passion of mine, and so I want be able to enjoy the whole process, rather than always rushing to try to get posts finished. I always have a never-ending list of half-written blog posts and ideas I want to act on, and in 2017, I’m going to allow myself the time to finish them and to post more often.
I also find that I sometimes put things off and I’m very good at procrastinating; I can easily spend hours on Pinterest and Twitter, when really I should be getting other jobs done first. Hopefully, by getting lots of tasks completed before I head on over to social media, decide to look on shopping sites etc, I can manage my time better and feel on top of everything. Here’s to hoping!
Like I mentioned before, I’m already very organised, but just prioritising some of my time even better can make all the difference.
And there you have it, my 3 resolutions for 2017. I feel that having them written here in a blog post will be so useful to me to refer to in the future and to remind myself of how important they are.
Have you made any resolutions this year? Whatever your resolutions, goals and thoughts for 2017, let’s make it a luxe year full of happiness, joy and abundance.