December 29, 2016

I Solemnly Swear… New Year’s Resolutions


It’s that time of year again… time for a “new year, new me” and everyone is talking about how they’re going to change their life. Personally, I don’t have a problem with New Year’s Resolutions – they are a great opportunity to make changes in your life and why not choose a time of year when everyone else is doing the same? It’s so much easier to stick to things when you have the support of others and I thought I’d share a few of my own resolutions for 2017.


Find The Balance

2016 was the year I started my first full-time job and I’ve been very lucky to land a job I love, resulting in a previously unknown ambition and determination, resulting in a promotion and a new team to manage for the first time in 2017. I’ve worked very hard for it, to the extent that my work has somewhat taken over my life! Although I still plan to work just as hard in 2017, I want to focus on switching off, trying new things and throwing myself into my hobbies – life isn’t just about work!

Travel On My Terms

Everyone wants to travel more and this year, I want to be smarter with my annual leave and turn my attention to city breaks rather than week-long holidays. I’ve also promised myself that if I want to go somewhere, I will. My biggest annoyance with being single is not having a travel partner but I want this year to be the year for solo travel. I’ve already booked two trips on my own – Edinburgh in February and Barcelona in December. If friends or family choose to join me, then great, but I don’t want to miss out on opportunities as a result of waiting for someone else to commit.

Save Save Save

I’ve set myself a tough savings goal for 2017; I want to raise the money for a deposit on a house. I’ve recently downloaded the On Trees app and I love it. It pulls through your online banking spending and you can categorise your spending accordingly. You can set yourself monthly budgets, both generally and for specific categories, and it’s easy to keep track of via your phone. It’s amazing for showing not only how much you spend, but what that money is spent on – which makes it easier to cut down on things I don’t actually need, like clothes or make-up.

Get Active

Despite working in the leisure industry, I simply don’t do enough exercise. I’ve got all the usual excuses; lack of time, tiredness, simple laziness. Part of this resolution is connected to working on my work-life balance, as exercise helps me switch off and relax, but it’s also about simply getting more active. I’ve signed up for the Great East Swim, an open water event I’ve wanted to do for years, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swimming pool to start training.

Rediscover Writing

Finally, a blog related one. I’ve let this blog slide (see Resolution 2 about that work-life balance) but I’m determined to get back into the swing of things in 2017. My biggest barrier is simply how long I spend writing a post. It’s completely unnecessary as I just faff over my words and never seem to get round to clicking publish. I challenged myself to publish this post one hour after starting it, whatever state it’s in, and it’s a tactic I want to continue in 2017. Rather than affecting the quality of my writing, I’m hoping my writing will seem more real and ‘in the moment’ – but let’s see!

Overall, my 2017 resolutions can be summarised in one word; balance. What word would you choose to describe your plans for 2017?

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