What a year 2016 was. It had ups and downs and way too many celebrity deaths for one year.
Some would say that 2016 was a complete and utter evil and psychotic bastard (or bitch-depending on your preference) of a year.
As someone who is certainly not a lover of NYE and all that “new year, new me” BS, I am going against my nature to try and have a more positive mindset as the calendar changes to 2017. Firstly, I want to summarise what was good about 2016. Each night we ask Noah to tell us his three favourite things about his day. Therefore, I am going to try and write down my three favourite things about the past twelve months. Now, three things is almost impossible to narrow 365 days down too, but I’ll try!
- Noah starting Nursery School, settling so well and making loads of friends (which, in turn, means I have made new “Mam” friends too). This time last year Noah was a serial biter, and we were so worried about him starting school. I worried he’d end up friendless and isolated, but he stopped the biting (one incident in 12 months is a success in my eyes- it was one incident every few days until school started) and seems to have made a lovely little group of friends. Seeing him thrive and so happy really is the best thing about my life, let alone about the year!
- Our family “staycation”- I always thought you had to go on a plane and be in a hot country to enjoy a holiday but this year taught me otherwise. We got to see a lot of what our beautiful country has to offer and enjoyed travelling around the south of the country, going on mini-adventures. Even the minor incident of a car crash didn’t ruin the trip. I loved seeing more of the amazing country, and we’re tempted to stay in the UK again for our summer holiday this year.
- Joining Forever Living, and deciding which direction I want this blog to take in 2017. I genuinely do love working my own business. I have met some amazing people, connected with wonderful customers, made a bit of extra cash and developed my own hobby to relieve the stress of my 9 to 5! And it’s only been three and a half months! I’m much more focused and realistic about what I want from life, and I know what I need to do to achieve it. 2017 will just be about me going for it and living my dreams.
Now, onto the subject of New Year’s Resolutions…
I’ve made them, kept one (in 31 years- and it was Harry Potter related) and broken many, many, many of them by the end of January! So this year, I am not making any other than this…
If you Google “New Year’s Resolutions” there are over 19 million results. Why is this? Well, there are too many people out there giving you “advice” on how to keep on track with them and what you should set yourself to do. This is the main problem. We set ourselves tasks that we think we should do, not what we want to do. Lose weight, stop drinking, save money, read better books, watch more foreign films. Why not just spend our energy on being happy? Do what you want, regardless of whether or not that makes you selfish or somehow uncultured? Therefore, the only promise that I am going to make myself this year is to be happy. Very, very happy!
How will I achieve this? Well there’s a million pound question!
Firstly, I’m going to try to stop living five steps ahead. Take life one day at a time, and just enjoy what’s happening around me. I’m not the best at “chilling out”, and often stress over things that aren’t worthy of that negative energy. I wonder if I can spend 2017 learning not to plan every aspect of my life down to the time of day I go to the toilet (ok, I’m being hyperbolic, but you get my drift)?
I am going to try and accept that there are many things in life that I cannot control. Learn to roll with the punches. This is quite an exciting prospect really. I may start saying “no” to things that I would normally do out of obligation, or I might just leave more things to chance. Who knows? I’m going to a be a bright and breezy version of myself!
I’m going to try and ignore the whole “showmance” that people have with social media- I must remember that a lot of people only post their best bits. I find it hard sometimes, to not let jealousy make me feel inferior. I need to bitch-slap myself more regularly and remember what an awesome life I have. I need to be more appreciative of that and remember that, like Jessie J sang, “It’s not about the money”… In order to be happy, I need to focus less on “Instasham” and more on what’s in front of me.
I’m going to close the page on 2016 and embrace a more positive, healthier and successful start to 2017.
And as a side note, I’m only going to set myself Harry Potter related resolutions in future!