The internet – a technological wonder and a source of great joy (ie endless videos of puppies), but on the flip side, the ideal place to find some of the worst parts of human nature. This has been proven true yet again in the past few days as I’ve seen people slating others on social media for their decision to make – or not make – New Year’s Resolutions. (Honestly, whether you decide to use the start of a new year to kickstart a life change is entirely up to you and really nobody else’s business).
As 2015 was drawing to a close and I found myself casting my mind back over the best year of my life, my mind naturally started to edge forward into 2016 and think about what it might bring. I dallied with the idea of making resolutions but as my willpower is non existent and I knew I would fall at the first hurdle, I opted out.
Then, last night, whilst I was laying in bed wide awake with pre-work worry it suddenly dawned on me. Rather than set myself resolutions, why not put the wheels in motion on something similar but less likely to fail. Why not start a lifestyle change?
I’ve mentioned before that at the beginning of 2015 I tweeted that I felt there was magic in the air, and that this premonition of mine came to fruition in the most wonderful ways, and last night as I lay there in the dark listening to the animals padding up and down the stairs and slumping onto their blankets to sleep, it dawned on me: Was 2015 destined to be amazing or did I unintentionally change the course of my 12-months simply with my mindset?
Did the sheer power of positive thinking and my unerring belief that 2015 was going to be incredible cause my behaviour and resulting actions to shift onto a trajectory which meant I couldn’t fail to be happy?
Well, there’s only one way to find out. I’m walking into 2016 with my heart open, my mind excited and my body ready to take on the world. I’ve got plans and promises I’m making to myself and I want to be able to sit here, a year from now, and write about this year with the joy I felt when I recapped 2015.
I’m not making resolutions, instead I’m going to embrace this year and live every single second. I want to BE and DO more than I’ve ever been or done before. I want to live every single second, to really feel like I exist and to see what adventures come as a result.
Basically, 2016 is going to be the year I get my shit together.
I’m going to pay off the small debt I’ve incurred as a result of a difficult couple of months. I’m going to take vitamins, eat better and move more. I’m going to make more effort to blog and vlog. I’m going to stop overthinking and worrying about every little thing. I’m going to run my home more smoothly. I’m going to become a better friend, family member and girlfriend.
I’m going to LIVE in the way 2015 taught me, but harder, better, stronger.
Can something as simple as a positive attitude and a hunger to make every day count really make a difference? I definitely think so and this year I plan to prove it.