With the close of every year and beginning of a new one I always find myself reflecting on what has passed, before casting my mind forward to what is yet to come. With a new number on the calendar it feels like a fresh start with a whole 12 months ahead that we can mould and shape in any way we please.
Without doubt, setting myself goals and resolutions is a waste of time as I literally never see them through. It’s just the way I am – grand plans always fall by the wayside as I get distracted with the every day. So, this year I have decided I’m not going to set myself any targets, instead I’m going to implement some little changes that will – hopefully – have me living my best life.
There’s no platefuls of kale or triathlons in my future, just small, manageable tweaks I can make to rid myself of some of the baggage that modern life brings, because, to be frank, I’ve decided I don’t have room for anything in my life that doesn’t make me happy anymore. Life is too short to ‘put up and shut up’, we only get one go at this and I want to live it well.
Unsubscribe From Mailing Lists
Oh my wooooord. Does anyone else get 15,000 emails a day from companies they’ve never heard of and definitely never signed up to? At the moment I just hit the delete button but I’m going to make a conscious effort to unsubscribe from them this year, hopefully decreasing the amount of junk my eyes have to deal with on daily basis.
Delete Old Numbers From My Phone
That girl you made friends with in the toilet on a night out, that friend of a friend, the person who proved they weren’t who you thought they were… all these numbers and names in our phone, taking up space and – sometimes – giving us a little twinge of hurt as we scroll past them. Not anymore. All that dead wood is being shifted and those numbers are going. Am I ever going to text or call them again? Nope. Then in the metaphorical bin they go. (Likewise, I’m getting rid of those accounts I follow on social media that make me feel bad).
Get Rid Of Clothes That Don’t Fit
A combination of my metabolism-killing daily medication and a couple of years of fun days and nights out with Ben mean I am now a bigger version of the girl I used to be. I’ve tried diets, I’ve tried exercise, I’ve even (ashamedly) tried pills, but nothing has worked. So, I guess the squidgy girl with the extra chins that I see in the mirror is who I am now. However, in my wardrobe I still have some of my old size 8 dresses, hanging there waiting for the time I fit back in to them and taunting me every time I see them as they whisper “Never gonna happen”. So, I’m going to bag up all the clothes I’m never going to shoehorn my arse into again and take them down to the charity shop. They won’t be making me feel inadequate anymore and someone else can get a bargain new outfit – it’s a win-win situation!
Take Lunch To Work A Minimum Of 4 Days A Week
Buying lunch in London can, easily, cost £5.00 per day. Over the space of a month that’s £100; £1,200 a year! It’s such a waste of money! For the most part I do try to make Ben and I lunches but I definitely want to be more organised with it this year and make sure we have them at least 4 days a week.
Eat Veggie At Least One Day A Week
This is something I started implementing towards the end of last year, but I want to make more effort with it this year. Ben is a unshakeable meat-eater but as long as I can make something interesting and tasty, I definitely think we can squeeze in some veggie meals more often. As well as the obvious cruelty-free side of eating vegetarian, it’s also much better for the planet as a whole, something that I’m focussing on as I try to live a more ethical life.
Maintain A Daily Skincare Routine
I’ve never really made too much of an effort with my skin for some reason, I’m not really sure why, however, in the past few months I’ve invested in some quality products and I’m striving to do a morning routine, a bedtime routine, plus a weekly face mask. It only takes a few minutes but is something that I think is important, especially now I’m well and truly bedded into my 30’s. This girl isn’t getting any younger!
Exercise 3 Times A Week
There is literally no point me saying I will join a gym to get fit as it is never going to happen, but I definitely think it’s achievable to aim to move more. At the moment I commute by foot for about an hour a day, but I think adding a long country walk of a weekend and a bit of time on the exercise bike in front of the TV is definitely something I can take on board.
Wear More Jewellery
I have so much jewellery but I very rarely wear it. In my day job I do a fair bit of lifting and moving of heavy boxes, so my standard workwear is jeans, converse and a jumper, so adding a bit of glitz in terms of jewellery never really occurs to me. However, I always feel like I have my life a little bit more together when I’m jewelled up, so I definitely think a few extra bits of bling on an everyday basis will make a difference to how I feel about myself.
As I said, none of these are life-changing on their own. Little changes and tweaks, yes, but I hope that once I get them in place I’ll be all set for a more organised, mind-healthy year.
Less clutter in house and head, it’s got to be the way forward!