Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Happy New Year! Yes, we are at the beginning of a new chapter, with 365 blank pages ahead of us to fill as we wish. I am feeling quite motivated today. I woke at my usual time of 6.15am and was up by 7.00am, despite seeing the New Year in with my son. After a cup of tea and a shower, I took down the Christmas decorations, which always makes me a little sad, tidied the living room, cleaned the kitchen, and threw together a sausage casserole for the slow cooker. I’m feeling enthusiastic for the year ahead, and the changes I intend to make.

As I detailed in my blog post on Saturday, rather than making a New Years Resolution as such, I am intending on making gradual small changes to my lifestyle in the hope of keeping this motivation alive throughout the year, and not only when I feel like it.

Now, for those of you who are familiar with my blog, I do tend to run things here entirely based on my emotions, and often don’t post for a while because I didn’t feel like it. This applies to most things in my life outside of work, where I am actually surprisingly organised and efficient.

I want to be organised and efficient at home too. Well, to an extent anyway, because I do enjoy my laidback way of living. Avoiding drama has been key in the past few years, and this is something I don’t particularly want to change for the sake of my sanity.

So, I’m going to make a list of small, achievable goals and changes I would like to make to my day-to-day life.

Goals for 2018

  1. Drink more water. I’m actually quite a dry person, and don’t even remember to drink, or eat, if I’m busy. I need to remedy this. I’ve downloaded the My Water Balance: Daily Drink Tracker app to hopefully help me monitor this.
  2. Deal with health issues when they arise. I am notoriously horrendous at looking after myself, and will rarely visit the doctors for ailments, preferring to work through it or use home remedies. Over the Christmas period, I have been suffering terribly from a urinary tract infection because I refused to make a doctors appointment when I had the chance. I need to make more time for things like this.
  3. Use scheduler more often for my Facebook pages. Running three Facebook pages alone on which I post at least five times a day is very time-consuming. Rather than live posts, I need to schedule posts when I have time at the weekend, which will free up time in the week for doctors appointments and water-drinking, etc.
  4. Find myself a friend. I am quite isolated at the moment, which I don’t mind. But it would be nice to have someone who would like to meet up from time to time. Preferably a new someone, and not some recycled friendship, so we can start from scratch. This will motivate me to leave the house and do stuff outdoors.
  5. Write letters more often. I have a few penfriends who I like to keep on the go, but don’t often find time to write to them. I need to make time.
  6. Move more! I am trying to walk more often rather than jumping in the car, but it needs to become more regular. Also, drag the exercise bike out of storage and do 10 minutes every day.
  7. De-clutter my wardrobe. Get rid of anything I no longer wear.
  8. Start a journal. I’ve always wanted to do this, but I need to keep to a routine of, maybe, writing every night before bed.
  9. Listen to more music. I have discovered some great new artists from a tv show I recently watched, and intend to stick the stereo on before the television from now on. Music motivates me far more than watching tv.
  10. Get with the times, and swap the stereo for something more up-to-date. A Bluetooth speaker, or whatever the kids (and everybody else) are using right now.
  11. Try something new. A writing class, yoga, Zumba, learning a new language.
  12. Organise my Pinterest. I’ve been meaning to do it for ages.
  13. Unsubscribe from annoying/uninteresting emails.
  14. Get a new shed, and spend more time in the garden.
  15. Eat healthier, and use more fresh food, fruit and veg.
  16. Make more of an effort with myself. Get my hair cut regularly, paint my nails. Anything to boost my self-esteem.
  17. Write more poetry.
  18. Look after the car. De-clutter and clean it, and keep a bag of essential supplies in the boot; foot pump, jump leads, phone charger, etc.
  19. Decorate my bedroom.
  20. Make more time for my family.

Well, I think that’s about it. There is a lot to get my teeth into, I admit, but these are things that will improve my life, step by tiny step. I need to change the way I do things in an effort to help me look at life outside of work more positively, and to make the most of it while I can.

I’ve got 365 days to do this in. Wish me luck!

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