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Thursday, 5 January 2017

The New Year, and Thoughts on Goals and Resolutions

(Some polaroids from New Years Eve)

New Years a funny thing, don't you think? There's so much hype leading up to and around it, everyone is full of hope and promise, goals and resolutions as we head into a new January and a New Year. It's funny because at the same time it feels new, almost as if everything has started again and we have a whole New Year and a whole new chance at achieving our goals, but also that life is just back to normal after the madness of Christmas. Just back to the usual day to day, without the festivities and decorations -accept with a cupboard full of Christmas chocolate that somehow needs to be eaten! 

Regardless of the reason for the feeling the New Year brings, it's hard not to get swept up in it, to get into the feeling of a whole new year to do with as you please, and it does leave you feeling happy, hopeful, making plans and even feeling a little more organised than the previous 12 months. Thinking of everything you can do with the next 365 days and trying to make it better than the last. It's a good feeling.

I never used to be one for resolutions, I never made them or even gave them much thought. The past two (or three?) years I gave them a go and to be honest -they were forgotten about. I think the reason for it is that a year is such a long time to stick to something! Goals are good, and I work well with goals, even with something such as decorating a room. If I decide a date I want it finished by, I will make sure it's done! If there are no plan then it can just be done when I get to it, and it' the same with most things in life. But I have to admit that if I think of them in terms of a year they can sometimes feel overwhelming and leave me worrying that I'll fail...or feeling disappointed before the years even out.

This year I won't be making any big life changing year long resolutions. There are a few things I want to do, some personal, some not so much, but my plan is to set small monthly targets and keep track of how I'm doing as the year goes on. Some of the not so personal are to learn to use my camera properly, and keep up with an exercise plan. I've never been someone who wants to exercise -to be totally honest I have to force myself almost each and every time. But I also know how good it makes me feel and how good it is for me. I have no set weight loss goals, no targets I want to meet, I just want to set small goals to keep up with and improve my fitness. And with my camera, I would like to learn more about it, and how to use it. There is so much more that can be done with it and I'd like to make the most of that. Especially as I'm almost always taking pictures, it seems a shame not to.

Another reason I want to stick to small monthly targets is to help me be more organised. I feel as if 2016 was the year of chaos and mess when it came organisation, so I hope setting out monthly plans will help with that. I felt disorganised with blog posts, plans and occasions, and just day to day I'm hoping to put a stop to that this year!

How do you feel about resolutions? Do they help you or do you just never make them?


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