Tuesday, 2 January 2018


Hello, and a Happy New Year to everyone!

I don't know about you, but I've never been one to use the beginning of the year to make big plans, or to reflect too much on the past. That's usually something I save for milestone birthdays and such, but this year feels different. I think in the past year I've become a lot more reflective, as I've become kinder to myself, and learned to appreciate the things I've achieved and plans I've succeeded in, rather than dwelling on those that haven't pulled through. And so I thought, why not think for a while about the progress I made last year, and the progress I wish to make this year.

Health and fitness wise, I have come on leaps and bounds. I even ran for five minutes one time, which was pretty crazy as running is NOT the one for me. I can cycle pretty darn quickly now, which is good to know and something I really enjoy doing. I've always eaten very healthily, so adding the gym into my life has made me feel even fitter and healthier, and is something I'll definitely be keeping up in the new year. I'd also quite like to continue reducing dairy from my diet, partially because it doesn't tend to make me feel great, and partially because I'm aware of the environmental damage it causes.

Towards the very end of the year, I've been a lot kinder to myself, and that's something I definitely want to continue and really pursue this year. I have always put a lot of pressure on myself, and recently I realised that there's not point in doing so. This year is about having no pressure and knowing that when the time is right, the right things will happen. There's a Winnie the Pooh quote from A. A. Milne that a saw a while ago, that says, 'Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.' And I don't mind when 'some day' is anymore; for I know that one day it will come.

I've got quite a few other things I'd like to do / keep up with this year, for instance:

As much as saving always seems like the right thing to do, spend some money on things you'll truly love - like experiences and anything that brings you joy.

Go on a trip. Somewhere, anywhere, with anyone who will go. Last year I went to New York and loved every single second; this year I'm ready to fall for somewhere else.

Spend all the time possible with my Grandad. He's the only grandparent I have left and he's not been well for a while now. As much as I see him often, in fact I saw him yesterday to celebrate his birthday and the new year, I'd still like to make that extra bit of effort this year.

Buy more Motown / Soul records - no other kind of music makes me happier, so I should immerse myself in it.

Go on a day trip to the beach. It's been about three years since my feet touched sand, and there's no place in the world that makes me feel calmer than the seaside.

In fact, go on more day trips in general. It's always nice to get a quick flavour for somewhere else, near or far away.

Use eye cream more often. I'm young and wrinkle free right now, but I'll thank myself in twenty years time if I look after my skin a bit better now.

Keep making the time to read. It's such a rich and immersive experience; it's hard to believe that so many people don't do it.

Open my heart up a little more, maybe. I think I'm often very closed and unwilling to be read, and maybe this year I'll open up a fraction. It's a hard thing to do, to be vulnerable, so we'll see how it goes.

Lastly, is to keep making plans. Plans for myself, plans with my friends and my family, plans to do something and anything and everything. Without a plan, it might never happen.

Wishing you the best year yet.

Until next time.

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