Thursday, 17 December 2015

My Top 5 New Year's Resolutions - The Little Things I'd Like to Change in 2016

To all the lovely people who take the time to read my blog posts, I'm so sorry that I haven't posted in a while. Just when I was beginning to organise and sort my blog out, with Christmas on the horizon and some stuff that has happened in my personal life, I've not been left feeling particularly inspired to start writing about my latest beauty 'must-haves.'

Since it's coming up to the end of 2015 though, I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the year's events and write myself a few goals for 2016. 

When I look at how this year started, whether it be who I welcomed the new year in with, the friends and family in my life and my job etc. I can see how much can truly change in 365 days. Like everyone, I had conventional resolutions - join the gym, drink more water, find a new job, and I'm proud to say that I actually achieved everything on my list, even finding true happiness for a while and reducing my own personal struggles. 

But for 2016 I feel as though I have a very different perspective on how many things I'd like to see change. In place of some of the more materialistic resolutions I made last year, I really want to achieve more for my own personal development. 

1. Push myself out of my comfort zone on a weekly basis.

They say that change can't happen until you break out of your cycle and choose a new path to take, and this is something I've definitely learnt towards the latter end of 2015. Prime examples of having pushed myself out of my comfort zone this year were finding a new job and attending a blogging event in London by myself - both of which I couldn't have done without the encouragement of one person in particular. I'd like to see myself evolve this year to be a more confident and self assured individual who gets less stressed at the little things - it'll take time, but it's baby steps until then!

2. Spend less time worrying about things that I can't control.

Whether it's stressing about what someone really thinks about me, or trying to achieve perfection on a personal project, I'm want to choose to be more relaxed. This year I definitely focused too hard on trying to change and control everything, and lost sight of what was most important to me. I'd like 2016 to be more about enjoying the here and now instead of worrying what the future will hold for me. 

3. Appreciate the people who are there for me.

It's easy to focus on what you don't have, over what you do, and this is something I've been incredibly guilty of over the last year. I want to reverse this way of thinking and be thankful for everyone who manages to make me smile, or takes the time to send a little love my way. I don't want to take for granted any of the bonds I make because you never know when they suddenly have to end - whether it's family, friendships or relationships, make the most of every moment. 

4. Improve my overall health.

I've been under a lot of stress at times over the last year, and although I do consider myself to be a fairly tough person, I'm definitely guilty of neglecting myself when I have a lot going on. I achieved my personal goals of getting fit and joining the gym, and even ran 5K with a friend back in the summer, but this year I want to make some bigger lifestyle changes. I'd like to swap junk food and snacks for healthier choices, stop drinking as much caffeine, relax so I'm able to sleep better, and fit more exercise into my weeks. I'm always aware of how much happier I am after working out and I want to make this part of my routine and who I am, instead of something I have to do begrudgingly. 

5. Do the things I want to because they make me happy.

Whether it's working out, travelling, getting creative or blogging, I want to spend more time exploring the things that make me happy. The people who make you feel true happiness when you're with them won't always be around to make you smile, they have to chase their own passions too. Instead of depending on others, I want to ensure that I can occupy my own mind and fill it with my own sources of happiness too, so that I can reach a balanced medium. 

Of course I could probably continue writing on forever more about personal goals, but I think I'll leave it here with my top 5. I'd still like to improve my blog, go on holiday and tick off things on my bucket list, but I feel like this year I'd like to make the above a priority first. I realise this has been a pretty personal post, and completely different to everything else I've ever written on here, but being honest with yourself and others is a good way to start making the little changes - plus sometimes I feel like I just want to write something a little more real, you know? 
So tell me, do you have any resolutions, wishes, goals or dreams for 2016? If you've taken the time to read this I hope I've inspired you to make some positive changes too.

Until next time..


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