2016 is just around the corner…I can’t believe how quickly this last year has flown by. Looking at photos from earlier in the year, it seems like only a few weeks ago we were moving into the house, picking up the puppies for the first time, spending the summer at the park…and now it’s almost Christmas and before we know it, it’ll be well into 2016.
This is the time of the year when I feel most reflective, the most motivated and completely and utterly positive to have the best year ever once the new year hits…I’m sure that’s how most people feel when January comes around? It’s a clean slate, a time to start afresh and be the best person you can be. 2015 was a very strange year for me – I am ending the year in a totally different place to where I was in January. We moved into our new home in February and then brought home two furry babies in March. This time last year, I could not have predicted the year we’ve had.
So now I’ve started thinking about what I want from 2016, I can’t stop feeling positive about the potential of the new year. I’m not saying I want to spend the next year ticking off things from the bucket list, but I want to feel I’ve made the most of life and the most out of those new 365 days. Despite doing some pretty big things in 2015, the time has kind of blurred into one big…blurry thing and has been pretty average in terms of what I’ve achieved for myself.
I’m pretty proud of my work-life-balance – last year I was completely consumed by work and didn’t know where to draw the line. However, moving my work into our home office and shutting the door at the end of the day has really helped my sanity. Although I still have days where I work late into the evening, knowing that it’s all confined to the one room and I can walk out when I want, is really great.
So, my plans for 2016? I definitely want to feel more alive – I signed up for the The Desire Map a few years ago and I remember writing down how I want to feel instead of what I want to achieve. Feeling alive, invigorated, energised, are all words that I wrote down then, and are all words I want to describe my 2016. I want my health to be my top priority in 2016 – to be hydrated, stress-free, cells packed with nutrients. I want to be able to feel that I can take on the world. Health and fitness is probably one of the most common ‘new year resolutions’ but instead of focusing on weight loss like most people do, I want to feel damn good.
I also want to maximise my potential. As wishy-washy business speak as that sounds, I feel that I could do so much more than I actually do. Time seems to disappear, things don’t get done that I want to, and sometimes I end my day thinking I could have done so much better. I’ve never been the sort of person that works to to-do lists or schedules…maybe I need to? To know what I need to do and when, so that things get done. Perhaps an intention for 2016 is to work more efficiently. There’s a superhero in my head – she gets things done, does it well, does it with style, and still has a smile on her face at the end of the day. She knows what needs doing and gets it done without fuss. I think she needs to be less fictional in 2016.
And talking about fictional people in my head, a big one for 2016 is to embrace my creativity. Work means I’m creative…I design greeting cards, I love spending time on branding and instagram is my modern day photography. But, the Mr and I both have talked about how everyone has ‘a book in them’. I’ve had the notes for years, the characters have been in my head for so long they’re like family, perhaps 2016 is the year I finally get that down on paper. I have a fear that one day I’ll leave this world, and these characters and ideas will go with me. I’m sure my writing is not the work of any literary genius, but I’m not sure I want to keep it to myself either. Even if it lives on in my computer memory, I think I’d like to get it down in writing.
They’re not real target-orientated resolutions…my business studies teacher always said that things should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed) and my goals for 2016 are none of those. I just want to live better, feel good and spend my time more wisely…maybe I need to think of ways to achieve my goals now that I know what they are?