I know I already did a hello-it’s-the-new-year-here’s-what-I-think-of-that post when I let you all into my 2017 Fuck Budget, but it hasn’t quite cut it with me. I want to talk 2017 with you all.
I want to talk plans, hopes, aspirations and general new-year-new-me things because if you can’t do that at the beginning of a new year, when the hell can you?
I know there are a lot of people around at this time of year who all jump aboard the “I hate resolutions” wagon, but I love them. Providing they’re positive, for you and for the right reasons, I think personal resolutions/goals are important for growth. It’s when they start getting negative/people set them for the wrong reasons they can be toxic.
I personally never really set out-right resolutions for a specific year. It’s always more along the lines of guidelines, general improvements and ideas as far as I’m concerned. (Only really because if I set specific goals I feel really bad if I don’t achieve them.)
So, for that reason, today’s post is about what I want to gain from 2017.
Resolutions shouldn’t be about taking things away or restricting yourself of anything if you ask me. They should be about what you want to gain and how you want to grow. As Fiona so eloquently puts it in her New Year post: “I try to think about what parts of me I want to make bigger, rather than the parts I want to make smaller.” (If you only do one thing today, go read her post. It’s simply wonderful. It’s thanks to her that the inspiration for this post was there so thank you so much, Fiona.)
In 2017 I’m going to be kinder to myself. I’m going to devote whole days to being internet free, to lose myself in stories, moments and feelings. I’m going to use more face masks and I’m going to moisturise places other than my face. I’m going to take a steaming hot bath at every opportunity and every single one of them will be laced with bath bombs, bubbles and soaks.
I’m going to take more photos. And I don’t mean pre-arranged blog photos, I mean photos that capture moments I want to remember forever, photos of people laughing, photos of myself when I feel fantastic, photos that evoke the happiest of feelings.
In 2017 I’m going to unleash my creativity in any and every way possible. I’m going to draw more, paint more, learn new skills. I’m going to write and write and write, maybe even something longer than a blog post, and I’m going to let my imagination run completely wild at every given chance because at the moment, it feels caged.
I’m going to do things just because they’re good for my soul. I’m going to go to yoga classes even though I’m the least flexible person on Earth, eat as many greens as I can whilst also gorging myself on chocolate and cheese because life is about balance. I’m going to be so, so grateful and I’m going to tell people how grateful I am for them.
In 2017 I’m going to see more places, explore as much as possible and walk so far my feet start to hurt. I’m going to run until my my legs turn to jelly and lift heavy things until my arms feel like they’re going to fall off. I’m going to listen to more music, see more music and sing more music. I’m going to completely fill my lungs with fresh air.
I’m going to spend mornings cuddling my boyfriend and watching trashy TV until noon. I’m going to wear fluffy socks, comfy shoes and baggy jumpers without worrying what I look like. I’m going to make fruit smoothies and chocolate milkshakes, bake more cakes and cook more pasta. I’m going to drink expensive wine and cheap gin and loose leaf tea from a strainer that looks like a pug.
I’m going to be mindful. I’m going to change. I’m going to learn. I’m going to grow.
I just have this feeling that 2017 is going to be my year.