In twenty seventeen
5th January 2017
Last weekend I shared a post reviewing the goals that I set myself in 2016, and I mentioned that I’d only set one major goal for 2017; to buy a house.
I chose to only set one goal because honestly, that was the only measurable goal I wanted to achieve this year.
However, along side one measurable goal, I have many sort of “aspirations” or “values” or “intentions” that I want to focus on and prioritise in 2017. Some are measurable, some aren’t. They’re just changes I’d like to implement in my life this year.
I know it’s such a cliche to say “new year, new me” and I normally believe that if you want to make a change in life then there’s no time like the present. But this year something feels different. I’m feeling more mindful, more reflective, and I wanted to document this on my blog at the beginning of this new year.
It came as a massive surprise to me when I got promoted earlier than expected back in October, and I just want to prove that promoting me was a worthwhile decision.
I want to nurture my relationships. I want to make more time for my friends and to make sure that we don’t go months on end without speaking. I also want to make more time for my family, and to go home to Shropshire more often, especially now I have a car.
I want to have more date nights with Tyrone. At least once a month. I can’t remember the last time we went on a date, and this needs to change! Even if we’re skint and can only afford a McDonalds, we should plan dates so we have something to look forward to.
I want to take better care of my skin and discover what is triggering my acne. For instance, I want to take an allergy test to find out if I am allergic to anything. I’ve heard that allergies to certain foods can be linked to acne. I also want to drink more water on a daily basis.
I want to prioritise my mental heath and I want to be in control of my anxiety. I will start CBT in 2017 but it may be a long wait until this can begin, so I want to discover ways I can help myself.
I want to continue to take care of my hip and to work on building up the surrounding muscles. I want to book myself in for another steroid injection when I need it. The dream is to go one year without a steroid injection (8 months so far!) as the longer I can postpone them the better it will be for me in the long run. I also want to make time for yoga as often as possible because it’s not just great for my physical health but also my mental health.
I want to register with a new dentist because my current one is horrific. I hope to find a dentist who is gentle and doesn’t cause me to have a panic attack mid-appointment. I want to get new braces made. My current ones are around 6 years old and therefore they’re pretty disgusting!
I want my blog to continue to be a place to document my life and the lessons I learn through adulthood, to share the things I am passionate about, and to reflect.
I also want to write more about careers this year in hope that I can inspire others to follow their passions and work hard to get to where they want to be.
I don’t want to get wrapped up in numbers, or schedules, or comparison. If things become overwhelming then I should take a break. Blogging isn’t a job. It’s not a necessity in life. As Heath Ledger once said “The day I stop having fun, I’ll just walk away.”. I never want to make blogging something I want to walk away from.
Do you have any values, aspirations or intentions for 2017?
P.S. I hope you like my Quality Street work of art up there. Finally, a use for the Coconut Eclairs!