There’s something so definite and final about leaving one year behind and starting afresh, isn’t there? Yes, you don’t have to wait for January to roll around to make a resolution. But I’m someone who enjoys the idea of a new day, week or month to start something new, so I’ve always looked forward to the idea of setting myself goals, big or small, for the year ahead. It might be a huge cliche, but I love the idea of a clean slate. Time to reflect is really positive. While lots of other people are doing it too, you can find inspiration in their resolutions for the coming year.
My resolutions have always been measurable in some way; though whether it’s been to take a photo every single day, lose a specific amount of weight or publish a number of blog posts every week, I don’t think I’ve ever actually achieved one! I’m too much of a perfectionist and to complete a year of something but having missed a day or two, here and there, doesn’t sit well with me.
New Years Resolutions for 2019
This year, my resolutions are more ambiguous and focused on self-improvement, which is near impossible to measure and eradicates that need for facts and figures in my goals, to show success. I don’t have a numbered list of specific things to achieve.
We all have mental health, whether it’s good or bad
In 2018, mental health was discussed a lot more in the media. It’s very easy to think that the term is only applied to those who are struggling with it, but we all have mental health, whether it’s good or bad, just like we all have health in general. My own mental wellbeing is something I want to keep in check this year. Despite it not sitting on the ‘bad’ side of the fence, I think it’s important keep tabs on my own happiness and fulfilment.
It’s really easy when you’re a parent to become so focused on your children and their needs, and forget about your own. Particularly when there’s a baby in your household, you are in a constant cycle of nappies, milk, cuddles and naps. Little B has come to the end of the newborn phase now. Quite frankly, you’re lucky if I’ve brushed my hair some days in the last 12 weeks, let alone washed it, applied make-up or pampered myself in any way, shape or form!
Self-care is something that’s at the top of my agenda for this coming year and I love that it can mean anything you want it to mean. For some, self-care might be having a candlelit bubble bath on a Sunday evening without your children in sight or immersing yourself in a good book. For others, it might be going to the salon for a blow dry or taking a long walk to blow away the cobwebs. Self-care comes in all shapes and sizes.
The Law of Attraction
There’s also something to be said about the law of attraction; essentially, you focus on positive thoughts and attract into your life whatever it is you are focusing on. You might think it’s a load of rubbish and I suppose no one really knows if it works. But is there harm in thinking positively, rather than focusing on the doom and gloom that may be around you?
I’m going to spend some time focusing on lots of aspects of my life this year, including love, my career and health. I don’t know exactly what that will look like yet, but I’m looking forward to a positive outlook!