New Year resolutions have started to get SUCH bad press.
There are those who believe “if you want to make a change, you should just start.” Those who believe they create “undue pressure” or “unrealistic expectations.” And there are those who are just sick to death of creating the same list year on year, only to have broken them by midday due to a New Year’s Day hangover.
I get their point. Yes, the best time to begin is now (pre eating the cupboards in prep). Yes, sometimes we may be a little unrealistic about those goals (this bum isn’t fitting in size 8 jeans, no matter how much soup I live off). And, yes, let’s face it, we’ve all broken our New Year’s resolutions before.
Yet I’m not ready to bin them off.
To me, there is so much magic in a fresh start to a fresh year. There’s something about wiping the slate clean and embracing the possibilities to come. It’s exciting and you know what? Sometimes we just have to step back to really realise where we’re not quite on track and where we really want to be.
I also think there is too much emphasis on failure, as if failure is a dirty word or an absolute. Yeah, okay, you might not have kept to the 5x a week gym schedule you had lined up in January, but you may also now be able to get through a HIT class without wanting to heave and still manage to head there a respectable 3x a week.
Plus I like the accountability that comes with stating those goals. Writing a list of all you want to achieve in the coming year gives you a great point of reference for decision making. I also think stating any goal out loud is the first step to achieving it. So with that said, here are my New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2018…
1. Establish my own business
2017 was full of huge changes, but my biggest was quitting my job and setting up my own business: CHAM, a chia seed fruit spread. I’d always dreamed of owning my own business and food is something I am (evidently) passionate about. I knew it would be hard work, but it was next level to what I was expecting. I want to push forward come 2018, fresh from the winter break and ready to spread the Cham (get it?) far and wide…
2. Create a morning routine (and stick to it)
I know I have a much better day when I stick to a morning routine and it seems to be a consistent factor in the majority of successful people’s days. That said, when I’m knackered, sometimes the last thing I want to do is leap out of bed early for a meditation session. While I don’t doubt I’ll press snooze every now and again, I’m going to try my best to do it less.
3. Write a book
I’ve been banging on forever about how I “want to write a book one day.” I’ve even gone as far as putting pen to paper… just never quite finishing it. So in 2018, I’m going to write little and often.. and finally write that book, regardless of if anyone wants to publish it….
4.Get back in the gym
A classic, I know, but the end of 2017 was one of the busiest of my life- juggling starting a business, a new side career, planing a wedding and, you know… just existing. For the first time in a long time I let my work outs slip… and I felt terrible for it. Not just physically, but mentally. So with the help of ESquared, I’ll be heading back to the gym in January and getting my arse (and mind) into shape.
5. Cook a new recipe every week
I love experimenting with new recipes but so often I find it too easy to stock my freezer full of old favourites… which means I inevitably get bored and inevitably end up buying lunch anyway. So often the idea of making something new seems such a hassle… and yet once you’ve made it once it’s so easy to make again.
6. Write my bucket list
I get so carried away with the amount of things I want to do, so I want to write them all down in one place so I can start planning how to do them. Plus, ticking them off is so satisfying. I’ll be using my Axel & Ash bucket list journal to get planning. Top of the destination bucket list? Oman, Iceland and Barcelona.
7. Turn my phone off (and be more productive!)
I’ve got pretty good at switching my phone off an hour before I go to sleep to give my mind a break (and to stop all those blue lights messing up my sleep patterns). What I’m not so good at is switching it off during the day. It may seem counterintuitive given I’m setting up a business, but so often I find myself answering phone calls, battling emails or accidentally scrolling through Instagram instead of actually getting anything done. In 2018 I’m going to have work a lot smarter to keep up, so turning my phone off and increasing my focus is a good place to start.
8. Put my health first
I can’t even begin to list the amount of ridiculous ailments I had in 2017! It was by far my most unlucky year when it came to my health, but I’m going into 2018 determined to rectify that. With two surgeries scheduled, I’m going to have to make sure I put my health first. I’ll be kick starting it in January with a Veganuary and be making sure I leave time each week for self care, instead of just running around like a tornado!
9. Have a proper Christmas
I know, Christmas has only just been and gone, but December was the craziest month ever. I was doing 17 hour days and by the time I got to Christmas I was a wreck. Not to mention the Christmas shopping down Oxford Street the Friday before Christmas (it is as bad as it sounds). Admittedly, we took a day off for a gorgeous day in Paris (not to mention spending the most magical Christmas day at Heathfield) but next year I want to make sure I leave plenty of time to really enjoy the festivities- I’m talking ice skating, making ginger bread houses, visiting the Kew gardens lights… and maybe another cheeky trip to Paris.
10. Live a fuck yes life
You get one life and I want to make sure I live the life I want, not the one that’s practical or convenient.
And a quick shout out to the resolutions I won’t be making…
If anyone says counting calories isn’t depressing they are lying. I want to eat what makes my body feel good, without the scorn of My Fitness Pal. Read The Goddess Revolution instead.
2. Start running
So many people love to run. I get it…fresh air, a good playlist and it’s free- what isn’t to love? Well, I hate running and no amount of upbeat playlists or countryside views can change my mind, sadly (…I’ve tried!). I’ll be sticking to spin, boxing and yoga classes to keep me going instead.
3. Quitting drinking
Will I be cutting down? Yes. My two day carb fest hangovers are sadly starting to outweigh the joy of the (bottle of) wine the night before. Will I be giving it up full stop? Hell no. What’s a celebration without a glass of fizz?!