Good morning, everyone!
I hope you’re all well and not hanging too hard after last night’s shenanigans! I, for one, enjoyed a lovely evening with friends, a few bottles of Asti and some exquisite vegetarian chilli cooked by my good friend, Nat.
There was also some Rock Band silliness, and a quiz. Simone and I won the quiz by a hair’s breadth, so I entered 2018 on a bit of a high. I’ve always been competitive, and my OH often refuses to play games with me, stating that I’m as bad a winner as I am a loser. I’m aiming to get better at that, this year.
However, I’m not going to bombard you with a list of ‘Resolutions’. A resolution implies an absolute, a cut off from the experiences and adventures of the previous year. It implies that there’s something wrong with you, that you need to change, that you weren’t good enough before. “I will do…”, “I will quit…” etc. is restrictive, it confines you to a set of arbitrary rules which, if you don’t complete, renders you and the year itself, a failure. Why subject yourself to that? Have a goal instead, something to reach for. Have a small one, that you can add to when it’s been achieved.
I’ve come to believe that the best part of a New Year isn’t that we start again and convert ourselves into something other than what we are, it’s that we continue. We grow, adapt and evolve, and if that involves giving up cigarettes, booze and sugar, or hitting the gym hard, good! Go get ’em! If it involves trying to be a little kinder, eat a little healthier or spending a little less time watching TV and getting out in the world, good! Go get ’em, too!
In the end, it’s all about the things we do, not the things we say we’re going to do, right?
So, this year, I won’t be giving anything up, I’ll just be trying to do a little more. Get out of bed a little earlier, drink a little more water, do a bit more exercise. It’s quite easy to do a little more exercise than none, so I might have that covered. Maybe drink a little less Asti, that might be a plan.
I have goals in my mind, things I want to achieve and will put my motivation and willpower towards.
I have a reading goal, I would like to read more than 40 books this year, and I’ll be starting today with Stephen King and Peter Straub’s The Talisman. When I’ve read 40, I’ll try and read 50.
I have a writing goal, I would like to have a piece of my work published this year and, when one piece has been published, I’ll aim to have another published.
I have a business goal, I would like to make a sale on my pieces on Etsy. Once that’s complete, I’d like to make another sale.
I have ethical goals. This year, I want to use as little plastic as possible, and begin a journey into a more ethical, sustainable way of life. I will continue as a newly fledged vegetarian, but I will be incorporating vegan dishes into my routine as often as I can. I will continue trying to improve my environment, and the lives of those around me.
I have a personal goal to get outside more, whether that be for a walk around the block, sitting in the park, or doing some of the dreaded exercise! The troubles I have with leaving the house are often upsetting for me, and that is something I would like to work on.
In conclusion then, don’t have resolutions, have goals. Strive for something, not against it. That’s what I’m doing, in order to make my year and the rest of my life, a good one.
Cheers, and a Happy New Year!