Each year, I make promises to myself.
To take steps to make this year a little bit better than the last. To enhance my life and move forward. And 2017 will be no different.
As I reflect on last year’s goals, I have come to realise that I have achieved 3/5 of them, which – for such a busy year – is pretty good going if you ask me. Carrying over my wish to actively help a chosen charity into this year, here’s what I will be focusing my energy on over the next twelve months…
Wear My Wardrobe
I have closets in Bristol and London. I have two chests of drawers, four shelves and umpteen boxes of shoes that reside in each available corner of my flat. Why then, do I seem to end up wearing the same five things to work each week and shoving on a pair of mom jeans and a jumper at the weekend? I’ve decided that, this year, as 2017 could potentially be our final year on earth before we implode from Trump’s bad decision-making and the fallout from Brexit, I am going to dress as if each day were my last. Dunagrees on a Monday? Sure. Stripes and spots? Why not?
If, by the end of January, there is anything I haven’t taken off its hanger or uncrumpled from its drawer, I am going to sell it on Depop or hand it over to charity for someone else to love. Watch this space.
Quit the Junk
I love trash TV. So much so I wrote about my adoration for it a few months back. However, as much as I worship it as a means to switch off, I have come to realise it does nothing for my creativity levels and that the more time spent watching things on catch up, the less I read and write. This year, I am going to unwind with books, notepads and pens rather than drifting off to the dulcet tones of Chigwell or Cheyne Walk crackling from my laptop.
Geek it Up
Last year, I said I wanted to learn how to code. I had a blast at it and decided that I simply couldn’t dedicate that much time to something that didn’t involve people (I hate hiding behind my screen for eight hours a day as it is) so put an end to that digital adventure.
I do still want to channel my desire to learn into something else, though.
I recently watched Caitlin Moran giving a talk to creatives about the best advice she had for them. My favourite piece of advice was to be as geeky and interested in what you love as possible. She said ‘you cannot be too obsessed with what it is you’re going to do for a career’. So, with this in mind, I am going to sign up for writing courses (that I can afford), watch YouTube videos on how to be a better wordsmith and work hard each night to get to where I want to be.
So, aside from aiming to drop two dress sizes by summer and swearing to exercise as hard as Kayla Itsines, those are the top three things I want to focus on this year. I pretty much want to wear clothes and work hard. Should be easy, right?
What are your resolutions for 2017? I’d love to know.