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5 ways I plan to make 2017 freakin’ awesome

January 3, 2017
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This is NOT another New Year Resolution post, I assure you. It is simply a list of five amazing things I intend to do to make 2017 freakin’ awesome.

Yes I suppose in a way this list is a list of goals, goals I happened to have set in January, but no, they are not New Year Resolutions and this is not a New Years Resolutions blog post.

… Okay, so it kinda is. But trust me, you won’t find any ‘Lose 10lbs/Cut out Carbs’ crappy New Year resolutions here. I’m done with those. Each of the below resolutions goals aren’t just goals, they are aspirations, desires, they are things I really really want in order to live a healthier and happier lifestyle throughout the year 2017.

And of course number one on the list is travel related…

Travel to Japan
This is my no.1, my favourite, my most important, my most desired thing on the list. I’ve been wanting to go to Japan for so long now but it’s a trip that I’m forever putting on hold. It’s often replaced byΒ a much closer destination, cheaper travel, or a travel opportunity I just can’t turn down, in the past I’ve even sacrificed Japan for a loved-ones preferred destination. But no. Not anymore. I’ve promised myself that 2017 is the year I will go. No compromising. It’s happening. I may be jobless and poor AF right now, but that’s okay because I have a whole year to make this dream come true. And I will goddammit!
Speaking of being jobless…

Make it a year for my career
I read a quote recently that really struck a chord with me: “Do what you love and you won’t have to work a day in your life.” I am in awe of all the people out there who get to get to do just that, who wake up every day and do what they love. I know I’ve moaned a lot on this blog over the past six months about feeling extremely lost and feeling like a big fat failure,Β but actually (and I think it’s the new year that has brought this on) I suddenly feel excited! Don’t get me wrong, it’s scary being in this position (30, broke & living with the rents) and I’ve been feeling very down lately, but I’m finally realising how lucky I am to be in the position that I’m in – one where I can take time to figure out what my passion is. I’m actually in a situation where the only person I have to think about is myself, so if I want to do an internship, or move abroad, or completely change my career, or go back to university, or decide to enter Britain’s Got Talent as a magical juggling pole dancer dressed up as a smurf – I can! I can do one, none, or all of those things. I’m determined to make this year the year for my career and find my passion.

Spend less time on social media
I kicked this goal off a little early after sharing with you guys how social media was negatively effecting me. As a blogger it’s kind of hard not to go on social media, but I also know how important it is that I reduce my time spent on it. Less than a month ago I was popping onto Facebook to kill a few minutes and suddenly two hours have gone byΒ and I would have to force myself out of a Facebook induced coma; my life wasting away as I scrolled and tapped at my screen, flicking through other peoples lives and reading crappy information, 99% of which was useless to me and my under-worked brain. I have since deleted the app and have reduced my time on it mahoosively! I’ve also switched off most of my push notifications for other apps – yay, go me.

Complete the Paris Marathon
I’m all signed up, but will I be able to do it?
(I bloody hope so)
Training is back in full swing after a fatty feast of a Christmas with far too much boozing and one too many Quality Streets. I’ve got just over three months to train my body to be able to run 26 miles. 26 BLOODY MILES. Yup, I’m petrified but do you know what? I’m also kind of excited. I’m excited to see how my body will handle this and to push it to the limits (not too hard, no injuries please). I want to prove to myself that I can do the impossible. I’m also tres excited to stuff my face with croissants and macaroons afterwards.

Read more books
Oh god, I sound like a broken record don’t I? “I need to read more, I need to read more” I’m always complaining about how I never read anymore … but it’s true, I don’t. But that will change this year, especially with my new plan to stop wasting my time on Facebook watching that girl I went to collegeΒ with do live video updates about her three-leggedΒ cat (get well Skipper). So yeah, more reading, I’ve already ordered some new books from Amazon and downloaded a few onto my kindle app – I’m making 2017 the year of the book.

Anyone got any good book recommendations? I’d actually love to join a good book club – anyone know of any? Either online or IRL (preferably Liverpool, obvs).

So what are your 2017 aspirations, desires, dreams, goals?? I’d love to know in the comments below, or leave a link to your NYR post.Β Come on, spill the beans, you might just inspire us all.

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P.S.S Happy New Year xx


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