New year, new* me.

*To clarify, by “new” I actually mean probably-exactly-the-same-but-maybe-a-bit-healthier and well read… We’ll see.

Happy new year everybody!

I’ve never really been a person to have New Year’s Resolutions, purely because whenever I have, I’ve never quite managed to stick to them. I seem to recall my resolutions for 2016 included vlogging regularly (which I have not done at all), and exercising more. The number on the scale has done nothing but increase over the past year, so I’ll let you assume how that one went…

However, this year I’m feeling quietly confident that I’ll be able to stick to the resolutions I’ve set myself, mainly because I’ve made sure they’re all relatively achievable. So, without further ado, here are my resolutions for 2017:

1) Read more

Reading recreationally has proved to be something of a foreign concept for me over the past few years. The demands of an English degree meant everything I read had been decided for me (and I’d be lying if I said I’d have ever read T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land on my own accord). I have shelves upon shelves of books just waiting to be read, so this year I’ve set myself the challenge of reading a book every fortnight.

First on the list is Lauren Graham’s autobiography Talking As Fast As I Can, which I’m super excited to sink my teeth into after the Gilmore Girls revival a few months back. After that I’ve got books lined up like Reasons To Stay Alive by Matt Haig, The Cyber Effect by Dr Mary Aiken, and I’ve even promised myself to re-read some old favourites, like Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. 2017 will be a good year for reading!

2) Wake up earlier

There are few things in this world I love more than a bright, crisp winter’s morning. However, I couldn’t tell you the last time I woke up in time to experience one.

On weekdays when I have work, I roll out of bed with just enough time to get ready and rush to the tube station down the road. On weekends, the temptation to not set an alarm more often than not proves far greater than the appeal of an unnecessary early start. Ultimately, this means that unless I have plans, I’ll wake up somewhere around 10 a.m. having completely wasted my morning being lazy in bed.

Therefore: 2017 will be the year of rising early. 7 a.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. on weekends. I’m tired of sleeping my life away (and yes, I appreciate the irony there.)

3) Be more organised

For the last few years I have fluctuated through phases of marking my every move in my Filofax, to barely knowing the day of the week. This year, however, I’ve purchased a super cute diary and I’m determined to make use of it. Asides from that, I also want to organise other aspects of my life, such as making sure I take lunch to work every day (as much as I love an excuse to pop over to Itsu or Leon, by bank balance really doesn’t appreciate it), not leaving things until the last minute, etc. – I always find I’m so much happier when I’m organised, and considering how little effort it actually takes, I have no excuse to be as unorganised as I currently am…

4) Bye-bye gluten!

This resolution is a bit of a cheat, seeing as I actually started it a few months ago. After a doctor suggested that cutting gluten from my diet might give me more energy, I decided to give it a go.

My god – I’ve never felt better in my life. I think it’s crazy how one ingredient can make someone so tired, achey, and even insecure and depressed. Since giving up gluten I’m happier than I’ve been in years, and I am 100 per cent determined to make sure I keep it out of my body entirely for as long as I possibly can. All the pasta and bread in the world isn’t worth the state my mind and body were in (although I do crave pizza on a near-daily basis).

5) Be happy

All in all, I’m just hoping 2017 will be as happy as it can be. 2016 was a big year for me – I learnt that I can survive on my own and be more independent than I ever thought I could be. However, I’ve realised I was still falling into the habit of putting the responsibility of my happiness with other people, and let’s be honest, that never works out.

This year, I want to be as happy as I can be, and I want to have myself to thank for it. I’m going to take time to do things I enjoy, be it swimming, reading, or even lazing about in front of Netflix if I feel like I need to. I want to push myself to do the things I’m scared of, and make time see the people I love. I have my health, my family and my friends, and as long as I end 2017 as happy as I can be, I’ll consider this year a success.

 

Image: The 2017 Christmas lights in Brighton, UK.

 

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