Happy New Year! Welcome to 2017 on Lightly We Go. Scrolling through my Bloglovin’ and Twitter feeds I’ve seen quite a few people talking about how something feels particularly good about this year. I’m not sure what it is either, but I’m feeling it too. The start of last year was very difficult for me personally, but as time went on it got better and better and I’m hoping that 2017 will follow in the same trend. But of course that won’t happen just by magic! So I thought it was time to set some goals that I hope to focus on and achieve over the next twelve months.
Originally this post was purely about ‘health goals’. When I began to think think about what I wanted to work on specifically I started by separating my aims into mental and physical health categories, but before long I realised that the two effectively matched up. In fact, each of my goals incorporate the development of both my physical and mental selves or, rather, my whole self. Later this week I’ll also be outlining my goals for the university and the blog, so keep an eye out for those!
Goal #1: Build regular routines
This was one of my earliest #PrettyHealthyProject specific focuses from back in June. I worked hard over the summer to get into good routines, but as I talk about in that post those routines also have to be flexible to fit around the life we’re living at any given moment. Towards the end of autumn term I had a great morning routine and was getting up at seven-am each morning and going to the gym first thing every other day, but over Christmas it’s really slipped.
As well as getting back into that routine, though, I want to firstly set up a better evening routine so I’m fully prepped for the next day, and then also reach a point where those routines can be shifted and changed depending on where I am and what I’m doing. I don’t want it all to slip when I come home during the holidays, for example. And routines stretch to beyond mornings and evenings; I want to design a working routine to support my productivity, and an exercise one to help me reach my fitness goals.
Goal #2: Grow in confidence
This has always been a huge one for me. When I was a child I was extraordinarily shy, and although that gradually disappeared as I grew up it developed in other ways – namely into anxiety of a more personal nature. There are things I want to do in this world but at the moment not enough of me really thinks I can. I’m incredibly lucky to be surrounded by people who support and cheer me on in what I want to do – but now I need to start believing them, rather than the frightened part of me that tells me to back off and follow plan B instead.
I’m planning on doing this in a number of different ways. At the top of my list, though, is getting back in the gym on a regular basis. When I don’t go for a while I often get worked up about the idea of just walking through the doors, but when I’m in a good routine I feel brilliant about myself for conquering an anxiety and my body as it gets fitter and stronger. Plus being able to do more, whether it’s running or rowing or lifting weights, always works wonders for both my mental and body confidence.
Goal #3: Try new things
This naturally leads on from goal #2. Saying yes and trying out things I’ve never done before are all things I want to do more of in 2017. I’ve always been the first to back out of a situation that scares me and I’ll never understand people who want to jump out of a plane, but I’m really fed up of feeling inferior because of all the things I’m scared of doing. There is so much I want to do but pure fear or insecurity always holds me back.
I’m not the kind of person who can just ignore that, so instead I need to build up resilience by doing things I haven’t done before and approaching them positively. In truth I’m not sure where this goal could take me, but hopefully by the end of the year I’ll be able to look back and see a list of new things I’ve done, whether it’s eating a food I’ve never tried before or travelling somewhere by myself. I know that I can surprise myself – maybe I just need to give myself the opportunity.
Goal #4: Be more creative
Getting properly into blogging has had a remarkable impact on how I go about my life, but the biggest change is the purpose it has given me. Having the blog requires me to take photographs and write lots, and I’ve relished the opportunities to create in this way. This year I want to make the most of that, and find new ways of being creative too.
For example, I’ve never been one for drawing or painting, but I think participating in art goes beyond making it; looking at art and thinking about it also requires a level of creativity. The same goes for reading, too. In 2017, then, I’m hoping to be more creative by reading more books (my goodreads challenge this year is 20 books), making more music, and creating more content for the blog. To support that last aim I’ll be posting every weekday in January, so you’ll be seeing a lot more from Lightly We Go this month!
What are your goals for this new year? Let me know in the comments below!