I’m writing this sat snuggled up next to the fire, fresh from a winter walk on the beach (see photo evidence above – me and my little sister). I’m just thinking about how I’m going to get my post-Christmas body into action tomorrow so it can look half decent in the slightly risqué gold bodycon dress I’m wearing on NY Eve – eek! I’ve had the best week of downtime over Christmas, I’m really sad it’s at an end but whilst usually I’d be crying into my cornflakes about it, I’m actually feeling kind of positive and ready to hit January and 2017 hard!
I always make the longest list of new year’s resolutions and every year I barely make it to February still remembering what they are, let alone putting them into action. But I weirdly enjoy making them anyway, it makes me feel all positive. This year, to try and have a higher success rate I’m making my resolutions a little more general, things to work towards throughout the year that I can’t really fail at. So instead of ‘lose 3lbs’, I would say ‘try to eat healthily’, that way you can keep going with it way past January 30th. Here are mine, let me know if you have any and we can inspire each other throughout the year. That’s the other thing – I’m going to check in every month to see how I’m doing. Wish me luck! And sorry for the essay coming your way…
My 2017 resolutions:
Exercise – I started a weekly Pilates class in 2016 and loved it. This year I need to do more but the key is making it something I enjoy. So I want to continue with Pilates and also do classes in things I’ve been meaning to restart forever – yoga and dancing. I’d also like to keep trying to walk 10,000 steps a day now I’ve discovered the Health app on my iPhone.
Mindfulness – I’ve wanted and been advised to do a mindfulness course a million times – I worry too much and this is supposed to be the perfect antidote. Now I’ve been sent a mindfulness course I can do at home so I can stop using money and time as excuses. Whilst I’m doing that I also want to introduce meditation into my every day, hopefully on my commute like I used to.
Self care – I always leave self-care off my list but it’s so important for me. This year I’m going to schedule in more time for me so I actually keep to it every week without fail. I’m going to write a blog post soon on things to include in my self-care time – things like baths, reading fiction and watching endless Netflix without feeling guilty!
Getting my business going – Me and the boyfriend have had a business idea for ages now and we just need to get going with it. We’ve done all the research and we’re ready to hit the ‘Start’ button and hopefully make the dream a reality, I’m sure I’ll bore you all senseless with blog posts on this throughout the year. I just can’t wait, I’m so excited about it and have so many ideas.
Novel – Another one that’s been on my to do list forever. This year is going to be the one that I start writing my novel, no pressure to write a certain amount of words a day or a month but I’ve got an idea and now I just need to get going with it. I love writing fiction so much and this is another perfect one for my commute.
Water – It’s on my New Year’s resolutions list every year but I need to start drinking 2 litres a day. I suffer from headaches and life would just be better if I did a bit more sipping, come on Kerrina!
Blog – This year I don’t want to go on a blog hiatus, I want to keep writing every week. I can’t promise it will always be regular but I just don’t want to give up with it. I’ll attempt to blog 2-3 times a week and I really want to find the courage to start up my Instagram again. I enjoy it and I think I could do well with it, if I was just a little braver. Hopefully I’ll also get a few more readers, improve my blog photos and work with a few more brands.
Travel – Read this post for more, I have so many big travel plans this year. Japan, Budapest with friends, travelling alone, come at me!
Volunteering/Charity – I would love to do more for charity this year and perhaps volunteer too. It’s a cliche but it feels so good giving back and I feel the world needs a bit more love in 2017.
Food – This year I want to do the opposite of most others and actually eat a bit more! Only of the good things though – I want to make sure I eat three good meals a day and healthy snacks too. I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to do this but hopefully I’ll work it out.