Who said you have to wait until January to set yourself some new goals in life? The sooner you start, the better, and so, with a November that's had me feeling quite stuck in a slump, I decided to get a head start on the coming new year. Both personal and blog-wise: these are some of the new challenges I'm taking on.
I. QUIT SMOKING
Yes, let's go ahead and start with the big and by far the toughest one. Regardless of the fact that I haven't had the guts to really quit before, I have been growing more aware of it all for a couple of years now in the way that I'm one of those people that has been considerate of all the little rules surrounding this nasty habit. Never inside, as far away from non-smokers and kids as possible et cetera. It seems pretty ridiculous that it took me so long to take all that into consideration for myself, isn't it? It's been pretty tough as well, but I'm putting everything to work to motivate myself to keep it up. I am not going cold turkey. I've tried that and failed miserably. Instead, I've put out a jar to document how much money I save while slowly cutting down (which is A LOT) on packs a week, am continuously looking up info on quitting and testimonies by like-minded people and am on the look-out for the perfect substitute whenever I feel that nasty urge bubbling up (so far, knitting has worked. Haha!). Throwing it out into the world (something I've never done before for fear of failure) has been a major help as well, since I'm less likely to sneak outside when I'm with people who'd point it out to me. So far, so good, and at this rate it should be over and done with by the start of the new year. Wish me luck!
II. BE MORE MINDFUL
Recently, I've felt as if I was under constant time pressure. My free days, as well as my evenings, were filled up with groceries, chores, writing, learning lines for theatre, and so on. Forcing productivity every day, however, has a reversed effect on me, resulting in mind and creativity blocks the size of China. I've learned to cut some of these things off my to-do list, as it just made me feel worse whenever I didn't make it. Instead, I started enjoying these cozy Autumn evenings puzzling away, catching up on some shows, looking for inspiration for future blog posts or curled up in the sofa with my cats. It's been heaven and I highly recommend it. Sometimes it's just better to give your mind and body a break instead of pushing it off the ledge, right?
III. SAVE MORE
Being a single lady in a pretty expensive world scares me out of my mind, and although I've been pretty consistent when it comes to monthly savings, I can't help but notice that my savings account is constantly slinking back to its starting point whenever there's an unexpected expense. That probably sounds pretty normal to a lot of you, but I can't put my mind at ease about it. So now, I'm doing everything that I can to have just that little bit more reserve at the end of the month (quitting that nasty habit in paragraph one should be a real deal-maker, am I right), and am putting everything into works for the possibility of earning more. Which smoothly takes me to the next goal:
IV. FOLLOW MY AMBITIONS
I'm in a bit of a loop, career-wise. It's pretty impossible for me to grow any more than where I'm at now, and at 28 that pretty much gets me down. Add up the fact that, while my current job provides me with nice colleagues and a certainty I am most grateful for, it was never something I saw myself doing for the rest of my life. I realise it's going to be hard to find something 'better', especially regarding my lack of important pieces of paper, but I've never been more determined to prove my worth when it comes to making a job out of something I really like doing. So, job applications, here I come!
V. WRITE MORE AND DO IT SPONTANEOUSLY
Remember my little rant about being more mindful just a little while ago? Well, that might have sounded like I wouldn't write as much as I used to. On the contrary; I feel like this online nook of mine is one of the most important and fun things in my life right now, it's just been hard to find inspiration because I always want my posts to be perfect and useful and with my own pictures and... I realised I lost track of the first and foremost reason why I started blogging, which was to write for me and entertain for you. I do plan on writing more, but I'm making a point of doing it more spontaneously. Not thinking about its actual worth or professional potential, but purely for the fun it. I want to write more about interior styling as it's one of the things keeping me occupied nowadays, but I want to be able to share shorter, little updates with you as well.
That's about it when it comes to the most important things I want to work on for the rest of the year. There's a whole lot more where that came from for the long run, but that's food for another post. ;) I feel very up to it, actually, let's see where it takes me!
Q: what would you like to achieve BEFORE the end of 2017?