Remember when I said "no resolutions this year!"? Well, I changed my mind. Not exactly changed it, because having scratched something as big as 'moving out to an apartment' off the list pretty much asked for new goals to start surfacing. Therefore, listing them up at the beginning of a new year is sort of an accident, but all the more fitting, don't you think? These are the things I'd love to work on in 2017.
Or actually: avoid having to rush all the time. For example, I'm a sucker for staying in bed as long as possible, resulting in me having to hurriedly get ready for work while I'm still sort of waking up. I always want to do so much in so little time (honestly, the days get even shorter when you've got your own household, don't they?), which leads to a lot of to-dos not that well done. Obviously, the only solution to this problem is working on a lot of habits already in place, and developing some new ones. Such as going to bed earlier, getting up earlier so I don't have to rush all the time (oh, dear), and work out a better schedule for the logical stuff (cooking, cleaning, etc.), and the additional stuff (writing and hobbies). I don't need to tell you I'm most definitely not good at the whole planning thing (you've witnessed it first hand if you visit this blog regularly) but I think it's time I gave it my all. I mean, life will never be as neatly organised as some Instagram accounts, including mine, are implying (repeat that NEVER), but I can at least try to smooth things up when it comes to days passing.
LESS MAKEUP, MORE PAMPERING
I don't think I've ever used that much makeup, but, you know... Even though I didn't, it's still an almost daily thing that's sort of not necessary. Ever since all that rushing became worse, however, I've been using less and less. I guess that's at least one positive thing to come out of time not being on my side in the mornings, because keeping it low on the face paint has improved my skin in quite an impressive way, actually. So: less makeup is an already accomplished thing, now for the pampering. First: I work in retail, and despite it not being even close to working in construction or anything, it IS a very physical job. It's a job that can genuinely leave you tired to the point you don't feel like doing anything productive in the evening. Now that might not sound that bad to some people, but it is for someone (let's say: me?) who just needs to do things on the side. Something as simple as some real quality time treating yo self is not only good for your skin and body, it also leaves me - personally - with a fresh boost of energy to tackle all those things I still want to do. Also, those feet, honestly. They need the extra pampering, don't they, retailers?
I'm already a big fan of running and a vegetarian (13 year anniversary, coming up!), but that doesn't mean I'm a guru when it comes to healthy living. Far from it even. I'm prone to pizzas and other fast food, as well as cigarettes. So this is sort of a huge leap, especially when it comes to that last one. This means that it's officially on the list to quit smoking, which is a big step because I know how hard it's going to be. Now you're all watching, you know? So let's frickin' do this.
GO TOTALLY CRAZY WHEN IT COMES TO CREATIVITY
I've been blogging for a couple of years now, which I think is great. I enjoy it immensely, and even if I've only gotten a relatively small (yet completely amazing!) following out of it, it's been extremely good for me personally. It's a bit therapeutic even, and my writing has only gotten better because of it. But there is actually a lot more on my mind when it comes to creatively expressing myself. The biggest one on this list is acting. I used to be in a youth theatre club when I was a teenager, and I still really miss those faraway times in which we were all on stage just having a good time. There's not a film or TV series I can watch without thinking: "Gha, I wish I could do that!", but the thing that makes me want to start doing, well... something about it is watching one of my favourite Youtube channels called Starkid Productions. They're a bunch of young, talented people setting up hilarious live musicals (among other things), which you can then just watch entirely online. It is still in its dream stage, but I think I would really love doing something like that. In short: starting a project even remotely like that is in the back of my mind this year. Who knows where it will lead, right?
BE GRATEFUL EVERY DAY
We're ending on a rather earnest note today. I've already talked about how I find it difficult to deal with loneliness and self-confidence problems, and I'm afraid that moving out to my own apartment hasn't helped a bit at all, and the bluesy moments have somewhat increased in size and occurrences. Now I still think they are absolutely ridiculous, but I can't seem to get rid of them all the same. That's why I'm trying something new, and that's to find something good in every day, perhaps even writing it down if that's what it takes. Something to be grateful for, something good about me and my life. Something nice and little, but all the more important.
And now I sound like all those motivational quotes a person finds on Pinterest. I like it.
Either creatively or personally: what will you be working on this year?