I know, I know. Reading about other people’s resolutions is about as much fun as listening to recollections of a random dream they once had about a zombie apocalypse or giving birth to a penguin (or is that just me?)
However, I figured that if I write them down and publish them on here, then I’m much more much likely to actually achieve my little goals! If you’re remotely interested in what I have planned for 2017, then do read on…
I have always struggled to stay in one place for any length of time. For me, the raw desire to travel is something that gets stronger with every passing year and I’m determined to see as many corners of this little planet as I can manage before I expire.
My long-term mission is to visit as least one place a year that I’ve never been to before. In 2017, this will not only be fulfilled but exceeded. In January, I’ll be spending a few days in Frankfurt, Germany for a work thing/exhibition and then heading off to sunny Barcelona in the summer with Adam and the kids for a family holiday.
These are both new places for me so I can’t wait to see what they have to offer. Along with a few familiar favourites, such as Edinburgh (Adam has never been to the Fringe Festival before so we’re hoping to spend a few days there in August) and London, my wanderlust cravings should be satisfied until 2018!
Would it even be a list of resolutions without this classic cliche? Throughout 2016, I have been paying minimal attention to the nutritional value of my food, eating far too much rubbish and gradually started to put on weight. Not a huge amount, but enough to make me feel sluggish, tired all the time and struggle to zip up my trusty skinny jeans. I rarely exercise anymore so will be pushing myself to attend a gym class or head out for a run at least a few times a week in 2017.
Learn To Cook
Following on from the last one, cooking at home generally consists of something quick and easy after a long day at work. Pasta dishes, chilli or pies have become the norm. I have a huge collection of cookbooks, all bought with the best intentions, however, they are sat gathering dust as we speak. I’m going to make an effort to educate myself better, source some fail-safe family recipes and cook from scratch as much as possible. I may even attend a few culinary classes along the way.
I’m the first the admit that I’m a natural pessimist, a ‘glass half empty’ kind of girl by default. Always waiting for the weekends to roll around, for our next big adventure. I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to change this negative way of thinking and begin to find the positives in everyday life. Lucy over at What My Fridge Says is the perfect example of this mindset.
In the past, I’d rarely be found without a book in my hand. These days, however, I find myself wasting away the hours aimlessly scrolling through social media instead. I miss reading and find it very therapeutic, so will be making it a priority again next year. I have two or three books that I cannot wait to get lost in, including Fashion On The Ration by Julie Summers and Our Zoo by June Mottershead (this was a lovely, thoughtful wedding gift from a friend). I’ll post a review on here once I’ve finished them. I’m always on the hunt for new reading material, so if you have any personal favourites, please do let me know!
Find A New Hobby
I’ve come to realise that I don’t really do much these days. Bar the blog, my life is a continuous circle of work, chores and family life. In 2017, I shall be introducing a new hobby of some sort into the mix. I’m still undecided as to exactly what this will be, but at the moment, the top contenders are to join my local WI or attend baking/calligraphy/Lindy Hop classes (not all at once of course – I’m not that good).
I’ll be revisiting this post at the end of 2017 to see just how far I got with these intentions. Do you have any resolutions?