I’ve never really been one for New Year’s resolutions. When I was younger I’d listen to what other people’s resolutions were, then shape them to fit something that I thought I was interested in, such as ‘go for a run every day’, ‘eat healthier food’, or ‘stretch every night before bed’ – but I’ve never understood, if people really wanted to make a change to the way they live their life, why they wouldn’t take action the minute they thought of doing ‘life’ differently.
Last year I chose to ignore the resolutions chatter. I chose to enter the New Year with no expectations of changing my entire life, just because the world clock had ticked over another 365 days. I did however, decide to continue to live my life the way I always had in that, if there was something I wanted to do, I would do it – because I didn’t want to get to the end of another year feeling as though I had nothing to show for it.
Looking back at my year now, I realise that I did just that without even noticing it at the time – and by doing so, I feel I have achieved more this past year than ANY other year I have ever had!
I have completely changed my mindset, from one of self-loathing, negative self-talk, and shame – to one of health, happiness, and energy! I started my own personal blog, which lead to me creating a YouTube channel, and then further developed into an Instagram account dedicated to sharing nourishing meal ideas, which furthermore lead to THIS exact blog you are now reading. I finished my first uni degree, and achieved the results I wanted. I have the trip of a lifetime lined up for the next winter break. I am the strongest, and fittest I have ever been in my life. AND I am about to start a brand-new adventure in the coming weeks, which will allow me to enter the workforce (in 4 years’ time) as someone who is able to help others with much more than just learning what foods they should and shouldn’t eat.
I haven’t restricted myself in any way, shape or form. I have tried EVERYTHING, regardless of what people might think of me (YouTube can be a very judgmental platform), and I have allowed myself to be driven by those things that make me happiest, rather than the expectations of other’s, or a petty New Year resolution which is forgotten by the end of February.
Allow yourself to be driven by exactly what it is in life that you want, rather than simply a meaningless resolution that you mutter under your breath at the stroke of midnight. If you don’t have a resolution, don’t stress! It could be the best thing you ever don’t have! Be happy living in the moment for what it is, and allow life to take you on its course of never ending twists and turns. Don’t plan to ‘go on a diet’, or ‘exercise every day’ – just allow your body to find its natural rhythm that will encourage sustainable change, without the pressure of actually seeking the change.
I hope that you aren’t completely confused by what I have written (I do understand if you are and I am sorry for that), but hopefully there is some sense that you will be able to take out of it. It’s another year tomorrow, enter it relaxed and ready for the coming 365-day ride to begin!
I wish you the happiest, and safest of New Years – and will see you again in 2018! Woohoo!