Reflection of 2016 and my 2017 New Year’s Resolutions

WOW can you believe 2017 is literally here! I’m not being funny but where has this year gone? It feels like only yesterday that I was cheering in 2016 with a Prosecco in hand watching the Fireworks light up Manchester. Does anyone else feel the same?

2016 was a great year apart from the unfortunate illnesses I was suffering 80% of the year. There is nothing more boring than having to continually cancel plans because you are ill all the time but after my op I’m hopefully on the mend and my immunity will begin to build up. On a more positive note my blog has gone from strength to strength with over 500 visitors a day and growing which is just fantastic. If it has taught me anything this year, it’s to take a risk and to put myself out there. I was a little afraid of starting a blog and I guess self-conscious in a way I always thought why would anybody want to read what I write but you have and do, I thank you so, so much for it! Branching into new topics other than solely food and fitness has taught me to do more things that I enjoy, I love writing I find it therapeutic in a way so exploring new topics I have really loved and it will be a factor that I will be taking forward into my 2017 planner.

So, as I blissfully bid a farewell to 2016 I’m welcoming in with open arms 2017 and I’m really looking forward to it I have some exciting projects in the pipeline which I will keep you updated on over the coming months. I’m hitting adulthood and we’re looking at purchasing our first property. I have some amazing trips already planned with my lovely boyfriend and if anything, I’m feeling a little too lucky! But why the hell not hey?

Even though I have lots to look forward too I still want to set some goals for 2017 just for me and NYE is a great excuse for sitting down and making a new plan. I must admit It does sound so cliché to set yourself New Year’s Resolutions and there are a few cynics out there that aren’t believers of the trusty New Year pact but I won’t be listening I will be setting myself some New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. For those not convinced fear not a new study has found that New Year’s Day helps us to dissociate from our older ‘negative’ selves it’s known as the fresh start effect and it leads to more people following through on their goals as it allows them to leave the past behind and look forward to success. See no excuses, who doesn’t fancy a fresh start?

So here I share with you my resolutions that I hopefully can stick to and take into 2017.

1. Stop worrying about my age

I’m not sure what it is or why but I know I’m not alone on this one I’m constantly worrying that I am getting older and running out of time. Running out of time for what exactly? I think this is a lot of added pressure from the likes of social media you see people starting families, getting engaged, being promoted. Your sat thinking woah woah woah how are you there and I’m not. But there is no rush and one thing I have realised everything will happen when it happens. I have years and years to grow and get to the stage I want to be at and I need to stop thinking my world will end as I get closer to 30! It won’t if anything it can only get better!!

2. Learn to say no

One thing I have been told this year is I’m a people pleaser It’s very very rare I say no to anything I try and squeeze everything I can into my day, week, month and in the end I end up exhausted and not doing as good of a job as I should. If I have a list as long as my body I will still agree to add to it even if it is physically un-possible because of the fear of looking incompetent. But when I’m rushing around like a headless chicken making mistakes who looks incompetent then? It might not be a case of saying no but more a case of recognising my limitations. So, in order to help with this one, I’ve downloaded ‘Essentialism’ recommended by my favourite fitness blogger Zanna Van Dijk and it is all about the art of saying no, prioritising your work loads and managing your time. I’ll let you know how I get on.

3. Make more time for my Friends

Unfortunately for me this year I have just been one walking sick note so I have missed out and had to cancel a lot of plans over the year with my friends. My aim this year is to make a real conscious effort to make plans and visit my friends more. As we get busier and busier we sometimes forget to make that extra time to see those closest to us because in a way I guess we kind of just presume they will always be there. But like anything you love you need to cherish those friendships and nourish them. I have a fantastic group of friends and I love them dearly we all lead very busy lives and we understand that it’s not always easy to catch up we can go months without seeing one another and then finally meet and it’s as though we were together the day before and I am very lucky in that respect. But when your life starts to get quite hectic it can all get a bit much and unfortunately,  you just don’t cater for that time but it’s important that you do and you have some girl time and get a little giddy.

4. Remove the White Noise

Those that are close to me will know how much I worry about everything I take one small problem and make it bigger and bigger than it really needs to be then before I know it my brain is a swirling vortex of unnecessary problems that I have conjured up in my own mind. My aim is to learn to control these thoughts, learn to stop and take a second and think them through before going into panic mode and make plans accordingly or erase them completely if they are totally pointless worries such as ‘worrying about my age’. This is where Yoga is going to come in I’m determined to get back to Yoga at least once a week and even start to practice meditation at home in the evenings.  On top of this as much as I love social media and it is my job to use social media daily in my spare time I am going to refrain from using it so much, one or two evenings a week I am going to put my phone in a drawer and leave it there when I get home from work and actually just enjoy being in the moment rather than scrolling through twitter and Instagram obsessively. It might actually free up some free time to read that massive pile of books I’ve been wanting to get through.

So there you have it and I know as I go through the year my goals will change or develop but Know one thing for sure I am so excited for 2017 and whats to come and I hope you are too.

Are you setting some resolutions if so let me know yours?

As I sign out now I’m wishing you all a Super Happy New Year and Best Wishes for your 2017!!

Lots of Love!

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I'm Alex, a 26-year-old Lifestyle Blogger from Manchester. Once upon a time piling on the pounds, I'm now I'm changing my lifestyle for a healthier better me. I've tried it all, the juice diets, sirtfood diets, 5:2 diets you name it I've done it. My aim is to tell you all about it, but I guarantee we will get distracted along the way.

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