Don’t worry — I won’t bore you by listing all my new year’s resolutions and goals. Many of them are continuations of what I have already been doing, such as trying to live more mindfully, whereas others are about taking a step (or a leap!) forward in my life. As I said in my last post, it’s no use in thinking of the new year as a completely fresh start: your goals need to be built on the foundation of your life as it is now.
That’s why my goals aren’t about transforming my world from January 1st — they need to fit my current lifestyle. Sure, I hope my life will be transformed by my goals, but I believe that permanent change is more likely (and easier) if I change my habits gradually. For me, working towards my goals is about working with my strengths and limitations, not against them.
Like many, many people, one of my main goals for 2016 is to lose weight. Unlike most people, I’m aiming to lose 120lbs. In the past, I have lost weight by restrictive dieting and it has taught me that diets don’t work. Especially not in the long term. So I am changing my lifestyle. This involves changing my eating habits gradually; instead of trying to live on vegetables as soon as the clock struck midnight on 1st January, I have been adjusting what I eat and will continue adjusting until I think my diet is healthy enough.
Another of my goals is to rewrite my novel draft to a good standard. I’m taking this slowly, but aiming to gather pace over the next couple of months. I want to get it done as soon as I can, but I’m not going to beat myself up if my mental health gets in the way. I haven’t set any definite deadlines for this reason: I have to learn to work around my anxiety and depression, instead of getting upset when they prevent me doing things when or how I had intended.
Which brings me to what I want most out of 2016: to get better at managing my mental health and to make progress towards my goals. I want to start 2017 feeling healthier and happier than I do right now. I want to have fun. I want to create art. I want to be stronger. I want to read a lot. I want to watch more films. I want to get outside more. I want to spend time with the people I love. I want to meet new people. I want to save more and stress less. I want to be fitter. I want to be open to opportunities. I want to live.
Oh, and I also want to continue blogging!