Another year has come and gone, 2016, like every other year before it had it’s ups and downs. Time to wipe the slate clean and start a new. Research shows that setting resolutions and sticking to them is less than 10%, which is almost laughable!! I instead like to tag words to my year and set myself some goals, achievable ones that is!!
During the month of December I started to reflect on the year and where I wanted to go to. This way my goals and my words aren’t just something that pop into my head on the 1st of January and I run with, they are well thought out and hold meaning for me.
This year, my word that will guide me is compassion. It’s not that I don’t show compassion, far from it actually, but I want it to be in the forefront of my mind when dealing with my own children, the students I teach and their families and my friends. I want to step out of my little introverted box too and offer it up to strangers, to the Mum struggling at the supermarket with her littles (it could be just a knowing smile), with the old lady struggling to get the shopping bags into her car. Small acts go a big way I believe.
And my goals, some of which are things that I have let slip by the wayside.
- Camera usage was down a heck of a lot last year, probably the worst year since I’ve owned a DSLR! I think my camera being broken was a bit of karma and ‘wake up and smell the roses’ for me. Can’t wait to get my mojo back.
- Take that short online course you’ve always wanted to do (this will also hopefully help with the lack of photo mojo).
- Get back to sending birthday cards and snail mail! I loved doing this a couple of years ago and I know the recipients did too.
- Gym, at least three times a week, plus one family related activity (bike ride, walk to the park, swimming).
- Get back to reading every night rather than scrolling. Even if it’s only a page or two, lets do this!
- Blog once a week and get my name out their again.
- Connect with more like minded people; bloggers, people who I follow on Instagram and people who enjoy photography but don’t necessarily want a business.
- Distance myself further from the ‘drama’
- Learn to say no a little more.
- Continue moving forward in speaking up. Stick to my rule of ‘if I tell two people it must be bugging me, so speak up!’.
And that my friends is it!
I’d to hear what your plans are for the new year. Are you a word person, a goal person, a resolution setter, or an intention setter?