The creation of new year goals/aims/resolutions isn't for everyone, alas, I find myself creating them annually because they give me something to work towards. 2012 was a horrific year and I am glad to lay it to rest and get excited about 2013! I want this year to be the year that I begin really living. I just want to say thank you for reading, and I hope you'll stick around for a pretty exciting 2013. I realise it's now the second week of 2013 but my life is all about writing and severe abdominal cramping right now.
2013 has been a pretty lovely year so far, despite my illness really preventing me from doing normal 'human' things. January is going to be a pretty hectic month for me work and hospital trip wise, but I'm hoping to catch some breaks throughout the year to make it all worth it! Feel free to share your very own goals in the comments below and let me know what you've got planned for the year!
GO ON PLENTY OF ADVENTURES (SAY YES!) ♥
If there's one thing I hate the most about my illness, it's the fatigue. I spent most of last year confined to my flat because I was simply too tired, or too anxious, or too ill, to do anything else. I want to make 2013 the year that I live more, instead of living vicariously through others. It doesn't have to be anything spectacular - little dates with Luke and chilled out movie nights with my friends will suffice. Having said that, Luke and I have two holidays planned for this year, both were kindly gifted to us by family members, so we will also get to experience adventures that aren't just homegrown! I'll document these adventures on this 'ere blog so keep your eyes peeled.
find the perfect balance ♥
I struggle with balancing work and play to the point where I don't give myself a break. I am always constantly studying or writing or researching and it's not particularly healthy. This year, I want to manage my time a little better and set specific 'office' hours to do my work within, rather than spending my whole day and night doing it all. I'm hoping this will aid me in the sleeping department and leave me with more time to spend with loved ones. I really need to work on this!!
takE more personal photographs ♥
For some reason, I take barely any photographs of people - hello 4,000 photographs of various animals. 2013 will be the year that I take photographs of my friends, my family and I. I'm going to continue to sling my disposable camera around with me in order to capture some fun moments.
look after myself a bit better ♥
I've had a crohnic illness for a few years now, and I think it is about time that I started to care a little more for my wellbeing. Whilst my skin is generally very blemish free, I could really do with hydrating it more often and drinking plenty of water. I also need to sort my terrible sleeping pattern out, for good; I'm too easily swayed by watching things until the early hours of the morning and getting caught up in the interwebz. I intend to be pretty strict about this goal because I never sort it out. Get on my back about this one, guys!
be more confident! ♥
For the best part of my life, I have been crippled by my low self-esteem and anxiety issues. Whilst I've learnt to become more confident in my skin, I want to be more confident when it comes to the things that I am good at, my abilities and the things that make me a good person. I want to be able to feel proud of myself, or feel proud of a piece of my writing, instead of feeling hideously anxious or upset about it all. I got a first in my assignment the other day for god's sake! - Why do I not feel like a bloody genius?! I also want to learn how to be comfortably alone when I'm away from loved ones. I'm not expecting miracles but if I can learn to feel a little better about things, that would be amazeballs.
be more creative (and believe in my skills!) ♥
I want to find more time to be creative, whether it's with my own writing or with this blog. I'm proud of what I have achieved so far but I can't help but want to see my writing published in more places and for Viva to grow and get much better! I know what I am capable of if I allow myself more time per week to do so. Watch this space!
treat myself ♥
As you can probably tell, I have issues with doing anything other than criticise myself. In 2013, I want to treat myself to things instead of saying 'no' and then spending the money on boring things. I want to spur myself on with incentives throughout the year; they don't necessarily need to be related to money either. One of my treats could be meeting up with friends or hiring out movies that I've always wanted to watch but never have!
Phew, so there's my main goals for the year! What do you think? I've also written an extensive list of 'mini goals' for 2013, which I may or may not share. What are your aims/goals/resolutions for 2013? Feel free to link your own resolution posts in the comments below because they're my favourite posts to read! I'm off to finish off my creative piece ♥