New Year’s Resolutions: 2016 Edition

posted by leann December 19, 2015 0 comments
2016 new years resolutions

It feels surreal that 2015 will be grinding to a halt soon and I’ll be another year older in February. Life would be so much easier if I could know what was going to happen in the long run but I know it doesn’t work like that.

All I can do is set goals and expectations for myself and work towards achieving/meeting them throughout 2016. Sounds easy enough? Sort of.

However, I need to acknowledge that change is inevitable, and that goes for any goals and resolutions. I guess it’s more about prioritising than it is about ‘success’ or ‘achievement’. Here’s a quote that I found which illustrates my point a lot better than I can.

It must be obvious…that there is a contradiction in wanting to be perfectly secure in a universe whose very nature is momentariness and fluidity.

– Shunryu Suzuki

Breaking bad habits

This one’s self explanatory. My body is in dire need of a detox from all the drinking, the smoking and excessiveness that is consumerism. At age 24, it’s time to face the music and get back on track with fitness and health in general. There’s no stopping me from having a cheeky drink or two every now and then, but at the current rate that I’m going, I’ll be dead in no time.

As for the bit about consumerism, I just need to declutter my life and personal space because right now, I’m feeling a little claustrophobic with all the random bits and bobs that litter my surroundings.

Try minimalism

First, declutter by assessing what can stay and what needs to go. Then, only buy what I need and will use. It’s that simple.

But I’m naturally a bit of a hoarder, so that’s another thing I’ll need to exercise control over.

My value is not reflected from the things that I don’t have, but in my attitude towards what I do have in my life. I simply want to practise appreciating everything that I’ve neglected to pay attention to while I was too busy focusing on other, less important things.

Practice awareness

I want to be more aware of the effects of my own actions. The diary in the featured image of this post was made of leather and I hadn’t found out until after I’d already bought it. I failed to do my research before giving up my money for a diary which a living being was slaughtered to produce.

So yeah, I’m going to crack down on the ethical side of being a consumer.

Additionally, I need to stop repressing my emotions and practice self-awareness more often. I’ve learnt that bottled emotions simply end up snowballing into something a lot less manageable. So why  continue to procrastinate dealing with my own emotions?!

Learn something new every day

I’ve always dreamed of being a polymath (haha!), but I know it doesn’t just happen overnight. I wish to read more, write more, explore and venture outside my comfort zone and see more of this world.

It’s really all about planning and following through with those plans… It can be tedious, but I will do it.

Those are my key resolutions for the new year so watch this space to see any progress/updates and the likes! 🙂

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