If yesterday was for reflecting on the past, then today is certainly for looking forward.

Last year, when I started this blog, I had such high expectations for what 2014 would hold and I probably demanded far too much of myself.  In a year that held a lot of unpleasantness, it was probably unrealistic to expect a radical transformation.  Looking back over the past year and the challenges I have faced, I’m merely glad I survived.  There were times when I wasn’t certain that I would.

For my resolutions this year, I have decided to go easy on myself, to actually give myself a fighting chance.  I won’t be setting myself unachievable goals but will instead try to adopt new philosophies to live by.  Philosophies that I think will greatly improve my life.

1) Take better care of myself

This isn’t just one of those resolutions where I say I will lose two stone in weight (although it probably wouldn’t hurt as currently even my underwear feels tight).  Normally my weight-loss resolutions only last about a week, before I gorge myself on chocolate.  Instead I want to try and look after myself a bit more than I have in the past year.  I want to eat healthier food, do a bit of exercise (when I have time) and take a bit of time for skincare etc.  But I don’t just want to focus on physical aspects.  I need to concentrate on my emotional, mental and spiritual health as well.  I want to take some pressure off of myself and stop demanding so much.  I must allow myself time to relax and enjoy life, without stressing out too much about what I haven’t done.  I’ve sunk pretty low over the past year and I need to make sure I don’t ever feel that way again.  Which ties in quite nicely to:

2) Be grateful.

I spent so much of 2014 wallowing in self-pity, missing out on some of the beauty that surrounded me.  I was so consumed with the things that were wrong in my life that I never stopped to really appreciate all the wonderful blessings I have.  I started a positivity jar early in the year, that I haven’t really thought about in a few years.  I decided to open it today.  It seemed appropriate.  On the 25th January, Freya gave me a hug and told me that everything would be alright.  It’s moments like this that I should be remembering, not the bleaker ones.  As I have started writing a journal again, I will try to focus on the things I have to be grateful for.  I read a fabulous post on Women with Intention, where the word Savour was used.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.  For the next year I will try to savour each and every moment.  Years pass so quickly and children grow so fast and I want to make sure I don’t take a single one for granted.

3) Build my blog

My blog and I have had a very on/off relationship this year.  This could have been due to time, lack of inspiration or any other number of things.  Sometimes I tried too hard – I saw other blogs that had schedules and regular series and I thought I had to do the same too.  But the truth is, I enjoy blogging most when I just write what is in my heart or on my mind.  So that’s what I’m going to do.  I will try to blog at least once a week, more if I feel like it.  And I will try to post on other social media as well, to try an explore all avenues.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed setting up this blog, now I’d like to see where I can take it.

4) Better myself

This is a broad one.  I’ve found a number of online challenges that I want to use as inspiration, although I may not follow them all religiously.  So far, I’ve picked a reading challenge, an organisation challenge and a blogging challenge.  Not only am I hoping these will help to broaden my horizons, but I also think they might give me some inspiration for my blog posts.

So I suppose that’s it for this year.  I’m sure I could go on – use my sewing machine more, save more money, bake more, prepare better home cooked meals….the list is endless.  But I’ll stop there.  Hopefully the resolutions I’ve chosen this year will lead to many minor improvements along the way.

Thank you all so much for sharing the past year with me.  I look forward to sharing the next year with you all as well.

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