2016 has gone by incredibly quickly. This year has been a varied one for me. I've had some good moments but generally it hasn't been the best year, which I think has been the case for a lot of people. I'm looking forward to drawing a line under 2016 and moving on to 2017 with a clean slate.
I'm continuing with my New Year's Eve tradition and posting my resolutions. As always, I try to keep mine somewhat achievable. Some are repeats from last year that didn't quite make it! In no particular order:
I've always wanted to travel, but I was stuck in temporary work for nearly a year after I left university and I just couldn't afford it. I was made permanent in October and I can finally afford to go on holiday. I haven't been on holiday in years and it would be wonderful to go away. I've had a travel list since I was tiny and it would be lovely to start checking off a few places. For example, I've always wanted to go Iceland and it would be wonderful to start planning it. I would definitely be going alone though, so if anybody has any advice for travelling solo I'd appreciate it!
2. Stop obsessing over my mistakes.
I'm a perfectionist, and I find it difficult to admit when I have made a mistake. I will sit and obsess over every little mistake I make. I really need to start understanding that I do not need to be perfect all the time, and that making mistakes is ok.
3. Read more.
This is a bit of an odd one for me as I spent every spare moment I have reading. However, I'd like to start reading things outside my interests and actually start working through my book list instead of re-reading old favourites.
4. Find a better work/life balance.
Now that I have a permanent position I need to make sure that I use my weekends wisely so I enjoy the break. I need to find a balance between relaxing and getting out of the house to do something interesting.
5. Blog more and find time to write.
I had this resolution last year. I've been busy adjusting to my new job and I've really neglected my blog. I'd like to dedicate at least one day a week to working through my draft posts. I have so many reviews to post!
6. Pass my driving test.
I passed my theory test last year and I still haven't passed my practical test. I became very ill just after passing my theory test last year and I didn't recover until January. This meant that I wasn't able to continue with my lessons. I've been desperately trying to find a new instructor (my last one did not make me feel comfortable at all) however I have been unable to find an automatic instructor in Nottingham with good reviews. I'd like to pass my test before my theory test runs out!
7. Go to more concerts.
I used to go to concerts a lot in my teenage years and I really miss it. I went to the Download Festival again last year and it made me remember how much I enjoy it!
8. Exercise more.
My fitness has really dropped recently. I used to go the gym once a week but I stopped a few months ago. I'd at least like to begin swimming again once a week as I find it really relaxing.
9. Plan ahead.
I would like to spend some time looking ahead to the future. I still live with my parents, but I'm currently putting money away so that I can afford to move out. I'd also like to get my PhD but it depends on my finances.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and I hope you all have a lovely and safe New Year's Eve. As always, I'm spending my evening watching a film with Bree and Figgy. I don't drink, and the pets hate fireworks so the best option for me is to stay at home with them so they are comfortable. Cat/dog cuddles and a pizza is a perfect evening anyway!
What are your resolutions for 2017?