This post includes a link to a blog post that was a paid partnership with Virgin Care Private.
Happy New Year!
I hope your 2018 has started well? I know, I know it’s been a while since I posted but I have taken my time to ease back in to full swing this year and it has given me the opportunity to think about how I would like my 2018 to go.
I have never really been a fan of resolutions as I feel they can be too easily forgotten and pushed to the side, but I knew I wanted something to work towards so I decided to set some intentions and priorities.
Time goes by so quickly (seriously, what happened to 2017?) and I know I am not alone in feeling like I am busy all of the time. Next December I want to look back on 2018 and say ‘wow’ rather than, what did I do?
My intentions and priorities will form the basis of my daily life in 2018 and give me some direction in setting actual goals.
First up is my priorities – I have been thinking about what areas of life I want to prioritise and in what order, in the hope it means I don’t end up feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
Monica Welburn from The Elgin Avenue wrote something last January that resonated with me so much that it has stuck in my head for an entire year.
In her post, Monica wrote about her priorities of Health. Home. Hustle. That framework is just as relevant today as it was a year ago.
“Overall the Health. Home. Hustle. approach is a pretty simple one. It’s about prioritising your own wellbeing first, your home environment and your relationships second, and your business and hustle third.
In order to achieve all that I would like to achieve with business, I have to look after my foundations. My health and my home life hold me up.”
Yes, yes and yes to that!
So thinking of the Health. Home. Hustle. approach, I have a few things that I want to build into my daily life that will become more habit than goal, and that over time, will hopefully help me reach the goals that I want to.
Exercise – I need to continue to invest time into my fitness. For almost a year, I have committed to working out once a week, and I have really noticed the benefit. Now it is time to build on that – so far this year I have increased, so I am excited to see if I can keep it up.
Nutrition – The other area of my health I want to continue to improve on is nutrition.
Just before Christmas, Virgin Private Care got in touch and asked if I would like to contribute an article on my approach to wellness as part of their recently opened health and wellbeing clinic in Birmingham.
Of course, I jumped at the chance and even created two recipes for them that I believe find the balance between eating well and living life.
Head over to have a look (spoiler, I LOVE both recipes), and I recommend scrolling through some of the other articles on there for more nutrition tips, ways you can build self-care into your life, and advice for coping with depression and anxiety.
Writing the article made me realise that I am pretty happy with where I am with my nutrition. Of course, though, I know there are areas I can improve on:
Breakfast – In recent months, I have improved, but still more often than not I don’t have breakfast. I need to get better at this and have started pre-preparing breakfast goods – check out my recipe for on-the-go smoothie pouches on the Virgin site for my favourite breakfast right now.
Water – I simply don’t drink enough throughout the day. I’m going to add in a glass of water when I wake, get home from work, and before I go to bed as a memorable way to remind myself to get more H2O in!
Down-time – Working full time, finishing off the house and writing the blog (as well as being Instagram obsessed) means I really don’t have much time to switch-off. I need to schedule in time to do things that aren’t on a list!
The house – I am taking home in its most literal sense as really, it is my greatest priority for this year. It is high time this house was finished! We have completed all major building works, but now I have a lot of empty house to furnish. Time to get to it!
Getting the house finished means I might be able to reach one of my life long goals to have it featured in a home magazine.
Work – I entered 2018 with enthusiasm and excitement for my fulltime work. It is a busy year ahead and I can’t wait to play a part in the company growing and thriving.
My blog – I have a lot of ambition for my blog, much of which is slow to take form, but I hope to continue to grow and improve it. By the end of the year I’d like to rebrand, launch a newsletter, and double my readership and social media following.
So with those priorities in place, I started to think about my overall intentions. Basically, I wanted one word to guide me through the year. As it happens, I ended up with two…
First up is FOCUS.
In a world where there is inspiration around every corner, it is easy to become overwhelmed and overstretched.
I will be the first to admit that I am easily distracted and too often change my mind, or can’t make up my mind. This year I am going to actively bring more focus to my life. I can see how this will work in day-to-day life, pushing aside distraction to get tasks done, help me be more decisive, but also in helping me realise what it is that I do want to achieve.
With our house, for example, I need to focus on what rooms I need to complete, in what order, and then focus on getting it done – without distraction!
Second is CHALLENGE.
When I started thinking about my overarching intentions, I wanted only one. Maybe picking two just goes to show how much work I have to do on the first one (!) but I also knew how much of a challenge bringing more focus into my life would be. I have a classic case of wanting to do it all, now.
However, I also realised that to grow and improve, I need to challenge myself. My life is wonderfully comfortable (which I am very aware of and grateful for) and I could happily carry on exactly as I am – but I always want to strive to be a better person.
In day-to-day life, I want to challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone, from trying new activities, to improving my fitness, to actively doing things that scare me. Who knows what this might mean, but I’m going to be more open to giving things a go. As they say, feel the fear and do it anyway.
So that’s it from me just now. I am also going to work on some more specific goals that I’d like to achieve, and I am also hoping to give The Law of Attraction a go (Victoria wrote a very interesting and compelling article on her blog here).
So, over to you….
I would love to know what your take on New Year resolutions, intentions and priorities, and of course, if you have set any?