As the dazzle and promise of the New Year starts to wear off, and real life settles in, hopes and ambitions can drift out of focus. Slowly at first; then, all of a sudden, they’re gone. When it comes to denial, I’m queen. I can give you a hundred and one excuses to explain why I’ve missed a few of my goals.
My aims for the year so far have been executed with mixed success. The writing schedule I want to hash out is still half-formed, a mishmash of thoughts and notes. On the flip side, I’ve stuck to my goal to enrich myself by doing something different, and have booked a place on a writing course starting next month.
February will be a time for me to re-focus my energies and let myself off the hook for any recent shortcomings. I’m adding a few new targets to the board, though:
1// Give up coffee
Real talk – I can never give up coffee. It is one of my few vices (if it can even be viewed as one) and I won’t be made to feel bad for enjoying its rich aromas and ever-so-slightly intoxicating buzz. That being said, I spend a small fortune on shop-bought coffees, and accompanying baked goods, that I convince myself that I need, and deserve. I can make perfectly flavoursome coffee at home, and at work, for free. To keep shop-bought coffee as a special (and cheaper) indulgence, I’d like to cut down to having it just twice a week.
2// Simplify my surroundings
In no world do I need any more blankets, decorative trays, or candle holders. In fact, I could stand to let some go. Since my late teenage years – littered, as they were, with countless trinkets, keepsakes and assorted crap – I’ve become more interested in a pared back, minimal lifestyle, and I’d like this to reflect in my immediate surroundings at home.
3// Eat more sensibly
I’ve never been on a diet, and I don’t intend to start now. However, my eating habits are due a refresh. Laziness leads to semi-enjoyable takeaways and thrown together pasta salads. With a little research, and some strategic ingredient buying, I’m confident that I can overhaul my meals to make them healthier, longer lasting and tastier.
4// Celebrate achievements
Some cool things happened in January. I booked my writing course, I got super organised with blogging, and – get this – a piece I wrote was published on an online magazine that I admire. I find it hard to big myself up, and feel proud of my achievements. Though I won’t be screaming about my successes from a rooftop near you anytime soon, I will be trying to quietly, inwardly, celebrate when I bring something good my way.
What do you have planned for February?