There is something about Januarys that makes me smile. It could be the leftover sizzle from the joy of the holiday period – a period I always look forward to because I get to spend what little time I have with family and close friends – or maybe it's just the fact that a new year means new beginnings. And when given a black page to re-write your life for the next 365 days, it's hard not to feel a little more optimistic than usual.
2014 ended with a comma for me, and December in particular gave me lots of locks that I would like to pick this year! From a business idea that could feed my passion for curation and style, to doing well at work and potentially embracing more responsibilities whilst growing as a professional 'writer', and even gaining a new sister by December 2015...these are just some of the things I can't help but look forward to. I mean, I'M GETTING A NEW SISTER TO COMPLEMENT THE BROTHER I ALREADY HAVE :')
With such exciting opportunities/times ahead, I wanted to take the time to list a few things I'd like to achieve this year. I don't usually do 'new year's resolutions', as growing up with Bridget Jones meant I just saw failure (and humour in that failure) when I tell myself to lose XX kgs et c. But I really want this year to be different! I don't want to stay stagnant or inch forward anymore. I want to grow and expand and push myself and achieve so much more.
So, here goes. May Geraldine and October Geraldine and the Geraldine that just wants to mooch around on the couch, read this and hopefully you'll be reminded by optimistic January Geraldine of the the possibilities of 2015:
I want to become better this year in a whole lot of aspects:
In the second half of 2014 I picked up books again (electronic versions lol), and started to read some of the best stories ever written, according to Time Magazine. I quickly learnt that collecting words meant I could produce them more freely. This blog is a poor testimony, but generally I've been more inspired.
So I've decided to continue working my way through Time's list, which can be found HERE. I'm also hoping to read more news and not of the tabloid variety.
In return, I want to write more, preferably daily (out of the job). It can be a simple paragraph or a long post like this one, but brute force does seem to work with improving writing skills so I'm gonna give it a go.
3. SAVE SMART
I was going to say 'save more', but I think I'm already pretty good at being mega thrifty, and somehow when it comes to money, more is never enough! Instead, I want to learn how to save smart and to make my money work for me. Not earning by the buckets means that discipline is necessary but not impossible. This means I have to cut out the fat and keep the lean meat. Unfortunately I know this means not shopping so much, but fingers crossed I bought enough during my recent trip to Bangkok to last for a few months of dry spells?
Will have to see how this one goes...
4. CAREER PROGRESSION
I've been working for 1.5 years now and time has flown by without care or concern about my personal progress and development. Hours don't care if you haven't learnt something new, and minutes and seconds heed not your productivity - time just continues ticking away! Going into December/January, this thought really scared me. What am I doing with my life? Am I in the right job? And on a smaller scale, how long will it take before I get promoted?!
These are questions I know I probably won't get immediate answers to because, well, that's life. But I want to work hard where I am now, with a clearer purpose in mind.
5. EMBRACE MY PASSIONS AND DREAM BIGGER
Passion is a loaded word, but I really do get a kick from styling and the creative – something I've kept at the fringe since I started working. I hope this year I'm able to continue curating my personal sense of style and even start helping friends develop theirs. I would also like to try and get more involved in the industry, be it by contributing stories or working on this blog and my social media platforms. ANYONE WANNA HIRE ME? :p
Some of the other 'smaller' goals I have:
6. HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
I'm not even going to say I'll cut down on the chips and chocolates because that's definitely fighting a losing battle. I mean, I'm having biscuits as I write this. At 10.30pm =/ I'm just going to keep working out consistently (run more!!), drink more water, and up my fruit & veg intake!
7. GET MY LICENSE
It's a sore point for my dad and boyfriend. Yep, I'm almost 24 and I can't drive. I have reasons for this but somehow like the men in my life I doubt you'll be interested in my excuses lol.
8. GET BRACES
Again, a little late on the bandwagon but I gotta think of future me on this one! Any advice guys, on whether Invisalign or braces is better?
9. BEAUTY REGIME
I fear premature ageing and wrinkles and dark spots. I'm vain but lazy, which is a terrible combo. This will have to change.
10. NOT BE AFRAID OF FAILURE
Eh, sums it all up I think?
I'd love to hear about your new year's resolutions! Have you broken any already?