2017 was one of my favourite years ever. I went to Canada and New York, I got a wonderful new job, and I realised for the first year ever that I wasn’t planning for anything. In 2017, I was content.
The end of 2017, however, was pretty bad – health wise. I knew that I had run myself in to the ground with not so much as a glint of light at the end of the tunnel, and I feel like managing my health has become harder than ever before. Therefore, the theme of this year’s resolutions is: balance.
Last year I set myself five resolutions and achieved four out of five, which is probably a personal best. I failed to send birthday cards to my friends though which should have been an easy one, so I’m carrying that one over. Here are my four new ones:
One for the mind: Read more. I currently use all my spare time for work and I can’t remember the last book I read from start to finish. I’m kicking off this year’s resolution by reading my sister-in-law’s debut novel, The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. Check it out and keep an eye on Imogen Hermes Gowar.
One for the body: Swim, godamnit. Swim. I’ve been trying to get back in to swimming for three years, and it still hasn’t happened. It’s the next step in my plan for managing pain, and I will force myself in to a swimming pool this year if it kills me.
One for others: I am lucky enough to be given five days of volunteer leave per year at my workplace, but I have only ever used three because the year gets busy and I inevitably run out of time. This year I plan to use all five, four of which I’ll use for local causes that I’m passionate about, saving one for my family’s charity BEFSA – which aims to reduce poverty through education in South Africa.
One for me: Last year I kept to the resolution of blocking out ‘free weekends’ in my diary to make sure I always had a free weekend each month. It was brilliant and I very much plan on doing it again. Who knows, I could even use that free weekend to get back on top of this blog and become a regular poster once again?!
What have you got planned?