I’m not one for the whole New Year – New Me thing. I will always be the same me, but nobody’s perfect, there is always room for improvement. Something about a new year does make me feel inspired – you can make it your fresh start.
I’ve decided to write a letter, from me to me in the hope of inspiring what is to come. Sometimes I think you need to be a bit hard on yourself, not too much, but enough for you to see your bad habits and correct them. How else can we grow as people?
Note to self:
2017 is gone, 2018 is going to be the year that you get yourself together. Determination is key, and right now, you have it in abundance.
You may have ended last year with quite the lack of posts but you are starting this New Year with a plan. It was very busy on the run up to Christmas so don’t beat yourself up about it, learn from it. You need a schedule. As of January 1st, a post will land on the blog every Wednesday evening. No more willy nilly posting the minute one is finished, how will anyone know when to check back? Be sure to note down any and all ideas that come to your head (you know what you’re like, it’ll be gone in 2 hours if you don’t). On the back of your door is a brand new 2018 A2 calendar, everything blog related will be written on or pegged to that. #organised.
Admit it. You can be a very lazy person sometimes. You love your bed and you love Netflix. But to get anywhere in this life you need to get up, switch off the TV and switch on your brain. Start a proper morning routine. Get up, get ready and start writing by 9. Your ‘office’ may be your bedroom but that doesn’t mean you can let that distract you. No office in the world will allow you a dozen breaks when you feel like it. Don’t give yourself a day off unless you really need to. You are self-employed, so you only have yourself to motivate you and only yourself to blame. Be social on evenings and weekends, this is what the majority of the world does anyway so you’re really not missing out. Monday to Friday, you’re allowed a 1-hour lunch break and time to do the dog walking. Every other hour from 9-6 has to be spent working on writing projects. #noexcuses.
Be more careful with your money. You want to move out, remember! Every time you buy something new in the hope of acquiring that ‘perfect wardrobe’, eBay the thing it replaces. Never again buy something merely for the sake of this blog (yes it has been done, and I probably didn’t even post about it). If you’re not 100% sure you’re definitely going to love it and wear it for a fair amount of time, don’t buy it. Be more price conscious, treat yourself to fancy coffees, cocktails and meals once a month rather than once a week. This doesn’t have to be forever but this is how people save. #dontmakeitrain.
Surround yourself with inspiring people and incredible things to do. It’s harder now everyone’s growing up, but keep in touch and reach out to those you’ve not spoken to in a while. Visit them – it’s always nice to get a change of scenery. Don’t spend too much money on doing these things though, try to budget and attend as many free things as you possibly can. Some free things are epic. Get into the blogging community more, let people know when you’ve enjoyed a post and carry on the conversation. There are some amazing people out there, who you are still yet to meet. As much as you want to work on your career, don’t lose sight of the people you love. Everything around you will prompt article ideas if you just widen your eyes – probably more so than keeping yourself cooped up in your room. #beautyiseverywhere.
Finally, and probably most importantly, don’t let things get to you so much. You are a good person, you always try your best, and at the end of the day that’s all anyone can ever really do. What will be will be. Some things, you’ll never be in control of and that’s fine. That is what makes life so exciting. Work hard, be kind and have fun, everything will be right in the end. #youdoyou.
Writing this letter to myself has got me really excited to start the new year, and get going with everything I want to do. I would recommend this exercise to anyone. I feel pumped, bring on 2018!