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HI GANG! Can you believe it…consecutive posts in one day?! I know, I know, you’re probably thinking this’ll be it for another couple of months because I’m never very organised when it comes to this ol’ bloggy blog. But with the appearance of 2020 I’m hoping that I’ll have turned a corner and actually spend some time investing in my site. Anywaaaay enough of all that blabber..How are you doing? Good New Year was it? I had a lovely time actually, me and my pooch saw the New Year (I’m not a big fan of NYE I drunkenly touched on it a bit in my recent post here) have you got any plans or hopes, dreams and ambitions for the year ahead?
I don’t know about you lovely lot but I’m actually feeling super optimistic about the year coming, the last couple days haven’t been so brilliant in the eyes of the mainstream media but I cannot help the fact that the Australian Wildfires are still raging on nor can I help the fact that Donald Trump is the way he is. It’s terrible and it’s enough to make me never want to switch the news on ever again and live in my own personal, comfy little bubble of joy but that’s not life is it?
2019 was a bit of a rubbish year for me for a lot of reasons. I didn’t feel like it will go down in my history of good years or particularly bad, life altering years either come to think of it. It was just sort of meh. We all have those years in our past that we consider to be among the best that we’ve ever had. Perhaps it just kind of happened by coincidence you met the love of your life or a great job opportunity fell into your lap or perhaps we hit some milestones (such as a marriage or graduation) that’ll just stay with us forever. While we look back with fondness and remain happy that those years happened, there’s no reason to suggest why we can’t live each year with the same optimism. With a bit of planning, a few changes, and a healthy dose of hope, we can ensure that any year can rank among our best yet. And what better year than 2020, which doesn’t just bring a new year, but an entirely new decade?
This sounds like a lot of pressure amirite? I’m going to go through some of the brilliant and easy things you can do, nay we can ALL do, to bring about a positive change to our lives in 2020.
Trust the magic of new beginnings
As mentioned above, this is a new year and a new decade, and that presents a great opportunity for new beginnings. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past, be it good or bad, this is a whole new page, one that you can write in any way that you like. If you view it as such, then you’ll find it easier to adopt that “anything is possible” attitude that you can use to achieve great things. The next year will take the shape of whatever you want it to look like. Make it happen! Whether it’s looking for a new job, a new career path, a new hobby or a couple of new friends what better time is there than now? Set yourself a small goal to start off with and it makes the whole process seem so much easier. If you want to set yourself up on a new career path start off with jazzing up your CV and once you’ve done that that’s one thing already done and ticked off your list. If you want to become a bit more social, meet new people and make more new friends how about joining a club or finding the perfect hobby to suit you? Whether you’re looking for something fitness related (most gyms do really fun classes ranging from Boxercise, Jazzercise to HIIT) for a range of different athletic levels, to creative things like book clubs, joining a choir or even volunteering at a shop or a shelter is a good way to get out of your house, get a new focus and meet new people.
We all have a lot of responsibilities, sure, and it does sometimes feel like there’s just not enough time in the day. But it’s important that you don’t fall into the trap of complacency. If you do that, then by the time the next year rolls around, you might find that you’ve just been treading water, rather than making any meaningful strides forward. If it has been a while since you stepped out of your comfort zone, then look at setting yourself a challenge. It doesn’t really matter what it is. It could be that you learn a new language or set a fitness-related goal. Come the end of the year, you’ll be able to look back with pride at your achievement. Couch to 5K is a brilliant app that helps those of us out there that aren’t natural runners be able to run five whole kilometres without stopping (or dying). It might seem like a small achievement to some but imagine how thrilled you’ll feel knowing that you got off of your butt and did that? Way more than I could do as well!
Meeting New People
This links in nicely with my first point but when we’re younger, we tend to be forever meeting new people and learning about their lives. But when we’re older, it seems that we generally stick to our core group of friends and our families. But here’s the thing, while those people will mostly be wonderful, great and like our own miniature home comforts; they’re going to have limitations. There are a lot of people out there, and who knows what you might just learn by getting to know them? They can push you to try new things and think differently, and that’s something that really shouldn’t be understated. You can never quite be sure what kind of fantastic journey you’ll go on, just by connecting with others.
As I so humbly mentioned earlier, our lives are full of responsibilities, often too many. Over time, they can begin to have a negative influence on our lives; they can limit the scope of our thinking, and take us away from that dreamy, grand way of thinking that can bring wonder into our lives. While you can’t drop all of your duties, you can take a break from them even for a short while and take a couple days just for yourself. Whether you want to take some days annual leave to just chill, take a trip abroad or even a staycation (check out my post on what to see and do in Bath here or even Salisbury here!) This forthcoming year, why not look at going on an adventure? Travel has long been documented as an excellent tool for elevating your spirit and mind. Indeed, the years upon which you look favorably probably had an adventure as the highlight. If you get planning now, you could go on a similarly inspiring adventure in the summer. It’s a big old world out there, with a lot to discover!
Get the House in Shape
But of course, you can’t expect the rest of the world to do all the work. If you’re going to love this year, then the basics of life have to be taken care of too. There’ll be little value in visiting dreamy places if your house is bringing you down for the rest of the year. So why not use the coming months to get your house in shape? You can find inspiration from the best interior design blogs, Pinterest and various different TV shows. Take steps towards getting a property that you love, one that is truly yours. There will, of course, be a cost factor, but don’t let this prevent you from realising your dreams; there are a number of different ways you could go about this and if it’s something that is in dire need of an urgent change; at extreme circumstances if you’ve exhausted every other option you could potentially go down the route of a site that offers bad credit loans with a guarantor option like this site here. Check out the interest rates of the loans you get offered but if needs must it would enable you to get started sooner. This could be the year where your house truly becomes your home, one that you love everything about.
Hitting the Gym
It’s not always the most enjoyable of ideas, going to the gym. But it can add so much to your life, and once you’ve gotten over the initial hurdles (no pun intended), you might just find that you like those hours that you spend improving yourself. The real benefits will be felt away from the gym, of course, since you’ll have more energy, you’ll look better, and your brain will be filled with those mood-boosting chemicals. You’ll find it much easier to love this year if your health and fitness is in check! Try to build fitness into your life in other ways, too. Maybe encourage a friend to come with you and have your weekly gossip chatter there, do some lunges and squats in the cereal aisle of your local supermarket, make like Dwight K Shrute and sit on an exercise ball at your desk???
Working on your Goals
Everyone has hopes, dreams, and goals. Some good, some bad, some Freudian. But life has an annoying habit of getting in the way. While we may have taken a few baby steps towards making our goals come true, they often end up back on the shelf once the realities of life have set in. Could this be the year where you make one of your goals come true? Whether it’s finishing that novel, visiting an exciting destination, or whatever else, the satisfaction that you feel when you can tick it off your ‘to do’ list will be palpable. And who knows what kind of good things could follow the completion of one of your dreams?
Getting Rid of Bad Habits
As well as bringing good things into your life, you may also want to look at getting rid of the bad habits that can compromise your happiness. Indeed, in many cases, people can push their lives forward just by changing a few things. For example, one thing that stops people from hitting the heights they’re capable of is that they’re too busy procrastinating to make it happen. Are you guilty of spending too much time on the internet? Is going out out to the bars, pubs and clubs your default action on a Friday evening? Sometimes I find that I’m my own worst enemy and am constantly standing in my own way, push yourself to get the goal you want otherwise you’ll end up kicking yourself you didn’t do it sooner.
There are plenty of people out there who are happy in their personal life, but unhappy in their professional realm. And alas, this is a pretty big problem, purely because of how much time we spend at work! If you’re dreading Sunday evenings, then it’s time to make some changes. Of course, it’s often impossible to change your career at the drop of a hat, but you can set the wheels in motion. This could involve deciding what you want to do for your work, or undertaking a course that’ll make you eligible for other jobs. In many cases, simply making the decision to make a change can be enough to bring the good vibes back.
The problem with life is that it’s usually only when we’re much older than we understand what’s important. But fortunately, in this interconnected age, we’re able to receive the wisdom of other people at any age. One thing you’ll hear again and again is that giving back and helping others can lead to a level of joy that nothing else can bring. So why not look at volunteering your time and helping others this year? If it’s something that you’ve never done before, then it could be a decision that opens up a whole new world of possibilities and emotions.
There are times in our lives when we’re naturally just focused too much on our work, or ourselves, or socialising, or whatever else. There seems to be one dominant aspect of our lives that overshadows everything else. But have you noticed those people who seem to have all of their shiz together are always the ones that are living so incredibly well-balanced. For the forthcoming year, look at trying to perfect that balance. They say that you need to be thrived in work, friendships, spirituality, and exercise, so go easy on yourself and see what happens and if you can say yes to more things that bring you joy and no to more things that don’t.
Whatever you do, I hope you can go into the new year with a positive attitude! You’ve got twelve months to make your own. So set aside the doubts, and live as if everything is possible and that good things are coming your way. You’ll be more likely to take chances and show gratitude, and who knows what might just materialise this year if you have such a positive and optimistic attitude?