After this we're getting pizzaHappy New Year!

So far, 2017 is off to a great start – I’m snuggled up on the sofa, with a cup of tea watching re-runs of Friends listening to the rain outside. I also managed to escape a hangover…2017 you’ve been too kind!

This year, I’ve decided not to make New Year’s resolutions.

I don’t like to look at the negative things about myself that I want to change, I would much rather look at things I want to do more of. I find that when I make statements like ‘lose weight’ or ‘drink less’, I am setting myself up for failure and I often feel disappointed at the end of the year when I look back on what I haven’t stuck to. Instead of using negative language like ‘lose’ and ‘less’, I want to encourage myself to use words such as ‘gain’ and ‘more’. So that is why I have created a small list of goals and aspirations, things that I would like to achieve this year. Some things are bigger, some are small – but here are some of the things I would like to get out of 2017:

Create deeper relationships with my friends and family.

In 2016, there were a small group of friends that I didn’t see enough of. I first heard of the term ‘breadcrumbing’ in Emma Gannon’s book ‘Ctrl Alt Del’, which is where you say ‘oh yes, we must meet for coffee’ time and time again….but never actually do. I was definitely guilty of doing that last year. I want to put aside more time to see my friends this year – and make new friends, and not let social anxiety get in the way.

Read, read and read more

I love reading, as a child I was known for always having my head in a book. As I’ve grown up, I only seem to read on holiday, but when I do I remember my love of reading and wonder why I don’t do it more often! This year, I’d like to aim to read one book per month, and I’d also like to spend half an hour a day before bed fitting in my reading time. If you have any book recommendations, please send them my way!

Keep up with the Happiness Planner

I bought my Happiness Planner mid-way through 2016 – and I still haven’t started it. Today, January 1st, will mark the first day of my ‘100 happy days’ and I hope by the end of it I will be a lot more mindful – and happier! I love that the Happiness Planner encourages you to do more of what you love – and less of what you don’t. It seems such a simple concept, but one that can be forgotten so easily in our hectic, busy schedules.

Work on creating better content and more opportunities

I started this blog in 2012, and I am proud that I am still going with it! I’d like to increase the frequency of my posts and better my photography skills in 2017 – and maybe even think about re-launching with a new name and look. I feel like I’ve outgrown ‘alldolledup’, but I haven’t quite found an identity that I’m truly happy with yet. Hopefully, that will come this year and I can create more content, improve my page stats and say yes to more opportunities that come my way.

Stay healthy and stay fit

So this is the cliché one, but I do want to keep up with staying fit this year. I ran my first half marathon in 2016, and really got into running. I had a couple of months out due to injury afterwards, but now I am back pounding the pavements – I would love to run the race again in September. I am also keen to start aerial silks classes in Bristol, something that has been on my wish list for a long time.

There’s no pressure with my goals this year, but hopefully the above will spur me on to better myself, have more confidence and be a happier, healthier person.

And don’t forget to follow alldolledup on Bloglovin – you’ll be hearing from me a lot more this year!