I’ve never really been one for new year’s resolutions. For me, they always seem to involve unrealistic dreams and/or punitive measures of denial or restraint, which is never a good way to start a year and is invariably doomed to failure.
However I do believe that as we bid farewell to the old year and look forward to a brand new one, it is the perfect time to consider all the good things that have happened as well as all the great things we’d like to achieve in the future.
So, rather than resolutions, I like to write a Life List, which can be ongoing and added to each year. Instead of the usual ‘I must do this/I must not do that’ style diktats we set out for ourselves, a Life List breaks your hopes, goals and wishes down into a more bite-sized declaration of aspirations and accomplishments that spans a day, a week, a month and so on.
I think it’s really important that everything on your Life List is realistic, achievable and measurable (and doesn’t rely on any other person/thing but yourself).
I recently read about vision boards, which are a bit like the mood boards used in most creative industries. A vision board is a collage of images, pictures and affirmations of your dreams and desires. Apparently visualisation is also very important when it comes to making things happen so, willing to try anything, I am accompanying my Life List with a Vision Board this year and combining the two here on my blog. I will also endeavour to put both on my noticeboard at home, as a reminder to myself over the coming year.
As you will see, my Life List contains nothing particularly ground-breaking, and that’s just as it should be. But I do believe everything on it is possible (and positive). I hope it provides a bit of inspiration.
Happy new year!
Every day, I would like to…
Make my children laugh
Do something nice for my husband
Smile at a stranger
Spend time in the fresh air
Every week, I would like to…
Try a new recipe
Do something creative
Have visited somewhere new
Give myself a treat
Tell my parents I love them (and try to do something that shows it)
In 3 months’ time I would like to….
Have booked a holiday
Put up more pictures around the house
Be going for regular bike rides again
Before next year, I would like to have…
Learned how to use a sewing machine
Returned my tax form
Been to a festival
Given the garden a makeover