Happy New Year everyone! As is customary at this time of year, I’ve decided to lay down my hopes for the 12 months ahead. I’m definitely not a ‘new year, new me’ kind of person, because I think that’s kinda of bull shit, but I would like to make some positive changes and achieve some big things.
I’m not even going to call these my new year’s resolutions, because that phrase just screams ‘Fail in the first week’ doesn’t it? No, instead these are my 2018 Hopes and Dreams. It sounds nicer.
2017 had it’s ups and downs. I’m sure 2018 will too, that’s life really, but I hope the ups outweigh the downs this year.
My 2018 Hopes and Dreams
Complete my R.E.D January Challenge – I signed up for R.E.D January this year, which is a challenge to run everyday in January. The challenge raises money for Mind Mental Health Charity, which is obviously something close to my heart. I didn’t sign up just to raise money though, in face my reasons for signing up were largely selfish. Running is great to clear the mind and is a great mood booster, which is something I can really do with early in the year. But honestly, that thought alone ins’t enough to get me out running, particularly not in this cold, wet weather. So committing myself to the challenge is a great way to start the year off right, and hopefully get me back in to regular running for the rest of 2018.
Learn to Drive – I’m 30 now, and I still can’t drive. It wasn’t an issue when I lived in Newcastle because the transport was great, and it was so easy to get around. Now I like in a rural village in Northern Ireland, and not having my own car is a nightmare. The busses come once an hour, and cost a fortune for the family to use. There’s not much in walking distance either, so I feel pretty isolated. I’ve been wanting to learn to drive since we moved here, but I keep putting it off. This year is my year, and I’ve set a goal of driving by the summer. I’m ordering my provisional licence this month and will get cracking with lessons as soon as it arrives!
Get Back in to Education – I really would love a career in Mental Health, but I’m not qualified at all. This year I want to get back in to education to get the qualifications I need to pursue a new career. I hope to start a degree with the Open University this year, so watch this space.
Make a New Friend – This is probably going to sound a bit pathetic, but I don’t really have any friends. I have people that I know socially: People that I work with or attend groups with, and I get on well with them, but I don’t really have any proper friends. No one that I can say ‘Hey do you want to go to a gig next week’ or ‘lets meet for coffee tomorrow’. Even in the blogging world, I know a lot of people have a group of close friends, but again I don’t really have that. So I’m going to try and be more socially open this year and make a good friend.
Better Self Care – Looking after myself is an absolute priority this year. When I’ve had a bad day, or when I’m feeling down, or when things are getting on top of me – I will take time out and do something for myself. Looking after myself properly to make sure I don’t reach burn out in turn makes me a better mother and a better wife. If I’ve reached burn out, I can’t look after my family the way want to, which in turn makes me feel worse about myself. It’s a cycle that I’ve been stuck in for a long time, so this year I want that to change.
If I can manage to fulfil all of these things, I’ll be a happy lassy at the end of the year.
What are your hopes and dreams for 2018?