[dropcap]W[/dropcap]e all know that 2016 was a bad year. Personally it was pretty great and pretty awful in equal measures. I had both the best and worst year of my life. We all start the new year thinking it’s going to be the one. It’s going to be my year. This year I’m going to smash life and rule the world. Sometimes, or most of the time, that doesn’t happen. Good things happen and bad things happen.
So consider this a new kind of New Year to do list. This one doesn’t focus on being amazing – it focuses on just getting by and doing well for yourself. It’s pretty chill, way easier than losing weight or quitting smoking, or whatever, and I enjoyed writing it wrapped in a blanket with a cup of tea, wearing Boux Avenue sale PJs that I picked up for a tenner.
Here’s to quietly enjoying 2017!
I. WORK HARD
Let’s start with the one no one really wants to do. Good things come to those who work hard. That’s a fact. Work hard for whatever goals and ambitions you have. I’ll be working hard on my blog, my uni work, and myself.
II. LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN
Take off your makeup before bed. Wash, exfoliate, tone, moisturise, do whatever your skin needs to make it feel good. Drink more water, eat fewer crisps. Go through 2017 absolutely glowing.
III. GO FOR A LONG WALK
Go out into the world and get some fresh air. You don’t have to live in the country to enjoy a walk. Find a park or just wander the streets. Your head will clear, your body will thank you, and you’ll be more productive in the long run. There’s nothing like fresh air to make you feel good.
With so much wrong with the world at the moment, it’s so important to do something to help fix it. Take a day or two out of your year to help others. Volunteer in your favourite charity shop, run a 10k for charity, help out at your local food bank. You won’t regret it.
V. LEARN A NEW SKILL
We’re all being told how important coding is on your CV, or whatever other skills we all need to magically have to get a job straight out of uni (can you tell I’m in my final year?). Your new skill doesn’t have to be so stressful, though. Take up knitting or scrapbooking or whatever keeps you happy and focused on something other than life for ten minutes. The CV boost is just a bonus.
VI. FIGHT INJUSTICE, EVEN IF ONLY ON A SMALL SCALE
Stand up to bullies and call people out when they’re dicks. Sexism in the workplace? Let them know it’s not on. See someone being harassed in the club? Shut that shit down. The world needs you to stand up and be counted, so do it. Don’t watch as people harm others. Fight back.
VII. TAKE TIME AWAY
Every so often, just do nothing. Take a bath and paint your nails and read a book and just do nothing. Don’t do it for too long or you’ll feel stale. Don’t do it for too little time or you’ll burn out. Take time out to just breathe and look after yourself.
VIII. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIFE
Fresh flowers, pot plants, pets and friends. Surround yourself with things that affect the air around you. On those long weekend days where you don’t live the house, you’ll be thankful for that bunch of flowers. They’re weirdly comforting.
IX. TAKE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS
I was looking through my grandma’s box of photos, dating back forever, and they were just so lovely. Photos of random people and random days out, all there printed in black and white for me to see. Take more photos of the important things and remember them forever. Go one step further and print them out.
X. TAKE FEWER PHOTOGRAPHS
But…. don’t forget to live the exciting moments too. Turn off your phone at that concert and just enjoy the music. Go for a long walk and ‘forget’ your camera. Do things for the sake of doing them, just once in a while. Sometimes it’s just nice to keep the memories for yourself.0