Saturday, 10 January 2015

Doing Resolutions Differently for 2015

It's taken me 10 days to get this posted. Partly because I've been all over the place so far this year (both emotionally and in the literal sense) and partly because I knew I needed to get it right.

2014 saw some gigantic changes in my life: I dropped out of university in my final semester, made some incredible memories with my equally incredible housemates, welled up as I watched one of my best friends in the whole world walk down the aisle, attended four other amazing weddings, admired my parents as they renewed their vows, co-led a team of student social entrepreneurs to come 4th in the Enactus UK National Competition, did my first bit of freelance design for a wedding, left Leeds to move back in to my family home, scored a job as a marketing assistant, met some really brilliant people including my soon-to-be housemate, fell even more in love with my friends, celebrated my 23rd birthday, got a kitten, discovered a love for tea, rediscovered a love for writing, and started this blog.

I had good days and bad days, amazing days and horrendous days. Mostly, though, nothing felt constant, and there was often no real place for the resolutions I made in those first few days of January. I was, and still am, figuring myself out, and learning that I don't work like that. I don't motivate myself with goals, I motivate myself with emotions; I will do something when I am in the right frame of mind to do so.

So, this year, rather than setting myself the usual empty, unrealistic resolutions for 2015 (although I am going to have a reading goal this year, which I'll be blogging about soon), I've decided to do things a little differently. Inspired by Laura over at Superlatively Rude, I've decided that 2015 is the year I make some real, meaningful (and important) changes in my life, in a small way. At the end of each month, I will be dedicating some time to reflect on the past month and focus on the one ahead, using, as Laura does, prompts from Nicole of A Life Less Bullshit.

"Because of these monthly reflections, I have systematically chosen my priorities, month by month, and deliberately considered how to go about them. That’s it. That has been the “life hack” of my 2014."  - Laura, Superlatively Rude

Although I think it's something I'll figure out as I go along, as I get into the swing of things, this basically means that I'm going to come up with smaller aims/goals/whatever you want to call them on a monthly basis, depending on my situation, my priorities, my needs, my wellbeing and my mind frame at the time.

I want to become more acquainted with the idea of mindfulness (i.e. actually read all those books I have on the topic), and see where that takes me. I want to discover and acknowledge what I need to do to be happier and healthier, and start to understand how to make these actions/changes more achievable. Mostly, I want to take Nicole's advice and change my story.

Here's to a happy and mindful 2015!

Have you set yourself resolutions this year or are you doing something a bit different, too?

P.S. I'm thinking about making a blog post out of each month's reflection, although I'm not sure how private they'll be, yet. I also don't know what they're going to look like yet, but am thinking of writing a little something about the template I use, if anyone is interested?


  1. Hi Rachel :) Your post is such an inspiration. I love how you've made your resolution differently and after reading yours I feel like I will reconstruct mine. I hope that I can be as passionate as you :) BTW I've just nominated you for the Liebster Award in this post here

    I wish you will have a wonderful time :)

    1. Thank you! I'm feeling good about the way I've decided to do them this year, it feels a lot less 'pretend', and a lot more meaningful, you know? Thanks for nominating me, too! x


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