Fairytale Fantasy

Thursday, 1 January 2015

hopes and dreams for twenty fifteen

Hello another brand-spanking new year full of hope, expectations and anticipation. There's something sort of cleansing about a new year arriving, the opportunity to start afresh without the burdens of the previous year weighing so heavily on one's shoulders. As my good friend Elsa once said, 'the past is in the past'. 

We all tend to run away with this idea, that change, and sometimes enormous changes, are not only feasible but certain. However, the sad truth of the matter is that whilst we may begin the year with good intentions, our old habits will likely creep back in. By the time February comes a calling our new years resolutions are a distance thought of the past, the fruit bowl empty and the gym membership firmly unused. 

Henceforth, I decided that this year instead of making firm resolutions, I will simply make notions. Things I hope I can achieve reasonably, without a great chance of failure and the consequent disheartening that will make me reluctant to try anything new ever again.

The first two are rather generic; eat better and exercise more. I've been working on this since September, and I've already lost 2 and a half stone, not to mention feeling enormously more healthy. Whilst this slipped slightly over Christmas, I really appreciated how much better I felt eating clean foods, and so I am fairly motivated to resume this when our food delivery arrives. In terms of exercise I was doing well until NaNoWriMo, but I worked out that I was unable to keep up with my eight classes a week routine, do all my university work AND write a novel in a month. So I intend to get back into the swing of the gym as soon as I can.

I would like to be happier. This I am fairly sure will be nearly impossible to do, for if it were a simple formula we would all be dancing round in the street as the folk tend to do in fantasy novels. But I have a few ideas how I might be able to achieve the notion of happiness. I'm going to try to smile more, and laugh more. Not to let little things irritate me as much as they have before. To give in to the light and not the dark. To say yes and no when I need to say them, but to say yes to things that scare me.

This is a bit of an odd one now. I want to take a selfie every day for the next year. Basically, I really liked my post on my [Instagram] Reflections of 2014. At the end of 2015, I want to put 365 days of selfies in a video and watch the year back. Make sure you're following @ssophiemay on instagram to see how I go...

Finally, I would like to spend more time on the things that matter to me, and not spend my entire life in the university library (which by the way can be done, its open 24 hours and has a cafe and bathroom facilities). I would like to finish my first novel this year. I would like to blog more, and post more youtube videos.

I'm fairly excited for this new year, as 2014 was not good to me. I remember staring at the clock at midnight last year and thinking that 2014 couldn't be as bad as 2013. Boy was I wrong. I didn't do that this year. Instead, I wish for myself to make this the best year it can be, despite whatever circumstances come my way.

Thanks for reading if you made it this far, let me know what your hopes and dreams for this year are in the comments. Have a good year! 

S x

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