Hello 2017

It’s time for a classic new year post.

I’ve been a bit absent from this recently; I got a bit discouraged (for a variety of reasons) and kind of stopped engaging with my , my social media channels and events. I have also been ridiculously busy, and found it all a bit too much. However, I really miss it – engaging with like minded people and the weird and wonderful experiences that come with it – and so I’m starting again in 2017.

To kick off, I’ve got a list of goals for 2017. I don’t really want to think of them as resolutions, as I’ve already been doing some of them, and I associate ‘resolutions’ with negativity and restrictions; it’s more that I like taking the new year as a chance to relax and re-focus, and make positive choices about how I can make my life better. So, here are my goals for 2017!

1. Less Screen Time 

I admit that I am absolutely addicted to my phone. It’s like a reflex to pick it up, or press the home button to see if I have any notifications, and it’s starting to drive me nuts. It also really affects my productivity, especially at work. I’m hoping less screen time = more productivity.

To help, I am going to be buying an actual alarm clock so that I don’t have to use my phone as an alarm, taking my phone out of the bedroom! Let me know if you can recommend a stylish one that won’t give me a heart attack every morning. I also really love the Forest app at work – you set the amount of time you don’t want to use your phone for, and the app then ‘grows a tree’ for that time; if you exit the app, it kills the tree (and gives you a guilt trip warning such as “Are you sure? This will kill your cute little tree.” which you can’t look past). It’s honestly great if, like me, you check your phone every 10 seconds.

2. More Local Shopping 

I want to spend more money with local businesses in my area, to help support business owners in my community. This is something I have already been trying to do, but I’ll admit that is mainly been local brunch spots I’ve been supporting (2016 – year of avocado toast) and so I’ll be stepping it up this year. Someone in my building is running a Tower Hamlets fruit and veg box delivery (called Tower Green Hamlets), delivering seasonal produce from a farm in Cambridge, so I’ll be starting with that (if you’re also in East London, they’re offering 20% off for the new year – check it out here).

3. More Training

2016 was not the year for me keeping on top of my training! I was disorganised and got overwhelmed with work, and didn’t manage to fit in as much training as I’d have liked. 2017 is shaping up to be pretty busy (with a wedding and a honeymoon!) so the aim of the game this year is making my workouts more manageable. I’m planning to run shorter distances (with an emphasis on getting my speed back over logging more miles) and spending less time in the gym, but using my time more effectively. To do this, I’m going to be planning my sessions on a monthly basis. Which is basically an excuse to buy more stationary.

4. Fewer Fucks Given 

I can be sensitive soul. I’ve realised that all this really does is hold me back, for fear of worrying what others will think of me, or how I will look. I have decided that life is too short for that, so 2017 is the year of giving far fewer fucks than ever before. I have bought myself ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck” and I am not afraid to use it. Not everyone is going to like you. Some of the stuff you create is going to suck. These things are inevitable, and I don’t want them to hold me back!