I have a massive problem with the word “resolutions”.
Basically, at this point, it just makes me feel apathetic about whatever I’m trying to achieve. It smacks of failure before I’ve even begun. Every year, we all set these lofty New Year’s Resolutions: I’m going to lose weight… I’m going to be healthy… I’m going to write that book I’ve been thinking about for 10 years… And somewhere around the end of March, all those good intentions have gone out the window. We’re back in our comfy old ruts again, complaining about our lack of motivation. Well, I am, anyway… Just me?
I’d like to propose something radical: let’s re-name the whole damn thing… I, for one, am going to “set intentions”, not make resolutions. “Intentions” is just a better word. It’s about “intentional” planning and goal setting. It’s conscious.
And I loooove goal setting! I’m a big one for lists. Plus, I did a manifestation course (which is a story for another time) and read a lot of Tony Robbins this year… Basically, at this point, I’m all about writing down “intentions” and setting achievable goals. I’m the ninja of goal setting. We literally have a chalkboard on our bedroom wall with things we’re going to manifest… I journal now… I mean, my inner-hippy is so satisfied she’s practically dancing round a bonfire in her pants.
I have quite a few intentions for 2019 personally… Too many to really list here. I didn’t think I would, because I’m actually in quite a positive place coming into 2019. Previous years… Not so much… But this year I’m feeling good about my life choices, I have great people around me, and I’m more or less where I wanted to be. But I sat down to write some goals, and a lot came out.
So. My top three are:
- Go Plastic free
We’ve all read those terrifying articles about how plastic is clogging up our oceans, destroying marine life, takes thousands of years to breakdown, and how half of it doesn’t actually get recycled anyway. You may have read the recent articles about how we’re all living with a certain amount of plastic floating around our systems, thanks to all that delicious plastic-y food packaging and water bottles and all the rest. The chemicals from which, we have no earthly idea what they’re doing to our bodies. Nope, no thank you…
So, my big goal is to be plastic-free by 2020.
I know that’s virtually impossible in today’s world, so I’ve set myself some ground rules:
- No plastic in any products that go on my skin or on my food
- No single-use plastic of any kind
- Replace as much plastic, even the recyclable kind, as possible
- Where there is no non-plastic substitute, the plastic has to be re-used or recycled once the product is no longer functional
- Start a smallholding
My forever dream is basically River Cottage… I’ve already started growing a few things, but we’re planning to turn the garden into a miniature smallholding in the Spring.
- Write a book
I think everyone here has that goal, right? But I’ve made more time to work on it this year, and I think I’m about ready to start…
I’ve never actually set any bookish goals before. I read the number of books I read every year, and whatever takes my fancy at the time. And I’m a pretty consistent reader, I’ll give most things a go, so I don’t think I’ve missed much.
However, since it’s that time I’m going to give this a go… My bookish goals are:
- Read at least one new release a month
- Read more books with diversity themes and from other cultures
- Hop on board with a book subscription box
I’m also planning on re-jigging the blog slightly, because I’ve only been doing this for about 7 months and I’ve learned sooo much in the process! I want to keep making it better, more interesting, more unique… And there’s things I can see now could be better.
That’s it! Happy New Year, welcome to 2019 everyone!