Although cliché, I think the setting of goals for the year ahead makes a lot of sense and it also feels like the right time to do so. Although I’m not a spiritual person, the metaphoric ‘opening of a door’ to the New Year does fill me with hope, wonder and excitement
I also believe that if I write something down, I am more likely to do it. With this in mind, I have set myself 5 goals I will work toward over the year.
1. Walk the West Highland Way
Although I love hiking, I haven’t done more than 3 days of walking in a row. I have longed to do a long distance walk for many years but haven’t had either the time or the people to do it with (Dave isn’t interested in long distance walks). Blogging has introduced me to two awesome ladies who share my passion for the outdoors and challenges; Zoe from Splodz Blogz and Allysse from Beste Glatisant. In 2015, the three of us spent two days walking the Lyke Wake Walk in the North York Moors where we agreed we would one day do the West Highland Way. We have begun making plans and will be heading to Scotland in October 2017 for the challenge.
Zoe, Allysse and I walking our last challenge; The Lyke Wake Walk in Yorkshire.
2. Have me-time every day
I’ve learnt through practice and listening to others that me-time is essential for managing anxiety, increasing self-respect and keeping the mind and body healthy. I’m not so good at it though. I dabbled in yoga and meditation towards the end of 2016 as a way to combat bursts of anxiety I get, focus on my goals and to improve my health as a whole. A 20 minute yoga session followed my 10 minutes of meditation is easy to fit into my daily routine. I just need to commit to it. I downloaded ‘Headspace’, the meditation app, yet failed to get past the first day of practice.
3. Take part in 10k races
I’ve been running quite regularly for 4 years and have recently found a running partner who I run with a couple of times a week. We have both agreed to book a 10k race in 2017 to work towards. I’ve done ParkRun a couple of times when visiting Dave’s sister in Birmingham and loved the atmosphere and hope to take part in more organised runs throughout 2017.
4. Set new goals for my business
I started working for myself in October of 2015. So far, it’s going great but I know I can be more productive and become more established in my niche. I will be setting myself specific goals for the year ahead which will include blogging for my business website more frequently.
5. Reduce waste and improve sustainability
Reducing waste can be a challenge it today’s society yet it’s crucial we (people) sort out our environment. As a household, we are very good at recycling our rubbish and re-using our plastic carrier bags when we go shopping. I will be reducing waste by using microfiber cloths and coconut oil to remove my daily make-up rather than using cotton wool or face wipes. I’ve just purchased a ‘moon cup’ so that I can stop using sanitary products that are not biodegradable.
I have promised myself to be more mindful of the products I buy and where they will end up when I have finished using them. Once good example is cotton buds with plastic stems and straws. Cardboard alternatives are biodegradable making them the better option.
Although my goals will require me to adapt my daily routine and plan ahead, I know I can achieve them if I put the effort it. I look forward to the year ahead and most of all, reaching the new goals I have set myself.
What are your goals for the next 12 months?