New Year resolutions. Come January 1st, I always have a list as long as my arm of things I want to achieve to become the new me for the new year. All the usual stuff of eat healthier, exercise more gets scribbled down in the hopes I’ll actually stick to it but the truth is that pen on paper has stronger willpower than my drive to get up at 5am for Legs, Bums and Tums.
By the time we’ve come to what I refer to as fail February, I’m back into old habits, still the same old me but just that, older. Life gets in the way though right? Trying to balance work, keeping a house liveable (mess magically creates itself I’m sure!), shoving in that third frozen pizza of the week into the oven and having some sort of social life is hard work. Plus it’s now June, halfway through the year so what’s the point in trying to make changes now?
So there we have it. The end of the resolutions and the start of that familiar feeling of failure and guilt but what can you do? Surely it’s too late to make New Year resolutions? I might as well start a fresh next January.
The thing is, even if I did start now I know I’d still struggle to get my five a day and head to the gym at the crack of dawn so what is the point? It wasn’t until I was sitting in bed with a Sports Direct sized mug of tea and a sheet mask on my face, it clicked, I’m doing it all wrong. Those things don’t make me happy, this cuppa does.
I’ve always thought that New Year resolutions had to involve an extra level of effort on my part, that I almost had to actively hate doing them to realise that unobtainable and frankly warped idea of a great life. I don’t enjoy those things, I never have and I shouldn’t waste any more time trying to fit them in my life.
Now they don’t have to be big things but whilst I’m working towards the major goals in life, I’m starting my New Year resolution to be happier right now. For me, one of those things is strolling round Sefton Park, watching the sun come up and taking in the peaceful surroundings. Plus wearing this absolutely stunning floral red dress from Angeleye Fashion made me feel like a princess floating through my own personal garden. Seriously comfortable as well as pretty, I’m just a little bit obsessed with it. They have so many gorgeous items perfect for holidays, wedding guest outfits, birthday celebrations or like me to make an ordinary day that little bit more special.
I’m going to fully revel in that frozen pizza after a productive day at work. Relax with my boyfriend eating biscuits and binge watching The Sopranos. Not feel so darn guilty about buying that 30th lipstick in the same shade of nude I already own and buy that gorgeous floaty dress just because I want it. I want to spend some serious time for me, with facials, massages, more facials, the lot.
Importantly, if there’s ever the time I do feel I need to make a big lifestyle change, I can do it knowing I don’t have to sacrifice a single thing I’m already doing that I love. That’s real resolutions and it’s never too late to make them.
It’s never too late to make New Year Resolutions but to make sure they’re successful, figure out what makes you happy and let go of things that don’t. Spend more time enjoying the little things and discovering new activities that add to your life instead of weighing you down. B x