A FEW RESOLUTIONS


Earlier this week I wrote a blog post all about how fascinated I am by the concept of time and how we use it. You can read that post right here. As I say in that last post, time is so exciting to me. I see it as the biggest offering of change. For this reason, I find New Years Eve an especially exciting day of the year. Not because I love going out and celebrating it, but more because of what it signifies: an opportunity to close the door on the last year of your life and start something new. It's a fresh start. In the past, I've always tried to set myself big, almost unreachable resolutions. Things like "lose weight", "travel more", "say yes more". The usual.

However, this year I want to do things a little differently. In 2016, the way that I viewed the world changed. I worked on myself, I worked on educating myself and this made me a better person. I think 2016 was a huge year of personal growth for me, and I'd like 2017 to be similar. So, I've tried to make 2017's resolutions reflect this. Here are a few things I'd like to achieve in the next 365 days.

1. Love myself: I've always been obsessed with my weight. It's something which really affects my mood and 2016 was a great year for me getting a little more in control of this. I've learnt that losing weight doesn't actually = happiness and in 2017 I'd like to learn how to love myself regardless of my reflection in the mirror.

2. Say NO more: In 2016 and in many years before that, my resolutions have always included the common, "just say yes". Meaning, say yes to every opportunity you are offered so that you get to experience all that you can in your life. As lovely as this concept is, trying to stick to this almost broke me in half. Saying yes all the time to things I wasn't interested in doing or that other people wanted me to do stretched me so thin that I wasn't even sure who I was anymore. Saying yes all the time is simply giving parts of yourself away. In 2017, my resolution is to say NO more to the things I don't want to do and take a part of myself back.

3. Keep talking about it: It's not often that I can say I've achieved something I'm hugely proud of, but in 2016 I did. I started to get over my fear of openly talking about my mental health and began to use it to help other people who may still be scared. I've created so much content on mental illness, including an 80 page zine which has been bought by many. I feel so proud that I've finally allowed myself to speak out about the subject I'm most passionate about and in the process have found so many other amazing people also willing to speak. My resolution for 2017 is the keep talking about it. To shout about it louder, stronger and to bring together more voices to help normalise mental illness.

4. Be a kinder stranger: 2016 has been a tough year, but I've definitely had a few personal achievements. Finishing my dissertation, graduating, getting my first full time job, getting my first paid blogging gigs and over doubling my blogs views from last year. For a lot of people, this year has been a tough one. A stark reminder of how cruel the world is. Every single person has a story and I try not to let myself forget this. I even wrote a whole blog post about it last year, here. Whether it's through raising money for charities, buying dinner for a homeless person or helping someone cross the road, in 2017, I want to continue to pay it forward by helping strangers in any way possible.

5. Stay educated: Where we are now in terms of politics, current affairs, racism and feminism, it has never been more important to stay educated. To not listen to everything we're fed by the media and not trust everything we see on our Facebook timelines. In 2016, I became much more aware of the world we're living in, but I'm nowhere near done learning about it. In 2017, I want to continue to teach myself about in the world in the hope of becoming a better person, an ally and a friend.


Happy New Year!


7 comments :

  1. All the best for the new year xx

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  2. Love your blog Lauren! Super excited to keep with it in 2017 xxx

    herguidetolife.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks so much Hannah! Hope your 2017 is a fantastic one!!xxx

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  3. I love your third resolution. I am terrible at keeping myself quiet and let others talk and talk about themselves. I know it's a little different to what you're saying but to me this year shouting louder about myself is something i deffo need to do! - Lauren. http://girlversusmakeup.com/

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    1. Thank you Lauren - that's a good goal to set for yourself and something I'm also a culprit of often. Good luck with it!xx

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  4. Yes Lauren! Wonderfully written. Great to hear that you're succeeding in your career and helping others who are struggling with mental health issues along the way :)

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