The thing about New Year’s resolutions is that really, they’re only self-indulgent wishes. Rather than waiting for the stroke of midnight to start improving ourselves, we should be starting to change now. This very moment. I started early and cut half of my hair off this week. It was time for something different.
Don’t get me wrong – I love setting goals for the year ahead. I have mine written down, scrawled on a sheet of paper that’s been placed in my desk. There’s a lot on that list. My aims have changed considerably from last year’s – seeing a Celine bag on the crook of my arm has been replaced with the desire to answer all emails within the space of a day and speak to my sisters at least once a week.
I like to think I’ve grown up a lot this year – especially in these last few months. In 2016, I changed from PR to journalism and never looked back. I’ve since been to a lot of new places (Berlin, Paris, Zurich, Helsinki, Mallorca, Tuscany, Greece, Denia, Javea, Mexico, Barcelona, Madrid) and I’ve met a lot of very inspiring people, but most importantly I’ve really learnt what it means to throw myself into my passions and enjoy working really hard. I look forward to doing the exact same for 2017.
Thinking about what we’d like to do differently is never enough. You have to bring your aspirations to life. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in 2016, it’s that absolutely nothing improves by chance. It improves by change.
There are plenty of huge ambitions on my list for 2017 – I think your goals should be as scary as possible. If it doesn’t terrify you just a little, what’s the point? Here’s to 2017.