2017 Resolutions

I don’t think I’ve managed to keep a single New Year’s resolution for more than a week or two in previous years. However, I always think it’s fun to set some positive goals for the year ahead, so I always have them knowing full well that I probably won’t actually change any habits. Looking back though, I’ve noticed that my resolutions have been almost exactly the same for the past 3 years. I always make sure that my resolutions will add something to my life, rather than deprive me of something, and that they are things that I would actually like to do, rather than things society tells us we should be doing, like ‘eat healthier’ or ‘do more exercise.’ So, given that I keep coming back to the same goals, I must still really want to achieve them, but there must have been barriers to me getting there in the past. To try and give myself a better chance of succeeding this year, I’ve decided to write an action plan to go with each resolution so I know what I’m actually going to do to achieve them. Here are my resolutions and action plans for 2017:

1. Read more– I love the escapism and the peacefulness that reading can give you but I’ve never reserved the time or energy to commit to it regularly. I’m going to:

  • Set aside time to read every day and actually open the book or turn on my Kindle, so even if I only have the energy to read half a page I will have made progress
  • Aim to read 20 books in 2017

2. Write more– Similarly, I love writing but lack of time and energy has always got in the way of making it a habit. So I’m going to:

  • Start a new blog (this one!)
  • Write something more than emails and social media updates, either on this blog or elsewhere, at least once week

3. Worry less– Now, I don’t mean this in a ‘just stop worrying’ or ‘have a more positive attitude’ kind of way. I want to take some real positive steps to try and tackle my anxiety, as I consistently struggled with it in the second half of 2016. I’m going to:

  • Actively use the techniques I learn during counselling to reduce anxiety and remain open to the option of starting medication
  • Aim to leave the house at least 4 days a week
  • Aim to see a friend, either in person or on Skype at least once a week
  • Fill in a Gratitude Log once a week
  • I’m also toying with the idea of taking the last week of every month off social media, but I’m not sure I really want to, so we’ll see.

4. Complete the Whizz Kidz Young Leaders Award– This is a new one for 2017. Whizz-Kidz is an amazing charity that provides young wheelchair users aged 5-25 with equipment and training to enable them to live more independent lives. I’ve been a Whizz-Kidz Ambassador for 10 years and I actually helped to put the Young Leaders Programme together 2 years ago, but I haven’t done much with them since then as I was busy finishing my degree. When Whizz-Kidz got in touch last year to ask if I’d like to do some volunteering, I decided to enrol on the Young Leaders Programme as I think it’s fab and that it will really help me to take stock of what I achieved last year, and what I will achieve this year. There are 9 modules in the programme, and to complete a module you take part in an activity which comes under the banner of the module title that challenges you, and then complete a reflection on that activity. I’ve already done one module so in order to complete the award this year I am going to:

  • Complete reflections for the other 2 modules I did in 2016 this month
  • Begin to mentor other Young Leaders this month, as part of my Supporting Others module
  • Complete 1 remaining module every 2 months in 2017

You can find out more about the Whizz-Kidz Young Leaders Programme here: http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/get-our-help/young-people/young-leaderz

That really seems like a lot now that I’ve written it all down, especially as I already have the task of moving abroad and starting in my first full time position to contend with! I do think that they are achievable though, and I think they will all help me to manage the challenges that the next year will undoubtedly bring.

I’ve never had a word of the year before, but there’s one that I keep thinking about so for 2017 my word of the year is HOPE. I think the world may be in for a tough year and I think we’re all going to need a lot of hope, so going forward this will be my focus! If you have a word of the year, let me know what it is and why you chose it in comments!

Good luck with your resolutions if you have them, and here’s to a hopeful and successful 2017!

2 thoughts on “2017 Resolutions

  1. Hannah Bayman

    Inspiring and refreshing blog post Rebecca! Good luck with your goals this year. If you achieve half of what you’ve set yourself you’ll have had a good 2017.


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