I make my resolutions in the week after New Years, when I'm still feeling optimistic about the year ahead, but I'm also out of that festive fuzz that clouds my judgement. This year I took my resolutions to the next level and invested in a Wishing Tree. I got the idea from the Chinese tradition at New Year, where people write their wishes for the year ahead on a card and hang it on a Wishing Tree. It struck me as a symbolic way to stick to my resolutions, so one light up cherry blossom tree purchase later, I was making my resolutions and hanging them on my tree.
HAVE AN OPINION AND DON'T BE SCARED TO SHARE IT
When I lived in Australia I was often accused of being too opinionated, and when I moved to the UK I quickly became aware that a lot of people over here didn't respect my opinion (because I was Australian and therefore wouldn't know what goes on this side of the world) and so I stopped sharing my opinion to the point where people just assumed I had none. Now, I'm not saying I want to go back to being as opinionated as I was in Australia (I once argued in class for an hour with all the boys as to how sexist women's volleyball was), but I want to get back to the point where I'm not afraid to have an opinion and share it.
Over the Christmas break I read The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton, and it reminded me how much I love getting lost in a good book. As much as I love reading, it often gets shoved to the bottom of my priority list as I get caught up in crap TV or other time wasting activities. In 2015 I want to make the effort to read a little before bed each night, which I think will help me sleep better and will also make me happy as there is nothing in the world better than a good book.
(psst! stay tuned next week for my review of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton)
DO THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY
Sometimes it feels like I do things because I have to and I never take enough time to do things that truly make me happy. I think it's something that some of us are guilty of, constantly doing things for others because we're nice people but always having to sacrifice doing something that actually makes us happy. In 2015 I want to start making more time to do things that make me happy. This could be anything from going for a run, baking, going to a gallery/ concert/ event, or having something for dinner that I actually want to eat (a constant battle as I usually just end up agreeing to make what everyone else wants). Not to sound mad, but 2015 is all about my happiness.
Over the past few months I've started to get itchy feet. There are so many amazing places to visit in Europe that I haven't had the chance to see yet, and travel was one of the main reasons I moved to the UK. A lot of locations are easily accessible for weekender breaks, so in 2015 I want to take the time to expand my horizons and see some more of the world. A trip around Germany, the French Riviera and Spain are in my thoughts for the year, and I've even got a list of UK places I want to visit (click here to view).
So those are my resolutions for 2015, nothing ground breaking but they are things that I think will make for a richer and happier life in 2015. What are your resolutions for the New Year? Share them by leaving a comment below.