Life: another year older

This weekend I celebrated turning another year older and while it wasn’t a major milestone birthday (that happened last year), for some reason 31 seemed a lot more scary than 30 did. Like you should have some sort of life plan by now. Which I don't.

Anyhow, after having a bit of a meltdown, I had a word with myself and decided that instead of panicking about what I thought I *should* be doing, instead I was going to spend this year focusing on the things I loved doing and that made me happy. I don’t feel that we should spend our lives doing what makes other people happy, or on those things we think we *ought* to do, because society seems to infer that at a certain age you should be doing them.

I don’t generally make new year’s resolutions as I know I’m rubbish at keeping them, so instead I’ve decided to set myself a few goals for the next twelve months, to keep me on track and to focus my mind on all the positives.

Say yes more often – as I’ve got older I’ve got a lot less adventurous and that’s something I want to reverse. I want to make the most of new opportunities that come up, even if they’re out of my usual comfort zone and instead focus on saying yes to more things.

Stop tracking the numbers – whether it’s my age or my weight, it’s easy to get obsessed over the movement of a number. Over the past couple of years I’ve put on weight and become increasingly unhappy about that, to the point where my moods are often based on which way the scales are swinging. Instead of getting hung up on the numbers, I want to focus on getting fit and making better food choices and shift my focus onto my overall health, rather than just to see if my backside is shrinking.

Learn to cook – the kitchen really isn’t my friend and while I can just about feed myself, I’d love to learn to cook more things and improve my skills in the kitchen. It would be great to whip up tasty meals without spending hours poring over a recipe book and panicking that it is going to come out wrong!

Save more – sometimes you just have to give in to the fact that you’re a grown up and be slightly more responsible. Although I’m not sure I can ever see myself buying a house and settling in one place forever, I want to at least know that might be an option one day. So I’m setting myself a savings goal each month to squirrel away for a possible deposit. Or holiday. Just not makeup!

Take a photography course – one of the things I’d love to develop more skill at is my photography. While I know I’ve improved a lot over the past few years, it’s turned from something I’ve been doing for necessity for the blog into a hobby that I really enjoy and something I’d like to do more of. I’m looking into short courses at the moment – if you know of any good ones, please let me know!

Have you set yourself any goals for the year?

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