For me, 2014 appears to be a very exciting year. I'm seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in London with Rob soon, I'm turning 18 in April (woooo!), I've got my sixth form Levers Ball in June and I'll be working at a marketing company after I've finished sixth form. Wow, that's a lot! But this post is not about what I'm going to do in 2014, it's about what I want to achieve for myself and how I'm going to apply the lessons I've learnt from 2013 to bring all the happiness and peace to 2014 that I can. 2013 has been arguably the best and yet most challenging year of my life due to the level of pressure I put on myself with everything, school work in particular, but I fully intend to make 2014 simply the best year yet! So without further ado, here are some of my goals for 2014!
Nowadays, so many people worry about what has happened or what will happen that they end up forgetting to notice what is happening right in front of them. For me, I really want to live in the moment more in 2014 as I spend too much time worrying about what will happen or what might happen when in actual fact, it hasn't happened yet and I am the one who has control and can influence what will happen IF I focus on the present day.
2. Relax more and stress less
It's no secret that stress can be good as it helps give us the motivation and drive to get something done, however, stress is not good when you let it take over your mind and body so that you feel you've got no control of what is going on, something again which, I am guilty of. Stress is unhealthy when it affects your daily life to an extent where things we take for granted, such as eating and sleeping, suddenly become a challenge. This year I aim to put a stop to any unhealthy stressing and really give myself time to R E L A X. As 2013 drew to a close, I started to do this and in all honesty, I felt so much happier but at the same time, guilty for not taking my school work so seriously- i.e not stressing like a mad woman. It's important to remember that we need to find a balance of relaxation and work that suits us and also not feel guilty for giving ourselves some time to relax.
3. Make every moment count
Making every moment count really links in with my previous points as I honestly believe that we should embrace the lives that we live by doing everything possible to make ourselves happy and to make memories that we can cherish forever. This does not mean that we have to constantly be doing something exciting as if having a lazy day in your pyjamas watching a chick flick and eating chocolate makes you happy- then do it!
4. Spend money more wisely so that I can say yes to more cool opportunities!
When saying this, I am referring to how last year I said no to a few cool opportunities because I didn't think I'd be able to afford them in only one month's time, when in actual fact, I would have been able to. Last year, I went to The Clothes Show Live after deciding that I would save my money like mad so that I could go to something I'd been wanting to go to the last few years and OH MY GOD it was so worth it! Every student with or without a job can say that whilst your studying, money can be a right pain, and so spending it wisely is always important. However, money is not everything as some of my favourite memories have been made without having to spend any money and so we should remember that money only aids us to do cool things as we are the ones who make the memories.
5. Do exercise and attempt to eat a bit healthier
One of my less philosophical goals for 2014 but nevertheless, I've got to start exercising more. I'm not even joking, I'm the girl that spends half her time at sixth form talking about all the food she wants to eat, how she is craving a curry at 9 am (not joking guys) and how she doesn't want to do P.E. It's not that I hate exercise, I am just a very lazy individual who would prefer to be sitting down relaxing than getting hot and sweaty playing netball and living in the fear of getting scratched by one of the girls with perfectly manicured but damn long fingernails. BUT this year will be different as I have started doing blogilates workouts, which are basically intense pilates workouts with pop music playing. It's so challenging, but the instructor, Cassey Ho, is so motivational and really encourages you to keep going. And yes, I will attempt to eat healthier, but all I mean by this is eating snacks in moderation and not binge eating chocolate once a week.
These are, if you like, my New Years Resolutions only they are more mantras that I want to live by rather than things I MUST DO for the new year. I believe that if I can master these five things, I will be able to achieve health and happiness in 2014 even more so than I did last year.
But what about you? What are some of your resolutions? Do you aim to live a happier life in 2014? Let me know in the comments below! :)