19 January 2013

My Thoughts on The New Year

It's the start of another new year, 2013...that sounds strange. I had the most wonderful start to the year, and I really hope the rest of the year continues to be just as amazing.

Although I believe that if there's something you want to change about yourself, your life, then there's no better time to make that change than right there and then. You can give yourself a fresh start at any time, start over. Every day is a new day, another chance to make that day and everyday after better than the ones before. Even though I think this, I do also think that the new year is a good time to reflect on the previous year and think about what you would like to achieve and improve on in the following year to come. Which is why I wanted to use it as an opportunity to write about the things I would like to do this year.

Put more time and effort into my studies at University.
I want to do well and get a good degree from going to University. In the long term it will make it easier to get to where I want to be in life, what I want to do. I find it hard to be motivated sometimes and don't always enjoy doing the work even though the topics being studied may be interesting. I know the work has got to be done, but I always get distracted far too easily and end up doing other things. So simply for my own benefit, I would like to put more time and effort into my studies so that I can do the best that is possible from me and I know I will pleased with myself if I do.

Don't be so lazy and be more organised.
 Sometimes I feel like I'm far too lazy, which is not a good thing! I want to be more motivated, do things there and then not keep putting things off. This means being more productive, using my time better, not thinking "I'll do it later" but get things done now. I would also like to be more organised. Not just as in keeping my notes organised so I can find everything...I'd like to think I do that pretty well already, but a more organised life. Making plans and sticking to them, that way I would get a lot more done.

Make healthier choices and cook more.
Quite simply, I would like my diet to be healthier. One thing I would like to do is to try and incorporate more vegetables into the meals I make. I would also like to to aim for three proper meals a day and less snacking. I would like to try out some new and different recipes and for most of my meals, to make everything homemade. I used to not buy any cakes, biscuits or desserts and just make them myself. I would like to do this again as it normally works out cheaper and healthier.

Experience new things.
This is something I want to do a lot more of this year. Doing things I've never done before, going to places I've never been, meeting new people, trying foods I've never eaten before, learning new things...experiences, creating memories. I'd love to travel, see another country, another culture. Do a lot more of what I love, maybe find new things I enjoy and love. I'd like to have a lot more moments which make me just think...wow.

Read more.
Reading is something I remember always enjoying. Reading fiction books for pleasure, quotes to inspire, a factual article which interests me and makes me think about something. Reading can teach you something new, take you to another time, another world, inspire you, make you feel something. For all these reasons, I would like to get back into reading and read more often in my spare time.

Write more.
I've always written a lot. When I was little I loved writing stories, I remember they would go on forever and never have an ending, I would just write and continue the story as I imagined it. Then throughout most of my teenage years I loved to write song lyrics. I would write them about anything, things I dreamed of, feelings I had, things that had happened. I have whole notebooks just full of songs I've written. Then last year I started writing this blog and found that I loved writing about anything, my life, my thoughts on things, experiences. I would love to write more. It's a way I can be creative and express myself.

Take more photos.
If you knew me well, you'd probably think I'm crazy to say this, that I already take too many photos. Recently though I've been taking hardly any, in fact my camera is quite rarely used nowadays. I used to take a lot and really enjoyed it so I would like to get back into it. I'd like more to look back on, just for the memories. I'd like to get some more photos printed and create another album. I'd also like to take some more of those photos I can just be creative with and proud of for how they look.

I know that changes don't happen overnight and it's unreasonable to think these things can happen instantly, but I am going to try to work towards doing these things over time.