2016 Resolutions & Goals

Okay, so I’m writing this post way later than I was hoping to but maybe having a week to settle into the new year has given me time to think more about what I want to achieve in 2016. Maybe you can relate or get inspired by my ideas and thoughts!

Before I get fully into this blog post, I wanted to say that I hope you had a wonderful and safe new years celebration as well as a lovely Christmas, and I wish you all the best for the year ahead.

So my first aspiration for 2016 is to get my health back on track. Some backstory for you: I have been suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for most of my life which actually only got diagnosed two years ago and I have been trying to adjust my diet and lifestyle ever since to help reduce the symptoms. I’ve been restricting gluten in my diet for around a year and a half, although it was an extremely relaxed restriction depending on how I was feeling and what was on offer (Subway sandwiches and cake being my biggest weaknesses). My IBS is also ‘triggered’ by stress, and as an example, my health and general wellbeing deteriorated in the few months before my AS exams early last year and I had to leave my job as a waitress on the advice of my doctor. I often felt sick every day, and this somehow intensified whilst I was in America during November last year, and I decided enough was enough. In mid-December I made the choice to strictly cut out gluten as well as lactose from my diet and I have improved dramatically and I have since stopped feeling sick every day. This is of course a huge positive, but I still need to learn to control my stress levels as well as my anxiety which contributes massively to me becoming unwell.

I am hoping and wanting to apply for jobs this year after all my exams are over in June so I can start earning money and becoming independent again. I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am that my parents have supported me (and encouraged me) not having a job and for repeatedly telling me that my health is a priority. I dislike not being able to work as I am an incredibly independent person but I know that it is not long until I will be in the position to be able to as I will get healthy again!

Exercising is of course a clichéd resolution, but for me it’s an important one. Exercise will help relieve stress and therefore my symptoms of IBS and that means I will be able to accomplish more things as I will not be tired or sick. I want to start regularly walking to college as well as building up more sports/physical activity such as going to the gym or running.

Next is all about my artwork. It’s always been a distant dream to make money from selling my art online and instead of talking about it (like I did since I left my job last year) I want to actually do it and do it well. My skill as an artist has improved so much since I started college just under two years ago and I would love to think that I could inspire someone or be someone’s favourite artist with my work on their wall in the front room one day. This is the time where I should be utilising my knowledge of the power of social media and getting my stuff out there! I did set up an art account on Instagram (@papersketchbook) but lost motivation and confidence to continue posting. I would like to post things for fun and/or because I’m proud of something I’ve created again, rather than putting myself under pressure to post something ‘perfect’ or to post to become popular account, which isn’t what I want.

My next resolution is to say yes more. I get so consumed by my anxiety that I often turn the other way when an opportunity arises and I want to stop that mindset and become more daring and confident. I want to be able to say how much I did in 2016 – such as travelling, mastering new skills (such as origami or photography or mastering gluten free/lactose free baking/recipes), getting better at makeup, meeting new people and trying new/more experiences. I am very excited to see what I am capable of doing this year.

Lastly, I really want to step up my blogging game and general social media following. I understand having a job on the internet is extremely difficult and testing; working from home requires lots of motivation but considering my illness (which is incurable so I have this for life although the symptoms can lessen) this would be a dream job for me. I am eager to make my blog more personal to me and to use my graphic design skills that I have learnt from my studies to do this. I’d like to start uploading videos to YouTube, firstly of my vlogs from holidays this year and then perhaps moving on to things similar to that I put on here; makeup, general chit chat and thoughts and hopefully health/advice/recipes/DIYs/advice/craft/art… the list goes on.

Here’s to a year of successful blogging, fun and new experiences!

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