New Year, New opportunities!
We are starting the new year a bit late here in Arendal. I mean that in the sense that we still have not put the Christmas decorations away, I am still in Norway on Christmas holiday and we are still eating Christmas sweets. I am still very much in a holiday mode.
Tomorrow we are clearing the house of Christmas in every way and embracing the New Year. 6 days late but oh well.
I return to London on the 11th of January and Greg and I have agreed that we then will talk and write down our goals and ambitions for 2017. We have places we want to see and things we want to do and we want to work together to make them happen.
Meanwhile while I am here in Norway I have over the holidays figured out what I personally want to change and things I want to accomplish.
I want to develop as a human being and have some personal growth.
Taking Better Care of People Around Me:
During the church service on Christmas Eve, the priest talked about treating every person we meet as we would treat our selves and how we would treat God or someone we look up to. He talked about how whilst we treat other people well and do what we can to help other human beings we are also treating ourselves well.
During Christmas this we something that I experienced and the more I thought about it agreed more and more with.
When we came here my goal was two things. That Greg would have a good time this Christmas even though he if far from home and his traditions and the second was that my mum who has not seen us for a long time would have a wonderful Christmas with us as we will be in New Zealand next year. I had decided that I would do everything to make that happen.
Seeing how happy they both were and making sure that they had a wonderful Christmas was really the entire reason why this Christmas was the best I have ever had.
This made me think how happy it makes me to see the people around me well, and made me think of how small acts of kindness can make someones day that much better. I have my self experienced this year and felt how just one or two people around me caring for me and taking a little time aside to make sure that I am ok and taking an interest in how I am doing can lighten even the hardest of my days.
I think that it shows how powerful one person can be, how powerful we all can be in making someones time better and I want this year to go more out of my way to take time to bring joy into the lives of people around me.
Take Better Care of Myself:
One thing I have realized during the past year is that it is hard to be there for others when you are not doing great yourself. In order to be a good friend, girlfriend, student or employee you have to take care of yourself.
In the past year have struggled with my health, both with my diabetes and with my general health.
To be there, follow through with plans and making sure you are a good presence in others life it hard to do when you are feeling drained and unwell.
There are things outside our control that can make us feel that way of course, but for me personally I want to do everything I can to make sure I am feeling well.
So often during the year I would skip on having a good diet, I would go back and forth on keeping fit and the times when I was heavy into a fitness routine I would have the wrong focus, and taking a more extreme diet and exercise something that would give me less energy and that would health-wise not befit my body or mind.
This year I want to focus on being healthy. Not because I want to be thin, or strong physically, but for my body to be well and focus on working as best as it can. I want to forget about weight, but making sure I get all the nutrients I need and remove or at least cut heavy down on stuff that is not good for me.
I want to wake up feeling well and treat my body in a way where I am not worried about future illnesses or go through the day feeling drained.
I do want to get in a better routine with my exercise, but not to give in to the fitness pressure on social media, but because I know it will give me energy and it something that my body needs.
I want to treat my mind likewise and continue to get back into a positive mindset and try not to stress or over think stuff.
I feel so lucky to be healthy, the only issue I have right now is my diabetes. But when that is poorly controlled and I am not doing my part to make it better, then I am treating my body the wrong way and not appreciating the fact that I am as lucky as I am.
Not to mention when your body and mind is feeling unwell, it is that much easier to get stressed, sad and that much harder to focus, concentrate and being there for those I love.
Be More Social and Staying Better in Touch with People:
I can be very bad at staying in touch with people. I am one of those people that need time to answer to a message and it is such a bad habitt! This year I will start doing things straight away instead of waiting a full day.
I also want to start reaching out to people. I am someone who often can underestimate the importance of a quick chat or a message to hear how someones day has been.
Too often I feel that I would be just annoying reaching out, and I often do not suggest meeting up with people, not because I do not want to see them but because I convince myself that they would not want to meet up with me.
Like I said above, I have realized how significant a message or a small conversation can be on a bad day. I want to start being that force, and getting in touch. Show people that I care, instead of just sitting thinking about it.
I have also this year been become so fond of being at home and spending the evenings inside snuggling up to Greg.
Although that is all nice and well, I have been far less social this past year.
In the new year I think that it is important that I get more out there, and not spend all my evenings just at home. To go to a cafe with friends, or a gathering or even to a bar or pub. In the last few years I have had less of an interest in going out drinking. It makes me feel unwell, even if it is only a drink or two and the amusement I found a few years ago is just not there anymore. That being said just because I dont drink doesn’t mean I cant go to a pub for a few hours with some friends. If I dont feel like drinking I can still spend time with fun people and have a dance or two.
Blog and Vlog:
Last year I started this blog and the plan was to grow it and blog every day. That was something that I so absolutely failed at.
If you look back at my posts you can see that the blog posts do not have a continuity and often gets left behind.
I have plans on where to take the blog this year, and I want to “find my voice” this year, something that doesnt happen when you dont blog continuously.
It is like so many other things, in that ideas just stay an idea, when what is required is action. This is the year, with the blog and so many other aspects of my life where I plan to take action and put ideas into reality.
I also plan to start vloging. I have since the middle of the year started to watch more and more You Tube channels and as I have done so the idea of having my own channel has aspired.
I start filming already tomorrow and within the following week I will put out my first video!
I have so many plans this year both here on the blog and on You Tube that I think you will really like and I hope you will stay tuned and join this journey with me.
Most importantly, I just want to go out experience life and be happy. For the people around me to be happy and to enjoy every day, and this is small steps towards that.
I am so excited for the following year! We have so many fun plans and stuff coming up and I am excited to share it with you.
This is also the year I am finishing my bachelor degree and it will be a new journey fro there wither with work or with continuing studying for a master.
I am excited to see where it all leads and where we stand at the end of this year!
And of course I hope you will be here with us to see it!