I’ve never really been a resolutions person. I love the idea of making changes, and becoming your best self, but I never carry them over. Looking at my old diaries it always seems to be about negative things rather than bringing joy.
I realised a couple weeks back there were things I wanted to do more this year (alongside reading some of the hundred plus unread books I own), and I’ve started implementing them which is making me most happy;
So, this started when I was thinking about Thank You Cards, and wether they are an outdated concept. I’ve only ever passed these out when I have left previous jobs, and the only Thank You Card I’ve received was following a friends wedding. It was handmade, matched the invitations and contained an unexpected and cute sentiment.
I’ve posted the tackiest Congratulations card to a friend who smashed an interview, and had another incredible opportunity in the same week.
I also have a New Job Card that’ll be going out this week to a friend who’s changed a situation that was making her sad, and I am insanely proud of her for taking this choice into her own hands.
You infrequently get mail beyond bills, marketing, and online shopping and if I can put a smile on someone’s face once or twice this year I will be so happy. Also, I’m a bit of a stationery geek so anything that allows me to spend more time in Paperchase or T K Maxx’s Stationery department makes me very happy.
This year I am trying my hardest to save, to move out. Though it may not appear so, I’ve cut back on my spending when it comes to clothes in a big way, and I’m going to match this with gifts for friends.
I’m a pretty decent baker. If you’re on my pod at work you will receive brownies on your birthday. I also make birthday cakes when it seems appropriate.
I want to learn to crochet. I can machine sew to a pretty acceptable (basic) level. I can knit (a scarf) and I taught myself how to finger knit one night when I was restless.
So, if you’re reading this and I would normally get you a birthday present; it’s going to be extra special this year.
Focusing on friendships.
I’m stepping back from the friendships that don’t make me happy, and putting more time into those which do. I’m not cutting people out of my life but I’m limiting the damage that can be done either by people’s actions, or my own thoughts spiral.
When I have so many incredible friends, colleagues and family my life isn’t going to suffer. I have a best friend who loves me, gets me and I see everyday. Life could be a lot worse.
Getting in early to work
I’m the person who almost always stays late, to catch up with tasks. With my current job I have cleared my inbox once (15:23 January 2nd), and anything unfinished will be there tomorrow. I’m constantly prioritising, and problem solving and I blooming love it, but I’m tired of the fact everyone knows I stay late.
Getting logged on and picking up my emails fifteen minutes before my shift lets me organise, prioritise and plan without comment. Yes, I’m likely to still stay a little after my shift but that fifteen minutes before, will minimise it drastically.
Matt and I are saving Sundays for long walks, weather permitting. So far we’ve been to Whitsand beach, Avon Reservoir and Trenchford Reservoir.
We’re saving, working full time with hobbies and side interests (Matt is a professional photographer alongside his day job). Keeping one day a week to do something we both love, that doesn’t cost much beyond petrol and takes up most of the day has been a lovely way to start the year.
Lots of small things designed to create small moments of joy, and make weeks a little more special.