Well, thank lucifer that’s over eh? 2016 – what a load of boohockey. Not for me personally I hasten to add. Personally I had a pretty spanking marvellous year: I nailed work, got a new kitchen, kept some spaniels alive, felt regularly proud of my step girls and continued to stay married to an utter legend. Not too shabby for Michelle. After a few really heinous years it felt good to make it to the end of this one in one, fairly chipper piece.
Not so much for mankind though, 2016 was brutal for the human race. So many days I woke up feeling like the world was an irrevocably different place. One I didn’t feel altogether proud to be in. That’s not to say there haven’t been glimmers of good stuff in amongst the crap, just not overwhelmingly so. Here’s hoping 2017 sees humanity doing a bit of a u-turn.
It seems pithy and self indulgent to go on to talk about my own personal goals now but here goes. I don’t have huge plans for this year, just to carry on enjoying this little life we’ve worked so hard to build. There are, however a few tangible and superficial things I’d like to get done in 2017:
Ditch the festive folds. Nothing radical, I just need to move a bit more and fill my face with less wine and cheese to make my jeans feel a bit comfier. The Body Coach is doing live HIIT sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings every week in Jan, which seems like a good place to start. Find him on Facebook if you fancy joining in.
Make Time. I’ve spoken before about the power of saying no. No when you don’t have time, no when you really don’t want to, no when a sense of obligation is all that’s driving you. It’s so important to prioritise your/my/our time properly, the only foolproof way to do that is to stop saying yes to every single bloody thing.
Read. I spent so much time last year getting to grips with pensions and ISAs and the ridiculously complex taxation of offshore bonds that I had zero capacity for reading fun stuff. That changes now. I’ve powered through a few books in the hols and would like to do two a month for the next year please and thank you.
Career Goals. I’m just one exam away from a Diploma in Financial Planning (shut your face, I’m still hip*). It’ll be nice to nail that one in April. The exams don’t stop then but that will mark my first stand alone qualification in this new and wonderful world of finance. It’s felt a long time coming. I’d also like to finally get around to writing a bit more about women in business and my personal career path. It’s coming, deal with it.
Get Out. If you go on Instagram alone, I’m rarely indoors. That’s not strictly true. I do go out a lot with el poochos but during the busyness of everyday life we tend to stick to the same spots. I LOVE Devon, I plan to spend so much time this year exploring more of it, I’ve got a hit list of country pubs to try and some more secret beaches to share to prepare to get a whole lot of Devon straight to your face.
Save Save Save. Yep, I’m super dull. But I consolidated my pensions last year (yes, thanks, I do look good for EIGHTY SIX) so this years focus is on building a decent savings pot.
Go Somewhere New. There’s so much of the world to see and we haven’t prioritised seeing it lately. I’m hoping for some weekend breaks in Europe (before it gets any harder to go) and something slightly further flung if we can.
Work Out My F*ck Budget. You know I already love The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, it’s a game changer, go read it. It focusses your mind on the things that really do deserve your attention and the things that are simply draining your energy. I’d like to nail down what those things are for me and live life accordingly.The Blog
Keep Regular. Work did take over towards the second half of this year, the first thing to suffer was this little spot. I didn’t have the brain capacity to think of anything at all to say, let alone trying to make it sound coherent/like a spaniel hasn’t just walked across the keyboard and I’ve gone ‘yeah, that’ll do. Publish’. I plan to make a lot more time for blogging in 2017, I really do love this space.
Reply reply reply. Sort of on the same lines and I’ve already banged on about it enough. I haven’t commented, I haven’t replied to comments, I promise I’ll do both more this year.
Keep Talking About the Big Stuff. I very firmly believe that we shouldn’t shy away from discussing the big stuff going on in the world, if I’m bothered by it, I’ll talk about it. That ain’t changing any time soon. It does mean you might get my opinion on the despicable treatment of refugees sandwiched in between a book review for something dark and disturbing, career chat and a whole lot of spaniel spam. That’s what you’d get from me in the real world so…
And that’s that. My resolutions aren’t going to set the world on fire but they will help me live the kind of life I want to live which is surely the entire point. Happy New Year to you! Hope 2017 brings you everything you hope for, got any resolutions?
Oh, I’d also like to meet lots more doggos and hang out in my shed more than is decent. ‘K bye.
*yes, it’s words like ‘hip’ that make a complete mockery of the point I’m trying to make.