Well I hope you are all doing marvellously well. I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and if you didn’t don’t worry; it’s all over now.
Well, correction: I love parts of it. The parts that I have a deep appreciation for are centered in “the build up” – the red cups, the buying presents for others, the Christmas songs and the general excitement but I think there is a hideous amount of pressure attached to it as well. Forced fun. In the age of Instagram and Vlogmas it feels like everyone is inadvertently competing to have the BEST DAY. It’s all done with good intentions of course but I can’t help but wonder how much this impacts those younger viewers/lurkers of social media, incidentally the main demographic for many YouTubers, who might not have picture perfect family dynamics.
And if that wasn’t overwhelming enough we are then hit with the barrage of What I Got For Christmas videos, the tasteless pinnacle of the haul genre. You don’t want to look but you just can’t help it and once you have watched a few you wonder why you didn’t get a £2000 designer bag on Jesus’s birthday.
What I do love though is New Years and the fact that a new year acts as a reboot. As clichéd as resolutions are, they can act as a positive affirmation of what you really want to do and be. For 2015, I made several:
- Drink more water – the standard resolution that I put at the top of my list every year. I have actually got a lot better at this in 2014 when I discovered that room temperature was the way to go. It’s easier to drink and causes less bloating.
- Integrate exercise into my life for general mental and physical wellbeing – I want to move every day because walking two mini dogs just doesn’t cut it. I have started Insanity (I LOVE IT and it’s not as impossible as I thought it would be) and joined a gym.
- Be successful – could I be any more less specific? Well to clarify I am talking about my job as a consultant. I set up my own business last year and went out on my own, leaving agency-life behind me. (I am a UX Consultant in case you were wondering, mainly specializing in research). It’s the scariest thing I have done professionally but has been, without question, the best. I want this year to be about continuing to do great work for great clients and feeling that sense of accomplishment.
- Read a book a week – just like that water one, this resolution remains present each and every year. Reading is such incredible escapism and I know many of you feel as passionately about it as I do. I have just started Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and I know I am well on my way to finishing that – it’s a great read – so I am optimistic that I can keep this one up.
- Have a baby – I have had many questions and messages on this topic and I get it. I am a certain age and it’s expected that I would “produce” at this point. Well I do want to have children but for some people like me it just doesn’t happen straight away. It would be really nice though if this was the year.
Now over to you. What do you hope for in 2015?