A New Year’s Resolution


There’s something about this time of year that always feels particularly reflective. The down time between Christmas and New Year always gets me thinking about what makes me happy and what I want to achieve and how I’m feeling about the wider life plan.

Usually I end up writing big lists of things I want to do and change and tick off the bucket list within the next 12 months. It’s common practice for me to make outlandish resolutions about running more and cooking more and spending less and weighing less.

As do most people, I start January full of energy and excitement and commitment to my goals, but by the time February rolls around I’m usually feeling a little bit deflated and down on myself for not tackling my resolutions with quite the gusto I’d envisaged back in December. A familiar feeling for a lot of us I would imagine.

I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t really fancy feeling downbeat and deflated again this year. So I’ve decided to tackle the old New Year’s resolution scenario a little bit differently this time round. Basically, I’m just going to make one resolution. And it’s going to be broad and fluffy and immeasurable and all the things that the lifestyle gurus say they shouldn’t be.

This year, my only goal is to make more time for the things that I love, the things that make me feel more me. Quality time with my family and work that makes me feel good and weekends away in new places. Opportunities to learn new things and reading and cooking and making. Dinner dates with friends and writing and blogging and contributing to something worthwhile. The things I love may change and fluctuate throughout the year – us humans are fickle – but the aim will always be to keep making time for them.

If I had to sum up what I want to achieve in 2016, it would be to get better at prioritising. Not in a way that focuses on making the most money or moving quickly up the career ladder, but on a way that brings more of what I love into my life and makes me feel more content. I want to focus both my time and my money on the things that will bring me the most happiness. None of us know quite how much time we have on this lovely little planet, so it seems daft that we would aim to do anything else, but this is the first year I’ve really thought about it in that way.

So that’s it – no elaborate goals to achieve or big life changing things to tick off the bucket list for me this year, just a shift of focus. But I’m hoping that if I get it right, it’ll make 2016 the best year yet.

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  • Siobhan Rothwell

    This is such a good resolution! See I’m the opposite and just don’t make resolutions because I know I won’t stick to them. But I might have a go at this one because I love how broad it can be


    • Sophie

      I know – normally I have a list the lenght of my arm but I never end up sticking to them! x

  • Sounds like a great positive resolution to make! Gemma xx

    • Sophie

      Thanks Gemma – hopefully more achieveable than dropping a dress size! X

  • Holly (nutfreenerd)

    Love this! I might have to jump on this bandwagon, too 🙂

    • Sophie

      Thanks Holly 🙂

  • I love this post! I haven’t really thought much about 2016 (even though it’s only a few days away!) but I think that a shift of focus sounds perfect!

    • Sophie

      Hope the new year is a good one for you 🙂 x

  • Lovely post. I’m the same – very strict resolutions only get me down in the end. I do like reflecting on the year that has passed and thinking about what I want to do more or less of in the coming year though, but without the pressure. I love your “resolution” to just prioritise what makes you happy. I hope 2016 will be a great year for you!

    Mimmi xx

    Muted Mornings

    • Sophie

      Me too – I love this period of reflection, and the fresh start that comes with the new year! x

  • I’m the complete opposite and love setting goals no matter how outlandish they seem! But I love the one resolution you’ve made. I’ve spent so much time throwing myself into things I haven’t been 100% passionate about this year and I’m determined to make more time for things I do enjoy from now on. I hope 2016 is good to you! 🙂

    • Sophie

      Thank you so much Sarah, same to you xxx

  • I’m not really one for resolutions but if I’m doing anything in 2016, it’s probably very similar to yours. I just want to focus on myself a bit more and invest more time in doing new things as well as make more of an effort to do what I love doing. It’s so airy fairy but I think that’s the best way to do it. I hope you have a great 2016 Sophie! 😀

    • Sophie

      Exactly – I think because it’s quite broad it allows you to change and flex throughout the year, dependant on circumstances! Hope 2016 is a fab one for you too x

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