I’ve always conformed to the craze of New Years Resolutions. Workout more, eat less, achieve everything at the best standard; basically degrading my own opinion of myself – negatively telling myself I could be so much more. This negative reinforcement did the opposite of it’s intentions; if I didn’t work out three times a week I felt like a failure, if I failed to save a certain amount of money I felt like a failure. That’s why this New Year is going to be different.
As you probably all know the word aspire is definitely up there with my favourites. The word aspire literally means to have an ambition of achieving something. The word resolution means a firm decision to do, or not to do, something. Even reading the dictionary definitions you get a sense of negativity from the latter. As I refuse to tell myself that I need to do things, I am going to create a list of aspirations in relation to how far I’ve come in 2015.
In 2015 I moved myself from New Zealand, managed to achieve a new found life in London, and have finished the year with a comfortable, beautiful life with more friends and memories I could have imagined. In 2016, I hope to continue to live an adventurous life but by making sure I get more time for myself.
In 2o15, I saw three new countries. Being exposed to new cultures, languages and views, I feel so grateful to be the healthy and able person that I am. In 2016 I hope to see 5 more countries, and expose my mind to new and exciting ideas. Travelling gives me a complete sense of self, it keeps me grounded, and makes me a more rounded person.
In 2o15 I got accepted into University, so in 2016 I am aspiring to make the best use of time and resources. I want to ensure that amongst the hours of work and study, I allow time to just relax, put myself first, and partake in things I love.
In 2015 I made myself immensely proud. I confronted everything I was so afraid of doing, and inspired myself to keep going every step of the way. As Paul Arden said,
“It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be.”
In 2016 I aspire to inspire.