1) Be more charitable. 2014 was a great year for text donations with loads of people joining in and raising money through no makeup selfies and ice-bucket challenges. Let's keep it going! Resolve to do something charitable once a month. It doesn't have to be huge, maybe put a fiver in the charity box on payday or donate unwanted Christmas presents to your local charity shop or make a packed lunch for a homeless person. We're all blessed and have more than we need, it's time to give back.
2) Create more memories. How many times have you blown off a friend this year, honestly? Time's flying by and you have to make the most of it. Resolve to do something and do it. Sit down and brainstorm ideas, make a list, and tick them off as you go. Don't make a dream list (resolving to take a holiday in America when you're £1,000 into your overdraft isn't going to happen) and don't fixate on how impressive or expensive it is. Feeding the ducks costs a loaf of stale bread but can be loads of fun, visiting an old favourite hangout might only be the price of a bus ticket, and having a DVD marathon with your bestie is free.
3) Take more photos. We all have a phone these days, bang it out and snap away. Keep a folder on your computer of the best ones and print them out at the end of the year. You could even print two and make a cute, personalised gift for someone (although make sure they were around when those pictures were taken otherwise you've given a photo album of look how great my life is).
4) Recycle. I know it sounds boring, and it is, but once you start you'll realise how much we throw away. It's actually scary. And, okay, one person washing out their jam jars isn't going to make much difference to the state of the world but if we all had that mentality life would be very depressing.
5) Improve yourself. Okay, this is kind of a classic failure. After all, why would you suddenly have the motivation to go to the gym 5 times a week on January 1st when the thought of a treadmill made you a tiny bit sick on December 1st? Maybe the reason we all fail so spectacularly at resolutions is because we're thinking of them as flaw fixing. Stop concentrating on what's wrong with you and set a goal that will improve you. Maybe it's learning a new instrument, or getting your driver's licence, maybe it's learning to cook more dishes (hint to any students still living on baked beans come student loan day). Focus on the good and enjoy learning something new.
That's all folks! I'll see you in 2015. A big thank you to all the readers who regularly drop by my corner of the internet, especially to all you non-UK and Ireland ones! It's one thing forcing your friends to click on your blog but seeing that people I don't know are dropping by is super cool.
|Just to be clear, this faux inspirational picture is here|
purely for irony's sake.
Oh, one last thing, I resolve to never use the phrase 'super cool' again. I think I'm cringing to death here.