2017, the year of me

With the start of a New Year comes the age old tradition of New Years Resolutions. The loose weight, join a gym, stop smoking etc and then we have those who stand by the saying page 1 of 365, new year new me type of affirmations. But not for me.

For me 2016 has been a mixed bag of emotions, I began the year with an emergency call to tell me my horse had escaped his field and ended up in a lake and the fire crew had been called to the rescue, I woke up one Sunday to find my eyesight in my left eye had deteriorated and would leave me permanently partially sighted, I was told I had a neurological condition that would affect me for the rest of my life and I was plagued by multiple migraines as a result of stress. But with the depressing times also came some amazing opportunities, with the help of my best friend I was able to go on the holiday I've always wanted, we ventured across the pond and spent a week in Orlando and Miami, I was able to fulfill a life long dream of being tattooed at the infamous Miami Ink by none other than Darren Brass, and after much deliberation I finally purchased my dream car that I promised I would buy since I passed my driving test some 9 years ago. So all in all, 2016 has brought the good, the bad and the ugly.

I am hopeful that 2017 will be a kinder year as 2015 and 2016 were quite the rollercoaster, but your future is what you make of it. With that in mind, there are some personal goals that I would like to work on...

1) Personal Health
I have been advised that in order to control my neuro condition without using medication, I must begin making adjustments to improve my health and well-being. This includes following a new controlled diet, changes to my exercise routine, including time for meditation (as fluffy as that sounds) and giving up bad habits which have formed. This not a bid to loose weight by any means to a road to self-improvement!

2) Time Keeping
For as long as I can remember, I have been late. I am nothing if not consistent! But for the extra few minutes in bed, I have ended up being late to work everyday for the last 18 months. So I am going to be working on improving this over the next year.

3) Taking time for me
I am forever running around after everyone else, trying to get their errands done before my own, making sure I see everyone, trying to fit more than physically possible into 24 hours. This year is the year I start to say no, now more than ever it is becoming important that I take a time out to look after me and stop putting so much pressure on myself to get things done. It's OK if I don't get a blog post up because I spent an extra couple of hours with my grandmother, it's OK if I don't get my food shopping done on a Saturday morning because I chose to sleep in for a few more minutes. It's OK if I book a day off work and don't tell anyone so I can spend it in my PJ's watching Mean Girls. IT'S OK!

I could easily add in the age old, New Year, New Me. But I hate those anecdotes with a passion. But 2017 is going to be the year of me. The year where I truly focus on my own happiness and doing what makes me happy.

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