Well doesn’t it feel unusual to be back here pattering away at my keyboard? I almost feel a little out of practice, not having posted in just under a month- which is probably one of the longest breaks from here I’ve had! It’s been really lovely unwinding a little (a.k.a watching LOTS of T.V quizzes) and attempting to get on top of things before a busy few months- eek! Fortunately, this industry slows down a lot over Christmas, so it’s a really good time to step back and catch up without the hustle and bustle of things happening running parallel-which can definitely be a switch-off distraction during the rest of the year.
Anyway! Although I have a couple of wordier posts coming up this week I wanted to start 2019 off with a slightly clichéd new year post- something I bloody love reading from others. I’ve seen a few from talking about ambitions, goals and general old-school chit chat and always love getting lost in them, and the sense of blogging nostalgia they always bring. What’s better than a good heart to heart, hey?
So! I thought I’d share a handful of a few favourite things I’d like to remember this year, or little goals I’d like to edge closer to in 2019. I know I mentioned it in 2018, but last year certainly taught me that if something doesn’t happen straight away it’s not always a bad thing. Further cementing my favourite ‘what’s for you won’t pass by you’. So even if you’re setting your sights on things this year, don’t fail to remember that even if they don’t happen in the next one, two or twelve months- it doesn’t mean they won’t at all. I promise.
• Remember other people’s goals are just that, other people’s goals.
Don’t feel intimidated, crappy or sad when you see people talking about the big things they have planned or want to tick off- find it inspiring instead! The world is your oyster and nobody is stopping you doing the things you want to do. Just because you don’t share any big plans doesn’t mean you don’t have them. Do things at your own pace, your twenties aren’t a race, girl.
• Pay attention to women you admire.
Use your voice and power of good for change where you can, even if it’s baby steps. Doing a small something is better than doing nothing- trust me. And if you think you know, always trust your gut that has served you so well.
• Above my desk I have a Paul Smith postcard…
…from his talk at the South Bank centre a few years ago and it says, ‘You can’t do it without doing it.’ Remember this whenever you want to do something new, and keep in mind that things will never improve or change if you don’t give them a go.
• Dare I say it… Like 5ive, keep on moving?
This year I’ve started off finally using a gym membership when I have it- crazy, right? Normally I get them and then use the card as a ~cool accessory~ but this year I vow to keeping going. Funnily enough, whenever I leave the gym I always feel good, so maybe there’s something in this? If only anyone had told me before ; ) (but in all seriousness, I want to keep on, so if I do talk about it on stories do feel free to give me a metaphorical kick up the behind).
• FOR GOODNESS SAKE WOMAN, GET IN THE CAR
This was one of my resolutions last year, the top one in fact- and I still haven’t done it. Joe is now learning to drive, but remember this is NOT A GET OUT OF JAIL CARD. By the end of this year I want to have done a little road trip (even if it’s just an hour away) and be wholly (or even partly) responsible for getting us there- and not because I prepared a good playlist or snacks.
• Maintain a work life balance
This was a big one last year and something I really try and pride myself on. I like to have my laptop down and away before dinnertime, and afterwards it’s about quality time together (cough, Mrs Maisel, cough), relaxing and just chilling out. I want to make sure I’m properly focusing on my working days, not faffing around when I’m at my desk and not scrolling when I have more important things to be doing. YOU GOT THIS.
• With some incredibly exciting things coming up this year…
…one of my biggest resolutions (if you like) is to really just soak it all up and cherish each day. I feel so unbelievably lucky to have a handful of incredible things to look forward to, and I truly just want to make the most of it. It’s so, so easy to take things for granted and although hindsight is an amazing thing- I don’t want to have to see things looking back to appreciate how special they were, so this year I’m going full on sponge and Soaking. It. Up.
• Last but certainly not least (quite the opposite), is keep nurturing The Insecure Girls’ Club…
I am so, so ridiculously proud of the community and space that started last September and this year I truly want to keep it blossoming. Not in terms of more followers, but just making sure the content is brilliant, useful, informative and reassuring. It’s so easy to get excited by the hype of something and let it burn out, but this truly feels like a special thing and I’m so excited to see where it leads to in 2019.
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the year, and here’s to 2019 being pretty bloody lovely indeed.