It seems a little odd speaking about the New Year so late in January, but for the first time in a while I didn’t really celebrate New Years Eve. I didn’t go out. I drank a bottle of prosecco and stayed up late playing PC games with Tom. I didn’t really want to celebrate what had been such a disappointing year and I simply couldn’t wait for the morning when 2017 would begin and 2016 was finally over.
There are many things that will be very different this year. Last year was full of worry and stress and not much else, which had been such a contrast compared to the couple of years previous. My goals for 2017 are all around being care-free, doing well at work in a job that makes me happy, going away for holidays and long weekends and taking spontaneous days out, but more importantly, being financially stable by getting some savings behind me for a rainy day – something I have never been very good at. I’ve never been so serious about a New Years resolution before, and it shows. Here are 3 things I’ve managed to achieve in the first month of 2017.
#1 – I got myself a new job
Yep, I quit my job in recruitment the first day back after Christmas. The holidays and time with family gave me some really valuable thinking time and when I realised I dreaded going back to work I knew that leaving was the only option for me if I wanted to make a difference in 2017. I will admit that I took a risk here because I didn’t already have another job lined up, and I didn’t want to settle for just anything either, but I figured that sometimes you just need to do what feels right. Luckily for me it really paid off, I’ve landed myself a new position that I can’t wait to start and I genuinely feel like this is going to be the fresh start I really need in terms of my career.
#2 – I changed my attitude towards food and cut out the junk
I gained almost a stone in weight over the last 18 months which in the end made me really unhappy. I used to be so health conscious but somehow it all went out of the window, leaving me a dress size bigger. As far as my health goes, I’m a healthy weight, but the fact I’d put on so much weight in such a short space of time made me feel uneasy, and my clothes just didn’t fit like they used to so I decided it needed to change. I can honestly say I’ve not had a single takeaway or any junk food since December. Instead I’ve been cooking high protein delicious dinners from scratch every night, and I’ve been doing some HIIT exercises too which have made me feel so good. I’ve lost just short of 5lbs so far, although I did win a voucher from Domino’s last week that expires tonight.. Dilemma!
#3 – I already put some money away
It’s not much, but it’s a start. I’ve been between jobs which has made this one a little tricky to implement immediately, but I’ve managed to budget well and put just enough money away to clear the balance on an online shopping account I’ve got, and even though it’s not much, going forward will mean one less direct debit for me (so I’ll be able to put even more away every month).
All in all I’m really happy with what I’ve managed to achieve in such a short space of time, and it makes me so excited for the rest of the year!