Although this post is a few days late, I always feel as though it takes a while to get into the swing of January and all of the new routines we want to get into after Christmas – so I’m letting myself off the hook for this one.
I’m actually of fan of this month: I love the idea of everyone being in the same boat, wanting to better themselves in a number of different ways, and the idea that anything is possible.
I’ve enjoyed doing these wishlist posts over the past few months, and they’re always interesting to look back on and see whether I achieved and tried some new things. 2018 has already started off being a really interesting year, and I feel very content at the moment in all the areas of my life, which has uplifted my mood massively.
Here is my January wishlist!
1. Get Back Into A Routine
Like everyone in the UK this week, I was dreading going back to work on Tuesday, but I actually really enjoyed getting back into a routine and not eating cheese for every meal. Although it’s taken a few days to get used to the early mornings, my body responds much better to being in some sort of routine and I hope to keep this up for the rest of the month.
2. Getting My Strength Back
This time last year, I was probably the strongest I have been in a long time, but towards the end of 2017, I was lacking the motivation to go to the gym as much, so this month I am going to get back on the bandwagon. I have set myself the challenge of moving every day in January and doing some form of exercise, whether it’s a walk around the pack, YouTube video or a class at the gym – I hope my body reaps the benefits.
3. Dry January
I’m not the biggest drinker in all honesty, and a couple of years ago, I gave up alcohol for 5 months, but this Christmas I felt as though I drank more than I usually would, so I have set myself another target of getting to the end of January without having a drink. It sounds easy, but we have a few bottles of wine leftover in the house, so we’ll see how long it lasts.
4. Starting Back At Yoga
Another thing I was doing this time last year was a weekly yoga class with my partner in crime, Jacinta. We’ve both agreed to get back into it together, as I find it much easier to commit to something like that when I have someone to go with, and I hope that I won’t be as bent out of shape as I think I am.
5. A Month Of Being Pescatarian
Throughout January, I’ve decided to only eat fish in an attempt to reduce my meat intake overall. For the past 6 months, Jordan and I have eaten vegetarian meals 3-4 times a week, and I want to continue this with only eating fish the other days. It might seem revolutionary to everyone, but I find that every little helps. I want to share some of the recipes we make as well over the course of the month so keep an eye on my Instagram for those.
6. Set Myself A Blogging Calendar
Up until December, I was doing really well with writing and scheduling posts ahead of time, but then the festive season started, and I found it near impossible to do and everything felt very last minute. This month I want to stick to a regular upload schedule and write posts ahead of time – saying that, I also don’t want to feel guilty if I need to have a week off here and there. Life is all about balance after all.
7. Improve My Photography
Since buying the 45mm lens for my Olympus Pen, I haven’t really had the opportunity to use it as much as I would have liked. This month I am determined to get outside more, get some more lifestyle shots, and learn more about my camera, and it’s been a year now, and I only really know the basics.
8. Read More
I haven’t set myself any New Year’s resolutions as such, but something I really want to stick to doing is reading most nights before bed. I feel as though when I go on my phone and go straight to sleep, my mind hasn’t had enough time to switch off completely, so I’m hoping by doing this I will be able to sleep like a baby. I’ve had books piling up on my to-read list too, so it would be good to make a dent in them.
9. Make More Time For Old Friends
The one thing I love about Christmas is how many old faces you see, but it’s a shame that this only really happens once a year. I’ve decided I’m going to spend more time catching up with the people I’ve known for years, as I really enjoy reminiscing about old times and laughing for hours.
10. Find A Venue
After getting engaged at Christmas, a lot of people have already mentioned how on the ball I’ve been in terms of planning a wedding. I’m naturally a very organised person, so this month I would like to see as many venues as possible with Jordan and hopefully find the one of our dreams.
And there you have my January wishlist. Be sure to check back next month to see everything I’m wishing for then.
How’s your January going? Have you set yourself any goals?