Life Rambles: Hopes for 2017


I don’t make New Year resolutions, I never really have and don’t ever plan to. It seems to me that you are setting yourself up to fail. However instead of resolutions I like to come up with a list of things that I’d like to achieve during the year. So today I’m sharing these things here, not for accountability or anything like that, but because I wanted to write these things down, and after all isn’t that why I started blogging in the first place? So that I could write about my life and important (to me) things. So here are my 2017 plans.

Attend a Park Run. I’ve been talking about joining Park Run for way too long and yet I still haven’t made my way to one, so this year I will do that. 5k is my normal running distance, so all I need to do it actually get to the park for the 9am start.

Allow myself time to do nothing. Part way through 2016 I started to make sure I had at least one weekend each month where I had no plans. This meant a time to recuperate, to have a lie in or go for a run, do some baking or just catch up on a particular TV series. Knowing that I had a completely blank day or weekend ahead of me was so refreshing, and it meant that I could give my all for all other instances, knowing that I had a break insight. While initially it was hard to say no to people, I got better at it in the end and it was for a worthwhile reason – looking after myself. Which should always be a priority. So in 2017 I want to ensure that I leave myself spare a free weekend each month, for all twelve months.

Explore my city. Both Central London and more locally. I want to try more of my local restaurants, starting with the new pizza place on Streatham Vale road, and then heading up towards Streatham Hill where there’s a deli that’s caught my eye. Also there’s a new book shop that’s just opened near me and I’m pretty sure that I could get lost in the rows of books and spend hours there.

Read 50 books. So another year, another GoodReads reading challenge. Like last year I’d be happy if I could read 50 books in 2017. And while the quality of what I’m reading should be the priority rather than quantity I do think that I should be able to manage to read one book a week. After all I have two 20 minute train rides (or two 90 minute journeys on the tube & bus if the train strikes continue) in which to enjoy uninterrupted reading time.

Move along with the house. We’ve still got a lot of work to do on our house. Ideally I’d like to finish painting the living room, figure out the kitchen and back room space, organise the garage area and make the loft habitable for all of my boxes of winter clothes and suitcases. But honestly I am the Queen of Procrastination and also Fi and I are particularly useless at making a decision together, especially a house related one. So we’ll see what happens here. Plus, you know life is for living, so I’m not going to beat myself up if we don’t do any of these things this year {and if I write this here, then I might believe it later on}!

Wake up earlier. This year I’m keen to wake up earlier more often.On a weekday I like the idea of waking up at 6am and either going for a run or just being productive. This is an extra 45 minutes or one hour earlier than my usual wake up time which will give me time to do more. I’ve realised that the morning is my best time of day, so why am I not making the most of it? I did this a few times in December as I was so busy and I wasn’t sleeping well and I actually found that an early start made for a productive Laura throughout the day.

Plan more time with my favourite people. I do this a lot already, but I don’t think there’s any harm in reminding myself that I want this to continue in 2017.

What are you hoping to achieve in the year ahead? Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?

Laura xx