Happy New Year everyone, and welcome to 2017! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and started the new year off with a bang. As always it’s that time of year where we think about the things we want to achieve in the next 12 months. If you’re anything like me, I never stick to my one resolution so this year I’m making a change. My New Year’s Resolutions for this year are more goals than anything else. Hopefully this time next year I’ll be able to reread this and give myself a pat on the back for doing them.
Without further ado, here are my four New Year’s Resolutions for 2017.
FINISH MY MASTERS
Back in September 2015 I started my MA in Graphic Design. At the time I couldn’t afford to take a year off work and a year out of the industry to do a full time course. I was fortunate however to find an online distance learning programme that would allow me to juggle all the responsibilities of full-time employment, a freelance career and a growing apparel business. It’s been a very hard thing to fit into an already work consumed lifestyle the finish line is in sight.
By the end of August this year everything will be submitted and I can begin to get back to doing more enjoyable work without worrying about grades and an extensive reading list. Don’t get me wrong, doing a masters is something I really wanted to do, and something I felt I needed to do to gain an official qualification in design.
Being a self-taught designer has got me to a certain level in my career, but for personal development I felt that a masters would really help elevate my work. To certain extents it has and yet at the same time it feels like it’s dragged on so much that I wonder why I decided to put myself under such pressure. I’m sure it’ll all be worth it in the end but I cannot wait for this chapter of my life to be finished so I can see what doors open up to me next.
LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO
Being a creative person has it’s advantages, and that usually means being able to teach myself things and pick it up quite quickly. I think a lot of designs can say they are a kinesthetic learner and do better from a hands on experience – after all we use our hands on a daily basis. A couple of years ago I taught myself how to play the guitar – I’m not brilliant at it but I can strum enough together so that it resembles some sort of tune.
Piano is an instrument I’ve always wanted to learn. There’s something about the sound of the melody’s on piano that are so soulful and relaxing that really makes me fall in love with music all over again when I hear a piano score. So while this may be a huge challenge to undertake this year, I’m confident that I’ll be able to play at least one song by the end of the year. It’s not about perfecting it, but rather learning something new and putting my creative talents into something else other than work for a change.
In May 2015 I went to the New York City for two weeks of travelling and had a love/hate relationship with the city. But ever since the travel bug within me hasn’t been fortunate to travel anywhere else. So this year as a goal I want to see as much as I can. As much as I’d love a two week snowboarding holiday in Canada or a safari retreat in South Africa, right now I think a few city breaks across Europe are more probable.
My list of places to go to is ever growing so it would be really nice to see a few places like Amsterdam, Dublin and Barcelona – all of which are very high on that growing list of mine. Now that I’ve made some changes in my life to get the work/life balance a little more even, I really want to take advantage of this new free time that I’ve created.
TRAIN WELL, EAT WELL, BE WELL
Finally, and this isn’t really much of a resolution but more of a continuation, training well, eating well and being well to myself is incredibly important to me. After battling the ups and downs of anxiety and depression for so many years, the gym has been my saviour. I’m at a place now where I’m eating all the right things to go sustain my active lifestyle and I’m enjoying new foods and cooking up a storm in then kitchen.
I got into a solid routine last year of meal prepping so there was never an excuse to not eat a good meal other than sheer laziness on a Friday or Saturday night. While my food shopping bill is larger than it’s ever been, it’s a small price to pay to feel good mentally and see the results physically too. All of this is a part of being kind to yourself and that’s not always something that’s easy to do. So, this year I’m hoping to carry on with the good routine and steady progress.