2017 | The Solo Year

It’s that time of the year again, the time for New Year’s Resolutions and planning for the future.

I’ve been in a bit of a rut these past few years and have been really rubbish at sticking to my Resolutions, but this year I’m going to try harder – I promise.

I’ve decided this year, instead of ‘resolutions’, I’m going to have a theme for the year. I’ve done this a couple of times in the past, but they’ve always either been too general or too specific – I never really found a good balance. But 20-year-old Abby is clearly much smarter than teenage Abby so I’m hoping I’ve cracked it.

2017 is going to be the year of Solo. No, this does not mean I’ve broken up with my boyfriend. No, this does not mean I’ve fallen out with my family or my best friend. I just want to be selfish.

A lot has changed in the past couple of years; I left school, I went to New Zealand, I had my first long-term boyfriend, I came back from New Zealand, I had my first long-distance boyfriend, I started university, I moved out – it’s been crazy, and through all those experiences I’ve changed a lot (see my 16 things I learned in 2016 post for evidence).

This year, I want to focus on me. I want to make sure I’m happy, be the captain of my own ship, so to speak. There’s tonnes of ways I’d little things that come into this, but today I’m going to talk about the big, meaty, subcategories that I kind of divide this all into.

1. THIS BLOG.
After a stream of various crappy blogs that never got more than 10 posts or 20 followers, I’ve finally created an online space that I really love – and that I love writing in – and that I’m willing to share with the world (psst, you’re currently in it). I’d love to really focus on this blog in the coming year, really find my voice, find my niche, and just enjoy having total control over something for a change!

2. ROUTINES.
Now that I live alone, I really want to get better at establishing routines and taking control of my day. I want to be productive, be happy and be comfortable in my own presence. I’ve tried a few different types of routines in the past, but since I’ve basically got all of January off uni I’m taking that as the perfect time to live by my own schedule, try things out and get into good habits before it’s back to the fray in February.

3. FINANCES.
As a typically broke student, I really want to start taking control of my finances and getting my spending under control. Basically, that means creating a budget, but I’m also hoping to boost my income in some way and get a little bit of saving done.

4. ADOPT A CHILD.
This may seem totally unrelated to going solo, but this is something I’d really love to do. I have an aunt who adopted a child when I was a kid and I loved writing and receiving letters from her. I really want to have that individual connection with someone, and to really do good (even if it is just in a small way, you never know, it could be the start of something bigger).

5. EXPERIMENT.
Primarily this will be in the kitchen, but I’m sure it’ll leak into other places too. Over the past number of years, I must have pinned millions of ideas on Pinterest and only actually tackled a very minuscule number of those tasks. In 2017, I want to tackle that growing list and to really start trying things, figuring out what I like and what I able capable of.

6. ETHICAL.
I’ve been researching ethics and ethical consumerism since I first started veering into the world of minimalism. I’m not going to claim to become a nudist vegan or anything, but I’d like to try and become more aware of my purchases and to reduce my impact on this big wonderful world we live in. I guess this boils down to me taking responsibility for my own actions, and I think that’s very exciting.

7. HEALTH.
I’m very easily deterred when it comes to health. I know what I should be eating and doing, but somehow it just never seems too appealing. This coming year, I want to take more responsibility for my health and really try to get myself in shape.

8. INFORMED.
As a reader, I’m sure you’ll all appreciate the desire to be informed. I’m not really sure what form this will take yet, but it’s the thought that counts, I like the scope it offers.

9. SPIRITUAL.
I’ve been a Christian since I was 9 years old, but these past few years have been a little chaotic and my relationship with God has suffered – I really want to get that back on track.

There you go, my theme for the year, if you stay tuned, tomorrow I’m going to have a more specific post with all the little sub-goals in these bigger areas. If I don’t see you then, I hope you enjoyed!
Do you have a theme for the year? Care to share?

30 Comments

    1. Thank you so much Masoom, I’m afraid I can’t take all the credit, my graphics would be rubbish without all the lovely clip art Etsy has to offer, Im so glad you like my blog, I look forward to seeing you in the comments!

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