Despite the huge negative press given to January, I am a fan of the month. I LOVE the new year, clean slate feeling. This year though I feel really late getting myself organised and into 'January' mode... and am I right thinking we'll be hitting February in like a week?!
The first two weeks of this year I've been on a HOT holiday, hence the utter distraction from knowing what day it is, let alone what month. Back to work mode gained traction slowly, with a swift two days in, then a weekend of nothingness ; one of those weekends you know when you sleep, read, watch really good TV, nest and only leave the house to go out to eat - THAT!
Last week, was our first real week back to work for the year, but I was totally full of cold, which left me feeling nowhere near my usual January sparky motivated self. I feel the annual cold is a work bonus of working with the general public, especially given a lot of our customers are young children not yet at school and older, way into retirement folks, both age categories ripe with snotty noses this time of year! So, it's just kind of inevitable and I work it out the usual way by dosing up on shit loads of vit C, over counter drugs, veg, hot drinks and early nights.
This weekend, I still wasn't massively feeling ready to put on my game face and get outside / out out / dressed up properly... so it was an easy weekend of nice meals at home, and a cheap pub lunch and cinema date on Monday. (Aside*: Not been to the cinema in AGES, but Northwich has opened a new Odeon. We went to see 'Lion' which was wonderful and super cleansing to get those last doses of cold out with the streams of tears!)
Anyway, like I'm trying to say, I'm a bit late to the January party. So, let's crack on now with a few goals I'd like to work towards this year. I'm not anti resolutions, in fact I really quite like January resolutions too, but I'm feeling pretty contented with my lot at the moment, so a handful of goals to keep in mind for the year, over stricter type resolutions feels much more in keeping with my current frame of mind.
(Just stepping away from my laptop while I go wash off my face mask which has DEFINITELY been on for more than 15 minutes now!)
Goals for 2017
Read twenty books
Last year, for the first time ever, I listed the books I finished within the year. I read 17 books in total. I'm a big reading fan and a book club host, however I'm not a FAST reader. I read a good range; fiction types vary vastly due to the ongoing book club list, but I also enjoy a bit of non-fiction and memoir-esque non-fiction too on the side.
So, although 17 books in a year might sound like NOTHING to some, with my slow reading speed I was quite chuffed by this number. The good thing about having listed last year though is I now have a benchmark for myself... not that I want to start rapid reading for no reason beyond goal attainment, but I would like to have a goal to push me to carve out more time to read, as it really is a great way to enjoy downtime. So, twenty books seems perfectly reasonable to me.
Save the same £££ again
At the end of 2015 we finished paying off our Ikea kitchen, and some other cash we'd used to pay for a tonne of housework we'd done the previous year (think damp proofing, new kitchen, bathroom and roof work). Since then, I have finally started building some savings just for me for the first time in years. I saved a modest total last year, which I only dipped into for Gemma's birthday, which is indeed the kind of reasons I have the savings in existence at all!
My goal is to repeat this savings amount this year. I'm not sure what the savings are for exactly, because we have different pots for holidays, tax etc allotted seperately, but the savings are just for me. So, if the urge strikes or they build up enough, who knows yet?!
Go to 12 new places
And by this I mean 'new to me now' as an adult. I've popped in this caveat as I would really like to go to Edinburgh and London as a tourist this year, and I have been to both these places but years ago and as a child...
This goal isn't because I don't get about a bit, take off for a night away or holiday new places; it's just to encourage me to think overall about visiting NEW places. That could be locally on a big day out, or abroad on a fab holiday.
My beautiful warm two weeks spent in Puerto Rico this January kicks off this goal with a bang!