Oh January.

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So I know everyone is talking about their New Year's resolutions and how to be the best they can in 2016, and that's totally cool, whatever works for people. But for me, I don't want to be a whole new version of myself, I want to build on what I have and use the new year to take more opportunities and adventures. Unfortunately January can make it a little tricky. I won't go as far to say that I dislike January, after all my mum's birthday is in January so there's always something nice to look forward to. However January is a very tricky time to start to work on goals and aims as it's just so grey and gloomy. It's still dark when I wake up for work and dark when I get home, so the only thing I want to do at the end of the dayΒ is crash on the sofa and read Harry Potter. Which is one of the many ways I plan on spending this month.

January is looking to be a pretty busy month at work so I plan on breaking myself in easy with the planning and aims for the year. Instead of forcing myself into eating salads and going for a run every evening this is what I want to achieve:

  1. I plan on doing some gentle yoga practices to get me set for the year and to relax after work. I didn't really do any over the Christmas break so some short flows should be just right in getting back into the yoga groove. I signed up for a Year of Yoga and The Bad Yogi Club and both have already got some great flows for January.
  2. I'm going to try and cut back on some of the indulgent treats I had been having over Christmas, but if I slip up I'm not going to punish myself or feel bad about it. The month has already started out incredibly grey and gloomy, why make it worse by cutting out chocolate completely?
  3. I signed up for Apartment Therapy's January Cure. When we got back to Canterbury before the New Year Robert and I had already started sorted and clearing out the house, so I just plan to continue that work and figured a prompted daily task wouldn't be the worst thing.
  4. Lastly, yes, Harry Potter. I re-read the third book over Christmas and had clearly forgotten how great they were and how impossible it was to stop reading. Consequently I've got through the fourth book and halfway through the fifth since then so I might as well finish up the other two the rest of the month!

So that's it, those are my short and simple aims for this month, and if I don't get them done I'm not going to freak out about it. I hope to add in a little more or change them up each month so as to not put too much pressure on myself. It can be so easy to make plans and resolutions for the year and just not stick to it, so I thought I would try a monthly approach instead and see where that gets me. Now, if you'll excuse me there's another Harry Potter chapter that's waiting to be read.