I must admit I’ve always been a sucker for setting new years goals. Do you also find that you always seem to make the same old unrealistic resolutions, and most of the time you never achieve them?
Something I’ve learnt since Evie has graced our presence, is that life is unpredictable and unexpected. Looking back on the previous year and realising how much has changed and how much of that wasn’t planned, is frightening.
We can set these goals for ourselves, we can make these resolutions, but life and what it throws our way cannot always be planned.
This year, I have only made one New Years resolution, and it’s a little bit different than the norm.
It’s a resolution I think we should all live by a little bit more.
It’s realistic and it’s most certainly achievable. It’s;
‘Enjoy the little things!‘
One of my favourite quotes of all time (yes it’s from Harry Potter) states;
‘It Does Not Do To Dwell On Dreams And Forget To Live’.
Of course we need to have dreams, aspirations and goals. We should set them high and believe that we can achieve them, because guess what? We can!
We can do anything we set our minds too.
But at the same time, we shouldn’t get caught up with dreaming that we forget to enjoy the present.
I’ve been torturing myself for years with not having achieved certain dreams and goals, such as getting to my ‘ideal’ dress size, going travelling, getting a mortgage and a beautiful home etc.
I have it in my head that reaching these will make me incredibly happy.
Huge milestones like getting a promotion at work or reaching your goal weight are incredible, don’t get me wrong. But waiting for those moments of happy isn’t good for you.
And guess what?
They won’t make you happy long term. Money won’t buy you happiness, your dream dress size won’t make you happy after a while, that dream job might not be what you necessarily want to do forever.
It’s sometimes so easy to get caught up in planning your future life and chasing ‘happy’, that you forget to enjoy the little moments you’re having everyday.
If there is one thing I want to teach my daughter, it’s to find happiness in everyday life.
So, on January 1st, the most cliched time to reassess your life, my 2016 resolution is quite simply to; ‘enjoy the little things’.
Be it a day trip to the park, a crazy date night having a picnic under the stars, or simply just enjoying watching my daughter make a mess with her breakfast every morning.
Those little moments of happiness, without you even realising, usually actually become the bigger things.
This year I’ve captured lots of moments of happiness within this blog. I’m going to do the same this year and at the end of the year, instead of thinking about those life goals that I may or may not have achieved, I am going to look back in December and know, that even if I haven’t achieved my jaw dropping bikini body or become a millionaire, that I still managed to live and enjoy life to the fullest, while I slowly worked towards those bigger life goals.
What are your new years resolutions? Will you be adding ‘enjoy the little things’ to your list?