THE GREATEST NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

THE GREATEST NEW YEARS RESOLUTION

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.

Greatest New Years Resolution

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’.

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.

If you liked this post, be sure to check out my ‘Blogging Goals for 2016‘ and ‘10 Times You Win At Parenting‘.

What are your new years resolutions? Will you be adding ‘enjoy the little things’ to your list?

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  1. January 1, 2016 / 12:20 am

    Happy New Year, I hope to tick some things off my 30 before 30 list but also to be happy and healthy, with that being more mindful and grateful.

    Steph x

    Inspirationsandme.blogspot.co.uk

    • January 3, 2016 / 5:19 pm

      Happy new year to you too! I have a 30 before 30 list too!! I also need to be more mindful. I love this time of year, it gives you a good chance to reflect. x

  2. January 2, 2016 / 10:53 am

    I love this post. I think I will join you with that Harry Potter quote. I am the worst for getting hung up on wanting it all to be perfect – wanting a mortgage, perfect house, more clothes, a nicer car. The list goes on. Will definitely be adding ‘Enjoy the little things’ to my list. xx

    • January 3, 2016 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you so much. I love Harry Potter for quotes. The character Dumbledore said so many great lines. I also usually get so hung up on wanting everything to be perfect. I’m such a perfectionist too which doesn’t help. Trying this for the last few months has been so lovely and refreshing. I feel so much happier and things seem to be falling into place because of it. x

  3. January 3, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I like this 🙂 my 1 resolution is similar…to laugh more and have more fun. After a tough year i think it is far more relevant and benefical than give up chocolate or spend less. Have a great 2016

    • January 3, 2016 / 5:25 pm

      I love that resolution. I completely agree it’s more beneficial than anything else. Happy new year to you! I hope 2016 is a good one for you. x

  4. January 6, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    You’re so right, it’s the ordinary moments that are sometimes the most precious and it’s easy to forget them whilst we focus on the big milestones!
    Happy new year xx

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:17 pm

      It really is so easy to focus on the big things and forget about the little things. Happy new year to you Tracey! I think this is the perfect resolution to live by. x

  5. January 7, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Sounds like you have a really positive happy year ahead. It might only be the very start of the year but I already know that I won’t have achieved a jaw dropping bikini beach body by the end of 2016 either and I’m fine with that! x

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:21 pm

      Haha one day the jaw dropping bikini body will happen. Even if it’s just in dreams. I hope you had a beautiful New Year. Here’s to 2016! xx

  6. January 7, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    One of my favourite sayings is “Stop and enjoy the little things because one day you’ll look back and realise they were actually the BIG things” and it is so true! I too am stepping away from making new years resolutions this year and instead am setting myself goals and achievements. Happy New Year! xxx

    • January 7, 2016 / 1:28 pm

      I absolutely adore that saying. I think it’s great what you’re doing. I think we’ll all be so much happier if we do that too. xx

  7. January 7, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    Happy new year. What a lovely and postivie post.
    I believe that we really must enjoy the little things in life more.

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:32 am

      Thank you so much. We really must. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. x

  8. January 8, 2016 / 11:59 am

    This is a wonderful resolution! The little things are so important and they make everyday special! xx

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:34 am

      Thank you so much. The little things are so important. A could reminder for when times are low. x

  9. January 8, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    So true – I want to be more mindful, and ‘in the moment’ with my family. Happy New Year! Kaz x

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:37 am

      Happy new year to you too!!! I’m glad you enjoyed this. x

  10. January 8, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Those are really great quotes Chloe. I definitely agree with enjoying the little things. Its important to dream of course but not to let it interfere with living your life and experiences. I do definitely agree with everything you have said about happiness. You have to find it now rather when something has been achieved. Lovely post x

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:43 am

      Thank you so much! You really do have to find it now, rather than when something has been achieved. I wish I’d thought that way sooner. Happy New Year! x

  11. January 8, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    Yes you are right!! We should enjoy the ordinary moments too and add them to our big list. I have never really writing down goals or resolutions until up to this year. I guess it kind of help you to get focus during the year. Let’s see if I manage to achieve any of my goals for 2016 but for sure I will be doing what you are suggesting as life is short and you never know what it could happen tomorrow. Great post and very positive! Happy New Year lovely!! All the best for 2016!! 🙂 xx

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:47 am

      Thank you so much. Good luck achieving your 2016 goals. I hope you had a happy new year! xx

  12. January 8, 2016 / 8:44 pm

    Happy New Year, lovely. This is such an inspiring post. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions anymore. Because I always end up failing miserably and then being disappointed in myself. But this is such a fantastic and achievable goal to have in life. It is so important to enjoy the little things and live in the present. And I adore that quotation from Harry Potter. Beautiful. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • January 10, 2016 / 6:00 pm

      Happy new year to you too! Harry Potter really has some beautiful quotes about life. I hope 2016 brings you everything you want! xx

  13. January 8, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Happy New Year lovely. And I agree with this post! I have stressed myself out so much over my weight. I need to relax abit. I have lost it before so I will loose it again! Have a lovely year x

    • January 10, 2016 / 8:07 am

      Happy new year to you too!! We definitely need to find our happy and then everything will fall into place. x

  14. January 9, 2016 / 12:58 am

    I have this quote on a little sign in my kitchen and try to remember it everyday. I have a journal that I keep with my daughter where each evening we write down our favourite thing that has happened in the day. So true that the little things become the big things. Have a great 2016!

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:51 am

      I adore your journal idea. It’s so important to teach gratitude from a young age. I hope you have a great 2016 too. x

  15. January 9, 2016 / 9:32 am

    You’re right, we do get caught up in dreaming about how we’d like things that we don’t always enjoy what’s happening right now. Great post xx

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:52 am

      It’s so true isn’t it. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Happy new year to you! x

  16. January 9, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I love those quotes you’ve picked. They are actually two of my all time favourites and I definitely try to live by the two of them as well x

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:53 am

      Thank you so much. Harry Potter has a surprising number of incredible quotes. Happy New Year. x

  17. January 9, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    What a fabulous message and I agree enjoying the little things is so so important. 🙂 I once heard someone say they spent years waiting for the next thing in their lives they forgot to enjoy what they had. It stuck with me and I decided to always look for the little things and the good amongst everything else. Angela

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:56 am

      Thank you so much. It really is important to enjoy the little things. It really isn’t all about the future, it’s being in the present. I can see why that stuck with you. Happy New Year! x

  18. January 9, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    Ah this is such a lovely post and I love the idea of enjoying the little things. I do try to do this already but it’s a great reminder. I think I might print it out and stick it up on my fridge to remind me! Becky x x #kcacols

    • January 10, 2016 / 7:58 am

      Thank you so much. It’s such a beautiful quote isn’t it. x

  19. January 9, 2016 / 11:44 pm

    Chloe, I love this post! You are so right! And I should really listen to you, I have big plans for 2016 yet this week has found my energy levels completely blown, I feel like I’ve not even started the year before I am burnt out, yet I have spent some really precious time with the boys instead, lots of films, cuddles and loveliness! Just as important as my goals, if not more xx

    • January 10, 2016 / 8:03 am

      Thank you so much!! I can completely relate to feeling burnt out at the moment. You’re so right though, spending precious time is so important, even if our little ones are a handful! xx

  20. January 10, 2016 / 9:36 am

    This is a charming little quote that we’ve actually been trying to follow, especially since our bad news recently. Rowan is now 18 months old and he’s growing up so quickly and you have to cherish every single moment and try not to worry about the big stuff as I like to call it.

    Laura x

    • January 10, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      It’s so beautiful isn’t it and really helps you in times when things are hard. You really do need to cherish every moment. I’m so sorry again about your news. 🙁 Sending so many hugs. xx

  21. Aimee Foster
    January 10, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    I love this post and the Harry Potter quote – very wise words. You’re absolutely right, we need to remember to enjoy the little things and just be present. One of my favourite quotes is Buddha’s ‘As you walk, eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life’. I do love a good quote, I have notebooks full of them 😉 x

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much Aimee! Harry Potter is so good for quotes. I absolutely adore that Buddha quote. That is definitely one to go up on the wall. It is so beautiful. I have notebooks full of them too. It’s so good to read them from time to time to put things into perspective. x

  22. Georgina
    January 10, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Happy new year lovely! I love your post. It’s so easy sometimes to forget the little things and really take time to enjoy them. I hope 2016 is amazing for you xxx

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      Happy new year to you too! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I hope 2016 is amazing for you too. x

  23. January 11, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Ahh great words of wisdom to live by and so very true. We often forget about the little things don’t we? And sometimes they are the most important. I must try and remind myself of this too!

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Thank you so much Maria. We really do often forget the little things. I’ve put this up on my wall and it’s a great reminder everyday. Especially when I’m in a grump. x

  24. Gemma @ A Gem's Life
    January 12, 2016 / 1:21 pm

    Fab post and it is sooo true. We all want something that we can’t have or be someone else. It is so important to apreciate what we have got! 🙂

    Gemma xx

    • January 14, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Thank you so much .We really do have something we can’t have, we really do all need to look a little bit more at the incredible things we do have. x

  25. January 14, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    Couldn’t agree more I don’t tend to make resolutions at new year I like making goals and setting myself challenges but at new year it feels a little forced love yours though! xx

    • January 15, 2016 / 3:38 pm

      It does feel a bit forced. It’s a good time for reflection though. I’m glad you like this one. x

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