Just a few things I need to remember over the next year…
Don’t worry about what other people think
In some ways, I don’t care what people think of me at all. I’ll happily eat alone in a restaurant without feeling self-conscious. I’ll order coffee at a bar when my friends are having cocktails because I’d rather be sober. I’ll wear multi-coloured sequin trousers if I like them and not worry about the attention that they draw to me. But in other ways, I do worry needlessly so my aim is not to care in the slightest!
Make time for everything
Generally, I’m quite organised but I tend to focus too much on some things and not leave enough time for something else. To tackle this, I’m going to make a schedule for myself that incorporates time for the important things such as catching up with family and friends, dinner dates with my boyfriend and exercise as well as the not as important (but still nice) things such as social networking, mani-pedis and shopping.
Keep creating your own opportunities
“No one is going to knock on your door and give you the opportunity”. My mum has been saying this to me since I was young. Basically, it means that you need to get out there and look for what you want in life because it’s not going to come to you. This mantra has stuck with me throughout life so far and I’m a firm believer in creating your own opportunities rather than waiting for something to happen.
I never used to treat myself after achieving something because I believed that I hadn’t worked hard enough or pushed myself to my limits, even though I had. What a stupid way of thinking! This year, I want to reward myself more instead of thinking that I don’t deserve it. Perhaps a manicure after getting through a long week at work or a hot soak with luxury bath oil for going to the gym three times a week? Why not!
Embrace your weirdness
I’ve been called ‘eccentric’ for years. I’m guessing it’s my personality over my appearance because it’s not like I have bright pink hair or anything. I didn’t like being called eccentric as a teenager but now I embrace it. I’d much rather be quirky than the same as everyone else. Plus, it’s good to be different – life would be very dull if everyone was ‘normal’. This year, I’m going to be completely me and embrace being quirky.