Happy New Year!
I always find this time of year strange. Whilst everyone else looks forward to moving into a new year, new challenges, new goals and a chance to get organised, I find the first few days of January can be somewhat – disappointing. Sometimes, it feels wrong to leave a year behind and everyone that left with it, but time always moves on, even when we want it to stop. The build-up to the New Year is made to look monumental and exciting, as though some kind of magic happens at midnight that will make everything alright again. In reality, nothing changes, and soon you’re back at work with long dark nights, but no fairy lights.
2017 was a mixed year. Whilst there were some highlights, such as graduating (although, I now really miss being a student!) there were also many low points. At the beginning of last year, I really thought I would make it my own. My year to do something amazing, something different and grab onto as many opportunities with both hands. Looking back, I have no idea what I did with myself all year, is that bad? It was as though I was living on autopilot, and not living in the moment. I had so much time after my finishing my degree to do whatever I wanted. Time to learn new things, see the world, meet new people and soak up as much as I could. The truth is, I sat alone most days with Clover, fretting over job applications and constantly feeling like I wasn’t doing enough – wasn’t good enough. So much time wasted!
It was towards the end of last January that I plucked up the courage to start this blog. I had so many hopes and wishes for this little space that is all my own, but somewhere along the way, I found myself lost. I had lost vision of what I wanted this blog to be and had no idea which direction I wanted to take. Weeks crept by with nothing new to say or post. I got caught in the comparison trap and wondered why anyone would want to read this blog. Then along came starting a new job and I posted even less.
The good news, you may ask, is that this year I’m going to do something about it. Although this time of year has felt like a let down in the past, I’m dedicating January to taking time to discover what is it I want to achieve and how I’m going to get there. Now, more than ever, do I feel an urgent need to take control of my life and to not let it slip through my fingers.
As for this blog, you can expect to see more from me this year. Love Georgie will continue to be a lifestyle blog, but I’m hoping to share different topics and themes this year and provide more valuable content. Who knows, maybe I’ll start a newsletter in the coming months. But for now, watch this space!
Pick Up Past Enjoyments
One of the things I miss the most is being creative. I’ve neglected art over the last couple of years and I really miss how therapeutic it can be to sit and paint. Writing is another thing. Yes, I write this blog and I work as a copywriter, but I haven’t returned to writing stories for so long. One of the things I want to achieve in my lifetime is to write a book, or many, but for now, one completed novel is the aim. Of course, that’s never going to happen if I don’t plonk my bottom down and write it. Lastly, I’ve always loved photography and studied it at A Level, so I’m hoping to further my practice this year and not miss any opportunities to get out and start shooting.
Learn Something New
And that something being dance. As my obsession for all things Strictly Come Dancing has grown, this year I want to take Ballroom and Latin classes. Although I know the basics to most dances from going to Fitsteps, I want to take it a step further and progress. Growing up I never danced, mostly due to being quite shy and overly self-conscious, but I would watch old musicals and sit in awe of the likes of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, wishing I could dance like them.
Be Present, Happy & Healthy
As I said, I lived on autopilot for the majority of 2017 and I certainly do not want the same to happen again this year. I like having plans in place, and some sort of routine to stick to, but I also crave freedom, and when that is taken away, I spend most of my time living inside my own head rather than living in the present. I have found it is so easy to plod my way through the week without having achieved much, to then make it to the weekend in which I panic it’s almost Monday again. But it shouldn’t be like this. Not only is it making me unhappy, it has made me lazy, demotivated and anxious. So here’s to changing my lifestyle in 2018 for a more fulfilling way of life.
I hope 2018 will be kinder to all of us!
What are your hopes and wishes for the year?
Love Georgie ♥