Love them or loathe them, I've set myself some resolutions. I was pretty tough on myself at the end of last year and whilst it's an enormous cliche, I've taken the start of a new year to be a bit of a fresh start. No 'New Year, new me' - just a few goals to commit to now that things are a little bit settled.
So, first up: travel (even) more
An oldie but a goodie. Perhaps a little irresponsible a resolution (see below) but travelling and exploring new places is something that I am always itching to do. Having been fortunate enough to travel a bit when growing up and then throwing myself into adventures further afield as an adult, it's only right to continue this selfish tradition. With a killer 34 days holiday this year, I've already managed to get a few things in the calendar:
January: Dubai. It's a three day/two night work trip but there'll be some free time to soak up one of my new favourite cities.
February: Cambodia for two glorious weeks. Visiting some Australian pals I've managed to stay in touch with, partying on their beach and then doing the necessary tour of the country and the obligatory Angkor Wat pilgrimage.
April: Poland. As a Christmas present to my Dad, I'm taking him to Krakow to soak up some Eastern European culture and fulfil a much-discussed intention to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau.
May: Mykonos. A week in Greece to catch the early sun.
And there's plenty of time to fill up the rest of the year. Skiing again? New York again? Who knows.
Two: save more
I told you this didn't quite tie in with the above resolution but at the grand old age of 26, apparently it's high time I started saving (for a deposit). Don't worry, I'm fully aware that I'll never afford a deposit on my own and whilst there is no man in sight to buddy up with, I guess I should start putting something aside for the 'one day'. If the travelling bug doesn't completely take over, of course. (Note how I haven't defined a goal amount here. Bad Becks).
Three: lose a stone
Gone are the days of my 18 year old metabolism but I'm damned if I'm not going to try and get that bod back.
Four: enjoy yourself more
Now this is something that's going to come organically. The aforementioned hard time came about as a result of monumental levels of stress at work coupled with busy freelance work and some personal life downers which meant that I was a big ball of negative energy at the end of the year. But my role at work has evolved into a brilliant strategic copywriting position (taking away all my account management duties), the freelance stuff is back on track after the Christmas break and I jumped in with both feet and dyed my hair almost white at the weekend. With things settling down and reshuffling, I should be able to enjoy myself more and blog more. Start as you mean to go on, right?
Five: meet someone
A bit of a tongue in cheek one here and hardly a resolution but on Christmas Eve, my aunt, mum and I made a pact to all bring partners next year to Scotland. Perhaps the most challenging of all my resolutions but a shake's a shake, right? And in the words of the ultimate singleton Bridget Jones, 'I will not fall for any of the following: alcoholics, workaholics, commitment phobics, people with girlfriends or wives, misogynists, megalomanics, chauvists, emotional fuckwits or freeloaders, perverts.' Here's to 2016.