Taking a Look Back at My New Year Resolutions..

So if you’ve been here long enough, you’ll remember my new year resolution post! Along with the 12 books I will read “challenge” I set myself. If not.. go give them a quick read 😉

Basically, I set myself a book to read each month with the intention of writing a post about each book and getting myself back into regular reading as it’s something that I never had the energy to do and got lost in all the other “exciting” things going on in my day-to-day life. As it was January and I was super motivated and willing to stick to this, I started reading the first book of the year, Animal Farm by George Orwell – A classic! and to my expectations, I read it within a few days. From that moment on I started purchasing the rest of the books for the year and was preparing to move onto Norwegian Wood by Murakami (which I still haven’t read.. oops) and in the midst of all this planning, I got a new job. Exciting? yes oh my god. Time consuming? yessssssss.

From the minute I started my new job, my blog and reading went downhill and I never really managed to find time to sit down and read/write simply because I was knackered. Me being me, of course, saw this as a huge failure and I was always beating myself up about it and felt like I had let myself and everyone else down – because I was so set on completing this challenge.

My amazing writer friend, Stephanie (if you haven’t checked her out, DO IT NOW! You won’t regret) was sort of my saviour in this “feeling-like-a-failure” situation as she reminded me that everything else that has happened in the last few months, has changed so much and going through change with a job etc isn’t exactly easy. It got me thinking about the whole situation and I’ve learned so much from it.

Whenever I set myself resolutions, I will 100% never stick to any of them, therefore will always feel a huge level of disappointment when I quote-on-quote fail. It has taught me that in order to achieve the things I tend to set myself at the start of every year, I need to just work on them as they happen on a day-to-day basis. If I want to read a book, I will read a book. If I don’t have time, I will wait until I do have time – not reading and feeling like I failed is not a logical way to get back into reading and is never going to give me any enjoyment when I read – it will start feeling like a chore?! That is not something that I should even be thinking about.

This goes for all the other resolutions that I set myself, why do I have to tackle a habit or start new hobbies alllllll at once? If I take my time, ease myself into things – doesn’t matter whether it’s the 1st of January of the middle of July – it’s still going to get done eventually. Trust me if you ever feel like you’ve failed (focusing on your resolutions), always remember that there is no time limit on tackling something or reaching a goal. And they certainly do NOT have to be completed in a single year or a time frame. Success and happiness comes with time and consistency and not tiring yourself out, you’ll just come crashing back down.

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough – Og Mandino

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