Yes, this is the obligatory New Year post where I talk about how this year is going to be different and blah blah blah. I can’t say for sure that this year is going to be different but I’m really going to try to make it that way.
Where 2016 was a year of big change for me – I finished uni, I started a new job, moved into my own flat – 2017 has ended with me in much the same place as I started the year. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I have a good job, a good relationship, a loving family. But I still don’t feel completely happy. I know I’m never going to be 100% happy but I would say there are definitely things I could do to make me feel better.
One of the things that brings me down the most is how untidy my flat is. And that is definitely something that’s fixable. On New Years Eve, Ryan and I spent the day cleaning and tidying the flat so that I could have a fresh start. If I set myself the resolution to generally be tidier then it’s never going to happen. It would just be too much of a change all at once and I’ll give up after a week. So, my resolution is going to be to do the washing up every day and to make my bed every day. If I manage to do that for a whole month then I can add another task to the list.
Another thing I really want to do is to get back into reading. I used to read so much and yet in 2017 I think I read two books. It’s just such great escapism. There isn’t really a way to make this goal measurable without making it feel like a chore so I was thinking about writing book reviews on here. I’m a slow reader so it shouldn’t take over the blog but it should give me more reason to read. I used to write book reviews on a blog I had when I was at school and I read more then than I ever had before or since.
Finally, and most relevantly, I want to use this blog more. And I’m going to start by finishing my basic tutorial posts. The whole point of this blog was for people to be able to learn to crochet from the very beginning but so far all I’ve managed is how to tie a slip knot and how to chain. My shifts make it difficult to have a regular schedule but I’m going to sit down this week and write all of those posts then schedule them, so that if nothing else, you’ll get those posts.
I’m trying to strike a balance between being big enough changes that they actually make a difference and not being too ambitious. That’s the idea anyway.