After a fabulous Christmas break in the sunshine with my husband I am feeling motivated and excited about the year ahead. After a very busy 2017 which was spent mostly working I am looking forward to a more subdued year with my focus being on my home and personal life.
This year is all about SELF-CARE.
Looking after my physical and mental wellbeing and spending quality time with my husband and completing some of our house renovations.
Obviously my work is a big part of my life but now they I gave proved my worth and gained the promotion I have been working so hard for I can step back and let me new team take on more of the day to day tasks while I focus on the strategic side of my role and get a few new projects up and running. This means that I won’t have to work such long hours and will be able to create a better work-life balance.
I don’t do New Year Resolutions. I usually set myself a few goals to achieve throughout the year. This year though I am not setting goals. I am outlining my intentions for the year ahead. Intentions seem more flexible and achievable and there is nothing more demotivating than when you don’t meet so specific targets.
My intentions this year are all focussed on my own wellbeing. And cover health, fitness, happiness, contentment and my marriage. It’s about looking after myself and appreciating the people that are important to me and take care of me.
This year I have bought myself a journal. Not any old journal. The Happy Journal produced by Fearne Cotton. It is designed to help you stop and evaluate each day. To record what makes you happy and bring joy and balance into your life. I am a sucker for anything like this. It is not for everyone but for me these kind of books help me focus and help me create a routine of self-care.
Self-care covers a number of different areas. It can be anything from eating a healthy meal, having a face mask, going to the gym, getting outside in the fresh air, having an early night or spending time with loved ones or friends.
I am gong to record my year of self-care on my wellness Instagram account @wigglewhenyouwalk using the hashtag #365daysofselfcare and also will be posting various articles on my blog throughout the year.
It is not about changing who I am. None of this New Year New Me business. At 47 years old I do realise that I am never going to change who I fundamentally am. 2018 is about enhancing my best bits and appreciating what I have. By the end of 2018 I intend to be the best version of myself I can be.
In addition to self-care I am also intending to complete the renovation of at least two rooms in my house and also make a big dent in the garden renovation during the summer (which is huge project). I plan to continue to push ahead with my career but reduce the number of hours I am working so I can enjoy some time at home. I am going to continue with my lemonade lifestyle and continue with my “Shopping My Wardrobe” challenge which I created on Instagram and will be posting outfit pictures on @melanie.lemonadelifestyle. Thus also links into my self-care plan as I felt a little disillusioned with the whole fast fashion culture on social media and upset by the anxiety and self-esteem issues it causes for some people.
Ultimately I do have a future goal of being a life coach and if I can succeed at creating a more balanced life for myself this Year then next year will be the year I look at making this happen. I already have a couple of courses that I have identified to help me on my way but first I need to succeed in coaching myself.
So what are your intentions for 2018? I would love to hear what you have planned for this year. Are you planning to practice a little self-care this year. If so why don’t you join me on Instagram with #selfcaresunday a weekly promise to do something for yourself and the perfect way to end one week and set yourself up for Monday.
I will be posting a new blog each Sunday about my self-care journey if you want to check in and see how I get along.
Thank you for reading.