Another Year Over

It’s that time of year again when everyone is starting to think about their New Years resolutions and set intentions for the coming 12 months. We’re all gearing up to kick start 2016 with big plans and a list of carefully thought out goals. Usually including something along the lines of ‘get fit and healthy’, ‘stop eating junk’ or ‘give up drinking’. All of the above are especially common after the party season and all the Christmas (over)indulging. In fact, I feel like I need to write a couple of those ones down myself.

As a general rule, I don’t really do the whole New Year resolutions thing. I think having goals to work towards is great, I even encourage it, but there’s just something about the idea of ‘resolutions’ that I don’t love. Maybe it’s because 99%* of the time (*not an actual statistic) they end up broken. It has almost become inevitable, accepted even, that new years resolutions are destined to fail. There’s never much longevity in them and people are pretty blaze about it when they don’t last. It’s expected really.

With ‘goals’ on the other hand, our attitudes are a little bit different. We are far more focused and motivated towards success. Achieving a goal is something to be proud of and when we don’t quite get there we can feel like we have let ourselves down. This is why I prefer to set intentions and make goals, not resolutions.

So in 2016 I intend to:

  • Exercise daily – I do exercise regularly but sometimes I can be a little lazy and make excuses not to workout. In 2016 I am going to find 30 minutes of activity every day. Even if it’s just a short walk on my rest days for active recovery. The only workout you ever regret is the one you didn’t do.
  • Start yoga once a week – I am not much of yoga person, preferring to get my heart rate up and sweat on in the gym instead. But I have developed quite a few niggling muscle and joint issues that I know will be helped with stretching, strengthening my core and increasing my flexibility. Time to get bendy!
  • Focus on my career and harness my creativity – 2016 is the year I will chase my dreams. I am determined get out of retail for good, follow my passion and start pursuing my creativity. I need a change and I am determined to make a career out of my writing. In fact, in January, I am heading over to bali for 4 weeks for a Travel Writing Internship with Global Hobo, which I believe will be a catalyst to bigger and better things.
  • Daily Gratitude – The more you express gratitude for the things you do have, the more things you have to feel grateful for. Every day I try to take the time to meditate on the things I am thankful for. From January 1st I will start a gratitude journal in which I will write down 5 things every day that I am grateful for.
  • Be the fittest and healthiest version of me – I say this every year and every year I feel like I fail on this one. Why? Because to be honest, it is pretty ambiguous. Like, what does that actually mean? The thing with goals is they need to be both specific and measurable for them to work. Think numbers. I have a body fat % I want to achieve and that is what I am aiming for in 2016.

So what are your intentions for 2016? And how are you going to stick it out?

If you are someone who struggles to stay committed to goals and new years resolutions, you might like the idea of Promise Or Pay. Promise or Pay is an awesome little initiative where you make a promise to achieve a goal but if you don’t stick to it you pay money to charity. Your promise is made public on the website and people can also donate to charity on your behalf if you do achieve your goal. So its a win-win, AND it keeps you accountable.

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The close of another year is also a time when we reflect on the past 12 months, the good, the not so good and the amazing! It’s an opportunity to think about all the things that we have achieved (or did not achieve), the challenges we faced, the people we met and the lessons we learned.

For me, looking back on 2015 makes my heart swell with gratitude and joy. I actually would go as far to say (and this is a big call), that 2015 was the best year of my life so far! Not because everything was perfect. It wasn’t ALL rainbows, sunshine and smiles. But even when I was faced with challenges I pulled through and found an inner strength I did not know I had. In life there are no mistakes, only lessons learnt and thats the approach I had towards any ‘wrong turns’, which were never wrong turns at all. They were part of my path for a reason and those reasons were valuable lessons.

I also met some of the greatest people this year, in circumstances I never could have foreseen. People I now cannot imagine my life without. Including my soul sister and someone I now consider one of my best friends. (You know who you are). Someone who is equally as awkward and dorky as me, but also has a heart of gold and so much love to give. Someone who has brought out a part of me that I feel has been hiding and just waiting to escape up until this point and I am so thankful for that. Someone who I have the most intense, deep, spiritual and emotional conversations with one second, and then we will be belly laughing on the floor the next.

I really came to genuinely and wholeheartedly love myself this year. I have become accepting of the person I am and have no concerns of what people think of me anymore. I cannot even begin to express how elevating this is. To be so content and happy with the person I am has only strengthen me and helped me to grow further.

I put a lot of faith in the universe this year, trusting in the timing of my life and guess what, things really did seem to fall into place seamlessly. I know that things can only get better and better from here and I am so thankful to have had the best year of my life in 2015.

Cheers to the New Year! I cannot wait to see what 2016 brings.

Love Eloise xx

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Ditch The Resolutions

Can you believe it is the start of February already?! A month in, and I can already tell 2015 is going to be a great year. I have this unyielding feeling that a lot of good things are going to happen for a lot of people this year. 2015 is the year to seize opportunities and make things happen. It’s going to be a year of positivity and change. New adventures and exciting experiences. Increased confidence and self love. Abundance, peace and joy. At least, that is the mentality I have towards the year ahead.

One thing I decided not to do this year was the whole cliché ‘ New Years Resolutions’ thing. Because lets face it, they usually end up broken within a week or two anyway. Instead, what I have done (along with setting myself a bunch of goals to achieve this year) is implement new habits and little rituals into my daily routine.

I’m focusing on small changes, rather than big challenges. The kind that just slip nicely into my regular regime with ease. I’ve found that introducing these lovely little doses of positivity each day has been a great way to instigate a more optimistic mindset. And I am about to share them with you below!

Daily Doses of Positivity

1. Happiness Jar. 

There is a bit of happiness in every single day. Unfortunately, as we get caught up in life’s busyness, we often let these special moments pass us by. Every evening, I reflect back on all the positive things that happened throughout the day and choose one thing that made me the happiest. I write it down on a piece of paper, fold it up and put it in my ‘Happiness Jar’. I am looking forward to opening it up at the end of this year and being reminded of all the magical things that made me smile throughout the year. It is usually the little things that we take for granted and forget about over time, so this way I can reminisce on the beautiful moments of 2015 and be reminded of all the special moments that happened.

“It’s the little things that make life big”

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2. Less no, more yes. 

I decided that 2015 is the year that I will begin saying yes more often. I am going to branch out of my comfort zone and say yes to new experiences, meeting new people and doing things I would usually be too scared to try. Within reason, of course. Introverted by nature, I am the sort of person who is way too content in my own company. I am guilty of turning down social offers far too often in favour of staying home with a good book in bed. So I am now going to be more of a YES woman and do more things that push me out of my comfort zone.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”

3. Gratitude Journal. 

Keeping in theme with appreciating life and its many blessings, I have a gratitude journal that I write in daily. Each night before I go to bed, I list down ten things I am grateful for. Whether it be something as small as eating a deliciously sweet mango or receiving a compliment from a stranger, to something more substantial like giving thanks to the universe for my good health and mobility, I find that expressing gratitude helps to put things into perspective. Even when I think I have had bad day, reflecting on the things I am grateful for reminds me of how blessed I truly am.

“The more you express gratitude for the things you do have, the more things you have to feel grateful for.”

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4. Have A Theme Word

Choose a simple word that will set the tone for the rest of the year. I picked the word ‘experiences’ as my theme word for 2015. i want to collect as many beautiful memories, moments and experiences as I can this year. I want to be able to reflect back on 2015 as the year I explored new ideas, places and cultures. The year I had amazing experiences and made everlasting memories.

“If you don’t do wild things when you are young, you’ll have nothing to talk about when you are old.”

So there you have it. My daily doses of goodness. These are all things you can do too. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t start from January 1st because it is never too late to start. It doesn’t even matter if you don’t do them every day.

I would love to know what little rituals you do. Comment below with your suggestions.

Love Elo xx

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