10 Important Things To Do This Year

10 Important Things To Do This Year

We all know that 2016 was a bad year. Personally it was pretty great and pretty awful in equal measures. I had both the best and worst year of my life. We all start the new year thinking it’s going to be the one. It’s going to be my year. This year I’m going to smash life and rule the world. Sometimes, or most of the time, that doesn’t happen. Good things happen and bad things happen.

So consider this a new kind of New Year to do list. This one doesn’t focus on being amazing – it focuses on just getting by and doing well for yourself. It’s pretty chill, way easier than losing weight or quitting smoking, or whatever, and I enjoyed writing it wrapped in a blanket with a cup of tea, wearing Boux Avenue sale PJs that I picked up for a tenner.

Here’s to quietly enjoying 2017!

I. WORK HARD

Let’s start with the one no one really wants to do. Good things come to those who work hard. That’s a fact. Work hard for whatever goals and ambitions you have. I’ll be working hard on my blog, my uni work, and myself.

II. LOOK AFTER YOUR SKIN

Take off your makeup before bed. Wash, exfoliate, tone, moisturise, do whatever your skin needs to make it feel good. Drink more water, eat fewer crisps. Go through 2017 absolutely glowing.

III. GO FOR A LONG WALK

Go out into the world and get some fresh air. You don’t have to live in the country to enjoy a walk. Find a park or just wander the streets. Your head will clear, your body will thank you, and you’ll be more productive in the long run. There’s nothing like fresh air to make you feel good.

IV. VOLUNTEER 

With so much wrong with the world at the moment, it’s so important to do something to help fix it. Take a day or two out of your year to help others. Volunteer in your favourite charity shop, run a 10k for charity, help out at your local food bank. You won’t regret it.

V. LEARN A NEW SKILL

We’re all being told how important coding is on your CV, or whatever other skills we all need to magically have to get a job straight out of uni (can you tell I’m in my final year?). Your new skill doesn’t have to be so stressful, though. Take up knitting or scrapbooking or whatever keeps you happy and focused on something other than life for ten minutes. The CV boost is just a bonus.

VI. FIGHT INJUSTICE, EVEN IF ONLY ON A SMALL SCALE

Stand up to bullies and call people out when they’re dicks. Sexism in the workplace? Let them know it’s not on. See someone being harassed in the club? Shut that shit down. The world needs you to stand up and be counted, so do it. Don’t watch as people harm others. Fight back.

VII. TAKE TIME AWAY

Every so often, just do nothing. Take a bath and paint your nails and read a book and just do nothing. Don’t do it for too long or you’ll feel stale. Don’t do it for too little time or you’ll burn out. Take time out to just breathe and look after yourself.

VIII. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH LIFE

Fresh flowers, pot plants, pets and friends. Surround yourself with things that affect the air around you. On those long weekend days where you don’t live the house, you’ll be thankful for that bunch of flowers. They’re weirdly comforting.

IX. TAKE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS

I was looking through my grandma’s box of photos, dating back forever, and they were just so lovely. Photos of random people and random days out, all there printed in black and white for me to see. Take more photos of the important things and remember them forever. Go one step further and print them out.

X. TAKE FEWER PHOTOGRAPHS

But…. don’t forget to live the exciting moments too. Turn off your phone at that concert and just enjoy the music. Go for a long walk and ‘forget’ your camera. Do things for the sake of doing them, just once in a while. Sometimes it’s just nice to keep the memories for yourself.



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  • Happy New Year. Wish you all the best. I hope you can achieve all your goals

  • Happy New Year!! One of my resolutions is to be in more photographs. Because I’m a photographer there are rarely any of myself! xxx
    Caitlin | http://www.outofocus.co.uk

  • Phoebida x

    Happy New Year!! I absolutely love your blog. Love these tips! xx

    Phoebe & Abida | phoebida.blogspot.co.uk

  • I am loving all of these, happy new year!

  • I loved this list and can honestly agree that your goals are very important ones! Let’s hope 2017 is an amazing year to kick all those blues of 2016 away!

    Emmie
    http://www.carpediememmie.co.uk

  • Honor Jane

    I completely loved reading this post, there’s so many new year related posts at the moment, but for me, this one really stood out. Such simple, yet inspiring tips- I’ll certainly be thinking of these and I continue through the year!

    Hope 2017 brings many more amazing blog posts from you, and is a good one!

    Honor xxx | studentviewoflondon.blogspot.co.uk

  • I think it’s so important to live in the moment sometimes and instead of being ready to capture it through social media or photography, it’s so important to just enjoy it sometimes – that’s such a good goal! 🙂 xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

  • Happy New Year! Lovely post to start the year off with! x

    Victoria | VictoriaaHelenn

  • Rell Kiri

    1 and 2 are definitely on my list! Great post 🙂 I hope you have an even better year than the last!

    Foirell | http://www.citygirlrell.com

  • This is such a great post. I definitely could do with doing more of these in 2017, so I’ll give it a bloody good go.Happy new year! x

  • YES Imii! I absolutely agree with fighting injustice on a small scale, people who make a point of doing this make ALL the difference, I wanna be one of them! Happy new year my love, may 2017 bring you aaall the happiness, health and adventure 🙂 Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

  • 2016 was a really good year for me personally, so it’s kind of weird matching that up to the fact that it was a bad year for the world! I love these ideas, looking after my skin is definitely on my list, so is printing out more photographs and doing more volunteering. Things will only change if we put effort into changing them – I love social media but I think in can be a distraction in terms of social justice sometimes and volunteering can be more productive! xx

    Jessthetics