But after what I’d class as a pretty uneventful year last year, I feel determined - as cliche as it sounds (and I’m cringing typing this) - to make 2016 my year. I've set myself some goals, with the aim of becoming happy and successful and after one month I'm already seeing changes. Some of my goals are personal goals to myself, but there are a few that I'm happy to share...
BE MORE POSITIVEI want to feel better about myself, be more confident and believe in myself more than I currently do. I think this is probably one of the most challenging of my goals, but when I look at how far I’ve already come over the past few years when it comes to things that I used to struggle with, then I know I’m on the right track.
I used to be the shy girl at school who was too scared to talk to people and hid behind her fringe and the closest book. Nowadays I'm still rocking my fringe, but I don't think twice about introducing myself to new people, speaking out in group situations and I even went to a festival with 50 complete strangers.
As vulnerable as it makes me sound and feel, a lot of it comes down to self esteem and I've already began work on making myself think more positively and give myself a little kick up the butt whenever I think negatively towards something. Something that I already believe is working and when I see a little more success, I'll be sharing on my blog.
LIVE THE ADVENTUREI want to travel more, in particular across Scotland. I live in a beautiful country and it almost embarrasses me how little of it I’ve seen. There’s nothing stopping me hopping in my car and seeing where it takes me. Harris is my ultimate goal (can you believe that this beach is in Scotland…?!), but I look forward to many nights of camping once the warmer weather returns, climbing a mountain or two and exploring many windy roads.
My adventuring goal doesn’t just represent travel though, it represents life in general. I need to say YES! more often, get out of my comfort zone, take more risks and do things that scare me. I'll admit that I’m bloody terrified of change, and that’s one thing that definitely needs to change this year!
GET THE CAREER I DREAM OFI’ve been working with my current employer for seven years now, which is my entire working lifetime. I’m good at my job, I enjoy working for the company and I have endless experience but it just doesn’t give me job satisfaction being in my current role.
I know exactly what I want to be doing, but I’m still trying to figure out the best route to get there but by the end of the year I want to be in a job that makes me happy.
TAKE MORE TIME FOR MERelationships are one thing that I don't mention often on my blog, but 'turbulent' is probably the first word that comes to mind when I describe my love life in 2015. What was once a strong, loving relationship turned toxic and we spent the last few weeks bringing out the worst in each other, and straight after that I hopped into another which started as a breath of fresh air and ended with my trust (and in some ways, my confidence) being shattered into 100s of tiny pieces.
The truth is, I'm not very good at remaining single for very long. But I'm consciously making more time for myself this year. I'm going to do what makes me happy, be the best version of myself (I'm full of the cliches today, it seems) and prove my mean ex wrong by showing everyone that actually, I am a "strong independent woman".
Here's to 2016!