To Do: 2016

So first things first, let me say what everyone else is saying. Happy New Year! As is typical, I’ve gone into the new year with a few things in mind that I’d like to achieve in 2016. I’m not a big fan of strictly calling them resolutions, but they’re idealistic goals that I hope will happen in the next 12 months, and I thought I’d share them here so I’m held accountable.

While travelling around seeing family over the festive period I jotted down my goals for the year, so fresh from my journal:

1. More travel. Always more travel.

In 2015 I was incredibly lucky to do all the travelling I did, but I don’t want this to stop in 2016! I currently have eight places on my list that ideally I’d like to get to this year, realistically I can say that five of them could happen, but let’s see.

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2. Stop seeing change as a negative thing.

I mentioned this in a couple of my vlogmas videos but I have this association with change in it being bad, that when things change it’s not for good reasoning but at the back of my mind I know that’s not the case. I think as well I need to work on not getting emotionally attached to things or places that can change without my control – that doesn’t help either!

3. Learn some completely new skills.

Weirdly I think I might struggle with this one a lot – I’ve dabbled in a lot of different things so to find something I’ve never tried before will be the first struggle, but there’s so many opportunities to learn things nowadays it’ll be silly for me to not take it up. I’d like to try and learn a language, and archery has just popped into my head as a skill to try, so hopefully I’ll be able to give that a go as it’s something I’ve always wanted to do thinking about it!

4. See a therapist.

This one’s pretty self explanatory isn’t it? It’s something else I mentioned over vlogmas, my main excuse for not going to see someone about everything is that I’ve not been able to see someone consistently, but I’m going to make sure I see someone this year to make sure I deal with these thoughts and feelings now before they crop up as much bigger issues in years to come.

5. Figure out what I want to do in life – or don’t!

Everyone always asks what the plan is. Where I’m going to be working, living, where I see myself in 5 years, and frankly I’m kind of bored of these questions. There’s so much I want to try, why would I want to pigeonhole myself at 21?! If this year I try a few different career options and then decide I hate them all, that’s okay. If I try a few different career options and realise one of them I’d like to do for a good ol’ time after that, that’s great! If I’m doing things I at least enjoy and can pay the rent, that’s what matters to me. I don’t want to be the person who hates their job but hasn’t got the will to leave it to try something new.

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6. Volunteer

I’d like to do more voluntary work this year, whether this be with charities or other organisations say in theatre I’m not sure yet. I’d just like to give some more of my time to others when I can!

7. Grow and develop creatively.

This is a goal all year every year for me to be honest. I’ve loved learning more about video in 2015 and I think this’ll be one thing to carry on solidly in 2016 (I hope so anyway!). Friends and I are making a film in the summer but aside from that I’d love to create some of my own short films and find my own style. On the other end of things, I want to shoot and develop 35mm film again this year, it’s something I did a lot in school and I’ve lost touch with it, but sometimes nothing beats shooting blind on film!

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8. Be happy, most importantly.

No matter how this year goes, as long as I stay focused and happy, it’s a success. I know it’s going to be a different and challenging year but I’m going into it with a very positive outlook, so let’s hope that reflects whatever happens.

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