1. Spend more money on experiences (instead of things).
I’ve been wanting to travel for the longest time and I’m hoping 2016 will be the year I finally get something sorted. I’m off to Lisbon in July, which I’m ridiculously excited about, but I’d also like to have a weekend in a European city at some point if I can. I want to get out of the mindset that buying material goods is the root of all happiness, because it really isn’t. All of my best memories are from trips I’ve taken, performances I’ve been to (and been in, back in the day) and the time I’ve spent with loved ones.
2. But own the fact that I like nice stuff.
Doesn’t everyone like nice stuff? I don’t see why I should be made to feel guilty for having an interest in beauty products — it is possible to like lipstick and have a brain. I feel like I can enjoy treating myself to a new lipstick or having the odd splurge on Nobody’s Child and still focus on having adventures.
3. Stop feeling so damn guilty all the time.
There are literally some days when I walk around as if I’m apologising for existing and enough is enough. I have as much right to be going about my day and getting shit done as everybody else.
4. Choose what I worry about.
I’d love to be one of those people who just glides through life and lets nothing bother them but that’s just not in my nature — I’m one of those people who gets worried when there’s nothing to worry about. So instead of fighting this I’m going to work with it, and focus on the things that are important, like my degree and the impending job hunt, and my friends and family, and try to brush off the shit that really doesn’t matter.
5. Talk to people, and not get distracted by my phone.
I have become the queen of procrastination and it’s all thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. I love social media when I’m using it to catch up with my family and friends, or chat to my fellow bloggers, but do I really need to be checking it every five minutes? No. The world is not going to end if I don’t have access to my phone. And when I’m in the pub I want to sit there and talk to everyone and actually be there, not only sort-of be listening because I’m too busy thinking about so-and-so’s Twitter spat. It can wait.
What would you do to make your life better? Do you agree with any of these? Let me know in the comments!
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Beth, 26, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!