January: The Month of Fresh Starts

The New Year rang in quietly. I sat in my pyjamas and listened to Big Ben strike twelve, watched the fireworks go off, hugged my mum and then went to bed.

(Two years ago that would have horrified me but I’m not embarrassed about my lack of enthusiasm for parties anymore. I’m an introvert, and I like it.)

At the start of 2016 I had a vague idea of what I might be doing by the end of the year. I wanted to have graduated and be living and working in London. I graduated, I worked in London, I decided I didn’t want to move there, and I paused. So this time, at the start of 2017, I had no idea how things were going to go. There’s no academic year to base my life around now.

Then the opportunity to go abroad came up. And after messaging and emailing back and forth, and a slight setback involving a cat or six, I finally got the go-ahead. As this post goes out I’ll be in the first few days of my time away and I can’t wait!

2017 Diary

Plans for Next Month

Get back into writing.

I write regularly for this blog, sure, but I want to get back to writing for me, the way I used to when I was at university. Commuting to London and working full-time towards the end of last year put a stop to that and I miss it. It’s almost as if I’ve forgotten how to. I know that all it takes is sitting down with a pen and some paper, but at the same time it’s not that easy. I need to break down the wall I’ve built up in my head and just get on with it.

Keep an open mind.

I’m going to be staying somewhere with a completely different culture and I want to learn as much as I can.

Look after myself.

That means continuing to make sure I eat in moderation and get regular exercise and plenty of sleep. Not just for my body but for my mind, too. I function so much better when I’m taking proper care of myself so I need to make the time for it. I think I did this pretty well in January but there’s definitely room for improvement.

Read a tonne of books.

There are a load of books on my Kindle which I haven’t started yet, so instead of buying more I’m going to work my way through my existing collection. The aim is to try and beat last year’s total of 28 books. I’ve already read four this month so I’d say I’m well on my way!

How was January for you? And what are your plans for next month? Let me know in the comments!