I hadn’t planned to do one of these resolutions/reflections posts but since I’m really enjoying reading everybody else’s, I thought it was only fitting that I started the new blogging year off this way.This is not going to be one of those posts gushing about how great 2015 was. 2015 was actually pretty hard for me but I feel I am coming out the end of it a bit stronger and ready for what 2016 may bring. For those who are new to the blog, let’s do a brief recap on 2015….
2015 was the year I came home from China (after spending almost 3 years living there) so my blog switched from lots of travel content to health and nutrition. This is something I’m really enjoying blogging about and it’s proved a great direction for my blogging so far. However, the move itself was quite stressful: turns out moving most of your posessions and your two dogs halfway across the world without a job or place to live at the other end isn’t the smoothest of rides-but we made it! By the time my 30th rolled around, we’d managed to settle back into the swing of things and had a lovely time celebrating in Evesham with friends and family.
Unfortunately, all this fast-paced action was a bit too much for my body and after a year med-free remission, I had a setback with my Crohn’s disease. In a weird cloud silver lining esque way, this actually led me to focus more on my blogging and my letter to crohn’s disease ended up being published and the Metro UK website! I enjoyed a brief five minutes of fame as the number one trending topic on their site before I was overtaken by an X Factor scandal.
So where does the leave me in 2016? Well if I have learnt anything it’s that setting goals is all well and good, but your life may well have other plans. Therefore the resolutions I have are designed to be kinder to myself rather than giving myself a to-do- list.
- Cook more and develop the free from recipe section of my blog.
- Take time to practice gratitude. I recently received a Stick to Stigu Journal (pictured above) which is a combination of a planner and wellness journal! Each month has inspirational quotes and a space to record notes. As each day has about 5 boxes I plan to divide these into things to do, things I am grateful for and ways to be healthier!
- Worry less! I’ve downloaded the Calm app and am finding this helps somewhat but I definitely need to start yoga again- slowly this time to help me recover from surgery.
- Work on my blog. I am so proud of where my blog has got to so far and I have lots of exciting stuff coming up for 2016! My eventual dream would be to turn my posts into a proper book about Crohn’s Disease but I’m not sure if that’s achievable in 2016!
I hope you’ve all had a lovely healthy and happy start to 2016. What are your resolutions?