January…it’s January already. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was stood on Boat Quay, Singapore ringing in the New Year, completely emosh in firework nirvana (don’t ask). But it is that long ago, 12 whole months have passed by and here I am now in London, in preparation for 2017. Bring it on!

I have read so many blogs this week rounding up 2016 and sharing 2017 goals, honestly I have been a blogtastic nosy parker. I have been inspired by the various New Year resolutions and how 2016 has treated people. There are a lot of, should I say traditional resolutions like increased exercise, eating healthily and travelling the world (which are of course on my list too), but what has got my attention is the somewhat different goals. The desire to capture memories through pictures, to invest in a proper skincare routine, to cook a meal from scratch each week, to read a book each month or to put ‘Social Media FOMO’ aside for an hour a day. If you’re like me, furiously scrolling through Instagram in bed (it’s not as if much has happened in 10 minutes since I last checked) until my phone accidentally of course, falls into my face…yeah we have all been there! But no wonder I have trouble sleeping sometimes.

It seems that we are all moving in a fast world. 2016 was frenetic and a lot of the New Year resolutions or goals are craving ‘Life FOMO’. We have a yearning, or could it be a fear to make sure we aren’t actually missing out on life. You know, the small yet huge things such as taking care of ourselves and enjoying what and who is infront and around us.

My 2017 goals of course include the obligatory incorporate more exercise, healthy eating (I even start Weight Watchers this week, wish me luck!) and spending more time with loved ones but mine are really centered around my 2016 learnings and well, getting back to being me, just me.

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Photo Cred: Bruno Nascimento

BE MORE ORGANISED

I am a list person. I like to have my week planned out. I have lost this structure since I moved to London, I need to get it back. I spent New Years Day planning my week ahead, booking my gym classes, planning some weight watcher meals (I am so on a mission) and my new Blogger Journal 2017 arrived which has had me in an organised frenzy. My blog needs some serious attention, it is my life journal and it’s important to me. I am encouraged that I can help inspire people and when I am writing, I am sharing my personal experiences, my thoughts. It makes me feel good. Long may it continue.

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Photo Cred: Radek Grzybowski

INCREASED POSITIVITY

Negativity be gone with you! I have realised it has been dragging me down tediously and wearily. My mojo is back, I don’t know what happened but for some reason I feel excited, as though something good is coming my way. It may be attributed to some amazing messages I received over the festive period which have been a welcome happy dust injection but beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.

SELF BELIEF

Photo Cred: Natalia Ostashova

I have a habit of worrying far too much, of being presented with a situation I panic about as I have no clue how I will deal with it, yet I always find a way. This has happened predominantly since starting my new job. It’s a whole new world, a new industry. I have many ideas and think oh my god how the hell do I do that. Yet if I look back over the past few months, I have achieved some pretty awesome stuff. If I believed that in the beginning I would have prevented some frustrating sleepless nights. I remembered I was given a bangle last year inscribed with ‘She believed she could so she did’ it is now back on my wrist with pride.

LETTING GO

It’s ok to sometimes make yourself a priority. I realise that everyone does this in some way shape or form and I have been craving it yet simultaneously feeling guilty for it. I think too much, worry too much and I have accepted that I need to let go of worrying and thinking I am not where I should be. Because in actual fact I am right where I should be to get to where I want to be. I don’t have any regrets, I have never made any decisions I wish I hadn’t. Some may be tough or may take me on a rocky ride, but that has only made me stronger. Worrying doesn’t change a thing, it takes away today’s peace.

NETWORKING

Photo Cred: Matthew Henry

I need to do more of this. When I lived in Singapore networking was key. I met so many awesome people through Last Friday of The Month (LFM) which is run by my dear friend Andrea. The only rule to joining is that they have to be like-minded, I love this! I promised I would bring LFM to London, I haven’t yet done this but watch this space, it is now work in progress. One of my goals is to ensure I am networking on a regular basis, everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. How awesome.

NEW YORK…

I am now one small flight away from the city of dreams. When it comes to talking about New York I am attacked by the blinking cursor. I never know what to say as I go into a dream, I can smell hotdawgs in the street, I am in the middle of Central Park, I am…see it happened again. All I can say is that New York is one helluva goal but…see you soon!

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Photo Cred: Brendan Church

So those are my goals for 2017, let me know if you have shared yours yet!

N x

“The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, it starts feeling like one”

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