Revised Resolutions! Setting New Goals Midway Through 2017
Now we’re at the halfway point in the year, it worth spending a little time reflecting. What have you managed to achieve so far, and what else do you want to do by the time 2017 is over? Even if you’ve not got off to the best start, there’s still plenty of time of set some goals, smash them and make 2017 your best year yet. Here are a few ideas to add to your bucket list.
Travel is one of the most fulfilling things you can do in life. You get to explore new places and cultures, speak to people from a completely different background to you and see sights that literally take your breath away. While it might feel a bit late in the year to be planning travel or a holiday, actually right now is the ideal time to snag a late deal. There are plenty of money saving tips you can follow to keep other costs down too. Search for cheap travel insurance, purchase a ‘capsule wardrobe’ to wear instead of splashing out on loads of new clothes, look for deals and offers on tickets for attractions and other things to do while you’re away. While travel can be expensive, try not to let money hold you back- you can always earn more, but you may not ever get these opportunities to get away again. It’s something you will never regret spending money on, will make you happy and will certainly be a highlight of the year.
Volunteering is a fantastic use of your time, if you have the opportunity to help someone less fortunate then why not do it? It could be an hour a week spent at a local soup kitchen or care home, or it could be a full summer abroad spent helping those in need. Whatever time or other commitments you have, there will be some kind of program out there which will suit you. If you don’t have much planned for the summer, it’s a fantastic way to really make an impact on people’s lives, and as an added bonus it makes you feel good and looks great on your CV too. If you’re looking for ways to give back or help those less fortunate, have a look online and see what kinds of volunteering programs there are out there which grab your interest.
We all swear at the start of the year that we want to get fit and live more healthily. The problem is, at the start of a cold and bleak January few of us actually want to do it. Who really wants to eat salad and go out running when it’s minus temperatures and completely grim outside?! Now that the weather is nice getting outside and being more active is so much easier. You can go on bike rides, hikes, go to the beach to surf or play volleyball. Now that the mornings are warm, you can go on runs- whatever you enjoy. Chances are you will already be up and about more at this time of year, out of the house doing things, so your fitness is likely to increase anyway. Strike while the iron is hot, join the gym, take up a class or join a sports team. It’s a fun way to spend time, and you will smash your fitness goals in no time.
Learning shouldn’t end just because you’ve left school, college or university. With the internet at our fingertips, it’s so easy to learn and immerse yourself in information and you can become an expert in whatever topic interests you. How about taking an evening class to learn a new skill? It doesn’t have to be something academic (unless you want it to be) it could be cooking, crafting, flower arranging, photography amongst many others. You could take a driving crash course and could have your license by the end of 2017 if you don’t already. Driving gives you so much independence and can really change your life, so is definitely something worth learning if you have the time and money to be able to do so.
Start a New Business Venture
Thanks to the internet, more people than ever are able to start up their very own business. If you have a skill that you’re able to monetise, why not give it a try? If you’re a whizz in the kitchen, how about a cake baking or meal prepping service? If you’re crafty, you could sell homemade candles, clothes or jewellery. If you’re artistic or great at design, you could create greetings cards, prints or graphics for scrapbooks. Many of these can be set up with very little money, and while it might not make you a full-time income right away who knows what could happen? You could start small selling on eBay or Etsy, and if things go well eventually have your own site built and invest in better equipment and materials. Make sure you declare your business to the relevant tax authorities (in the UK this is the HMRC and in the US it’s the IRS), and you also need to apply for the correct licenses. If you’re selling food, for example, you will need to follow certain hygiene laws.
Connect With Friends and Family
Again, this is something most of us vow to do at the beginning of each year. But let’s face it, everyone’s social calendar is pretty bleak after Christmas and no one is really attending many social functions after a month of Christmas parties! Plus we’re all spent out from gift buying, and not wanting to leave the house because the weather is awful. Now that the weather is better you can host barbeques and garden parties and get your loved ones round. Arrange day trips, mini breaks or go on vacation together. Long, summer evenings sat out in the garden with a glass or wine or sunny weekends sat in the garden are easy ways to connect and spend time together when the weather is nice. If you’ve not seen your loved ones as much as you’d have liked this year so far, arrange some fun things to do.
There’s nothing more refreshing than the feeling of sitting in a clean and decluttered room. Don’t hold onto things you no longer need, from a practical point of view you use up the space you have on useless items, and it could even be affecting your mental health too. Get hold of three big boxes and label them ‘bin’ ‘charity shop’ and ‘give to friends.’ Then when you;’re going through things, it makes it far easier to let go- especially when it comes to items which are still functional but just aren’t useful to you. When it comes to clothes, if you haven’t worn things in the last twelve months it’s time to let go. With everything else, ask yourself, is it practical or is it beautiful? If it’s neither of these, get rid too. When you get rid of the old, you make space in your life for the things you do need and use. Go through paperwork, makeup, ‘junk’ drawers and declutter and organise them. You will feel far better afterwards!
Have you reflected on your resolutions from the start of the year? If so, what changes have you made to ensure you stay on track and make 2017 your best year yet?
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