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Monday, 22 January 2018

2018: a to do list

Nourish your body. Eat fruit in vibrant colours and try to work some veg into every dinner. Drink water: lots of it. Exercise: not on a shitty strict schedule that will fall apart within a month, but not not enough either. Let the 'how you feel' lead. It doesn't matter what you look like in a bikini or how close you are to achieving the narrow definition of beauty that pops up every three ads on Instagram: that shit is irrelevant. Your health, however, is everything.

Listen, listen, listen. Perhaps the most enriching thing you can do in life is seek to understand others that little better. 

Say 'fuck it' more often (not necessarily aloud/in front of children). There are some things in life that probably aren't worth caring about and - newflash - that is OKAY. Try not to get caught up in the trivial stuff, or in working so hard to please others that you compromise on your own ideals or happiness. 

Make space only for good people. The humans we surround ourselves with are, perhaps, the most important of all our choices; we are the sum of those closest to us. If they don't make you better or braver or kinder or happier, there is no room. That's okay, too.

'Don't have time' to do something you desperately want to do? There is always time if you make the time. These years are short and sacred and slip by so easily. Spend as much time as you possibly can doing and enjoying and creating things that fulfil you. Lose more Saturdays to walking along the beach, or wandering round the art gallery, or eating bacon and avocado sandwiches in bed as the gorgeous morning sun streams in. Take the roadtrip. Read the book, and then the next one. Take the flight. Go stand up in front of 35 people in a basement theatre and read that 'wanky poetry'. You get to be the protagonist of your own life.  

Be gentle with yourself: it's been a struggle of late, and there's still work to be done. Talk to yourself as you would an old friend; be optimistic and encouraging and remind yourself how strong and brave and wonderful you are. The fear says it won't get better. It will

Give more. More time. More love. More of yourself to those who care about you. Be generous, but not a mug.

Say yes. Lean in to discomfort and lean in to joy and lean in for the kiss.

Stop living in quiet desperation of want for something else. You don't need to wait for permission or reassurance to be proactive: belief that you have what it takes is half the work. Write.

Try to stress less about the things you can't control. Meditate or sit by the sea when you need to silence your brain. Bop in your pants to '90s classics when you need some noise.

Breathe deeply.

Enjoy it.

1 comment

  1. Oh my goodness did I need to read this post. Every single point is perfect for 2018. Thank you lovely, you've made me feel really motivated and like I can take on the year ahead!
    Peta x


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