This year, my resolution is the antithesis of all the New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made before.
In the past, I’ve always used the beginning of the year to reflect upon what I could’ve done better in the previous 12 months. Ways in which I’ve slipped up, things I’ve failed at, areas in which I could work harder, achieve more, *be better*. I’d set myself the traditional list of resolutions (some silly ones, like eat less Nutella and do more ironing, and more serious and personally challenging ones too), and then inevitably also begin each new month throughout the year saying things like ‘This month I’m going to try to be more/get better at…’ The goals and resolutions would stack up, and the pressure would pile on.
I find myself striving harder and harder to be achieving at a higher standard, in all areas of my life. And, though I believe strongly in self-improvement and goal-setting and steadfast determination, towards the end of last year I wound up feeling burnt out with the pressure I was putting on myself.
And so, in 2015, my one single resolution is *to go easier on myself*.
To know that at the end of each day, each week, each month, I will have tried my very hardest, and that that is, quite simply, e n o u g h.
I know I won’t be alone in feeling the pressure to be in the pursuit of perfection at all times. Together, let’s make this the year in which we remind ourselves, as many times as we need to,