Happy New Year guys! I hope you had a fantastic festive season. I know I did! I took a brief break from blogging to just chill, relax, and spend time with my favourite people. It was an amazing holiday – a rather chilly one in London but still so much fun to be had. I will be sharing more travel stories and pictures in upcoming posts. It’s that time of year again when one starts making all sorts of goals and resolutions and generally trying to change their life. That’s me right now. I’ve already gone and changed my look – chopped my hair cos hey! it’s a new year, and I wanted new hair! And now it’s time for me to set my resolutions for the year. For me, the guiding principles for making New Year’s resolutions are as follows: Keep your resolutions to a minimum because you don’t want to forget which resolutions you made if you have too many.
Keep your resolutions simple so they don’t get too complicated and become a burden to you.
Keep your resolutions realistic – don’t set one if you know you won’t do it!
- Learn to play the drums – this was on my list last year and I didn’t do it. But this time round I’m serious about it. I know where I am going for my lessons so it’s on!
- Throw a dinner party – this is a step up from last year’s cooking challenge. I love being around friends and loved ones and this is a way for me to show my appreciation and also combat my fear of the kitchen by throwing a dinner party. My friends challenged me to set a minimum of two but in the spirit of keeping the resolution realistic I’m going for one – I have the WHOLE year to throw a dinner party and I will need every single one of those days.
- Visit the northern and south-eastern regions of Nigeria. I have only been to Abuja and Port Harcourt so I really want to see other parts of the country so I am challenging myself to get out there. I’m thinking Ogbunike Caves in Anambra, Obudu Cattle Ranch in Calabar, Yankari Game Reserve in Bauchi, Abraka in Delta, Benin City in Edo, Kajuru Castle in Kaduna, Kurang Volcanic Mountain in Plateau and so much more. I don’t know if I can do them all but they are definitely on my travel hit list this year.
Even if you’re not setting any specific resolutions for the year, here are some fantastic practical resolutions from Jon Gordon that came up in my daily devotional and I just had to share. Here are some of my favourites (for the full read, click HERE):
- Stay positive. You can listen to the cynics and doubters and believe that success is impossible or you can trust that with faith and an optimistic attitude all things are possible.
- Take a morning walk of gratitude. It creates a fertile mind for success.
- Instead of being disappointed about where you are, think optimistically about where you’re going.
- Believe that everything happens for a reason, and good things come from challenging experiences.
- Don’t waste energy on gossip, past issues, negative thoughts and things you can’t control. Invest in the positive, present moment.
- Live with the three Es – Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
- Remember there’s no substitute for hard work.
- Implement the “No complaining” rule.
- Read more books than you did last year.
- Before bed, complete these statements: “I’m thankful for …………..” Today I accomplished……………”Happy New Year again guys and I pray 2017 will be an amazing year for us all. Thank you so much for your readership and support of the blog and I hope you will stick with us this year for more adventures. Lots of love from Bids & a newly chopped Grace!