The best about January? It’s a fresh start! There is something about the first month of a new year that makes us feel like we’re capable of new things and moving into the right direction. It’s time to re-focus, set goals and decide what’s important this upcoming year.
We love making New Year’s resolutions (actually sticking to them is a different story) and have been discussing them the last couple of weeks at Chapter Friday HQ. So, we’re sharing our personal and professional goals for 2017. Inspire us and all Chapter Friday readers and share your resolutions too in the comment section below. Make 2017 yours. We’ve got this!
Personal: I want to continue to learn how to love myself when things aren’t perfect. And trust that other people will too. I’m happy with the people close to me because I know that you can only make positive, good choices about your life when your environment makes those choices easy and enjoyable. I want to pay more close attention to those relationships. I’m hoping to spend a little more time without my phone, and I want to stop doubting myself when everything is not going exactly perfect.
Professional: I just want to look at the future and smile, instead of feeling anxious. I’m always going back and forth in my mind between past and present and future, and I’m always daydreaming, and I’d love to just be a little more at ease at the moment. To be able to really relax when I have a day off, instead of thinking what I should be doing. Practically, I want to create stories on Chapter Friday, on Youtube, on Instagram and on television that I am proud of and that come from a true place. I want to make your day-to-day life a little happier and hope the channels you follow feel warm, uplifting and encouraging :)
Personal: Embracing the ‘less is more’ principle. I used to live my life to the max the last couple of years. Maximum friends, maximum laughter, maximum parties. Growing older (oh, so cliche), I learned it doesn’t always have to go that way. I used to have FOMO, I was afraid of missing out on all the good stuff. I’m okay with missing out, but I can do better. I don’t want to rush from social gathering to social gathering the next couple of months. In 2017, I want to be alone more. I’m convinced that I have thousands of ideas in that noggin of mine, but I need more peace in mind to set them loose.
Professional: I need to learn to plan time for breaks. I love my job as a freelance writer, but it’s a fine line between working and having actually me-time. During weekends, I tend to do just ‘a couple of small things’ and end up working the whole afternoon. I don’t mind, – I love my work – but it’s something I would like to change in 2017. I have to learn to say no and hide my laptop during the weekends. I’ve got a good start, though: for the first time in years, I’ve taken a couple of days off in the first week of January. I haven’t made plans (yet) and hope to spend my days in recovery position on the couch, binge-watching Gilmore Girls.
Personal: 2016 has been a very good year for me. Small and bigger wishes came true, I’m now the owner of my own mini mansion, I’ve made good new friends with the same passion and ambition and I had chosen my own career path that makes me happy. What’s next? Time flies by like a space shuttle and I hope that I can reflect more on these small and bigger moments in life and celebrate them.
Professional: At the moment I’m busy working on setting career goals for myself. Sometimes I’m struggling to find the right balance between creativity and commercial thinking. I’m very ambitious and always have tons of new ideas in my head and actually, I always have a clear plan on how to get there…
But when people are interested and push comes to shove I’m very anxious to send out tenders and get insecure and stuff but right now I really need to trust in what I can and be more pertinent.