The new trendy thing to do is not to make any New Years resolutions because well they never work and who wants to follow the crowd – go you’re own way my friend.
However, I personally believe it’s really useful to think of all the things you might want to do differently next year. (May I also just quote Amanda Bynes here and say: “New Year, same me – because I’m perfect”).
Here is my list:
- Continue to be confident
A lot of people say that I am very confident, sometimes arrogant. I’ll take that. I’m confident because I work really hard and I know what I’m doing. I wouldn’t be confident performing a surgical operation or leading an exercise class but I am confident in my ability to be a social worker and campaign about FGM (no, my New Years resolution is not to stop talking about FGM). So yes I will continue to be confident because I am owning it right now. You should all continue to be confident too. Be bossy, be arrogant, be smart, be sexy because why the eff not???
- Continue to write a journal
Because maybe, some day, someone would like to read about my struggles and pay me a lot of money for a book deal. Or maybe just because it stops me thinking about things over and over and enables me to get a good sleep.
- Continue to eat whatever I want
I have honestly had a guts full of all the healthy eating, protein shaking, pancake making, fruit cleansing hype that fills my social media every day. Okay it might work for you, and maybe part of me is jealous of your motivation to get up at 5am go to spin class and make a quinoa cereal bar, but just chill out. Have a cheesecake, have a nap and chill out.
Read every day. Read a new book every month, read the paper every morning, read the back of the tampon box when you’re on the loo, read the small print, read into things. Read.
- Stop sleeping with my phone under my pillow
You’re not going to miss anything major and you might set your head on fire.
Undecided at this present moment.
- Continue to say what you feel
Maybe try and be more tactful but yes continue to say whats on your mind. I do this because I like to clear any tension, not because I like to right people’s wrongs (maybe a little bit of that). And who wants to go their whole life just quietly whispering under their breath everything they wished they had said.
- Stop trying to do everything
I have a tendency to take on every project I can and take on everyone’s problems until they become my problems. Stop it. I will continue to do all I can to raise awareness of FGM but also realise that you are not Malala Yousafzai but a 23 year old woman, who still lives at home and has a collection of china owls.
- Listen to a new band every month
Sounds alternative and trendy right?
- Finish my masters and get a job
Must resist temptation to do a PhD…..
- Move away
The ambition is to move to New Zealand – watch this space.