Well, it's here, ready or not! Twenty seventeen is no longer knocking on the front door, but is instead making itself at home and throwing its feet up on the coffee table. (Hope you made snacks.)
I know it's technically the sixth, but this first week for me is always touch and go. I begin the year, without fail, by making a ridiculous list of resolutions:
- Hit the gym
- Be more kind
- Eat healthier
- Take more photos
- Plan my blog
And then, before I know, I've bogged myself down with outlandish expectations. I mean, of course I want to be healthier and have more energy, but I think these lists have the opposite effect. In fact, I've found myself stressing even more because of them. So, as per my somewhat dramatic Instagram post, I've decided to forgo the resolutions. (I know, so many other people have already done the #noresolutions movement, I'm just late, what did you expect?)
I'm going to focus more on taking care of myself and doing what makes me happy. For a year I was completely obsessed with building an Instagram presence and obviously, my stressing didn't accomplish very much. I was so worried about numbers and likes that I wasn't enjoying one of my absolute, wholehearted loves: photography. I think, especially when you don't like what you're doing, it's difficult to be genuine about your posts and therefore I probably drove any sort of audience away. Now, I'm going to go back to my roots, and while attempting to still style my work consistently (enter joke here), I'm going to shoot and post what I like and what brings me joy. I'm promising to myself, in a letter of sorts, to not worry about themes, but to instead look at each photo, remember why I wanted to take it, and reminisce on what I was feeling at the time.
This is a year of self-love; a year to reconvene and to bring happiness back. I'm going to surround myself with the same wonderful people and be grateful for what I have. These are my #noresolutions. Enjoy life. Enjoy the simple. Love every day the best I can (and be OK when I'm not OK).
2017, I'm ready for you.
Love - Rachael xx