So 2016 wasn't the best for the world really was it? I think what I learnt last year is that there are some (/a lot) of things that are actually completely out of our control so all we can do is make sure we do our best with what is in our control and put our best efforts into making our own lives and the lives of those around us the happiest we can make them. Here are some small ways I'm going to be making the most of 2017...
1 - Don't sweat the small stuff. I am a class A worrier, although you probably wouldn't think so as I'm pretty good at keeping a calm demeanor (apart from in front of Nick, the poor guy). I'm sure many people can relate to worrying about even the smallest of things, but in 2017 I'm going to make a real effort to try and let go a bit more.
2 - See more of the people who matter. My two best friends are at opposite ends of the country and I really haven't seen them enough this year. When we do see each other it's like nothing has changed and we do talk all the time, but next year is the year I regularly travel to each end of country to see them.
3 - Give yourself some love. I'm sure I'm one of many who runs around like a headless chicken trying to get a million and one tasks done, only to feel like I've never achieved enough. This is the year that's going to stop. For starters I'm going to dedicate one evening a week just to me. Whether I just curl up and watch a film, have a bath or some other equally exciting thing, it'll be a night where I don't do anything but relax and enjoy myself.
4 - Embrace your hobbies. Hobbies make people happier and I also find they distract from anything else going on in your life. I've really got into squash over the past year and when I'm playing it I'm not thinking about anything else apart from beating Nick.
5 - Be kind. This is the most important point of all and I feel like we could all do to remember it. One of the sayings I really live by is 'be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.'
How will you be making the most of 2017?