How to Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet!

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I cannot believe it is already the end of the year, I am not entirely sure how the year has gone so fast but it has been a very busy year! During the last couple days of the year I always take some time to look back and evaluate my year and see what I can change and make better for the next year.

2015 has been full of ups and downs and now I think I am a bit more stable. I started the blog in February and left my job at the same time and started a new job in March. The company closed after a couple month so I had to find a new job and started my current job in July.

The blog has grown a lot since then, I have learnt a lot, met incredible people and I cannot wait to see what this new year brings!

This year I have been travelling quite a bit, my family grew as my sister had twins and my dad moved to Marbella full time.

For the first time since I was 14, I have stayed in a flat for more than 1 year but as 2016 approaches it might be time for me to move out again in a close future. I hate moving houses!

With all these moves and my family growing, I have been feeling a bit homesick and have lost my sense of belonging a little bit so I look forward to be settled in a place that I can call home. This will probably make me feel a bit less homesick.

Looking back, I realise I have been ill quite often this year and that is a bit worrying so next year I will take things in hand and take care of myself. And as I write this I am in bed with a horrible virus that gives me coughing fits and I have lost my voice.

As I start talking about resolutions for next year, let me share with you a couple tips about how to record goals and achieve them. I feel we all make outrageous resolutions for next year but we never stick to them despite our efforts. So I have been doing a little research and found some interesting things. I am a true believer of positivity and how it change things and this will be the base of my goal setting strategy. I believe we should record goalsthat are positive, measurable, have a deadline and are brief. If they are positive we are more able to relate to them and our mind can understand them. We cannot talk of lack as it isn't there. For example "I will lose 5kg" is too broad and it is something that isn't there. Plus if you put on 10 kg then lose 5 you will have achieved your goal but I am not sure that is what you intended. Instead, record it this way: "I will weight 65kg by July 21st" That is a goal you can work towards, It is measurable, positive and has a deadline. If you find it easier you could divide it in 3 different parts: Minimum, Target and Outrageous like this:

Lets say you weight 72kg, your goals could be like these:
Minimum: "I will weight 70kg by April 30th"
Target "I will weight 65kg by July 21st"
Outrageous: "I will weight 60kg by August 1st"

This way you will always have a level of success. The minimum level should be very easy to reach so you won't get discouraged. Do not forget to celebrate your wins all the time! This comes from a book I read a while back called "how to double your income doing what you love" by Raymond Aaron. If you would like to know more have a look on the website, I found it an interesting read.

 With this in mind, here are my resolutions for 2016.

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My resolutions for the next year are not written here as I advice above but on my diary I have written them all with the different levels, deadlines and in measurable ways. For example for number 2, I have written "I will make more time for myself"; this is what it looks like on my diary:
Minimum: "I will do 1 of my favourite relaxing things once a month, like take a bath, relax with a book"
Target "I will do 1 relaxing thing a week"
Outrageous "I will do 1 relaxing thing 3 times a week"

I believe we should check our goals every month or every couple months to make sure we are on track and remind us of what we have set our mind to! As well as celebrate those little goals we have achieve already!

I hope this made sense and it wasn't too much rambling!

How do your record your goals? What are your resolutions for next year? Did you succeed with this years resolutions? I would love to know what your thoughts are on this! Please leave your comments below.

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I wish you all the best for this new year, plenty of love, success and happiness!