As the above Instagram post describes, my New Year’s resolutions revolve around unlocking those ‘extra’ parts of life that I’ve been neglecting, and getting more out of it this year.
I have a good job, a flat with my girlfriend, friends, and all the essentials of life which I am extremely blessed to have. 2018 was the year of building all of this foundation to my life as it exists now; but next year, I want to enrich my life with more creative and exploratory experiences.
The main voids in my life are creative ones, which have inevitably risen since having no time for anything but my 9-5 job, and wanting to come home and relax and not think about other things.
I’ve neglected many creative projects I’ve had on the go. One, this blog, hasn’t seen a post since August. My online magazine which has been in the works since the start of last year has been left on the wayside while I got caught up in the whirlwind of full-time employment. I’ve stopped writing freelance due to lack of time and enthusiasm, and haven’t creatively written anything for fun since I left uni in May.
2019 is where all of that changes.
I had a think; what can I do to kickstart my creativity? I needed to get stuck in to some projects that invigorate me. Resuming the hard work on my online magazine to finally see it launch is the main one for this year. No excuses – let’s make it happen. (This one is especially exciting as it will hopefully benefit SO many budding writers).
Second, and third, I want to create a blog of bookshops I visit and post photos and some insights into where it is and what I liked about it (because I love bookshops, and assume other people want to know more about where good bookshops are, I’m guessing? I’d love to have something like that to follow). I also want to start a literary magazine tied into the online magazine I’ll be launching to get even more creative writing posted, not just by me, but people I know and even strangers who want to share their writing with the world. What’s not to love about that!
The bookshop blog ties into my other resolution, which is to explore more. I live close to London now, which offers countless weird and wonderful days out, places to see, things to do, places to eat, drink, take photos and generally surround yourself with culture… and that’s exactly what I plan to do.
I’m going to buy a book – shock, horror – along the lines of ‘the best places to explore in London’, ‘best 50 things to see’, ‘best hidden secrets’ etc etc. There’s a lot of these kinds of books around, and conveniently, can be found in basically every London bookshop ever, which ties in nicely with my new blog idea for this year. If anyone has any suggestions for books like this, do let me know by leaving a comment or something.
I’m so optimistic and enthusiastic and unusually filled with inspiration and motivation for the year ahead, and all of these exciting endeavours I’m going to undertake.
Creatives, and writers, and explorers… let’s make our mark this year.