Make an Inspiration Board￼
A great way to kick off 2016 is by putting together an inspiration board. This literally takes a few minutes and trust me, it’s worth it. All you need is a pin board (they’re pretty inexpensive and really useful) and a bunch of photos, sketches, postcards, your 2016 bucket list and pictures to pin up!
This inspiration board is a great way to stay motivated throughout the year and adds a pop of colour to your room, which is an added bonus 😉
Change up your Playlist
It’s easy to forget just how much music can effect our mood. During the winter months I find my playlist filling up with piano ballads and before you know it Adele has me feeling all nostalgic, reminiscing about something that never even happened to me!
Start off the new year by getting together a new playlist full of fun, positive tunes and you’ll feel ready to take on the world! To help you guys out, I put together a New Year Playlist on Spotify that you can check out:
Get a Calendar
Organization is definitely not my forte, so this year I’ve decided to invest in a calendar to keep track of my busy schedule and non-existent social life. Of course you can use a calendar app or Google calendar, but remember paper calendars also double as room decor!
Find a New Hobby
Now I’m not really into the whole “New Year, New Me” thing (cause let’s face it, January 1st never improved anyone’s personality) but I do think it’s a great time to try and find some New Hobbies! Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano, join a basketball team or take up photography, this is your chance to get out of your comfort zone and do it!
This year I’ve taken up knitting (I think I’ve discovered a hidden talent by the way) and dancing (well, ok…maybe my mum forced me into one this because I don’t do any sports), but whatever the case, find something you want to try and go for it!
Make time to see your Friends
Sometimes I’m just too lazy to pick up the phone and organise something to do with my friends and other times I just get too caught up in schoolwork, blogging and extracurricular activities. But, whenever I do go out with my friends I always have a really good time!
This year, I’m definitely going to try and make an effort to meet up with my friends more often. At the risk of sounding much more sentimental than I am in reality, I have to say … the internet’s great and all, but nothing beats having a laugh with your friends!
Put together a Bucket List
As I said in one of my previous posts, I’ve never been good at sticking to New Year’s Resolutions. So this year I did something a little different – I put together a list of goals and projects that I hope to accomplish in 2016.
I actually did this with a bunch of friends and family on New Years Eve and it was tons of fun. Not only did we write down our own personal goals, but we also wrote down challenges for each other to work towards throughout the year.
And don’t just stick to basic goals like “get fit” or “ace my exams”, think outside of the box! What do you really want to do this year? Dye your hair purple? Build a robot? Travel to the other side of the world?
I’m not saying that your goals should be totally far fetched, but you’d be surprised what you can do if you put your mind to it. A lot of things are much more achievable than you imagine, all you have to do is put in the work!
And on that note, go make 2016 your best year so far!