How To Actually Make 2013 Your Year


A lot of people say that this year is theirs. Maybe 2012 was a little shit for them and they’re wanting to turn this around, or maybe it’s just the alcohol and good cheer speaking. Either way, we’re not living in a movie so opportunities may not fall at our feet.
Take action and make something of yourself this year with some of these helpful hints…

1. Decide what you want to do for yourself
It may be something small, and that’s just fine. Improving your photography skills, being kind to people, changing the way you eat. Or it may be something gigantic. Changing the way you perceive the world, starting a new career, transforming your body into Heidi Klum’s. Whatever it is, it has to be something you want to do. Don’t jump on the bandwagon to healthy eating if your bestie is doing it, do it because YOU want to. If you don’t have the drive within yourself, chances are you’ll lose motivation quick.

2. Be a little realistic and plan
As stated above, opportunities will not just fall at your feet. You need to take the good with the bad. Travelling the world will definitely get you out there experiencing, and it’s the perfect way to expand your views on society, but you can’t do it without money. Get out a calendar and plan! Planning is the best thing you can do to keep on track in those times that just seem too tough, because work and study can absolutely get in the way sometimes. If you need money to complete your goals, work out the amount of time it will take to save. If time is what you need, then work out the free time you have in each day. Keeping a check box near your bed or desk is helpful for keeping you on track (it’s also really satisfying ticking off a completed task!)

3. Be kind to yourself
If it’s going to take 6 months to save for a holiday, don’t make those 6 months the worst. Be kind to yourself and spend a little money on that new dress, or go out to the movies once in a while. Don’t limit yourself to feeling like you can’t have fun and splurge a little. If it means it takes 1 more month to save, then fine. Same goes with time. You can’t fit everything into one day, and time is not suddenly going to give you a couple more hours. If you can’t go to the gym one day, then so be it. Walking around like a zombie will not achieve anything, and will start affecting the rest of your life.

Being realistic with your calendar and planning is the best thing you can do to stay on track. Account for those down times, those times you need to be out socialising, and those times when work or study do come first. Be kind to yourself, as this whole process should be fun and exciting.

4. Take the leap
If you’re really not happy with an aspect of your life, then you have to be the one to change it; dramatically. Whether it is handing in your notice at work, applying for a degree or course, or even having ‘that talk’ with your significant other, taking this leap will change a lot in your life. One of the hardest things to do is trust in the future, but it’s the only thing you can do to take that deep breath and jump. When the safety blanket gets taken away, that’s when you learn how much you can do all by yourself. Just trust yourself and your ability.

Let go, learn and be free!

Christine Stucki