Every year I try and write a short overview of my hopes and aims for the year ahead, to accompany my review of the year. I’ll be honest, the older I get the more difficult I find these to write. Partly it’s because I’m actually pretty satisfied with my life overall, which I’m well aware is a great position to be in. But it’s also because the things I’d really like now seem quite big and whilst I can do a lot to move towards those aims, whether they happen or not will ultimately be out of my control.
I’ve told various people that we don’t have that much planned for the year ahead, but if I look at my calendar I can see there’s a different story already playing out. We don’t have any big travel plans booked (much to everyone’s surprise) but that’s not the same as not having anything on. A trip to London, a group long weekend in the Peak District and a performance at the Edinburgh Fringe are all in the diary already, alongside various plans to see friends.
By the end of 2024 I’d love to own a house and a dog, but I’m well aware those were things I’d hoped for this last year as well. I’d like to visit a friend in Lyon who we keep promising we’ll make it to see, and I’d like a lot of people to feel happier.
In addition to all that, here are a few hopes and dreams for the year ahead, and for those of you who’ve been following for a while some of these will look familiar. Some because I haven’t done a very good job of it so far, and others because they are things I want to be continually improving.
- To start making exercise a more regular part of my routine again, and to be able to run 5k again.
- To start writing regularly – either getting back into a routine with this blog, starting to write more creatively or journalling (or perhaps all three).
- To make sure I have the time to do things like crafting, jigsaws and baking. I loved doing more of these during COVID but they’ve been significantly deprioritised since.
- To get better at planning less, or being more spontaneous.
- To continue to eat more vegetarian meals and make other steps to live more sustainably.
- To start taking a proper lunch break in the office – forcing myself to go out for a walk, or to read.
- To get better at setting boundaries, or to people please less when it’s not helping me.
- To read the unread books on my bookshelf, before I get even more books from the library.
- To do more of the walks from our Beyond Bristol walking books.
- To end the year feeling proud of what I’ve achieved!
I hope you all have a healthy and happy 2024. What are you hoping for this year?