Wednesday, 1 January 2014

New Year, New Start

Happy New Year everybody!

Michelle Louise Love, Champagne

Firstly, I hope you all had a fantastic NYE and saw in 2014 with style! Now lets get down to business, I decided just before Christmas that I was going to set myself some real goals for 2014. Goals that are reachable but ambitious, exciting but scary, achievable but pushing my personal boundaries.

I have set myself a challenge, this has been inspired by a few people I have met in my lifetime and people I have come across through social media platforms that I admire. I have always been someone who under sells myself, because I have always let other peoples comments and criticism pull me down and make me shy away from the things I want to do in my life. I have been self critical and hidden away, kept myself to myself and been made to feel ashamed of who I am at times. This in turn has prevented me doing so many things, and I have always made excuses so I don't have to do things or put them off for another day when the timing or environment would be "better".

If I really think about it though, there will never be a perfect time for any big decision. Sometimes you just have to have the courage to dive in, give it all you have and see where the journey takes you. As the saying goes, you won't regret the things you do in life, but you will regret the things you don't.

Have you ever seen the Jim Carrey film "Yes Man"? Although an extreme example of what I am going to do, it has a very real message for me. You can only achieve if you are open to doing so, willing to say yes, take a chance, put yourself out there, and push your boundaries. So as hard as this is going to be for me this is what I need to do for my own personal growth, and to help me achieve some goals in my life.

So here it is:

A Year to Change My Life.

What does this mean?

This means that I am giving myself 365 little days to change as many parts of my life that I am unhappy with as possible. This combines many aspects from very personal things to career goals and personal life goals.

How am I going to achieve this?

By pushing myself and my boundaries, working really hard and setting myself goals. Taking inspiration for the fabulous and beautiful Shameless Maya who has been a driving force behind my decision. She set herself the challenge of shamelessly self promoting her work for a whole year to see where it would take her.

I want to be able to do the same thing, not be afraid to put myself out there, and accept that there will be people who want to be negative about me and not everyone will like who I am. But I think at the moment I am ok with that. I am older and wiser and understand that not everyone will like everyone else; but it shouldn't stop you doing something you want to do. I think this will be my biggest hurdle to overcome, doing things that scare the hell outta me and doing things that are outside of my comfort zone.

I want to take a leaf out of Maya's book and be shameless and brazen, be able to say, "Hey!! Look at me, I have something interesting and worthwhile to say here. You should listen to me!"

My opinion may not always be agreed with by everyone, but nor will anyone else's, and that is ok. We all have our opinions and tastes, we are all individual and that is what makes the world an amazing place: the diversity.

I hope you will enjoy following my progress through my journey, seeing what I am doing and how I am achieving the goals I have set for myself. Most of all I hope it inspires you to achieve something for yourself, whatever that may be.


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