The Year Of No Bullshit

The concept of making resolutions at the start of the year is often proudly made fun of for being “arbitrary” and “unrealistic.” (Most probably by people who don’t manage to keep their resolutions, but let’s place that judgement aside for now.)

I love resolutions.

They are consciously-made ambitions. Not abstract, “I probably should”s. Personally, I think New Year is the best time for me to pin them down because that is when I’m likeliest to keep them. It’s easiest for me to measure my progress. I can quickly count the months and days I’ve kept to something see how long I’ve got to go. And it feels like more. It feels like more because New Year is a celebration for everyone, not just any day. It adds value and urgency to the things I want to achieve. If I just decide on a date arbitrarily, one that no-one else is going by, I’ll have less motivation because it will just feel like something I’ve made up – like it will not matter if I “give up.”

This is why I think it’s a good idea to make resolutions in January. And why not!? Just to be different? Just to rule out feelings of failure?

I believe that as individuals and as society, we should strive to be the very best we can be. Expand to our full potential. Now, to those who have heard those phrases multiple times, they may sound like empty rhetoric. But read them again. I mean, really absorb the meaning.

How can you not strive to reach your full potential? Can you really live knowing that you’re not trying to be the best you can be? I don’t mean that in a nerdy straight A’s kind of way. I don’t mean it in a money-making business way either. I mean it in an human way. As a person, don’t you want to be what you consider the ultimate version on yourself?

When I say “ultimate,” I’m talking about this you, the one with the experiences that you’ve had – but having tried your hardest. I think all of us should try our hardest to do whatever we want to do. We need ambitions, otherwise we won’t get anywhere.

I’m going to make 2016 my no-bullshit year. It’s the year I’ll turn 16, and I don’t want to grow up knowing that I wasted my time. No procrastination. I want every second to count. No putting anything I need to do off until later. It simply isn’t an option. The moment I think of something that is necessary, or something that would be bloody brilliant to do, I’m going to do it. There is absolutely no room in 2016 for time-wasting. I’m telling myself I don’t have a fucking choice but to get my act together. That is the only way I’m going to get better.

Small failures will come, but you and I can deal with those. We can learn from them and be reminded that there’s no room for letting ourselves down.

Today I get to put my first cross on my new calendar!

Here are my goals for this year:

I’m going to start drawing in my “One Sketch a Day” book that I’ve had for years but put off using – if I can find it.

I’m going to do Goodreads  challenges.

I’m going to work towards a short lemon detox diet by easing off unhealthy foods for a few days before mainly drinking lemon juice. I will explain more about that in a future post. Oh yes, and I’m also doing Veganuary! That means being vegan in January.

More guitar.

I’m going to continue writing my book – solidly.

I’m going to do more mixed-media journaling.

Most importantly, I’m going to do what I said earlier, which is to do things rather than just thinking about doing them.

I should probably also change my profile picture, because it is out of date and I have only just realised how awkward I look in it.

Yesterday evening I re-dyed my hair bright red. The colouring is permanent this time, so hopefully it will not fade away quickly. I didn’t do it on New Year’s Eve purposefully, but now that I have, I get to start the new year with a new hair colour. It’s rather symbolic. (No, I’m not a communist.)

I sincerely hope you have a fabulous year! Tell me what your goals are, and why they are your goals; I would love to hear all about them and get a feeling for all the different kinds of things that other people would like to achieve.

Or you can Tweet me your goals @Jamilajj with the hashtag #NoBullshitYear.

Do both.

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11 thoughts on “The Year Of No Bullshit

  1. Happy New Year Jamila and all the best for an awesome and amazing 2016! That is great that you have decided to make 2016 a “no-bullshit” year and that you are committed to achieving your resolutions! I too made some resolutions like wanting to learn Russian and move to Russia just because I think that Russia is a scary place. We’ll see if I manage to accomplish that. LOL!

    Now, I had read once that the best time to make resolutions was at the Labour Day weekend instead of the New Year. The reason for this is that there is much change during the Labour Day weekend which supposedly helps us implement resolutions for change into our own lives. For example, we go from summer vacation to “back to school”. The weather changes from summer to fall. Whereas there is not much change on January 1 except for the calendar year. The weather stays the same. Everything pretty much stays the same so we end up staying the same and we fail with our resolutions. Anyways, like I say, I had read this once – so all the power to you if you are able to make your resolutions happen for 2016! Again, Happy New Year! 🙂

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    • Hi Jade,
      Thank you so much! Wow, I look forward to hearing all about Russia 😀 That will be quite an adventure. Are you going to learn Russian beforehand, or throw yourself in at the deep and and just learn it while you’re there and surrounded by the language?
      I actually didn’t know what Labour Day was and had to google it. I thought it had something to do with the Labour Party >.< That's really interesting what you were saying about it being the time when everything changes and how that helps you to change. I don't see any reason why we can't make resolutions on both New Year AND Labour Day! That would be so cool!! And even cooler if we kept our resolutions, LOL.
      Good luck with Russia, I will be so happy for you if I see a blog entry on your site saying you've moved there, after hearing you talk about it as a resolution. Even if you don't go there this year it will still be very cool when you do.

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      • Apologies for the delay of my reply Jamila as I am only just seeing your comment in my WP notifications. Usually I depend on email notifications and for some reason I didn’t get one.

        Anyways, thank you for the kind words of encouragement. I’ve actually started to learn a little Russian listening and interacting with Russians on Periscope. Then a Russian woman in Montreal where I live saw me on Periscope talking about how I want to move to Russia and she offered to teach me. I will probably order the Rosetta Stone language learning package and then depending on when I end up there just immerse myself and do the best I can with what I know. It would definitely give me some blogging fodder to be living in another country.

        I think that it is so funny that you had to google Labour Day, because obviously different parts of the world have different holidays. I should have thought of that beforehand. But I’m happy if it allowed you to learn something new! LOL!

        So here is to keeping and accomplishing those New Year resolutions! No giving up! Cheers Jamila and ”comment” with you soon! LOL! 🙂

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  2. Honestly I am the first person you talked about, but happy new year! I hope you will keep to all your resolutions but to be honest I have no reason to judge if you don’t. I will set your blog to the email notification thing so I can check haha

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