New Year’s Resolutions vs Bucket Lists

31st January 2016



We’re at the end of the first month of 2016! (!?!) It has been the longest month ever yet it has flown by. I know what I mean, anyway.

Now, I have suddenly become all motivated over the past few weeks and I was thinking about what I would like to achieve long term in life.

I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and the pressure we feel every year to stick to them, not to mention the resolutions we make are usually a negative perception of ourselves; weight loss is a common theme and if we break our promises with those leftover Quality Street and a share bag of Doritos, we beat ourselves up about it.

Rather than setting ourselves up for failure by giving a time limit to achieve our desired goals, maybe it is better off to scrap the resolutions all together and focus more on a bucket list.

Bucket lists are more realistic in the sense that we don’t have 12 months to “better ourselves”. We don’t get annoyed at ourselves for breaking that diet or whatever your goal may be, come January 15th.

Bucket lists allow more flexibility with budgets, dreams and desires. You want to road trip around Europe to find yourself? Save up. Start your own business? Work towards it, go back to college, apply for uni. You can do it.

I don’t take back my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 as they are definitely things I would like to achieve by this time next year, but if I don’t, I ain’t gonna sweat it.

We tend to be too hard on ourselves and there are already enough pressures in the world that we don’t need to have a negative outlook just because it’s the end of January, we didn’t lose the extra Christmas weight and we’re never going to get perfectly chiseled 6 pack abs for Majorca ’16. Instead of feeling down about it, think about your long-term aspirations and how you can make those work, whether it be within the next 3 weeks or 3 years.

Get on good old Pinterest (you can find mine here) and create a board for your goals. Or go old school, get yourself a cork board, cut up some magazines and go crazy.

You don’t have to feel like you’ve failed because you haven’t done everything you wish to do in 12 months.Things take time.


Patience is a virtue and all that.

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Comments (6)

  • Miriam

    1st February 2016 at 3:53 am

    Hey Emma, I agree, there’s enough pressures in our life without us adding to them. Live your best life, do what you can and if all we do is tick things off the “to do” list everyday then that’s good enough, in my books. Have a great February. xx

    1. Emma Kershaw

      1st February 2016 at 8:43 am

      I think we all have to realise that if we want to get where we want to be, it takes time and giving a set deadline is too pressurizing. You too! I hope you had a lovely weekend xxx

      1. Miriam

        1st February 2016 at 9:11 am

        Thanks Emma. My weekend was quiet but nice. Looking forward to a good week ahead.

        1. Emma Kershaw

          1st February 2016 at 9:20 am

          Glad you had a good weekend, the quiet ones are always the best I think! I hope you have a fantastic week, I can’t quite believe it’s February already! xx

          1. Miriam

            1st February 2016 at 9:39 am

            I know what you mean. Have a great one. xx

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