New Year, New You?


Theres no denying that throughout the years of resolutions and goal making somewhere along the lines a stigma has been born. People say this ‘new year new me’ stuff is a load of old shit because no one sticks to their resolutions anyway. Now I’d be inclined to agree that the new year new me status’ we see plastered all over Facebook are quite frankly cringeworthy and cliché BUT if they motivate the person behind it, who are we to say otherwise!? For many people the start of a new year brings feelings of starting a fresh, redoing, making over, so why not start the year with a positive, motivational attitude right? After all if you’re not motivated to do anything and you have no goals at all, what are you doing? Public declarations of wanting and needing a change actually keep you more motivated and less likely to fail because lets face it you just told 500 people on Facebook that you would lose 5 stone,  if you don’t lose any and put 5 on who looks like the idiot now??

Its so easy to feel motivated at the start of a new year and proclaim you’re going to do big and wonderful things but how many of us see them through and carry on being motivated year long? I know I can tend to lose motivation quite quickly if things aren’t going my way, but then again I never usually set myself goals that have an expiry date either and thats one of the best ways to stay on track and stay motivated! So here are some simple tips to keep you feeling motivated for longer and help you to not lose sight of your goals!

Weekly Goals

As well as having your yearly goals set out for you make sure you are also creating weekly goals for yourself. Break down what you want to achieve by what time during the year and make sure you are building towards those plans instead of sitting on them waiting for something miraculous to happen. Having weekly goals set out for yourself puts on a little pressure to complete them but its not so much that you’ll be swimming in a pool of stress, a little pressure is all you need sometimes! For example if one of your goals is to reach 5000 twitter followers by summer, make sure each week you schedule in the time to join in with Twitter chats, converse with followers and be active. Doing a little extra planning will help you in the long run to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Be Organised

Keep a diary. You’ll need to be really organised, schedule what you need to do over the next month, assign yourself tasks to get on with, make sure you’re reaching your goals!!! With our own dreams and aspirations its really easy to take a back seat and keep saying we’ll do what we need to get done ‘soon’!! Well soon isn’t good enough if it turns into weeks, months or years! Be active, keep yourself organised and make sure you are scheduling in the important stuff that will get you closer to where you want to be. A lot of people are quite content working for big companies and completing their work deadlines, treat your own goals with the same regard! Your goals are important!! If you don’t work towards it you won’t see it!

Dream Big

Who said goals have to be realistic??? Only those who didn’t try hard enough! Setting yourself goals even if they seem a little ‘unrealistic’ is what you need to do in order to push yourself, you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try right!? Saying this, you also need to get the balance right! Don’t push yourself so hard that you put your happiness and wellbeing at risk. Remember sometimes even doing what we love can feel like a chore it doesn’t mean you should stop, keep working hard but remember why you love doing it in the first place.


Find people in your chosen niche that you can relate to, feel inspired by and who motivate you. Community and friendships are an important factor in keeping yourself motivated. Sure you could do it on your own but when you need that extra push or when your motivation is dwindling and on its last legs having people there to talk to is what will see you through.


Never forget where you want to be! If you envision yourself living a different life to the one you are now, keep visualising! Once you lose sight of your end goal its more or less game over! Don’t lose hope on your own dreams, nothing good ever came out of not working hard enough for it. If you need daily reminders to keep yourself on the motivated path stick encouraging quotes around your work desk, dressing table, bathroom, anywhere you’ll be able to look at them for a solid 5 minutes and feel refreshed again! Many people also have a visualisation board where you stick cut outs of things you want or what your future goals will lead you to i.e big house, family, walk in closet etc. Visualisation boards not only keep you motivated they also keep your dreams and future goals alive so that you never lose sight of them. Create your own board and place it in your bedroom where you’ll go to sleep and wake up with those thoughts in mind!

Remember no dream is ever to big, work hard, stay motivated and may 2017 be the year your dreams start to become your reality!



  1. jojo140883 January 3, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    I gave up setting goals as I never achieved them. This year though I’m determined to drop some baby weight so I plan to take it a month at a time x

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 3:16 pm

      Even if you never achieve them attempting to is always worth it! I still need to lose baby weight too so I’m with you there!!

  2. Stephanie Merry January 3, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Rather than a new year, new me thing I’m going for a healthier approach to diet and fitness x

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 3:17 pm

      Thats great! Anything that will make you feel better and happier is worth it!

  3. Stressed Mum January 3, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Great post, the only thing I am changing this year is trying to be more healthy so nothing major just a few tweeks really x

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Oh me too I need to be more healthy and finally join a gym!

  4. Sushmita Thakare Jain January 3, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Great Post, I have always believed in setting goals whether short or long term. This year I am taking it ahead with bulleted journals.
    Shared it ahead to spread the inspiration 🙂

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 4:17 pm

      Awwh thank you so much lovely!! Oh bullet journals sound amazing I need to get to grips with how they work but I’d love to get on it!

      • Sushmita Thakare Jain January 3, 2017 / 4:48 pm

        Yes, you must try them. They are really helpful in scheduling as well as planning.

  5. pearlsandpolkadotsstyle January 3, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    I absolutely love reading new year posts because they are always so positive. You have some great points here and I totally agree

    Samantha of

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 5:31 pm

      Awwh thank you Samantha!! Glad I could help spread the positivity!

  6. serenityyou January 3, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    great tips!! I love the new year, as it’s a chance to start a new chapter in our lives,

  7. apageofme02 January 3, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    you should be a motivational speaker! I’m feeling pumped for this year after giving this post a little read! I love how well you write and get your point across – you’re very talented 🙂 🙂 xxxx

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 6:40 pm

      Awwh thank you Fran you’re awesome!!! So glad you enjoyed it and its inspired you for the year ahead, we all need a little motivational pick me up!!

  8. Sarah Bailey January 3, 2017 / 5:47 pm

    I love how positive and inspiring you are here. Yes, resolutions are cliche, but goal setting is important and if you make them actionable and measurable and work towards them every day, you can achieve them! Great post x

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 6:41 pm

      Thank you Sarah!! I really just want others to feel inspired and strive for what they really want! Its so easy to put our dreams in hold but we don’t have to right!?

  9. Dannii January 3, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    It’s so important to set yourself realistic goals. Much more likely to stick to them.

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 7:25 pm

      Well as I said above ‘unrealistic’ goals aren’t so bad either, in fact they just push us more!!

  10. Jazz January 3, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I’m with you there on the losing weight. I’m looking forward to making it a big change in my life for the better.

  11. Steph Whyte January 3, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Love this. I have a Bullet Journal to keep track of my daily goals or targets. Both personally and blog. These range from tiny ones like “Eat more veg” to “Write a Novel” – It gives me a focus and reminder to be accountable.

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      I love that!!! I really want to do a bullet journal too!! Love that your little and big goal examples are some of my real ones!!

  12. hann182014 January 3, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I don’t really do goals, although i would like to be more organized

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 9:07 pm

      I didn’t really either but nowI know I need to as its very beneficial!

  13. Ana De-Jesus January 3, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I think that having weekly goals is actually better than resolutions. Its a good way to keep track of your progress as well!

  14. Milly Youngman January 3, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    I don’t set resolutions, but I definitely see new year as a time to rethink my goals and how I can achieve them – the fresh start feeling certainly helps motivate me!

    • cheskaaanels January 3, 2017 / 11:02 pm

      Yeah fresh starts always feel really refreshing and helpful!

  15. MELANIE EDJOURIAN January 4, 2017 / 12:15 am

    I’ve been very selective with my goals this year. I’m trying to keep them as easy and achievable as possible and hopefully I will be successful.

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 12:31 am

      You sure will just keep them in mind and you’ll get there!

  16. Elizabeth O. January 4, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Resolutions are not followed simply because most of the time they’re unrealistic and unattainable. I think it’s important to set goals that you can reach, regardless of how long it takes.

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 9:37 am

      I agree. I wasn’t just saying set hard ‘unrealistic’ goals just clearly stating that you can also set goals that seem out of reach because you are capable of more than you think. Think thats a really positive message to get across!

  17. Rhian Westbury January 4, 2017 / 10:42 am

    You are completely right, not all dreams have to be easy or even overly realistic. If you want something enough work towards it and you never know x

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Exactly its important to keep going even if what you want seems out of reach!

  18. Ali January 4, 2017 / 11:59 am

    Personally I love a new year’s resolution. It’s the perfect chance to try to improve and better yourself so why not go for it?!

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 12:04 pm

      Yep if it works for you do it!!! They do motivate you so its worth it!

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 12:04 pm

      For sure I just need a weekly planner now!

  19. durhamslovelifetravel January 4, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    haha, fun read and agreed, no one really ever sticks to their resolutions… I have always been a goal setter and make list and that is really the best I can do.. week by week and month by month and try not to set to many goals so that I don’t get overwhelmed.

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 1:06 pm

      Great that you are so good at planning!!! Well done for setting yourself goals 🙂

  20. lisalambert38 - January 4, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    I don’t set my self goals or targets any more I just live life to max and follow my dreams, yes I want to lose weight eat healthier etc but I don’t stress and just enjoy life and being with my family. Great post though and some great ideas to help people who do.

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 5:11 pm

      Yeah sometimes goal setting is really motivational as its easier to have a clear path laid out in your mind 🙂

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Thats awesome!! Hope you have a great 2017!

  21. Natasha Bolger January 4, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    This is such an honest post. I totally agree with you. I’m sure you’ll meet all of your goals.

    I particuarly love your point about dreaming big – I always tell myself that it’s okay to dream big 🙂

    • cheskaaanels January 4, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Oh it definitely is and why shouldn’t we!? Hope you have a fantastic year ahead!

  22. dreamingloud January 4, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    Happy new year! great post. I agree how resolutions only motive your for first few weeks in January. I had same goal every year for 3 years now! this time I want to focus on things I don’t want me to doing!

    • cheskaaanels January 5, 2017 / 10:59 am

      Great way to ensure you are being practical about it!!! Happy new year 🙂

  23. Stephen January 5, 2017 / 11:30 am

    I don’t set goals are targets, I don’t find them motivating at all, but I do think if they work for you and motivate you, then do it!

    • cheskaaanels January 5, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Yeah I guess they don’t motivate absolutely everyone but if it does why not aye!

  24. Yaya (@mydreamality) January 5, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    I am a fanatic of setting weekly goals and do so weekly and monthly. I suppose I get a bit of a ‘clean slate’ feeling about new year and love it for goal setting. I agree that it can tend to be a bit unrealistic for many though. Visualisation and planning are fantastic ways to keep your eye on the prize. x

    • cheskaaanels January 5, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Love that you are so on it well done!! Have to keep your eye on the prize right otherwise what you got to look forward to?

  25. kira January 5, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I starting using a diary properly last year and it’s amazing how much it really does help! Dreaming big is always great makes you more motivated!

    • cheskaaanels January 5, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Thats exactly how it makes me feel!! 🙂

  26. secretplussizegoddessblog January 5, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    Such a great post! I need to schedule in my social media time much better, especially Twitter. I find having goals a great help! Xx

    • cheskaaanels January 5, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Yes me too!!! Having a visible list of stuff I need to do really motivates me to get them done and cross them off the list!

  27. Rebecca Smith January 5, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I totally agree! If it helps the person get motivated, why not? I personally love setting goals

    • cheskaaanels January 5, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Right!? I never really set myself strict goals before but I’m going to his year!

  28. Elodie January 5, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    These are definitely good tips to achieve your goals! And it doesn’t work out straight away, don’t give up! I

    • cheskaaanels January 5, 2017 / 10:10 pm

      Exactly never give up! You’re the master of your own destiny!

  29. Anosa January 5, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    I don’t do new year’s resolutions because like you said they never work but monthly goals work wonders and have been for the last 2 years so they are the ones i continue setting and working on.

    • cheskaaanels January 6, 2017 / 12:07 am

      Thats great!! So pleased to hear goal setting works for you and its something you continue to do!

  30. Leah Lander-Shafik January 6, 2017 / 12:57 am

    I love this post! I have big ideas but also monthly goals to try to achieve my plans for the year. Feeling so much more organised this year so far already x

    • cheskaaanels January 6, 2017 / 9:57 am

      Thats amazing keep your eyes on the prize right!?

  31. Sandra January 6, 2017 / 1:49 am

    Something I need to work on is actually committing to my goals for the new year. You have great advice!

  32. Emma January 6, 2017 / 9:10 am

    I have yet to see a new year, new me status on FB. Goals are great though. I hope you achieve everything you want to this year x

    • cheskaaanels January 6, 2017 / 9:58 am

      Oh wow thats a first I see them as soon as if hits 2017! Haha you too have w brilliant year ahead!

  33. Louise January 6, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Brill post I feel the same about goals so good to break it all down good luck in 2017 X

    • cheskaaanels January 6, 2017 / 10:35 am

      You too my love hope you smash those goals this year!!

    • cheskaaanels January 6, 2017 / 5:56 pm

      Thats awesome hope you smash your goals this year!

  34. Louise Joy January 6, 2017 / 3:49 pm

    I agree with this! I think making resolutions like losing a certain amount of weight or trying to save a certain amount of money are pointless – people should just aim to be more healthy and happy or, set more vague realistic goals like ‘get fit’ in general! x

    • cheskaaanels January 6, 2017 / 5:57 pm

      I think its also okay to have goals that seem unrealistic because they’ll push you too!

    • cheskaaanels January 6, 2017 / 9:56 pm

      Same here its nice to have things to do and goals set!

    • cheskaaanels January 7, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thats awesome I think I’ll be doing the same!

  35. Jodie January 7, 2017 / 12:23 am

    I love the cliche of new year. New diary, new page, new set of goals. I always give myself too many, and main ones I know I’ll achieve. I believe in dreaming big. For example, the main ones this year are to pass my driving test and lose weight. I’ve also set myself the challenge of going abroad (hope Iget a permanent job to afford this) and doing the great wall of china. Anyway enough about me! I love this post and all these new year related posts. Great tips x

    • cheskaaanels January 7, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Awwh thats so awesome you have so much to look forward to this year!!!! Hope you smash it and achieve all you want to!

  36. velondonista January 7, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    I love having a goal or something to aspire to – currently I have a fitness goal to run 30 miles before I turn 30 in 19 days! I am on mile 10, so have another 20 to go which seems very achievable!

    • cheskaaanels January 7, 2017 / 9:21 pm

      Oh awesome goal!!! Keep going and it will happen!

  37. nicol January 7, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    i need to stay organised! ive got a bullet journal to help me out and so far, haven’t done anything to be organised yet lol need a kick up the butt

    • cheskaaanels January 7, 2017 / 11:19 pm

      Hahaha good thing is when you set your own goals its up to you when you start!

  38. Alys George January 8, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I always just try to improve on things from previous years rather than make massive changes to my life!

  39. Helen Costello January 9, 2017 / 9:27 pm

    I love the idea of breaking down intentions into weekly goals – feels so much more realistic . The one resolution I ever kept for a whole year was to eat 5 a day – felt so much better for it but have never quite managed it since!

  40. Jessica & James January 12, 2017 / 10:33 am

    PREACH IT! Absolutely loved this post, OMG I’m with you on everything! The goals I made myself last year I don’t think I’ve even done one – our goals together however we’re done in a breeze but as well as focusing on the blog, I need to remember to focus on me too! Thanks for sharing!

    Jessica & James |

  41. Holly January 19, 2017 / 9:09 am

    This is just what I needed this morning. I love the dream big, you’re right the only people who ever say “be realistic” are people who haven’t even tried to achieve their goals. x

    • cheskaaanels January 19, 2017 / 10:15 am

      Absolutely why do we NEED to be ‘realistic’ no one knows what really is or isn’t realistic anyway! Always dream big, otherwise whats the point!?

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