2015 New Years Resolutions

As we take down our Christmas trees and put our Santa hats away for another year I can’t help but wonder where this year has gone. This year one of my resolutions was to write more, and I have done that successfully but unfortunately my other resolutions have not been fulfilled. I wanted to do some stop-motion animation, but every time I tried something would come up or I would be burnt out. Another resolution I failed to succeed with was making more films, as soon as I Left my college course everything just seemed to pile higher and higher and I never got round to fulfilling this one. That’s what 2015 will be for.

2014 has not been my best year. Achievements may have been high, but I am still leaving this year feeling unfulfilled because I am not where I WANT to be in my life and didn’t manage to do all the things I promised myself I would. Even though I left college with a B grade and began university studying Media from 3rd year it still doesn’t feel like I have been particularly successful this year on a personal level and that just isn’t good enough. One of the reasons I like set myself resolutions is to better my life and unfortunately it doesn’t always go to plan.
Unlike this time last year I am 100% certain about where I want to be in ten years time, but to get there I have to start the baby steps required to begin my adventure – these will be my resolutions for 2015 and most of them are career based due to the nature of the industry I would like to get in to. If I can even achieve one of these goals in 2015 I will consider it a huge achievement and it will benefit me greatly for my future career and even my own personal confidence. Listed below are my personal resolutions for 2015.
Throughout my whole life I have shied away from things that might be fantastic for my future due to fear and feeling like I am not good enough to do it. 2015 will be different – I will begin saying YES to people and achieving things I never thought I wanted to do. I will finally better my career doing the things everyone tells me I should be doing.
2. You’ve gotta get a move on, kid
This year I have spent a lot of time banging on about this fantastic novel I will one day write, whilst barely writing any notes for it. I have to get a move on with this and get it started so that maybe 2016 could see a publication, or a second novel. If I want to be a published author in ten years time sitting around waiting for something to happen won’t benefit me.
3. Set it up, don’t get set up
Recently I have wanted to begin setting up my own production company, to the point where I have actually bought a domain name for it and everything. Now all I need to do is actually go through with everything…and that includes making content for it. I have so many ideas for films and it’s about time I took the stopper out of the bottle and let everything out. It’s time to start making films again.
4. Ask, don’t assume
Asking is possibly one of the most important things a person can do. If we don’t ask how will we ever know? From now on I have to ask if I can be a part of production companies or productions rather than assuming everything will work itself out when I leave university – if I don’t try now when will I?
5. Travel, don’t get stuck
Travelling scares me just a little bit. Not because I don’t enjoy it, but because I will be away from the people I love and admire rather than meeting new people to love and admire or creating new and bigger opportunities for myself. Taking risks isn’t really my strong point, I prefer getting stuck in the mud because it is comfortable. Travelling will help me increase my confidence and give me more opportunities.
By this time next year I will be in the 4th year of my university course and not too far from leaving education for good (or at least a good couple of years) but I will still be learning, always learning and if I can stick to these resolutions I will be close to experiencing the most difficult but exciting journey of my entire life and well, let’s face it…that would be a pretty darn amazing thing to achieve by the age of 20.
What are your new years resolutions?

Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 24 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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