New Year’s resolutions can sometimes feel a little cringe. However, as someone who loves writing lists, it gives me time to reflect on the year passed, providing me with some honest feedback as well as a reminder and acknowledgement of the achievements made (big or small). 

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For the last few years, I have focused on value-based goals, instead of the typical over-ambitious and unrealistic resolutions that most of us set. For example, altering “I will go to the gym 5 times a week”, to “I’m going to prioritise health and self-care”. It’s not about adhering to strict, often unattainable targets, but rather about fostering a mindset of continuous improvement and aligning my actions with the values that matter most to me.

I resonated with the mantra “create, not consume” heard in a podcast I listened to recently. This phrase, open to interpretation, has inspired me to contemplate creation in various forms; building meaningful spaces, expressing myself through my artwork; and nurturing connections and friendships. “Not consume” led to re-evaluation of my lifestyle, a critical look at; my second-hand shopping habits; my consumption of online content that doesn’t contribute to my happiness or learning; the fashion trends I had taken part in. I plan to use this mantra as a guiding principle for 2024, in hopes of maintaining a balanced life and a level of self-awareness.

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As we embark into the new year, it is worth considering the transformative approach of opting for value-based goals (instead of fixating on external markers of success). Whether it’s kindness, resilience, or mindfulness, aligning your goals with intrinsic values fosters lasting fulfilment and personal growth. This year, let your aspirations be guided by the principles that define you, fostering a more authentic and purpose-driven journey.

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