After the 2020 we’ve had, we’re rejecting the ‘New Year, New You’ mentality. As far as we’re concerned, we’re doing great already! Our only resolution is to carry on being fabulous and taking the important lessons that us got us through this year into the next. Follow the lead of our Iconic Islanders to make 2021 a pressure free zone. These resolutions aren’t new, they’re tried and tested …

Every year I put so much pressure on myself to make a New Year’s Resolution. I’ve been vegetarian for January, quit alcohol, started new faddy diets, meal prepped, ran every week and even tried new hobbies such as learning piano and even attempting ballet classes. Each year I feel rubbish if I break them and I don’t want that added pressure on myself in 2021. One thing that I’ve found solace in this year are those days stuck in the house doing absolutely nothing. I’ve never treated myself to a duvet day pre-lockdown as there was so much pressure to be productive. My treat to myself in the New Year will be to have more duvet days, more takeaways and Netflix binges, but without the guilt. I’m going to enjoy my own company and allow myself the time to pause.

Instead of boxing myself into timed moments for example “In three weeks I’ll do X, Y, Z …”, I want to invest in things that bring me joy and peace without the pressure of time. I started calligraphy in Lockdown 2.0 and found it extremely grounding. I want to do more things that allow time to flow instead of chasing the clock!

2020 for me, is a year to remember ... not to forget. I took the time out to unplug from social media, the world and the noise of COVID-19 to reset. I’ve learnt to be more adaptable and embrace change, as well as embracing the feeling of loneliness and normalising the days alone to process the current situation. It’s not selfish to give yourself more time, I want to continue this attitude in 2021, as I’ve learnt the most important relationship to work on is the one you have with yourself.

2020 has definitely opened my eyes – not in the way I was expecting it to, but I’m always grateful for an opportunity to grow! The biggest lesson I learned this year was resting and laziness aren’t the same. Before this year, sitting around ‘doing nothing’ all day felt like a waste of time. Binge watching Netflix and taking long baths felt meaningless and made me feel guilty but 2020 taught me that it’s ok to slow down. Quiet days aren’t a waste of time, they allow us to recharge our physical, mental and emotional batteries so we can do even bigger and better things the next day. I’m looking forward to intentionally planning these days into my 2021 diary and operating at 100% when I choose to take on the world.

2020 has been an odd year, but it’s also been the year I’ve become fully invested in self-care. I’ve definitely learnt to be kinder to myself and look after my mental and physical health more. 2020 has also been the year I’ve become more appreciative of the important people in my life. Not being able to see some of my family and closest friends has been difficult but has made me appreciate quality time with them even more. For 2021, my main focus is to continue improving my physical and mental health through my new found love of exercise! Courtney Black’s workouts have definitely kept me sane this year and I feel so much fitter. I’m also looking forward to spending more time with my loved ones, whether that’s on zoom or socially distanced.

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