Another year has come and gone and if you are anything like me you start off the new year with a list of all the things you want to achieve in the year.  Invariably when I look back over the year, I can guarantee I have only managed to complete a handful of these things, but do you know what? That’s ok, as I see it, some are better than none!

So, what about this coming year, what are the things we want to set ourselves?  We can all agree that the past couple of years have been difficult for so many reasons and 2023 seems to be threatening to follow the same pattern.  When setting myself goals this year, I want to make them realistic and meaningful.  That doesn’t mean we cannot set aspirational goals but that we should try not to be hard on ourselves if we haven’t achieved them.

For me the goals we set in the new year should be about enriching and improving our lives, whether that be wanting to run a marathon, visiting family in some faraway destination, buying that car, joining a gym, or just allocating an hour a day to yourself for a project.

For me, this year is about kindness, kindness to myself and to others. I want to help my family financially this year as well as spending more time with them. We all have busy lives, but making time to be with the people we care about, whether friends or family, enriches our lives so much that it is a shame we don’t do more of it.  For me, this year is about finding the time and becoming better at prioritising.

The cost of living is going to be a big concern for many this year, but I don’t know about you, it has taught me to check myself, do I need that new item, can I reuse something? I have found joy this year in upcycling furniture rather than buying new. Finding joy at being home and cooking rather than eating out so often. So, part of my new year goals will be to find new skills such as upcycling and learning new recipes to cook and to even (if I can drag her away from her phone), get my 18-year-old daughter to bake with me!

Learning a new skill, taking on a new job, or studying are often on goal lists. Learning can be something as simple as learning to sew on and repair buttons, to something more difficult, such as studying a new language. Whatever your goal, make it one you know you will enjoy.

Covid meant many of us could not travel, but this past year the world seems to have opened to us again and I know for many people travel will be one of their goals. Travelling for beach holidays, sightseeing or seeing family. Whatever your reason, if you want to travel, make it happen. This year I am going to get things booked in early so I can make those trips a reality.

So whatever goals you set yourself, remember to be kind to yourself above all.  I am setting myself 5 goals this year that hopefully next year I can say I achieved.

  1. Spend more time with the family
  2. Take more holidays and trips away
  3. State 3 things I am grateful for every morning
  4. Go to the gym at least 3 times a week as well as more walking 
  5. Do more home cooking

At Magenta, we want to help you fulfil your goals and believe that good financial planning enables you to make some of these goals a reality.  We know that financial planning can give you the freedom to make informed choices and live the life you want to live.

Are you setting yourself a goal, or maybe you have a list of goals? We would love to hear some of our client’s goal’s this year, do get in touch and let us know!

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