For those of you who read my blog post titled ‘My State of Mind,’ you’ll know that my general thoughts may not have the most positive outlook. I’ve wanted change that for a while but I guess I never felt motivated enough to start changing the way I think. That’s why I’m writing this blog post; to mark the beginning of my altering in attitude as I start to try and think like the person I want to be.
For my birthday my best friends bought a book for me called ‘How to be Happy,’ written by Anna Barnes. I’ve thought about reading and following self-help books before but it was never something I looked into fully, especially when I haven’t picked up a book in a long time. I haven’t read much of it yet but the inside is so beautifully laid out by using colours, shape and font it makes me smile just looking at it, which seems like a good place to start.
Another part of my ‘transformation’ is to use my phone less; it was a New Year’s resolution in a way as I’ve been trying to cut back for months. In January my friends and I downloaded the app ‘Moment’ which tracks how much you use your phone every day. My hours can vary from three or less, which occasionally happens, to the more consistent 5+ hours a day which horrifies me but is probably unsurprising to my mum. I thought a good way to reduce that amount of time would be to read at night. This will hopefully also lead to a better night’s sleep, two birds, one stone.
As well as ‘How to be Happy,’ I am reading ‘Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide.’ I received it as a Christmas present a few years ago but I never read it all the way through; only started and stopped halfway through on multiple occasions. It was first published in 1960 so it is a little outdated but recently a modern version was released,’ Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek.’ I also own the new book and I plan to read it afterwards so I can learn from both of them.
I will try to introduce changes to my life gradually as I am not a person who sticks at something if they jump into it head first. Things, such as blogging, that I can do it at my leisure without any rules is perfect for me. It also means that I could fully comprehend everything in my thoughts and organise my ideas which all tend to get jumbled up. So maybe instead of this blog post marking the start of a difference, it was my blog in general?
I’m optimistic that I’ll find some tips and tricks that really spark a change in me. I’ll share them on here with the hope that they could help others who find themselves in a situation similar to mine.