I wasn’t sure whether to write a ‘New Year’ post or not – and, as it happens, it’s now December 30th and I’ve only just made up my mind. Resolutions aren’t always for me but this year I’ve decided to put finger to keyboard and think about how to make 2017 a great year. It feels exciting to think about new challenges and what the year will bring, including our 10th wedding anniversary and some great opportunities at work, but so much of that is up to me. Let’s go for it.
Spend More Time With Friends
It’s definitely plagued me in 2016 that I didn’t see as much of my friends as I would have liked. Scattered around the country and with various family sizes, it feels harder to keep up with everyone but it’s absolutely not. All it takes is a phone call, plans to be made. We share so much history, in most cases friendships stretching back to before partners and families and we’ve all been through so much together. Then there’s the new friends, the ones I’ve met through social media life. Blogging has been amazing for that and I can’t wait to spend more time with the people I’ve met in the past couple of years as well as hopefully meeting many more in 2017.
Look After Me
With this never-ending house renovation project, it feels as though every penny should go into it. Yet everyone deserves some time out and a little bit of R&R. I turn 37 in January and it’s time, finally, to sort my appalling hair out and learn how to do makeup properly. The other evening we were watching a Bruce Springsteen documentary and he said that his Mum spoke of how as soon as you step outside the front door, you must always present your very best self. Such obvious words but oh so true. I want to present my best self. After all, there were so many years in my early-mid 20s when I was so very unhappy with my size and weight, I’m doing a disservice to myself if I don’t make the most of everything the weight loss achieved.
On Valentines Day it will be 3 years since we picked up keys to our home. We’ve come on leaps and bounds in 2016 with our renovation plans, from completely new electrics to transforming the outside of the house so we just need to keep the momentum going. Sometimes we’re both so laid back everything comes to a grinding halt and months pass with no projects being completed but hopefully 2017 will be the year we finally talk to our financial advisor about options for financing our future extension.
Be More Organised
This is a must for so many reasons. I’m fed up with running for the train most mornings because I haven’t prepped my bag the night before or spent too long in bed scrolling through Instagram when I should have been getting up. Work will be very busy this year and if I want the blog to grow as wonderfully as it did in 2016 then lists and planning will be essential. As well as actually replying to emails and keeping on top of my blogging inbox in general, not one of my strong points. Simple things like editing photos as soon as they’re taken instead of waiting until it’s time to write the post could make so much difference to efficiency. I just need to put my money where my mouth is.
Over 2016 as I’ve blogged more and more regularly and come across so many inspiring Instagram accounts, it’s amazed me how often people seem to change up their interiors (or clothes or beauty). At first I was envious but now I’ve realised it’s just quite simply an ethos I can’t buy into. This Christmas, we asked family to buy us nothing for the sake of having something to open. We’d rather one gift that means something or is useful rather than so many insignificant trinkets. I’m passionate about supporting small businesses and equally as passionate about denouncing high street stores where we all actively know that they’ve caused harm to people.
When I’m feeling bold I’ll probably write more about this – none of us are perfect but for me we’re all capable of making one or two small changes. So for me it’s going to be less fast-fashion/consumerism in general and more considered purchases that I’ll treasure. Pete bought me two Christmas presents this year – the Kate Spade ‘Cameron Street Candace Satchel’ and the Fragrance Discovery Set from Jo Loves and I absolutely love both of them. It’s added to the realisation that I’d rather save for something so let’s see how it goes this year!
Hand in hand with ALL of the above is a need, a want and a necessity to cook more. I eat on the go too often and waste money needlessly. It’s not an inability, it’s simply a laziness on my part but a little organisation means that lunches and dinners can be prepared in advance and budgeting/meal planning could make both our lives so much easier.
I’m excited to see what the year ahead brings, do you set resolutions? I’d love to hear what they are.