The new year is upon us! Happy New Year to all my new and old readers, I hope you’ve all stuffed yourself with food and had lots of fun over the holiday season.
Unlike most years, I didn’t stay up to midnight like I usually do and that’s because of the lack of sleep the night before mixed in with work/university stress. I missed the family fireworks we host every new year and the London fireworks show but I did get a lovely catch up when I woke up this morning to rain and harsh winds. Ah, lovely England!
I think one of the things I was most excited about starting a new year was the opening and hanging of my new 2016 calendar. Isn’t it adorable? I bought it from an online shop, notonthehighstreet and absolutely love it!
It’s something to gaze at and get lost in my day dream as I study.
2015 was definitely a year for me: I finished my first year at university, got another job and quit my first awful retail job, had the most interviews I’ve had in a year and started this blog up again. Whilst all the while learning more about myself and from that, going through self-development.
I don’t usually do New Year’s resolutions because when I did do them before, I’d just disappoint myself when I did reach out for Dominos pizza’s phone number 4 days in a row or skipped a run because I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed. This disappointment leads to a very unproductive attitude for a few weeks which I really dislike.
Unproductiveness puts me down, making me wish – more than ever – on an undo button. But this year I do want to set some resolutions that are more than just stop eating pizza or put the pizza down…
Join Zumba again – I’ve been telling myself to go again for months now but I kept putting it off because of the growing anxiety that reappeared in my life last year. I’m definitely going this time though (after exams), I even got some friends to do it with me. Familiar faces reduce my anxiety and not to mention make it all a lot more fun! Also, much more fun than joining the gym in my opinion.
Stop being a pushover: I am the biggest, I mean, BIGGEST push over ever. My best friend has constantly been telling me for years that I need to let this trait of mine go because people will constantly walk all over me and… they do. Slowly but surely, the Sasha Fierce within me will come out. *flicks hair
Read more books! A goal of 8. This is a lot for me because of my busy schedule!
Keep up with the university/part time job balance: Plan, plan, plan. I started doing this at the end of last year which has been working but when I do slip up on the schedule I tend to stress out way too much so I really need to keep on top of everything.
Sleep more: last year I probably slept 60% less than I have ever had in my whole life.
Appreciate and give more: I often feel “relatively deprived” from things when I look at how other people run their lives, what they have etc. So, I want to be more aware of the things I have, the people I love around me rather than comparing myself to others. I’ve been thinking of giving blood for a while now – this year I will do it!
And some other things I have planned for this year:
- Fingers crossed: an internship or work experience for the summer/year out.
- I want to do a lot of creative work when I have time e.g re-learn Photoshop and learn photography.
- Buy a camera!
- Limit money spending on things like clothes. C’mon girl, you have enough.
- Vlog?? At least one, don’t be shy.
- Get on the train and visit at least two new places!
I’ll be sure to be taking you all with me (through this blog!), the whole time. Thank you for all the comments over the past half-ish year. A special shout out to Kya for allowing me the chance to do blogging, design and coding all over again!
Also: New year, new layout.
I’ve added a page where you can see all my previous layouts and some comments about them, I love making them a bit personal rather than just a layout for the sake of it! This one is inspired by my hilly hometown.
I’ve also got a new favicon/logo for my blog made by my boyfriend a long time ago, it’s supposed to be me with my excessive love for makeup and the “fiery” hair I used to sport for years.
Happy New Year lovelies! Let me know what you’re up to this year!