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:
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!