January is well and truly in full swing. With many of us coming to terms with the fact that things are going ‘back to normal’ and we can no longer just have a mince pie and mulled wine for lunch, sadly. The Christmas break was an opportunity for me to have a much needed break. Things got pretty hectic towards to end of 2017, so having the opportunity to switch off was pure bliss. However, as much as I enjoyed spending nearly two weeks playing playing board games and eating a lifetime supply of chutney and crackers, it’s refreshing to get back to normal and focus on the year ahead.
The start of the New Year always conjures up debates across the internet that argue whether or not making New Year resolutions are a complete waste of time. Personally, I’m a sucker for the New Year, New Me advertisement. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect back on the year and think about what I enjoyed and what I’d like to change or improve on over the next 12 months.
Living more sustainably
One of my biggest hopes for the new year is to strive towards living more sustainably, particularly when it comes to my plastic waste. Over the last year, I’ve definitely made huge leaps, as I continue to shop cruelty-free and have changed my shopping habits in order to buy less from fast fashion outlets and buy more second-hand and vintage pieces. Thank goodness for Depop eh? Building a sustainable wardrobe and buying less hasn’t been an easy feat, especially as I was the type of girl who couldn’t walk out of a clothes store without buying something. But, I did it – and I’m incredibly proud that I have. Yet, I still want to do more. My next goal is to significantly reduce my single-use plastic waste this year and be more conscious about what I’m buying.
Eating a more plant-based diet
As someone who cares so passionately about animals, going from a Vegetarian diet to a Vegan diet feels like a natural progression. I’ve already made little changes, such as switching to soya milk, dairy-free butter and only buying Vegan snacks, but I’d like to do much more. Choosing to only eat at restaurants that serve a Vegan option and trying new recipes are what I’m hoping to do more of this year.
Making time for me
Making time for myself is another aspect of my life that I’d definitely like to work on. Recent mental health struggles and work related stresses have led me to put my own needs last. In 2018, I want to work on me. I want to work on improving my self-confidence and happiness, dedicating time to indulge in my hobbies and pastimes instead of pushing them to one side like I did for the majority of last year. I also want to stop making excuses and start being the person I actually want to be. I’m SO guilty of being one of those people that say “I love her outfit but it would never look that good on me” – when in reality I wouldn’t know unless I tried. This is the year that I need to stop being so negative on myself and start having the confidence to be myself – unapologetically.
Making time for the people I care about
Despite wanting to put myself first a bit more this year, I also want to make sure that I take the time to appreciate those around me. It might sound like a cliché resolution, but to me it’s one that is really important. Life can be unpredictable and will knock you down from time to time. Having people around you who are willing to be there every time to pick you up back up again are worth their weight in gold.
Appreciate the little things
We all know that life can be pretty stressful. When things get tough, it’s easy to get caught up into thinking about everything that’s lacking in your life. I can’t deny that I often feel the same.
Wanting to overcome this feeling, at the start of last year I downloaded an app on my phone called ‘One Second Everyday’ (or 1SE). As the name suggests, encourages you to record a one second clip everyday and add it to a timeline. At the end of the year, the app squished all my clips together and created a 6-minute video of my year, replaying it back to me like a home movie. From the big moments like birthdays and holidays to the little moments, like when the sky looked like a painting or when I laughed so hard that my belly hurt. This is something I want to carry on in 2018. Whether it’s through an app or not, I want to make sure I take a moment every once in a while to really appreciate the little things in my life.
As fun as it is to set yourself goals and resolutions, don’t be too hard on yourself and set rigid rules. No-one’s perfect and there’s no point beating yourself up if you fall off the wagon or haven’t achieved every single goal you set for yourself.
Finally, I’d just like to take a moment to say thank you. Whether this is the first time you’re reading one of my posts or you’ve been here since the beginning, thank you for taking the time to read what I have to say and for supporting my little blog.