A Chat about Resolutions…

Thoughts

To make or not to make resolutions, that is the question!

I believe that it is good to set goals and why not make new ones each year? You can set out your calendar for the new year and plan how you are going to achieve the goals you want to accomplish and how you can better yourself. I don’t, however, believe in the saying New Year, New You. I used to because I used to think it was useful to think of each year like turning over a new leaf, a fresh start but now I have realised that you are the same you – just like when your grandma asked you how it felt to be a new age, there was no immediate difference, no change but as the year began to go on and you got tasked with new responsibilities you began to feel older. That is how I think of the New Year, setting goals and plans in place to better myself because I am still ‘me’ even though the year has changed. I also believe reflection of the past year is good, the end of a year makes sense to use as a way to judge your own personal success on how much you have worked on being the ‘you’ you want to become.

So what are my ‘resolutions’?

  • To learn how to cook (I kinda know the basics but if I am going to university next year, I think I need to live on more than tomato pasta or beans on toast alone)
  • To be more consistent with my blogging – I love that I have got the opportunity to post my opinions on this platform and I would love to make the time to fit writing into my schedule.
  • To revise! I have got A levels this year and I really would love to get the best grades I can to get into the university of my choice.

As a student, and no ‘real’ career plan I’m really just basing my goals on my studies and doing what I love and hoping that that might bring me to where I want to be. I also have my yearly ‘reading goals’ to read more books outside of my lessons.

My top tips when making your goals / resolutions (whatever we are calling them!)

  1. Make a plan of how you are going to stick to it. If you are thinking of giving up smoking, begin by saying, ‘I’ll have 1 cigarette a day for a week’ then the week after that by saying, ‘i’ll have one every other day’, then ‘one a week’ etc. If you make a plan you are more likely to achieve your goal.
  2. Be realistic about what you can achieve in that year – if you have never really read for pleasure before and set yourself the goal of reading 20 books you are unlikely to achieve it (but set long term, so called ‘unrealistic’, plans too as Walt Disney once said, ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough!’)
  3. Reward yourself. Every time you reach a milestone, no matter how small, be proud of yourself and give yourself a reward – perhaps your favourite food, or a break somewhere.

I asked some friends and family about what they thought about resolutions…

They consensus was that it is stupid to think that that a new year is the only time that you can change things in your life, if you can’t achieve them any other time of the year why will you now? Many feel fed up of making resolutions only to give them all up mid January.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have an amazing new year and that you achieve all your goals! Spend New Year’s Eve happy about what you have achieved thus far, be proud of yourself!

See you for my 2018 review and what I am looking forward to next year up at midnight tonight!

 

Reflection of 2018 and What I am Looking Forward to in 2019

Favourites

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Here’s a round up of all of my favourite things from this year….

Films (all released in 2018) that I have seen thus far:

I was going to include Avengers Infinity War to this list because although I did love it, it did end with me just having a lot of questions and i’m not sure that there was much of a plot for me to put it in my favourites of the year. Other notable films are Mamma Mia: Here we go again which had me dancing out of the cinema, it was such a feel good film and Leave No Trace which was a very thought provoking story about civilisation and the way we choose (or don’t choose) to live.

Music:

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There has been a lot of great music out this year and I have been building up my record collection but after much consideration these are my top 5 songs and albums…

  1. Jubilee Road – Tom Odell
  2. 73 – Rationale
  3. Nothing’s Changed – Isaac Waddington
  4. I know how to speak – Manchester Orchestra
  5. Ziggy Alberts –  laps around the sun

However, this year I have mostly been discovering and rediscovering older music that I have loved listening to including the soulful Teskey Brothers which remind me of great 60’s R&B/soul artists like The Drifters and Sam Cooke. Then listening to my usual old favourites like David Bowie, Queen and Stereophonics (the latter I saw at RiZe Festival and they were incredible).

Beauty:

Admittedly, I am not much of a beauty enthusiast – I much prefer skincare to make-up and I hardly ever purchase any – i’m pretty sure I’ve got make up in my draw that are years old and I tend never to really mix it up a bit. Nevertheless these are a couple of my holy grails.

– Origins Clear improvement face mask

Okay… so I may have only just received this for Christmas but I had to share because after using it a couple of times already my skin feels so much softer and smoother and it smells Devine!

Here’s me rocking my best look in this charcoal, golden colour face mask for your viewing pleasure aha

– Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

I use the shade 3.5 pale. I apply it with the bare minerals full flawless face brush.

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I discovered this last Christmas when my sister gave it to me from her advent calendar and I haven’t stopped using it since.

Moments:

– Pub in the park festival in Bath at the front dancing and singing along to Tom Odell.

– RiZe Festival with my gals, arms around each other screaming our hearts out to Bastille.

– Trip to Paris and Bordeaux with my family (my favourite part was a much anticipated (brief) visit to The Louvre, where I finally got to see the Mona Lisa and other Da Vinci works)

Screenshot the photo below and let me know your 2018 favourites!

What I am looking forward to next year:

New film releases…

– The Favourite

– Captain Marvel

– Star Wars

New Book releases…

– the Testaments by Margaret Atwood

– The path made clear by Oprah Winfrey

Moments…

– Finishing A levels

– Going to University (Hopefully – fingers crossed! – depending on how well the above goes!)

– Whatever else life brings and unexpected last minute plans

I hope you have an incredible New year and that 2018 brings you lots of happiness and that you achieve your own personal goals! I’ll be back in early January with my first issue of DARE magazine – so stay tuned!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ❤ 🥳

 

 

 

Happy 2018!

Thoughts

Its a new year, a time to reflect and think about what you want to achieve in the year. I  like to think about these things leading up to a new year: Things I want to do, Habits I want to break, Habits I want to start, Films I want to see, Places I want to go, Achievements I want to make, New things I want to try.

Instead of thinking of them as resolutions its more of a list of things I want to aim for and do throughout the year.

A couple of these for me are:

To Blog more frequently

Start youtube

exercise more often

learn how to take better photos

write a book

To read: Origins, hidden figures (I saw the film earlier in the year and thought it was really good)

In terms of films to watch, there are a lot of good films out next year. I am most looking forward to the new mamma Mia, Star Wars; Han Solo, Robin Hood and the new X men. I also have a film ‘bucket list’ which I have been building up over 2017 (mostly from the top 100 best rated films) so I will continue to watch those.

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I think its important to think about ways to improve yourself because it allows you to have a year plan to reach you much larger goals and to set yourself smaller, achievable goals. The new year is a good time to do this because many think of it as a fresh start and as a much more definitive beginning to start those ‘resolutions’ but you can start setting goals for yourself at any time.

What are your goals for 2018? Hope you have an amazing new year and thanks so much for reading 🙂

shop my outfit:

top: primark

jacket: vintage

jeans: topshop

Boots: office

lipstick: Dior

Happy New Year!

Advice

2016 has been a great year despite the many losses of amazing celebrities. But now its time to welcome in a hopefully incredible 2017! as the saying goes; tomorrow is the first page of a 365 day book, write a good one!

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Photo taken in New York

Most of us make resolutions to make the year even better and to create an even better ‘you’ but we also are not likely to actually keep these resolutions and I am definitely guilty of this! So here are a few ways we can stick to our goals:

First, I am investing in a planner! This is probably something everyone does to be able to schedule and keep up with important plans throughout the year. But I particularly want to get a bigger planner this year that I will actually use so that I can manage my time more effectively. I have never been good at time management but with my exams in the summer of 2017, mapping out my time is going to be very important; I don’t want to be stressed out with the fact ‘I haven’t scheduled enough revision’ or ‘I haven’t written a blog post’ or any of the above. The planner I have got this year is the ‘gold marble diary’ on Oliver Bonus that I got in the sale (money saving may be a resolution haha) -which you can get here.

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Another resolution I’m going to try and achieve next year is to have fitness routine that I am actually going to stick to. I know that a lot of peoples’ goals are to ‘lose weight’ or ‘to drop a dress size’ and a lot of people don’t keep up with this goal by the time May rolls around, a way I’m going to try to actually stick to a routine as by scheduling when I will have time for a workout in my planner and by doing a form of exercise I  enjoy doing so i am more motivated. At the moment I do exercise but it’s more in occasional bursts rather than sticking to a routine so that I really feel the results of feeling healthier, stronger and more flexible. So I will do exercise such as yoga, dance cardio and cycling because this is what I enjoy whilst being challenging enough and potentially giving me the results I need. You can tick off those days that you’ve done any form of exercise in the yearly overview section of your planner, this way you can look back at the end and realise how much effort you are putting in and how much you can improve and weather you need to mix up your routine.

Also if one of your goals is to lose weight (although I am by no means a fitness expert) you need to break down that goal so that you know HOW you are going to achieve that goal. Break it down into you food plan; Are you having a balance diet? Are you eating too much etc. and plan out how you will improve your eating because that is an important part of achieving that goal. Than break it down into exercise; How much do you do now? How much time do you have to do exercise etc. Make sure you do research on those goals too so you can really achieve it and more.

I hope you all have an amazing 2017 and a new post will be up in the new year! I really want to work on my blog next year, what kind of posts do you want to see?

Happy New Year!!!!

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Photos taken with a GoPro and iPhone 7…

Link to Boxing Day blog here…