I did a Resolutions post at the start of 2014 and it went down so well I figured I should do a new one for this year.
I think it’s pretty telling that there are a few of the same resolutions on this list as last year’s…. Still, it’s all about the trying rather than the succeeding innit. So in the spirit of new starts, here ‘s what I’m aiming for over the next year, ranging from the small and (very) insignificant to the bigger, more meaningful changes.
1. Read Not Watch In Bed
Jamie and I are terrible at staying up late and watching ‘just one more episode’ of that favourite box set, which inevitably turns into three which inevitably means we go to bed really late and a bit wired from the latest House of Cards plot twist.
After reading lots in Sri Lanka and in bed at home over Christmas, I’m endeavouring once again to keep the laptop in the living room and read a book before lights out instead.
2. Be More Bendy
This is always in my resolutions which must mean I’m never quite getting there, but maybe this will be the year to change me and my unflexible hamstrings. I love doing yoga, it’s just getting to the studio that’s the hard bit… Still, now I’m self-employed there’s no excuse and hopefully this will be the year I master the headstand.
3. Blog Four Times A Week
I’m hoping to up my daily blog outage from 3 to 4 times a week so hopefully there’ll be even more content on FMN over the next year. Some of the posts might be a bit shorter than others (quick outfit shots, currently loving posts or beauty product highlights etc) but I hope you’ll enjoy the slight increase in weekly posts. And I’m starting on the right foot with this going live on a Sunday which will be one of my new publishing days… I’m also thinking about starting a little Tumblr if that’s something people would be up for.
4. Worry Less
Like lots of my generation, I worry a lot. From the wording of that e-mail to whether or not I said something stupid at a party, I can end up with a knot in my stomach over something that in the grand scheme of things matters very little. I thinks it comes down to being a bit of a neurotic perfectionist, wanting to do everything to the best of my abilities and please everyone while at it, all of which are very annoying qualities I really wish I didn’t have (much easier to not care at all), but this year I’m vowing not to sweat the small stuff and put that nervous energy towards something more useful.
5. Entertain More
Since working at home, my dining table has totally morphed into a desk and until we move into a new place later this year, storage and space is in short supply. But, with a few small tweaks and organisational tools, I’m hoping to regain enough room to have friends round for dinner much more often.
6. Frame Things
Over the last few years, I’ve collected lots of prints, postcards and random patterns and pictures, all of which are sitting homeless in rolls and boxes under my bed just waiting for a decent frame. I think when you’re renting somewhere it’s easy to be quite slack with putting thins up on walls; the thought of re-plastering and painting over all those picture hook holes is enough to put you off before you begin. But I’m determined to stop being crap and start getting things properly framed and up on my walls.
7. Spend Time With The Happy Makers
In everyone’s life, there are people that make you feel full and happy and others that leave you feeling deflated and questioning yourself. Happy Makers are the former. These people aren’t always happy and enthusiastic, but their company always makes your day better rather than worse. And you know the feeling is mutual which is even nicer. You leave a Happy Maker thinking ‘I like them so much’ and never ‘I wonder if they like me’. These are the people we should be spending our time with and I plan on devoting 2015 to the Happy Makers.
8. Think Beyond The Beach
When it comes to holidays, living in not-so-sunny London means my mind automatically reaches for the beach. I love a palm tree and a dose of vitamin D more than most but there’s so many other places I keep meaning to tick off my list. Cappadoccia in Turkey, Rajasthan in India, the Norwegian fjords and Lake Bled in Slovenia (where one of my best friend’s recently got engaged), are all up there and all a long way from a the ocean. More on this in my 2015 Travel Bucket List.
9. Raybans Rut
Looking through my blog and instagram, I’m wearing my Rayban Wayfarers in almost every picture. It’s beginning to annoy me so I imagine you guys are feeling the same! I love them, they suit me, but there have to be more out there for me… If anyone has any suggestions to get me out of this rut please let me know!
10. Do More Of What You Love
How many of us love escaping the city for a weekend in the middle of nowhere or a night at the ballet and yet do it once every few years? Well, rather than doing these things when they just happen to happen, I’m keen to make the good stuff come around more often. For me, that includes horse riding, weekends at my parents’ house on the beach, early mornings at carboot sales and dancing with friends. Oh and if what you love is being by yourself and watching Friends re-runs in bed then that’s just fine too.
If you still need some inspiration to kick start the new year, here’s some more wise words we could probably all do with heading now and again…. Here’s to making 2015 a goodie. xx