1.17.2016

A New Chapter.























Like the majority of people, starting a new year has resulted in me pondering over several aspects of my life. 2015 definitely had a number of ups and downs for me, particularly in the first half, what with my final year of University, becoming a Graduate and the end of a long-term relationship. But the past five months or so, I have really started to feel like myself again, which, after taking the time to think about it, is something I haven't felt in such a long time. This isn't, or wasn't, intended to be a cliche 'new year, new me' post, in fact I'm not really sure what it's meant to be, but I'm sat typing away so I'm just going to roll with it...

I can't help but think that setting up a long list of resolutions can sometimes be a bad idea, as if you don't quite manage to complete them, it can leave you feeling a little pants. But, saying that, there are definitely a few general areas I'm personally wanting to either change, or continue to change, in 2016.

Surround myself with positive, uplifting people
Last year I really reevaluated my relationships and the people I was spending my time with. As I mentioned before, I became a single gal and I can't begin to explain how different I felt because of it. I entered that particular relationship at 17 (I'm now 22), and despite thinking otherwise at the time, in reality I was actually pretty naive. I'm not saying it was all  bad, but since drawing things to a close I feel like I have changed significantly. Not only do I feel so much more confident in my own skin, but like I've come right back out of my shell. Sometimes when you're in something so deeply it can be hard to see what your friends and family notice about you and your state of happiness.

I'm not necessarily just referring to that kind of relationship, though. When it comes to friendships, if they make you feel rubbish, it may be time to distance yourself. Positive, inspirational people who truly want the best for you win every time, so this is definitely a policy I'm going to be sticking by.

Keep up with personal goals and organisation
My time at University, particularly final year, really taught me a thing or two about organisation. It was without a doubt, the hardest I had worked in my entire life, so to keep on top of things I brought some much needed structure into my life. Procrastination was not an option (despite how much I wanted to binge watch Gossip Girl) so it was then that I finally understood the power of writing lists (I ended up Graduating with a 2:1, so the four years of hard work clearly paid off). Since then I have added numerous notebooks and planners into my life so I plan on digging them back out and putting them to good use. I can still occasionally have the tendency to daydream about puppies when I have a to-do list the length of my arm, so that is one thing that I certainly intend on putting to bed for good. That naturally follows with my career. In my mind I pretty much know where I want to be, but this year I'm keen to really work my butt off  to ensure that I get there. So far, so good.

Better my blog
Last year there was so much going on that I had little time to dedicate to uploading, but I now have more time on my hands (linking back to keeping organised!), so I'm seriously determined to give blogging a real go. And by that, I mean generally cranking it up a notch with regular posts, aesthetically pleasing photos and more updates over on my Twitter and Instagram. I may also finally bite the bullet and join the world of YouTube. Maybe.

Don't regret things & quit worrying
This may be a total obvious one, but it's so important. Why waste time regretting things? Instead it's so much more positive and healthy to look forward to things you actually can change. It's like worrying. One quote I came across recently that has really stuck with me - ''Worrying is stupid. It's like walking around with an umbrella waiting for it to rain''. So true, and since changing my outlook on life I am so.much.happier.

Learn new skills
I enrolled myself onto a photography short course in the Autumn and really enjoyed geeking up on how to take snazzy shots with my camera. I definitely need to re-revise my folder of notes, but the course reminded me how great it is to always open yourself to learning new things. So, for starters, in 2016, I am going to learn how to cook. And by cook, I mean something a little more advanced than beans on toast (ok, I'm not that bad). Yes, so this is a set resolution, but it's about time as my kitchen is full of inspiration and recipe books.

See more new things & places
This year I want to do some serious exploring. I'm not saying I'm going to travel the globe (one can dream) but I'd like to go on a few more road trips, maybe a couple of extra visits away and see some new places. Same goes for exciting, miscellaneous plans. I've got a few gigs in the pipeline and that makes me a very happy bunny indeed, but perhaps heading to a festival or two, that kind of thing, who knows. And blog events, I definitely want to go to more blog events - even if it does mean catching several trains to get down to the big smoke.

Essentially, these aren't strict resolutions that I may have previously set myself such as loosing 7lbs or cutting out chocolate (definitely wouldn't be sticking to that!), but instead they're areas in my life that I want to improve, or continue to work on, to be an overall happier, more fulfilled person.

Do you plan on changing any aspects of your life this year? I'd love to know your thoughts!

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  1. Wonderful resolutions =) Hope you have an amazing year!

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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