Friday, 2 January 2015

5 New Years Resolutions

Let's start with something boring; I am that person who doesn't make new years resolutions, who thinks you should start things at the point that you want to and not because it's the new year, and who hates the legions of people who take over the gym in January and disrupt my routine!

However, I do think that the beginning of the year is the perfect time to take a look over the goals I'm already working towards and prioritise them a bit - so here's my top 5 for 2015!

1. Remember to have some free time.
  I am a really, really busy person. I have two jobs, a volunteering role, and I see a lot of friends. I like this, but if there's one thing I've learnt from this horrible surgery recovery period, it's that I actually do function better with some time for myself. Through having no choice but to sit there and watch TV for a few weeks it turns out that I actually quite like watching it occasionally! I like having time to have really long baths and just sitting there with scented candles and a book. Sometimes I even like doing absolutely nothing but lying there daydreaming. I don't know how exactly I'm going to pace this out yet, but I know I'm going to try to have at least one full day every two or three weeks or so where I don't have any plans and just have some me time.

2. Keep it up with the blog organization!
  I always go into this with the best of intentions and I'm a complete failure at it. Even with a full spreadsheet and ideas list, sometimes I just don't want to write as many posts as I've told myself I will. I thought having lots of time off would be great for me to keep up with it, but actually I've scheduled even less than usual! I'm going to keep more or less the same amount of posts but have a few more series posted, and hopefully that'll stop blogging from feeling like a chore at times.

3. Keep fit.
  I am great at being fit when I have a target - when I don't, it all goes wrong. For example, I have a fitness test coming up and so I am absolutely hitting all of my gym targets. I'm doing Couch to 5K, so I will see that through to the end, and I'm doing a strength program as well. Once I have acheived those, I am SO bad at keeping going. I'd like to try and keep the running going, and I'd like to try and do yoga consistently as well - at least once a week.

4. Keep up with more friends.
  I spend a lot of time with friends, but I tend to see the same friends over and over again or arrange lots of gatherings with lots of friends where its hard to have any sort of personal talk with people because it just wouldn't be appropriate. I need to try and keep more of a rotation going so I'm making sure I'm seeing more friends for one-on-one time!

5. Cook more!
  Okay, this is the one where I really am a complete failure. I do not cook. I have so many valid excuses for it - since surgery obviously I haven't eaten properly anyway, and before that, well, I'm just so BUSY, when would I have time? I probably single handedly keep Iceland running with the amount of cereal and ready meals I buy from them. I'm going to try to cook at least once a week - and just batch cook something so it'll last me a couple of days. Even if I'm just making pasta meals or slow cooking something, it'll still be better! I'm also going to make little smoothie bags for the freezer, I've completely ignored my juicer for months now so if I make little bags with pre measured fruit to stick in the freezer I'll be able to quickly chuck them in if I'm having a low day.

  What are your new years resolutions?


  1. Happy New Year lovely! Good luck with your goals <3 xo

  2. Happy New Year! I agree with the blog organisation, it's one thing I'm not very good at! x

  3. I totally agree with you about taking time out - I am always so so busy but it is so beneficial just to have a couple of evenings chilling out. I didn't cook at all for 2 years, I literally just ate at pret like constantly but I started cooking again last year and it has been so good! It's nice to get back into the groove of actually having food in the cupboards! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

  4. Couch to 5k is what got me running. I am hoping to do some more cooking as well!

  5. OOOOH spreadsheets!!! I hadn't even THOUGHT of that! Genius idea :D thank you Nicola!!

    I have cook more (and better) on my list as well. I do enjoy cooking but, like you, just never feel like I have enough time. Definitely something I'm gonna work on this year! :) xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog


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