Happy New Year! It’s finally 2018, I have been wanting the new year to come around for a while now, I love the new fresh start. I spent the night with my boyfriend watching tv. Then we enjoyed the fireworks and put on some ourselves. We didn’t do much but I loved it. My sister was all surprised that we weren’t doing anything, but I’m actually quite alright with that.
As usual, the new year comes with new year’s resolutions. I have noticed opinions are very divided on new year’s resolutions, some people absolutely love to make them and other people completely don’t because they argue you forget about them after a couple of months anyway so what’s the point. I am (still) the first person, yet the exact thing the second type of person complains about is what happened used to always happen to me. Then last year was the first year I actually made resolutions and kept to them. Because they weren’t unrealistic in the slightest and I truly wanted to complete (most of) them. Looking back on them now there are only two that I didn’t complete, and that’s play more piano, which is going to be on the list for this year again. Also, start a youtube channel, but I realised after a few months that that wasn’t what I wanted anymore, instead I started this blog! So I guess you could say I did kind of complete the resolution, I just twisted it a little.
So now I want to tell you my New Year’s resolutions for this year, and how I am going to actually achieve them.
Grow my blog (and go self-hosted)
As I have mentioned many times before, I absolutely love this blog and it has given me so much happiness. So naturally, I want to keep working hard on it, because I love doing it, and I want to grow it. With it I want to go self-hosted, fairly quickly into the year. I’m still researching what would be the best option for me to go self-hosted and then I want to take the leap.
Make more of an effort with my fashion
I guess this isn’t like a ‘life-bettering’ goal for the year but it’s important to also have some fun ones incorporated in the list I think. When I say: making more of an effort with my fashion, I don’t mean completely change my style or buying a ton of new trendy clothing, I will probably still wear a sweater with jeans most days but I want to actually think about it more in the morning and maybe incorporate more accessoires to my outfit, or maybe change the sweater for a nice t-shirt and cardigan. Just look at my wardrobe in the morning and take care in what I choose. The way of doing this is just going to be simply doing it, not being so lazy (and not running late helps too). Straight-forward as that.
Take more photos
I don’t mean photos for instagram or blog posts, flatlays and such. I mean photos when I’m just out and about, spontaneous and taken with my iPhone camera. I just need to remember to take them, because I simply forget when I’m out. I’m not naturally inclined to constantly be taking pictures, but I want to take more of an effort to document the beautiful things in life. I don’t want to have my phone out every time I go out but whenever I see something nice and worth taking a photo of.
Eat less processed foods
This was on my new year’s resolutions list last year as well, and I’m not saying I failed that, because I don’t think I did. I did eat much less processed foods than I did last year. I hardly ate any cookies, chips, etc. and lately I have been eating a lot less past and such as well. But for this year, I just want to take it a step further, and eat even less processed foods. You might think: but it’s fine to eat some processed foods right? Isn’t it a little too restricting? It is completely fine to eat some processed foods, but I know my body and I know my stomach and I notice that generally it does not sit well when I do. So I want to say no to the cookies and the chips, make rice instead of pasta, eat something else than bread. I want to make my diet predominantly whole-foods (thank you to That Vegan Couple). I’m not saying I will never eat a cookie again, I will just say no to it a little bit more often that I did last year. Generally, I am pretty good at saying no to these things, because normally I immediately notice the consequences after eating, so the thing for me to do is make sure to keep full and eat well during the day so I don’t feel perky and don’t feel the need to go for something artificially sweet. Who knows, maybe next year the resolution will be: eat a predominantly whole-foods diet.
Eat more fruit
This (kind of) goes paired with the pervious one. Probably much to my mother’s dismay, my fruit intake hasn’t been too great this year. I do eat a lot of vegetables so I guess that kind of compensates it a little but I know it’s also very important to eat fruit. So that is definitely a new goal for this year. I simply need to remember to buy more fruit and actually eat it when I’m feeling pekish in the afternoon. Instead of eating a cracker or something alike.