I haven’t given myself new year’s resolutions for quite some time. 2014 was a year that had pretty much terrified me since I was at school as it marked the end of my education, unless I decide to do a Masters at some point. This is the first year which has not got some kind of term or semester breakdown and so resolutions/goals seem a good way to organise myself this year.
- Cultivate a positive self-image and attitude.
2014 was the first year in a long time which didn’t feature a lengthy downturn in my mood (I’m hesitant to use the D word as I haven’t had a formal diagnosis). Despite a few wobbles, these remained just a bad day or a bad week and didn’t snowball. I’ve worked really hard at coming to terms with my appearance (hence the multitude of selfies in this post) and myself and that’s something that I want to continue into 2015.
- Learn to drive
I first started lessons when I was in sixth form, and if I’m going to be living in the sticks for a while I need to get this done. Also it would be just good to finally have it ticked off.
- Get a full-time job
Preferably one that would allow me to move away from the sticks and that would enable me to be working in an area that I’m passionate about. Don’t allow the job search to grind me down, continue to take college courses that develop my understanding of the areas that I’d like to work within.
- Make an effort to communicate more
I’m really bad at falling out of touch with people, or worrying that they’ll think me messaging them is annoying. This year I want to make a definite effort to keep in touch with people from university and even school.
- Stop feeling bad about removing people from my life
The flip side to the above resolution is what happens when people don’t return the effort. I need to stop feeling bad about not wishing to have people in my life who make me feel bad or undeserving of their attention.
- Make a regular exercise routine
I definitely don’t need to lose weight, but I could really do with feeling more fit. I want to try and exercise at least once a week. I’m currently partaking in Blogilates beginner’s calender which is killing me slowly.
- Own less
I’m starting to feel a bit antsy about the amount of stuff that I own. I also get far too emotionally attached to objects. I want to start doing monthly wardrobe clear-outs to ensure that the clothes I own are clothes that I actually wear. I only want to keep books/dvds that I really love.
- Burn more candlesI’ve gotten really into having candles in my room now that I can actually burn candles (they were on my landlords hitlist at university). Especially now that I’ve discovered long matches so burning my fingers isn’t such a problem anymore.
- Be kinder to the family
This isn’t to say that I am the worst human ever, but I sometimes take my frustrations about living at home on my parents which definitely isn’t fair. We’re also currently dealing with a family illness so this is definitely a time to be kind.
- Read 50 books
I’ve taken part in the 50 books challenge since 2011, and I’ve managed to succeed each year. I’d like to make more of an effort this year to read a more diverse range of authors, especially people of colour as that is something that has been embarrassingly low over the years.
- Stick to a skincare regime
I always have the best of intentions when it comes to my skin, which has been troublesome over the years to put it mildly. This year I want to really stick to using products that I know work and actually remember to take off my make-up each day (I know, I know). It would be cool to no longer have to look at the ‘teenage skin’ section of Boots
- Journal more
I have a diary which has been on the go since February 2014 and is less than half full. I definitely want to get better at recording things in there, especially when I have a bad day as it does really help.
- Wear more lipstick
When I was at university I wore lipstick pretty much everyday, and the same was true when I had an office job. However, working somewhere wear I’m pretty such a red lip would be frowned upon means that my beloved lipstick collection is floundering. I’m definitely going to take up any opportunity to wear it this year.
- Embrace the song “22”
I turn 22 in March and cannot wait to truly feel this song (also I adore pretty much all the outfits in this video)….