Forgive me for being the stereotypical blogger who posts these every year on the 1st January, but as I consider my blog to be a little bit of a journal, this is somewhere I can document them, albeit publicly, in the hope that I might actually achieve them, here are my 2016 New Years Resolutions. As you can see from yesterday’s post, my 2015 New Years Resolutions didn’t all go to plan, so hopefully I will do better this year!
I set myself 10 Resolutions, which lets be honest, is a little overkill, so I’m reducing the number this year, so hopefully they’re more achievable.
1. Get Back In Shape
I need to quit whining about my body and just do something about it. I’m currently the heaviest I have ever been and given that I’m only 5’2, if I don’t do something soon, I’m going to start looking tubby. I find it hard because all the lovely folk around me keep saying ‘you look great, you don’t need to change’, which is so nice, but it does nothing to help my motivation, and it also makes me feel bad for saying I’m not happy with the way I look. I know a lot of people don’t have the support I have around me, and it probably sounds awful for me to say it, but I kind of wish everyone would just support the fact that I don’t like my figure and that I want to change it.
I want to get back to a size 8. I particularly dislike my legs, so I really hope tone them up. I need to make use of the gym membership I currently pay £53 per month for, I thought joining a ‘nice’ gym would keep me motivated, but I’ve just adapted to that money going out of my account each month and not bothering to go.
2. Improve bylaurenjane
February will see my blog turn 4 years old, I think if I’d invested as much as I have in 2015 in my blog over the whole period, I’d be getting a lot more out of my blog, in that my readership would be higher. I wish I’d never taken 18 months out, as I had built up a good readership base, which I had to work twice as hard to claw back when I returned, but there is nothing I can do about it now.
I want to keep working on my photography, and as I was lucky enough to receive an Olympus Pen EPL7 for Christmas, this should definitely help. I hit my goal of 1000 followers on Instagram, and this is something I want to push. I spend a lot of time on Instagram, looking at the beautiful photography of other bloggers and feeling so inspired, I’d like to achieve some of that.
3. Save Money
When I was a kid, I used to save every penny I got, I was really good at it, as it was something my parents encouraged. In recent years I’ve not been so good at it; if I’ve wanted an £800 bag, I’ve bought it and not regretted it. I know life is for living and you can’t spend it once you’re gone, but if something bad happened, I wouldn’t have savings behind me to help.
For January in particular, I’ve decided to put myself on a spending ban. No money to be spent on clothes, accessories or products. If I run out of deodorant I’m not going to be smelly pig for the month or if I need tampons I’m going to buy them, but I’m sure you get my point!
Andrew and I have also decided to consume no alcohol for the month of January and ban fast food/takeaways. I think this will probably have a positive impact on both our bank balance and our waistlines…
So there are my three resolutions for 2016. I hope having 3 this year, as opposed to the 10 I had last year, will make them more achievable. I think I should also review them more regularly, rather than on the 31st of December!!
What are your resolutions? Do we have any the same?