Firstly, a Happy New Year to anyone reading this, hope you had a good 2018!
I love making New Year’s Resolutions (despite the fact that I always break them). It feels a hugely optimistic thing to do and full of possibilities, it also feels like a bit of a clean slate which I love.
This year I made mine whilst walking around Richmond Park on New Year’s Day, but I’m a week late writing this, which means I’ve already had seven days to work out which New Year’s Resolutions are just never going to happen and revise my list accordingly. This year I’ve tried to make them realistic.
Last year I started doing yoga more regularly and found it really helped calm me, as well as increasing my strength and flexibility. This year I want to keep up practising, to get a better understanding of the physiology behind it and do my teacher training.
- Cook one new recipe a week
I love cooking but often stick to recipes I know or make it up as I go along (lots of my recipes here), so I’m going to cook one new recipe a week to improve my repertoire. Now I’ve already caveated this with the idea that I can do two in a week and then one week without to allow for busy weeks.
- Eat 30 different fruit and veg a week
I’m pretty good at getting my 5 a day but often eat the same fruit and veg again and again, especially if I believe they’re ‘superfoods’. My immune system isn’t great and I’m really trying to improve it with lifestyle changes (including yoga above) and eating 30 different plant-based food a week is one of the best ways to do that.
- Make the most of London
I’m a country girl a heart and know I won’t live in London forever, so I really want to make more of what it has to offer. Go to more plays, see more exhibitions and try new places to eat (definitely recommend these restaurants, Ceru and the Wolsey if you haven’t already tried). My sister bought me tickets to the Dior exhibition at the V&A for Christmas and I’m going to see Matilda in a couple of weeks so at least this resolution is off to a good start.
- Take new opportunities
It’s easy not to say no to new things because they seem scary, due to lack of time or because you’ve fallen into a routine. I considered doing a ‘yes year’ which I know a few people who’ve done, but quite frankly, saying yes to everything just seems exhausting as an idea and I’d rather be a bit choosier, whilst pushing myself to try more new things whether it’s work, hobbies or meeting new people.
- Read more and watch more documentaries.
I think this was on my list last year and I failed miserably. I read a pathetic number of books and watched hardly any documentaries, so I’m determined to do better this year. I’m currently reading Michelle Obama but would love some fiction suggestions and documentary ideas?
- Continue with this blog
Before I started writing this blog, I thought, how hard can it be? I’ll just write some good content, people will read it, more people will come and then I’ll start making some money and hopefully be able to do this as a career. I really underestimated how difficult it is and how easy it is to not end up posting, but I want to persevere and see what opportunities come from it.
8. Be more present
A little (very) cheesy I know, but I’m guilty of spending too much time on my phone or online rather making quality time with people or for being too busy at work to properly get to know the people I work with. So, I am going to try very hard to put my phone away more and be more present.
What are your New Years Resolutions? I’d love to know them.