There seems to have been loads of chat this year about new year’s resolutions / goals / targets / mission / objective / ambitions / intentions – WHATEVER it is you want to call them – and how much they suck. Now I am all for setting myself goals. I think the key is to make them fun, make them manageable and give myself a deadline. And if I don’t achieve them then I look at what they have taught me instead. What have I learnt? Why did I fail? Then I take responsibility for it and move on. I thought I would share with you the top resolutions I have come up with for this year.
Resolution #1 – Buy mostly cruelty free make up and skincare
I have been thinking about this a lot recently. I am not vegan or in fact vegetarian, so that’s not what this is about. But I do think that the beauty world is developed enough to offer quality, affordable products that do not test on animals, so I am going to support the brands that do as much as I possibly can.
I put “mostly” in the headline because I admit that I have a long way to go to educate myself on which companies are truly cruelty free. I think that my skincare journey will be a lot harder than make up, because I have a range of products I use religiously and I always worry about changing it up too much in case I break out. It’s all a learning journey.
So far I have treated myself to the Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics palette and some Phil Smith shampoo, conditioner and shine spray that I found in Sainsbury’s for £2.50 each. Cruelty free doesn’t have to mean expensive!
Resolution #2 – Up my blog photography game
If you have seen my What I Got For Christmas post, then you will know that I was treated to a whole load of blogging goodies in my stocking. That included a fabulous new lens and a set of studio lights, meaning I don’t have to struggle so much trying to fit taking bright photographs into my already busy weekends.
Watch this space!
Resolution #3 – Be more proactive in my day job
Over the past few months, my role has changed a little bit at work and is still in a bit of a state of flux. I’ve found myself getting easily distracted and just wanting to spend my day coming up with blog posts and sitting on social media instead of being productive. This year I need to throw myself into whatever opportunities come my way and work to be more open-minded about what it is I do during the day. After all, I spend a lot of my time there!
Resolution #4 – Get back on the healthy eating wagon
I know, I know – this is everyone’s resolution isn’t it? But I really mean it. I’m not talking about doing a diet, I’m talking about re-addressing my eating habits, much in the same way I did at the start of 2016 when I was getting wedding body ready.
I have really had a big blow out over Christmas and put on 5lbs. I needed it after a year where I lost 17lbs and dropped a dress size but now I want to get back to my fighting weight and eat lean and clean. It’s done me so much good – I’ve got better skin, better hair and no more eye bags – but all the sugar and booze at Christmas has taken its toll. Check out last year’s posts about what I eat and what exercise I do.
So that’s where I am at the start of this 2017. Not the most ground breaking of resolutions but they are putting me in a more positive mind set! And that’s the real beauty of resolutions for me.
Have you set yourself any resolutions this year?