Welcome 2014

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Wow, would you believe it - 2014 has finally arrived. If you read my post yesterday, detailing my thoughts on how 2013 went, you'll know I've been very much looking forward to starting the new year completely afresh. I know some people find resolutions and the whole 'new year, new me' thing a tad cliche, but I think bettering yourself (or at least attempting to) can only be a good thing. 

I have big plans for 2014, and every determination to make it the best year yet. I'm tired of living my life waiting for things to really begin, saving things for special occasions and constantly dreaming instead of doing. I have decided that 2014 will be my year, it will be the year of doing instead of dreaming, and I want to look back at the end of this year and feel really proud of all the things I've achieved. The only way to do that is going to be through a lot of hard work and determination - but I honestly believe if you want something bad enough, you'll get it. 

So, it wouldn't be the 1st of January without an obligatory list of my resolutions for 2014. I'm going to try my hardest to stick to all of these, but I'm not going to beat myself up about it if I fail sometimes. After all, you live and learn....

1) Put my all into my blog & YouTube - My blog always features heavily in my list of resolutions, and this year more than ever. I am determined to make my blog bigger and better and I want to make sure I post regularly for you guys, as well as creating better, more unique content and keeping things really fresh. I also want to really get going with my YouTube channel this year. I've managed to gain 5,000 subscribers in the past year and I really want that figure to grow, so I can create something I'm really proud of. I really enjoy making videos and might even venture into vlogging this year. If you have any suggestions on what you'd like to see on my blog or YouTube over the next 12 months, then let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear! 

2)  Stop putting things off - I read the quote 'Do it now. Sometimes 'later' becomes 'never'' a few weeks ago and it's really stuck with me since. I am the world's worst procrastinator, and so far, it's not doing me a lot of good. I'm forever leaving things until the very last minute and I'm sick of the stress and disappointment that ensues from it. So, I've already started this resolution. Since reading the quote every time I've thought 'I'll do it later', I've then got up and decided 'No, I may as well do it now, or it'll never get done.' So far, it seems to be working, and I plan on carrying it on throughout 2014.

3) Get into shape - I know, the most predictable of all resolutions, but getting fit and eating healthier is something I really need to do. I have a terrible diet - I'm a big lover of junk food, fizzy drinks and chocolate, and I rarely do exercise. I used to go walking constantly and eat really well, but those days seem to have long gone. This year, however, I want to get back into walking regularly, as well as maybe even getting back into running, and whilst I'm not going to be signing up the gym anytime soon, I'll be doing my own workouts/Wii Fit/Blogilates/fitness DVDs to keep me active. In terms of healthy eating, I want to cut down massively on the junk I eat, drink more water, eat more fruit and cut down on sugar. I also want to learn a lot more about nutrition so I can begin to understand how food is fuel more than anything, no matter what it tastes like. 

4) Write, write, write - Writing is my passion and it's something I think I've probably neglected quite a lot over the past year. Whilst I still write regularly, especially on my blog, I sometimes feel like I've stopped being so creative and become a tad stuck-in-a-rut with how I write. I'm determined to get back my love for the written word and really get my creative juices flowing. I hope to write for publications and websites, as well as perhaps even attempting to write my own book. I really want to hone in on my writing skills and get them the best they can be. 

5) Read, read, read - Hand-in-hand with writing, I most definitely need to get back into reading and read more on a regular basis. I've really struggled to find the time to read last year, but this year I really want to make sure I always have a book on the go. I get so much inspiration from books so it makes sense to try and cram in as many as I possibly can. I'd ideally like to read at least 50 books this year - fingers crossed I succeed! 

6) Be more positive - I'll admit it, over the past year I have become a really negative person, which I don't think suits me at all. I want to be the happy, bubbly person I envisage myself being and I think the first place I'll find this is by being more positive. I plan on waking up every morning and thinking 'I'm in a fantastic mood today' or 'Today is going to be a good day', to make sure my day starts on a high note. I plan on printing these sayings out and sticking them up so I remember each morning. 

7) Take more time out to look after myself - When I'm having a stressful time, I tend to forget to keep on top of things like my skincare routine, fake-tanning etc., and it always leaves me feeling a whole lot worse. This year, I'm going to make sure that no matter what, I always keep up with the things that make me feel happy - so always having nicely painted nails, plucked brows and moisturised skin will be top on the agenda. This might sound silly to a lot of you, but keeping on top of these things really makes a difference to my mood! 

8) Save more money - Although my spending habits have definitely improved over the last year, I do think I still need to keep better track of how much I spend, and ensure that I keep my bank account going up, not down. I need to stop spending so frivolously and instead think about the things I really need. I'm going to keep writing everything down in my 'What did I buy today?' book as well as working out a proper budget for things.

9) Be more organised - This is definitely a big one that I really need to improve on this year. Being a Virgo, I try my hardest to be organised, but sometimes things fall short. This year, however, I'm going to be Little Miss Organised. Writing lists, keeping notebooks and diaries as well as setting reminders and keeping my calendar up-to-date will all help in keeping me on top of things. There is definitely such a thing as organised bliss! 

10) Live for the moment - Probably the most important resolution of them all, living for the moment is going to be a big theme this year. Like I said previously, I have a habit of letting my daydreams get away with me, always fantasizing over my perfect life, but never really doing anything to attempt to achieve it. I'm taking a page out of Dumbledore's book this year and making sure I 'seize the day', remembering that 'It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.'