Welcome 2017!


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Hello I’m back!

I hope you had a great Christmas and New Years eve. Hopefully you’re not feeling too worse for wear and you’re enjoying whatever you are doing today.

Seen as it’s a new year, it’s only fitting that my first post should be what I’m aiming for in 2017, or perhaps I should say: the things I wish to accomplish this year.

I’ve never liked the word ‘resolutions’. For some reason the word never felt fitting. So instead let’s call them New Year goals. ‘Goals’ just sound better (or maybe it’s just me), and makes me feel as though I have something to aim for, but also makes them seem more achievable. Obviously I want to work hard to get to where I want to be, but there’s a difference between working hard for something, and having an image of something happening that is unrealistic.


I’d rather have goals to aim for as well as things that are actually achievable. I find that resolutions can have such high expectations, and if you don’t reach them you usually feel upset or stressed about not achieving them.

So with this in mind I’ve set myself 5 goals of things I wish to accomplish in 2017…


1. Be a healthier version of me

I’m not going to start with “I aim to go to the gym 5 days a week” because simply put, that’s not going to happen. I’m not self motivated at the gym, I either need a buddy to come with me or a personal trainer to push me to the max. But let’s be real, I’m not made of money and can’t afford a PT.

Overall I’m not very unhealthy. I don’t drink alcohol, I’m a vegetarian who tries to know what I’m eating, learn more about food and understand how to make healthier choices. But fitness is definitely lacking in my daily routine, and I’ve (sadly) not kept up with yoga since going to Japan in October (if you want to read some posts about that check them out here).

So this year I want to incorporate exercise most days, not to aim to look a certain way, but just be healthier. Whether that be watching a 10 minute YouTube video (for awesome workouts I’d recommend Carly Rowena’s channel), going to a hot yoga class, or going for a lengthy walk. Having options like this gives me the chance to decide what works on different days. Sometimes life gets in the way and maybe I can’t make a yoga class, but I can do a 10 minute at home work out in the morning / evening.


2. Keep positive and be more confident. 

Keeping positive is something I started last year, and I’ve noticed such a big different in the way I look at things. I’m less stressed, finding solutions without going nuts over the fact I couldn’t do it at first and overall just feeling better in myself – yes, I know this sounds completely corny, but hey, as Iris says to Arthur in The Holiday “I’m looking for corny in my life”.


I’m going to keep the confidence side of this goal quite short and sweet, because there’s not much to add here except the fact that I’m a bit of an introvert and I would like to come out of my shell more and gain more confidence.


3. Do something for someone else

 So this year, no matter how small, I aim to do something for someone else. Whether it’s buying a little gift for a friend just because I saw something that reminded me of them, or helping someone out when they need it. A small deed can have a knock on effect, and perhaps turn into something great for someone who needs it most.


4. Take on as many opportunities

 In other words: say ‘yes’ more. However I don’t want to get stuck on saying yes all the time. Maybe the correct way of putting this, is that I want to experience a lot more and not be scared to say ‘yes’ to opportunities that come my way, without feeling like I can’t say ‘no’ if I really don’t feel right about doing something.


There you have it, my 2017 goals. Nothing fancy, just a few things to make me a better person and allow me to be more myself.

What are your 2017 goals?

A quick little note regarding my blog: I’m going through a few changes on the blog over the next few months, and I’m going to be taking a month off from food posts. This way I can get more inspiration and churn out some awesome goodness – but don’t worry, they’ll be back!




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