Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Our New Year's Resolutions for 2014!

Like I said this time last year, I'm all about resolving to do new things at any point during the year and in 2013, I did just that but I love the start of a new year and making plans!  I know some people are very against others making new year's resolutions and have seen some rather angry tweets to that effect, but who cares?!  What difference does it make to your life whether someone feels inspired and motivated to make new plans, try new things, attempt to better themselves?  Who cares if they decide they want to join a gym and only go twice?  Who cares if they've eaten so much rubbish over Christmas and want to do a detox or start a diet?  Let them and sure it won't affect your life at all at all!

For me, the start of a new year feels like standing at the top of a mountain and I can see everything the year has to offer for miles and miles.  I feel strong and I feel happy.  2013 was a year of changes for me and for the first time in many years, I'm really looking forward to the next year.  After moving to Canada back in 1999, realising I was so homesick for nearly 5 years, having my marriage ending and dad passing away, I spent so many years just going through the motions of life and I can truly say that for the first time in ages, I feel like myself again.  I'm ready to start the new year on a high, rather than on a meh!

So Joanne and I have been doing some thinking about what we want to achieve for 2014.

I'll go first shall I?

1. I will finish a lip product and a nail polish this year.  Lip balms don't count.  And neither do topcoats.  I think I've put this as one of my resolutions for the past couple of years and one year I'll do it, will 2014 be the one?!

2. I will set myself a monthly beauty budget.  Lots of people think that because I get sent products to review, I don't buy anything myself.  So not true!  I love all things beauty related and have this need deep down in my soul to try everything that's out there!  So I need to pull things back a bit and set myself a monthly budget.  What that budget is, I've no idea yet, but I'll give it a whirl and see how I get on because I've to save for New York baby!

3. I will continue to lose weight.  I haven't mentioned this except to a few people in real life, but I joined Slimming World back in September and have lost some weight.  I've still a long way to go, but I'm doing it!  I'm not sure if you guys would be interested in hearing about it, but if you do, let me know in the comments and we'll keep you posted.  Let me just say that for the first time in my life, I've found a plan that works for me and it's the longest I've ever kept going with an eating plan, so I know I'm going to reach my goal in 2014.  I've never felt like this before and it feels amazing!

4. I will learn what Google + is all about.  I've said this before but every time someone adds me to their circle, my first thought is "Whattttt is Gooooooooogle+?!"  I may have to do a Fas Course in it, but I'll get it, I hope….

5. I will comment more on other people's blogs and videos.  It's just laziness on my part not to comment, so apologies for that and I'll definitely be more active in that regard in 2014.

6. I will be more organised in all aspects of my life.  About 4 months ago, I found Organised Like Jen on YouTube who makes videos about organising, funny that!  Anyway, although she takes organising to a whole other level, watching her videos and vlogs has inspired me to sort myself out over the past few months and I'll be continuing that on into 2014.  I even bought storage containers yesterday!  Certain parts of my house and life are already more organised and I feel the better of it.

7. I will surround myself with people I like and that make me laugh.  I think this is pretty self explanatory!  Make me laugh and we'll get along just fine!

On to Joanne's new year's resolutions now.

1. Be more organised.  A lot is happening this year!  The wedding is in 5 months, we're going to New York for mam's 60th and Will is 30!  I've a pretty mental year ahead of me so I need to be as organised as possible so I don't get too stressed.  I have a to do list for the wedding and will start one for mam's birthday/saving for New York as well as for Will's birthday.  It's going to be a fantastic year and I want to enjoy every minute of it!

2. Save, save, save!  As I mentioned above, 2014 is going to be a brilliant year but I have a lot of saving to get done.  I'm usually good at saving but I want to kick it into overdrive next year as it's going to be pretty expensive.  At the moment I've a tin can to save all my €2 coins in.  If I don't have many €2 coins in my purse, then it's €1, 50c, or even €5 notes that'll go into it.  On top of that, I'll be bringing my lunch and snacks into work every day to cut down on the aul spends.

3. Lose weight.  Bringing my lunch into work will also mean (hopefully), I won't be eating rubbish.  I have a stunning wedding dress to wear in May so I want to look my absolute best.  I started Slimming World at the end of November to help me get there as I don't think I'd have the willpower to do it myself.

4. No time for neggy neddies.  I'm usually a positive person most of the time but I can let other people's actions get to me and dwell on them.  For 2014, I don't want my energy to be wasted on that.  It's not worth it.

5. Be happy!  This is such an exciting year and I want to enjoy every single day as much as I can because I know the next 12 months will fly by.  I want to waste no time on the negative things and just enjoy all the little things that are happening around me.  It's going to be a fantastic year for me, my family and friends and hopefully you too!

So we want to wish you a Happy New Year!  Thank you for all of your support over 2013 and we hope to keep you entertained during 2014!  We've lots of plans for our little YouTube channel and with the tiny possibility of something huge and scary happening which we'll know more about in January, you'll be seeing lots more of us two eejits over the next 12 months!

Enjoy your night whether you're staying in or going out and let us know if you're interested in hearing about Slimming World!  We want to hear what your resolutions are because we love being inspired by you.


  1. And also I think you meant to add: Zumba!!

  2. Well said ladies!! Really dislike gym / diet snobs... that's why so many people are terrified of the gym. I still am but gonna make myself go this year and feck what any of the pros there think!! I tried weight watchers before and found they gave me great ideas for making good choices but I didn't like the point counting part of it. Have heard good thinks about SW too. Zumba is great fun and worth a try. I felt like I'd been hit by a bus after it but can see how it works

  3. Comment above from me don't know how to write my name after it!!

  4. Best of luck with all the resolutions. Glad you found a weight loss programme that you're happy with. Do keep is posted.

  5. Those are great and very realistic resolutions girls. I wish you both all the best for 2014. I know it's going to be a very exciting year for you both. :D

  6. Happy New Year to you both. Bring it on :)

  7. Good luck<3 Happy new year<3
    - Katymai

  8. Happy new year! I hear ya about google+ and also setting a budget!

  9. I completely understand about google +! My main resolution this year is trying to be healthier and tone up!

  10. Happy new year Karen and Joanne! You've made some great resolutions for 2014 so I'm sure it'll be a great year :-)

    Well done on the weight loss, you should be very proud of that achievement!

  11. Loving your resolutions ladies, very attainable. Happy New Year to you both! X

  12. great resolutions :) I love the idea of surrounding myself with happy positive people, this year I am going to get stuff done and stop putting things off (starting Monday)

  13. I'd be interested in hearing about how ye both get on with Slimming World!

  14. Great post. I'd love to hear more about the weight loss. You have been looking super in you videos so what ever you are doing keep it up

  15. Some great resolutions there. I'm totally on board with saving, that's one of my goals for this year too x

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  17. Have a brilliant 2014!! I did a few resolutions myself
    Ciara xx


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