Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My 2015 New Year's Resolutions!

I love reading people's new year's resolutions posts and watching their videos so much.  Seeing someone feeling positive about the future, wanting to better themselves and taking the time to gather their thoughts and put it out there makes me happy.  There are so many people out there who roll their eyes at people making resolutions for the new year and to them I say "Who cares?!"  Who cares if people say they want to lose weight or save money?  Is it affecting your life in any way?  Not at all!  I make resolutions all the time during the year, mostly every Monday as I see the week ahead as a blank slate.  But I love having the year ahead of me and figuring out what I want to do differently!  It's like turning over the page on a calendar and seeing a whole month ready for you to get stuck in to.

So behold the things that I would like to accomplish in 2015!  If I stick to them, great, if not, I tried!

Comment on other blogs more and reply to blog and YouTube comments.  Also, be more diligent about replying to texts and emails.
I completely let this slide in the second half of 2014 and got so overwhelmed with everything I wasn't doing.  I'm a thick for getting a text or email, usually at work when I can't have my phone on the desk, I mentally reply to it and then forget to actually reply for days.  It annoys me that I do this and so I'm going to make a concerted effort to keep on top of things.  Having time off over Christmas to regroup and feel ready to tackle life is exactly what I needed!

Let the arseholes be arseholes.
I spent a lot of time this year worrying about what people thought of me, working myself up into a state of anxiety at the thought of going to events.  I had to stop going to things, not wanting to put myself in the position of feeling sick with worry and to not have my bloggy friends be in the middle of horrible atmospheres.  A wise bridie once said to me that you can't control what others do, and not to let them spoil the great things that are happening and I let others get the better of me.  So thanks for the Stellar advice Kirstie (did you see what I did there?!)  Enough shite, it's time to focus on the good things in life and have the absolute craic with my friends.  If I've learned one thing in 2014 that I'll be carrying over to 2015, it's to cut out negativity - in real life and online.  It really has made a huge difference in my mental health to just remove myself from it all and so next year I can't let myself feel like that again.  I'll do me and you do you, that's my motto!

Say "yes" more.
That's kind of following on from above.  I said no to a lot of things in 2014 and that's my own fault for not feeling strong enough to deal with things.  I'll be saying yes to more things, pushing myself outside my comfort zone, taking chances and seeing where the chips fall.  Now I want chips.  And a battered sausage....

Say "no" more.
Totally contradicting myself but sometimes I feel obliged to do things or agree to things because I'm worried what the other person will think of me.  Then I get a knot in my stomach at the thought of said things and I get annoyed at myself for being such a people pleasing wuss.  I need to get it through my head that it's ok to say no and to put myself first sometimes.  So if I say no to you, just know I'm just doing it to stick to this resolution!

Be more active.
I'm a hoor for sitting on the couch blogging and messing about online wasting time.  If I don't do something active as soon as I get home, it doesn't happen and this is especially true during the winter when it's dark all the time.  I want to do something physical when I get home from work, be it an exercise dvd, a spot of tidying up or doing a clear out.  I want to move more and that's the crux of it.  How cool would it be to start running and run a race?  Maybe I'll give that a whirl, the year is my lobster!

Be grateful.
One of my PR pals and real life pals Paula told me about taking time each day to think about what you're grateful for.  There seems to be a big buzz when it comes to mindfulness at the moment and so each day I want to sit for a few minutes before bed and write down the things I'm grateful for, the little things that made me smile and made my day better.  It's easy to get bogged down with the negative things and I want to make sure I don't let that happen in 2015, so I've a special notebook for this task and I've already started keeping notes.

Believe in myself.
I forget sometimes of what I'm capable of.  I can get scared at what seems like a monumental task ahead of me, but once I get stuck in, the feeling afterwards is brilliant.  2015 is going to be a year of uncertainty and change for me and I'm not going to lie, I'm not entirely looking forward to it, but I'm going to get stuck in and believe that I'll be able to handle it.  In terms of the blog, the same applies in that I need to believe in myself more!  Sometimes my confidence wavers and I feel undeserving of the success of the blog and the awards that it's won, but I need to cop on and remember the amount of time and effort that goes into it.  Some out there try to take advantage of bloggers, thinking that we're nowt more than free advertising for their products, so I need to step up more, know my value and believe in myself.  Jesus I sound like Beyonce or sommat now.

Read more.
I blame Sharon and Chloe for this one.  No, blame isn't the word, I thank Sharon and Chloe for this one.  These two lovely ladies blog about books between their beauty musings and inspire me to read all the time.  I used to read all the time and I've spoken about it before but dad used to be a bookbinder and would always be bringing home books for us to read, so I know I can do it!  It's easy for me to be lazy and arse about online for hours a night, but I want to make better use of my free time and reading is a pretty great start wouldn't you say?  Any excuse to browse Amazon eh!

Take stock.
This is all Lily Pebbles' fault.  In one of her Vlogmas videos and in her December favourites video, she spoke about scrapbooking,  keeping track of all the great things that's happened in the past year and I loved the idea of keeping everything in one place.  So the other day, I placed an order for a Life Project scrapbooking set and can't wait to take more photos of non beauty things, actually print pictures out and have something I can look back over this time next year.  2014 would have been a great year to do this for, but hopefully 2015 will be just as exciting!  I want to get into photography more and with my new lens, I've no excuse.

So those are my resolutions for 2015!  If I remember, I might do a 6 month checkup to see how I'm doing and sure we'll see what happens!  Have you made any resolutions for the year ahead?



  1. Hope you have a fabulous year! I'm on board with you on a lot of those! x

  2. Hi karen, great post! Love the scrabooking idea. Where did you buy project life set? I can't find it in stock anywhere! Thanks! !

  3. Quite a few of those are resolutions I've made for myself.
    I decided to start running and signed up for a half marathon for charity. I'm no runner and haven't run since primary school but I've shocked myself and have actually started training and have raised nearly a grand for charity.
    Good luck to you in keeping your resolutions. I hope you have a fab year!


  4. Great post Karen! Don't mind the begrudgers, it's very easy to type or say a negative comment. If it was easy, we would all the bloggers, I will stick to my numbers thing!!
    You never know who you are inspiring,

  5. Ps - could you think of doing an irish meet up / irish beauty get together during 2015. ?


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