Last year I wrote a blog post about my 2012 and resolutions for 2013, and I really enjoyed reading other people's so I thought I'd do it again.
This year has been amazing. I've been given the opportunity of a lifetime by getting onto the doctorate course I'm doing. I have some amazing friends, family and boyfriend who had made this year so enjoyable. I created a collage of the Instagram photos which show my year
Checking in on the resolutions I made last year...
1. Pay more attention to my blog - keep for 2014
Well I was doing well at this until I started the doctorate! I'm trying to use every football match my boyfriend watches as a chance to blog everything. I need to start writing a blogging diary with my inspiration
2. Say yes more - keep for 2014
I have definitely done this! I used to be quite timid about new opportunities, preferring to play it safe, but I've made big changes this year. I've said yes to things which have scared me such as going out clubbing more often, going on short-notice or unplanned weekends away to London, Dover, Essex, Brighton, Bruges and Spain. I've said yes to experiences which I may have shied away from last year and it's made me feel so happy! This is one I'll keep up for the 2014
3. Say sorry less - maybe keep
I think I'm doing better at this! I do enjoy a good sorry though.
4. Be less clumsy - bin!
Never. This will never work. Being gangly and knocking my limbs against anything I can is just part of my personality and I (and those around me) need to accept that. I'm just going to have to be the adult with legs covered in bruises in the patterns you normally only see on 5 year olds.
5. Make more time for my friends - keep for 2014
My best friend Sarah who is an expert at being a good friend gave me lots of advice on this and it's going better I think. I have regular meet ups with my 2 best friends, trying to see my family weekly or more, having pay-day dinners with the girls on my course and attempting to get to know my boyfriend's friends/family and coursemates as well as I can. It's been quite exhausting but I'm pushing myself because it makes me a happier person.
6. Watch more films - bin!
This still isn't going great. I just don't have the patience for films. I love googling them halfway through to get spoilers!
7. Look after my skin - keep for 2014
I'm doing well at this. I've ditched liquid foundations (except for nights out) and my skin thanks me for it. I'm trying to fit in regular pampering sessions too.
8. Take more photos - keep for 2014
I'm keeping up with this one! And I got a really lovely camera for Christmas which wirelessly connects to my phone and laptop so I can keep up with instagramming and blogging.
9. Keep a diary - bin!
I only managed this till May. It was stressful!
10. Always have something to look forwards to - keep for 2014
This has been a big change for me. I love having something to look forwards to and have a countdown app on my phone for. Now Christmas has passed I need to think of what my next thing is. My boyfriend and I have a shared document on Google Drive of all the things we want to do/go see/places to eat which we constantly update so we need to check the list out for ideas.
Happy New Year and thank you to everyone who has supported my blog this year. Link me to your blog posts about new year and I'll check them out