I find it hard to slow down, I always have. I keep adding to my ‘to-do’ list just as I’m about to complete it and tend to worry about the future, rather than focusing on the present.
Something I’ve learnt recently is just how important it is to take time out when you need to. Press pause on your life and enjoy the little moments of peace.
With a Bank Holiday tomorrow, that’s exactly what I’m going to do.
I’m not really one for New Year’s resolutions. Don’t get me wrong, a sugar-free month or the start of a gym-bunny lifestyle can make perfect sense on New Year’s Eve but in the gloomy light of a January day can seem less achievable.
But there’s nothing wrong with setting yourself some life goals. A well thought out set of aims that you wish to achieve in a specific period, be that a year, month or longer.
With that said, I thought I’d begin the year by working on one of my own goals – getting back to my blog. I realise that I have neglected this space and whether I decide to create a new one, or maintain this virtual diary that I started in 2012, I will at least decide.
Now for the rest of them:
- See the world – while I realise this is nothing original, it doesn’t make it any less true. The more I see of the world, the more I want to see it. And as a self-confessed ‘home-body’ I know that with every lone plane ride and new city I explore with friends, I become braver.
- Spend time with my loves – whether it’s my beloved family or the friends that make my howl with laughter, I know I am lucky to have these people. That’s why I intend to continually keep them close and make new memories with them – let’s try something new this year!
- Listen to it live – again, something so simple but a discovery from 2016 that I want to take into 2017. Last year, I went to see more live music that I ever have and I absolutely loved it! That feeling of moving as one in a crowd and being in a room with like-minded music geeks is what I adore most about it.
A few concerts on my list for 2017 are Birdy, Craig David (no, I’m not joking) and J.Cole.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself – I’m often my harshest critic. If I find something difficult, I can listen to that little voice in my head that says I can’t do it. Well, no more. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m going to turn the volume up on that bad-ass cheerleader in my head. She’s usually right.
- Speak up – my friends/family will tell you that I’m not afraid to speak my mind. But in situations where I’m less comfortable, I can be quieter and brush things under the carpet that need addressing. There’s nothing wrong with communicating fears, concerns, stress or needs to some else so don’t be afraid.
- Do good – I’m happiest when I’m doing things for others. At the end of last year, I got involved in a few charity projects for Christmas, but this isn’t something that should just be a seasonal thing. Help is needed all year round and there’s no point complaining about situations (such as homelessness or the horrors in Aleppo) if you’re not willing to do something about it – so get going!
It’s fair to say that 2016 will always be remembered as ‘that crazy year’ but at least we have the chance to hit playback and do it all over again, which is all we can really ask for.
Happy New Year guys!
Apologies for not posting recently, I’ve just been enjoying spending time with my family and friends over Christmas, eating far more than I would ever care to admit! 😛
I hope that you’ve had a lovely Christmas too and are looking forward to New Years Eve – which for me is tonight!
Looking back over 2015, I am grateful for the year that I have had and proud of what I have been able to achieve. But with that said, I am excited for the start of a new year and hope to create new memories and embark on some great adventures.
So without further a do, I hope that you have a great New Years Eve and wish you a very Happy New Year!
Here’s to 2015 guys!
Just giving you a quick update to explain why there has been a lack of posting on here recently- my bad! 😉
Exciting life developments have happened and I’ve recently started a new job, which understandably is taking up a lot more of my time. But don’t worry my blog will still go on, I’ll just be posting a lot more over the weekends!
It feels great to be back in the blogosphere with you all again and and I hope that you can forgive me, if not hopefully Mr Darcy will persuade you… 😉
A month ago I was weeping at the thought of those long hot summer days disappearing for another year, yearning to reverse the last few months so that I could experience the summer all over again. But this week, things changed. I stepped out to endless scattered orange leaves on the ground and a cold winter chill in the air and I got so excited! Excited for wrapping up warm with big woolly scarves, for Sunday walks with the family in the crisp air and for the countdown to Halloween/Bonfire Night!
So Autumn thank you for coming 🙂 let’s go have some fun together!
Emma Watson is someone I’ve been inspired by for a long time, and on this blog I’ve mostly only ever spoken about my love of her style or her movies. But today I am going to talk about something much more important, the genuine difference Emma is making to how we look at feminism.
In July of this year, Emma was appointed as the UN’s Women Goodwill Ambassador and gave her first address at the UN headquarters last week. Emma launched the UN’s HeForShe campaign at the event, with the actress delivering a thought provoking speech to a roar of applause and a standing ovation. Emma’s speech was full of honesty and personal anecdotes, with the 24-year old speaking of the need for both sexes to come together, to eradicate gender inequality.
I loved how honest Emma was in her speech, with her thoughts echoing many of my own (and I’m sure yours as well) :
“When I was eight, I was confused about being called ‘bossy’ because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media. When at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn’t want to appear ‘muscle-y.’ When at 18, my males friends were unable to express their feelings; I decided that I was a feminist.”
To watch a speech that Hermione herself would be proud of, click the link below:
We salute you Emma!