Happy New Year all! Welcome to 2018! I can honestly say, 2017 was a year that I couldn’t have predicted and feel very lucky to have experienced so many amazing things. Appearing on ITV’s The Lorraine Show alongside Dean Edwards was a memorable highlight, as was hosting The Vitiligo Society annual open day in November and being photographed to appear in the glossy coffee table book that was produced to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Changing Faces.
So with the New Year being our new focus, quite naturally I needed to write a post about New Year Resolutions! I’ll start by saying my attitude towards New Year resolutions have always been pretty relaxed. In fact, if I’m totally honest I’ve only ever really set them because it’s the traditional thing to do when the year comes to a close. Last year I vowed to go to the gym twice a week. I failed miserably because i’ve never been a fan of workouts and exercise classes. I also promised myself earlier nights, so that I could write for an hour the next morning, before the start of my day. I was a little more successful with this one, although as soon as the clocks went back and the mornings were colder and darker, I want straight back to snoozing my alarm in favour of an extra hour in bed!
I’ve always said, there shouldn’t be a specific time for changes. Everyday should be an opportunity for positive change and slip ups shouldn’t leave you feeling defeated. This year, I’ve decided not to set firm resolutions. Just some simple, realistic goals that will keep me focused and give me some direction for the year ahead. They’ll be no pressure to enforce certain actions and nor will I be disappointed if for one month I haven’t given them a single thought. Here goes:
As a blogger, there is nothing more satisfying than meeting other girls that have the same passions and desires as you! Networking events are a great opportunity to learn from others and feel inspired by ideas you might not have thought of! Bizarrely enough, I don’t do it often. Im guilty of coming up with excuses – to far too travel, will it live up to expectations, do I even have the time to fit in an event amongst everything else going on….In 2018, I have vowed to attend at least one networking event a month that focuses on bringing bloggers together….I’ve even booked my first bloggers conference already! In June I’ll be attending the Scarlett London’s Blogging festival and I cant wait!
My Passion: Writing
Writing is my ultimate outlet. It’s one of the few things that relaxes me, helps me to switch off and reminds me what I’m good at! Yet, considering this, I don’t do it enough. This year I vow to write more. More blog posts, more planning and more trips to coffee shops, because its where I love to write the most.
Perfection: Not worry about new spots
I just had to commit myself to something that relates to why I write this blog! Quite a few times last year, I found myself standing with my nose touching the mirror as I inspected my face for signs of new patches that quietly tried to appear without me noticing. Now I realise, there is no point in worrying as its something completely out of my control. I tend inspect through habit and because I want to know beforehand if my skin is changing, but thankfully my skin feels more stable than ever, so for now, the only thing I want to use the mirror for, is to apply my makeup or admire whatever it is that I’m wearing!
Stay Focused on my Wellbeing
Wellbeing is about loving, caring and being kind to yourself. When I think about the word ‘wellbeing’ I think about expensive retreats in the UK countryside, regular full body massages and a weekly food shop that eliminates crisps and chocolate and instead focuses on avocados, super foods and anything that tastes like a seed. Wellbeing is about doing the things that make you happy and allow you to have timeout, whether that be reading a book, getting a full 8 hours sleep or meditating before bedtime.
For the first time in 10 years, I’ve read my first full book and it feels like a major accomplishment. I know how ridiculous that sounds, but I’m always so wrapped up in other activities, that I never allow myself time to engross myself in a good story. Now, instead of scrolling through pointless Instagram feeds on my commute into work, I use the time to read which is so much more satisfying than looking at photos of a fitness guru who most likely lives on the opposite side of the world! This year I vow to maximise my ability to self care. Yes, i’ll continue with my frequent spa visits and weekend breaks, but i’ll also be incorporating those small things that are just as important for the soul…like reading.
So there you have it, my simple, non-pressurised ‘resolutions’ for 2018. In fact, I’m looking forward to seeing how much I incorporate them into the next 12 months. For now, I wont worry to much, and instead will wish you all a very happy and healthy 2018…..
Photo: Kaye Ford @ Fordtography