Hi everyone! Today is the first day in 2017 that I am writing here… and also the day I’m going public with this blog – yikes! I wanted to share with you my favourite look from 2016, as well as something personal in the form of my resolutions.
I found this absolute bargain from Missguided for £35 and although it doesn’t look it, it’s the warmest coat I own! Basically I have been wearing it every day ever since I got it. Kimmy K vibes anyone? The shoes I’m wearing were also only £10 – one very pleased bargain hunter over here!
I have never been keen on making NY resolutions – instead, I write a daily to do list and evaluate my goals on a monthly basis or so. However, I haven’t thought of new goals in a while and New Year’s just happened to conveniently roll around. I’m secretly hoping making these public will hold me accountable and actually help me realise them.
Here are my top 3 resolutions for 2017:
1. Start blogging once a week
I’ve been wanting to start a blog for the longest time now, but never really got around to doing it. I’ve been attending “blogger events” aka press releases for half a year now, but I’ve always felt a bit funny being the only blogger without a blog. I don’t want to shoot for the moon, so I am giving myself a realistic goal of posting once a week. (I also want to reach 70 k on Insta with 5% engagement this year!)
2. A 2:1 degree and a secure job
A “secure job” to me implies a certain amount of money in the bank. Luckily I’m on track to achieve my grade, but I have only applied for one job and the interview was….. gruesome. I’ve decided to take a pretty laid-back approach to the job hunt and only apply later on in the spring/after I have my degree and then fully commit myself. In the meanwhile I’m planning to focus my efforts on my digital endeavours.
3. Become eczema-free
I was recently diagnosed with dairy, egg, celery and shrimp intolerances and it seems like my body is in panic mode with constant breakouts. It will be a difficult task, but I am planning to avoid these foods and adopt a low histamine diet. (Histamine is a chemical involved in the inflammatory process of the body.) I guess this means I also need to say goodbye to my beloved red wine! Some other changes include starting to eat only grass fed meat. I am currently experimenting with veganism for a month and on my 5th day I can already say I hate it 🙊 This isn’t meant to offend any vegans out there but it is simply not for me – I don’t eat that much in general and with weightlifting I’m worried about seriously undereating.
My three tips to achieving your goals
1) Develop habits
Science tells us that habits take 21 days to develop. The best way to start building a habit is to begin with a change so small it would be silly not to do it. I’ve used the coach.me app in the past and now write down my daily to do’s on my phone or paper. If that doesn’t float your boat, Fast Company has listed 23 other tactics to encourage habit formation.
2) Be specific
You can never achieve a goal if you don’t state what it is. “Eating healthy” and “Getting fit” are too general. Using those two examples it would be better to state “Eat home made food w/ vegetables 5x a week” and “Deadlifting 100 kg” or something along those lines. Definite goals are much easier to work towards as you can track your progress along the way, and check them off your to do list. It is also a good idea to give yourself a time frame to achieve them.
3) Use affirmations to your advantage
I’m a big believer in the law of attraction, which basically states that your thoughts become your reality. An integral part of the law of attraction is affirmations. There’s a great variety of affirmations fit for any purpose on YouTube, and for the purpose of keeping up your work ethic, productivity affirmations work wonders (an example here ). I know it may sound like some form of hippie propaganda, but I dare you to try affirmations for one month and then get back to me! Another great author is Louise Hay, who has guided meditations on YT and has sold over 50 million books on the power of thoughts. The advantage of affirmations to motivational quotes is that they are personal and always said in the first person. If you are looking for motivational quotes, Think Grow Prosper is my favourite.
What are your goals for 2017?
How are you going to achieve them?
I wish you all good luck to sticking with your resolutions and to still be hitting the gym in February!
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Shop the look
Beige Waterfall Coat, Missguided
Beige Scarf , H&M
Brown Suede Boots, New Look
Gold chain bag , YSL (mine is medium-sized but I couldn’t find it online!)