Happy New Year guys!
I can’t believe it’s 2016 already! When I was a kid and adults used to tell me “enjoy school whilst you can because it doesn’t last long” and “when you grow up time will disappear before your eyes” I thought they were crazy. School days used to feel like an eternity and I was sure that time would continue to drag like that forever – how wrong I was! I feel like I blinked on January 1st 2015 and somehow it’s January 2016 already! Nuts!
Anyway, I appreciate that this post is pretty late in terms of new year’s resolutions but I’ve not long started my blog and I wanted to get down the resolutions I have set myself for the year ahead because I think it’ll help me stick to them and also it’ll give me something to look back on come next January. So here goes…
1: Be better with my money…
This is something that I always tell myself I am going to do but then I see a new top or lipstick colour on my fave website or someone I follow on Instagram and it all goes out the window! I have a nasty habit of buying way too many clothes/shoes and beauty products that I don’t really need (I know, I know, a girl can never have too many pairs of shoes…) and no matter how often I tell myself I should cut back I always find myself saying “oh go on then, just this once”.
So this is the year I will save! My boyfriend and I are planning to buy a house this year/early next year and actually saving money (towards a deposit etc) will be an integral part of us achieving this aim so I am hoping that, with this in mind, I’ll be able to control myself a bit more…wish me luck! Being better with money will also help improve my credit rating ready for a mortgage so there’s double the incentive there…come on Maxine, you can do this!
My plan is to set myself a monthly limit for clothes etc and when it comes to the more elaborate items I’m going to save for them rather than just adopting the “****it” mentality and splurging. I’m also going to cut down on takeaways as both myself and my boyfriend are terrible for this guilty little pleasure – I just can’t resist a Dominos! Sticking to this element of the plan will hopefully also help me shed the Christmas/winter pounds I hate to admit that I’ve gained – WIN WIN!
2: Put more effort in to my relationship…
We all know how it goes, you’ve been together for a while, you’re out of the “honeymoon period” and you act completely yourself around them all the time. However you being completely yourself consists of clothes and bra OFF, pyjamas ON the second you walk through the door every evening; and if it’s a weekend and you haven’t been out yet? Forget it!
I’m potentially one of the laziest people you’ll ever meet; and during winter months when my SAD is in full swing my motivation levels are at zero. Some weekends I literally go from bed to the sofa and back to bed again; if it wasn’t for my obsessive need to brush my teeth as soon as I wake up I probably wouldn’t even bother. My weekends and evenings, and basically any time I can sit on my butt and do nothing, is precious to me. My job, and living far away from my family and friends, mean that my weekends get booked up REALLY far in advance so when I have nothing planned, I do literally nothing. And when I get home from work in the evenings I have to cook before I sit down otherwise I would just not even bother to eat…laziness>gluttony! Phil is the main chef in our house and keeps me fed, I don’t know what I would do without him!!
This laziness doesn’t always fair well for my relationship. My boyfriend and I have been together 3 years (give or take) and we’re both guilty of being pretty lethargic. Don’t get me wrong, we spend LOADS of time together and he’s my best friend, but my main worry is that, if all the time we spend together is spent just lazing on the sofa, over time we might start to get a bit complacent in other aspects of our relationship and I don’t want that.
So, I intend to kick my lazy-self up the butt, get off said butt, and be a bit more sociable. It doesn’t mean we need to go out for a slap up meal or to shows all the time but just doing little things together – at least once a week. So that could mean a drink at the pub around the corner, going for a walk (if he bought me that puppy I keep nagging about then I wouldn’t need any motivation!), going to the cinema or even just having dinner at the dining table in actual clothes rather than on the sofa in our pyjamas. (If you have any ideas, please comment as I’m always open to suggestions!).
3: Keep going with my blog…
As I’ve already said, I can be pretty lazy. Couple that trait with a habit of going off on a tangent with an idea that I lose interest in 5 minutes later and you have someone who is pretty flakey with hobbies! Hence my third “resolution”; I want to keep going with this blog.
I’ve wanted to start a blog for around a year and, because I knew I would want to buy my own domain and not use a free blogging site (personal preference), I’ve made myself wait all this time because I didn’t want it to be just another whim that I gave up after a month or so. But I spend most of my time reading blogs and I’ve had all these ideas bubbling away inside my brain for so long that I told myself that if I still wanted to do it in the new year then I should, and here we are. So come the weekend after new year’s I sat down and started setting up this blog. It took me a little while to get the hang of WordPress and to understand, find and install all the little widgets and features that I wanted but now it’s sorted I can’t wait to get going.
Hopefully people will like my blog and enjoy the things I talk about on here. Hopefully people will get involved in discussions and that I can offer inspiration and advice, even if that’s just to a few people. But if that doesn’t happen then that’s ok too. Because I’m proud of myself for doing this and I will be even more proud if I stick it out and don’t quit!
So they’re my resolutions, nothing too far fetched. They’re by no means easy tasks but they’re also nothing I don’t think I am capable of achieving. I didn’t want to say I’ll start eating healthily and get fit because god knows my heart wouldn’t be in that. And I’m also not about to say I’m going to do Dry January or anything crazy, a glass of wine after a long day is essential! But these are things I can do if I set my mind to it…realistic plans!
What are your resolutions? Do you have any plans for the year ahead? Let me know your’s…
Lots of love