I’ve decided this year that I’m not going to set any New Year’s Resolutions. Nope, not a single one! You might be wondering why this is? Well, I’m not at all saying that I don’t think that they’re a good idea or that I am against them, that’s definitely not the case! I just don’t think that they’re something that personally works well for me, because If I break a resolution, even slightly, I tend to experience feelings of failure and therefore just don’t end up feeling very good about myself and this can impact my motivation. So, what I’ve decided to do instead is to set myself some targets for 2016. This way I have a clear path and goals laid out for me; so I am able to see all of the things that I would like to do and then hopefully, be able to make a plan and try and achieve them! These goals don’t necessarily need to be huge things or career related; there are so many different things that I want to do/achieve next year and planning them has made me really excited for the new year to begin!
Before I share some of my 2016 goals and targets, I wanted to reflect on this past year and some of the amazing things that it has brought by writing 10 memorable things that have happened in 2015.
1. Starting my blog- I had done a tiny bit of blogging prior to this, but 2015 was the year that I properly started my blog and dedicated a lot of time to it. It’s one of my greatest passions as it includes so many things that I love; cooking, writing and photography. I’ve already experienced so many amazing opportunities and met lots of wonderful people through blogging, so I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!
2. Moving out- I first moved out of home around February time last year and although this was to my boyfriends family home, it was still a big change for me as I’d lived in the same house for my whole life. Then, in the Summer, my boyfriend and I started renting our first flat together.
3. Reconnecting with family- This is a bit of a personal one, but 2015 was the year that I was able to build relationships with some of my family members and feel like I am part of a family community.
4. Confronting problems- Around February time, was when I realised and admitted that I had developed a problem with food and that I wanted to do something about it and regain my healthy lifestyle. This has definitely not been a smooth journey, as I went from under-eating and restriction to binge eating, which therefore caused me to regain back the weight I had lost and more. I have now managed to loose a lot of the excess weight and now sit at a pretty healthy weight, but I know that I still have a long way to go both physically and mentally.
5. Pull ups- I may not be very good at them and I definitely can’t manage very many but, 2015 was the year that I did my very first unassisted pull up. My training hasn’t been very consistent recently, so I doubt I could do one right now, but it happened! And that’s something that I’m very proud of!
6. Bloggers Brunching- Blogging has brought so many amazing opportunities for me already over the past year and I’m only just getting started. I’ve been lucky enough to be invited to a number of foodie events in London where I was able to try delicious food and meet so many lovely people who share some of the same interests as myself.
7. 5 years- If you follow me on social media, then you may already know that my boyfriend and I have now been together for 5 years! I can’t quite believe that it’s been that long and that it’s been over 5 years since I left school, wow!
8. Creativity & knowledge- This is a bit of a vague one, but I feel that my knowledge and creativity in terms of cooking and fitness has grown an incredible amount over the past year and I’ve learnt so many valuable skills! When I look back at the recipes I was creating a year ago and the workouts I was doing, it’s amazing how things have changed over time! I now feel a lot more confident in the kitchen and have experimented with a vast abundance of different ingredients and cooking methods.
9. Working relationships- If I’m honest, I have felt a little bit lost in terms of work and my career last year. However, as the year when on, I started to find my footing and have been able to work with some wonderful people and companies doing what I love!
10. Running- It’s another fitness one! But, towards the end of 2015 I decided that I really wanted to get back into my running and have started to include this into my routine about 3 times a week. At the moment I run around 5k and I’m hoping to participate in a 10k run at some point in 2016.
I hope that you enjoyed reading through my 2015 round up and sorry if I waffled on for a bit too long! This is something that I would definitely recommend giving a go as it allows you to reflect on lots of things that have happened over the past year and can help you to realise just how far you’ve come! I hope that everyone has had a wonderful year, and may this next one be even better!