Sunday, 12 January 2014

Happy New Year!

Better late than never, I think that was the longest little blog break I have had in my five years of blogging. But much needed to help me get back into my daily routine at work after the lovely two week holiday I had over Christmas. It was nice to have time to reflect over the previous year and think ahead to 2014. 

I have to say I ended up having a really good year in 2013. I made a couple of wonderful trips to Venice and New York, managed to get over a milestone birthday intact, saved up and treated myself to some rather big purchases and stayed in some lovely hotels here, here and here. I met in person my favourite photographer Tim Walker, and attended some lovely press events here, here and here. I rejoined my old gym and stuck to it for the whole year. As well as putting my mind to eating healthy and losing some weight (25lbs!). I was treated to some beauty treatments here, here and here. And before I knew it the year was coming to an end, so got into full Christmas mode here, here and here.

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So a huge thank you for sticking with me. And now on to the next. I'm not really one for making New Year's Resolutions. I'm one of those people that, if I set myself a challenge, I absolutely must complete it no matter what. So thinking up some resolutions in January that will last the whole year, seems a little daunting and a lot of hard work. I end up being disappointed in myself if I fail the challenges I have set.

That said, after reading Harriet's post, I realised that setting only a few challenges to focus on, would not be bad and quite a nice thing to look back on next year. I already had in mind some aims for the coming year, maintenance on some begun last year. So decided to document them here after all, as this place is if nothing else, my online diary of sorts.


1. Read More. As you saw in a previous post, I re-joined Goodreads. I find documenting things really keeps me motivated. On there you can take part in the yearly Reading Challenge. So you decide how many books you would like to read throughout the year and as you add and review the books you are reading, it will count down for you. Do feel free to add me as a friend, as I am always on the lookout for some new ideas on reading material.

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2. Continue with my Fitness and Diet. I mostly exercised three times a week over the last year and lost several pounds. I have been relaxing over the Christmas period so have put on a few pounds, so aim to lose another 7lbs from where I am now. 

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3. With regards to diet, I want to look into and practise more of a good, healthy raw diet and learn more about nutrition. I am planning a blog post on this at some point once I have collated some information on it and the resources I have found.

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4. Culture. I really like Harriet's idea of one cultural excursion per month, so I am going to aim to do this also. Living in the North of England, we benefit from beautiful countryside with lots of amazing National Trust properties, a lovely coastline with lots of quaint towns and villages. And also our city centre which has a good art scene with many museums, cinemas and other cultural establishments. As well as the option of travelling to many other wonderful areas of England.

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5. Blog. I really don't spend too much time thinking about my blog but depend instead on ideas and inspiration for posts coming to me naturally as I go about my life. For the last five years this has not failed me, so hopefully will continue to be this way. But I do give a lot of thought about the community side of blogging, which I used to be so involved with in my early days of blogging, but as real life took hold of me, I have so little time for now. I really do miss it but realise that I cannot do everything and putting out a regular three posts per week takes up a lot of time already. 
I consider also the layout of my blog. I had it re-designed quite a few years ago and often think I should look into a new design. But as I like to be hands-on and want the design to be very much my own, I really have not come up with anything better than the style I have now, which I still love. So I guess I will stick with this until I think up something new. 
I read a comment recently on Sandra Juto's blog in response to the question, 'What do you do when you don't want to blog?' Her answer - ' It's simple, I don't'. I think this is the perfect attitude towards blogging and which I endevour to take on myself. Running a blog for over five years, I sometimes put myself under unecessary pressures, when really there is no need.

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Have you made any Resolutions or aims for this year? If you've made a blog post on it, do leave a link in the comments below, I'd love to read about it.


  1. Hey welcome back! :) Hope you had a lovely break... I'm going to read back through some of your linked posts now... here are my 2014 goals!

    Rosie x

  2. Happy New Year, glad 2013 was a success for you and I hope 2014 is even better, I haven't really made any resolution this year but after seeing yours I may just do the same thing xoxo

  3. So glad you had a good break, and found my post hepful! I think I always try and achieve too much, but if I make my resolution something more manageable, like once a month, I'm much more likely to achieve it.

  4. Great post and Happy New Year! My goals are mainly to live in the present and to focus on the small daily things that keep me happy. The big goals will happen (like owning my own house or being a professional full time writer) if I'm happy and healthy everyday. Small steps and all that jazz!

    P.S My Miu Miu glasses arrived this weekend. They are STUNNING. Thatnk you so much x

  5. Lisa - thanks for letting me know, I adore miu miu one of my favourite brands :-)

  6. Happy New Year! Sounds like you have 2014 pretty much sewn up! :) I love the comment about blogging, I'm currently taking a blog break. My blog, my rules. Would love to catch up with you sometime this year - give me a shout when you are next in London. x

  7. Candy Pop - good for you! Totally agree with that. Yes, a meet up has to happen this year! x

  8. These are great! 2013 sounds like it was a great one, I hope this year is just as good for you,if not better. I like the resolutions, looking forward to your reading list on Goodreads, that annual challenges are really good to track your reading score. I have been joining for the past two years!

    I also have posted a New Year/Resolutions post on my page, if you wish to check. Happy new year!

  9. You lost 25lbs all together or is that your goal for the new year? Sounds flipping amazing though if you did.

    A well deserved break by the sounds of it, a good few weeks to recharge and handle your regular life biz.

    I've been the same when it comes to the layout, I've just not found someone to help yet.

    Buckets & Spades

  10. Mat - 25lbs last year. Another 7 over next few weeks hopefully. Thanks for your comment as always!

  11. Welcome back! I plan to just be a little healthier this year, I have started running again and am enjoying it so far!

    Maria xxx


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