Sunday, 1 January 2017

Resolutions



Another year, another resolutions list...

The resolution list doesn't reflect it, but these past 366 days have definitely been a year of growing and developing. I have pushed myself so much, met some many wonderful people and realised there is nothing wrong with me... I'm just work in progress!

Firstly however, I want to reflect on my goals from last year. I think the colour system is pretty straight forward, however, green means I achieved my goal, orange means it work in progress, and red means I haven't done it (yet!)

Hobbies
Read 15 books (smashed it with 43)
Take time to be more creative
Spend more time outside exploring
Go on adventures
Write in my journal more

Health
Get to a weight where I am happy with my body
Incorporate Yoga/Pilates into part of my routine
Reduce my meat and dairy intake
Meditate More Often
Exercise regularly

Life
Get a job
Buy a car and pass my driving test
Volunteer at a charity event or fundraiser
Make new friends

Blogging
Attend more events
Meet bloggers and make friends
Create a blogging schedule and stick to it!

What a bloody mess!
In the 5 years I have been doing this post, this has by far been the worst for achieving my resolutions. I was almost embarrassed to post this, but I wanted to be honest. Some of these goals I have just not reached (because I'm being lazy), but some of them stopped being as important to me. For example, buying a car and passing my test became less important when I decided that I would rather save my money to travel. 

Let's move past that embarrassment and focus on my resolutions for 2017. (No seriously, please scroll down)

Hobbies
More Photography
Go on day trips/Visit more places
Read 35 books from a range of genres
Try my hand (literally) at calligraphy

Health
Spend time exercising outdoors
Take control of my ever expanding waistband and shed some weight
Spend less time on social media
Build up muscle strength

Life
Make a decision about my next career step
Make more new friends and build on existing friendships
Do more social 'things'

Blogging
Continue to blog and connect with people about topics I feel passionately about


All that is left, is for me to say a big thank you for all your support in 2016 and I wish you all the best for 2017... let's smash it!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Results With Lucy #2


As mentioned in my previous post which you can read here, I am taking part in the 'Results with Lucy' 'New Beginnings' plan. At the time of writing this, I am just over half way through the plan and I am actually so surprised I have made it this far. I would be lying if I said it has all be plain sailing, there have been times when temptations have taken over. Plus, having issues with my back which resulted in physiotherapy meant that I did miss some workouts.

All in all, however, it has been really great. The workouts have slowly increased in difficulty which has allowed me to slowly build up to harder exercises, and I starting to realise how far I have come with workouts. I think my main goal for the rest of the time will be trying to stick to the food suggestions as much as possible. They aren't set in stone but I do find myself straying from them from time to time. I am really excited to see the rest of the plan.

My final measurements with be revealed at the end of the plan so make sure you follow to receive a notification of when the post goes live!

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Hidden Adventure







A few weeks ago, with an unexpected Saturday off, I decided to grab my camera and go on an adventure. There is a small path tucked behind a quaint cottage not too far from where I live. I only discovered it recently but became increasing curious to discover where the path led. After haphazardly making my way through overgrown nettles and bushes, I came along a quiet strip of a canal. The weather was perfect for taking pictures of a summer haze and I was excited to make use of my 50mm lens. 

Considering this was my first trip in a long time with my camera, I was extremely happy with the outcome. I especially like the first image. I found the bench completely secluded and almost hidden from view. It was in pretty bad shape and I wouldn't advise sitting on it, but it was beautiful to think that this may have previously been someone's favourite hideaway spot.

Looking forward to lots more adventures and exploring.



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