A New Year and New Resolutions

So firstly, Happy New Year! This is my first post of 2017 and I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and New Year.

So now on to my New Year’s Resolutions. Last year I kept it simple with only two resolutions, the first was to cook more and the second was to do as many new things as possible. 

This year I’m being more adventurous. I’ve got more resolutions which I hope to achieve and also some goals me and my partner have set privately together, such as visiting certain restaurants, etc. So here’s my overall goals.

1-Start to exercise more.

The most cliched one of the bunch is to work out more, in the gym or otherwise. I have to admit that I’m quite lazy and lately my lack of fitness has bothered me. My asthma and breathing is worse than usual and physically I don’t feel great. 

For the first time in my life I’ve signed up to the gym and I started my exercise regime yesterday, by going for an hour’s walk through a nearby country park and forest.  

2-Eat healthier.

Over the past year I’ve been a lot better at cooking myself meals rather than grabbing food on the go, however I still eat far too many treats. I have a terrible sweet tooth and a habit of reaching for naughty snacks, so it’s something that I want to work on.

3-Read one book per month.

I love reading and I have a tonne of books that are stacked up, waiting to be read. Whilst I love to read, I’ve not made the time for it. So my aim is to sit down and read one book per month, rather than just flick through magazines.

4-Watch 50 films with my partner.

I saw that Rachael did a challenge to watch a hundred films in a year with her partner, so I decided to try and do fifty with mine. We always say we don’t watch enough films or get around to seeing any, so fifty could be quite the challenge. I definitely know we could never manage a hundred! 

So far we’ve watched two films this year, which is quite the accomplishment already, as we probably only saw a handful of films last year. 

5-Getting into a better sleeping pattern.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a pretty unstable sleeping pattern. Very often I sit up until 4am or so, then wonder why I struggle to get up. I want to focus on getting myself into a better sleeping routine, where I go to bed earlier and try to wake up earlier each day. 

6-Do 2 new things per month.

My aim is to do two new things each month, no matter how big or small. It can be trying a new takeaway or visiting a new country, as long as it’s something different.

7-Visit three new places (Countries, Cities, Towns, Villages).

Travel is one of my favourite things and last year, me and my partner focused on visiting more places in the UK where we live. This year, we just hope to see as many new places as we can, in the UK or abroad. 

8-Start driving lessons.

This has been an aim of mine for quite some time. I was going to start learning to drive before I went to university, but as there was no parking near my uni, I had to use public transport.

Despite graduating years ago, I’ve still not started having regular lessons. This year I want to focus properly on learning to drive.

9-Use up what I have, before buying more.

This resolution is mostly to do with beauty items. I have a room full of beauty products, many of which are hardly used or unopened and I want to focus on trying out and using up what I already have, before buying more. 

10-Take time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. 

When I was away in the New Forest for Christmas, I realised how I was enjoying the simplest of things. Like the way the sun set behind the trees or hearing the birds sing. I want to keep on noticing and enjoying the simple things in life, as I often don’t. 

So that’s some of my resolutions for this year. Let me know what yours are. 

44 thoughts on “A New Year and New Resolutions

  1. Ah it sounds to me like we have a lot of similar resolutions- to travel more is definitely my priority and to live in the moment more too! What books are you planning on reading this year?
    Congrats on already starting with your exercise regime, walking is always a great way to work out because you get to see so much pretty nature too! Happy new year Dannii! Hope 2017 is amazing for you 🙂
    Oh ps I forgot to say, learning to drive is also on my agenda for this year too! I’ve had lessons before but wasn’t feeling it! Have you started studying for your theory yet? Xx

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    1. Haha really? Travel more is always on my list😊 Just loads. After You, The Girl on the Train, etc. Tonnes that I have sitting around☺ Aaw thanks. I love being outdoors, so I may end up going to forests and country parks more than the gym😊 Aaw happy new year to you too lovely. I hope this is a great year for you too☺ I’ve not really studied for the theory. I’ve had some lessons and practised at the car drome, but I never kept it up xx


      1. Yes!🌏 The Girl On The Train is amazing, watch the film too can go towards your 50😛 Is after you the sequel to me before you? Me too! Yes! I definitely prefer to exercise by doing activities like swimming/ walking ect rather than gym! So much nicer but the gym is always good too 🙂 thanks hun!! Ah well this is the year 🚘🚘 I’d rather save my money though and hire a chaufer lol 😂😂 xx

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      2. Haha I’ve seen the film, just not read the book yet. It is the sequel☺ Yes I’ve signed up to the gym but I’ll try to mix it up with some outdoors activities too😊 Lmao me too! It is a load of time, effort and money to learn😂 xx


  2. This is a GOOD list. I totally want to do the read at least one book a month. I used to read so much but then life got in the way and I miss reading so much. If/when you do read one you must share it with me to give me ideas on what to read. I already have the first book I want to read this month so I need to get started lol. I also love the visit 3 new places, travel is forever and always on my list. But new places is a must because I do find that I’ve redone a few places which I don’t hate but it’ll be awesome to aim for new adventures! Great list, I hope you get to achieve it all throughout 2017!!! Best of luck!!

    xo, JJ

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    1. Aaw thanks hun😊 Me too. I used to read so much, so I want to make more time for it. My first book is After You, the follow up to Me Before You😊 Travel is always on my list too☺ Aaw thanks lovely. I hope you get to achieve all you want to do this year☺ xx

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      1. I heard those both are really good… I’ve been meaning to ready Me Before You…you’ll have to tell me your thoughts once you finish!

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  3. Have you thought about looking into mindfulness? Actually, it gives you tips on how to appreciate the little things to and might even help you sleep. It would be worth reading a book on it. I’m going to try the same. I admire all of your goals though. There are quite a few and I’d say they’d seem a bit daunting (at least to me). Hope you can achieve them and I hope you let us know how you get on. Oh, and maybe do a movie list. That would be fun. My uncle attempted to watch the top 100 greatest movies ever made as listed by IMDB. That way, you could definitely watch hits!

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    1. I have thought about mindfulness. It’s something I should focus on this year, so thanks for mentioning it☺ Haha well I tried to create ones that I thought wouldn’t be too difficult or too daunting. I try to do what I can and aim high, but I don’t pressure myself or feel bad if I can’t do them all. Yes definitely. At the end of the year I’ll do a post about how I got on and what films I watched☺ I’ll take a look at the IMBD list, it might give me some inspiration! X

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      1. You could try these two lists. One is made by the BBC and one is by the American Film Institute. The BBC films one is films made in the 21st century. I have to say I am quite skeptical about the BBC List as the Grand Budapest Hotel, Spring Breakers and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind wouldn’t come close to ranking as great movies. Depends if you like arty farty crap I suppose ha!

        The BBC list is http://www.bbc.co.uk/culture/story/20160819-the-21st-centurys-100-greatest-films

        The AFI list is: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI%27s_100_Years…100_Movies_(10th_Anniversary_Edition)

        Good luck!

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  4. congratulations on setting these goals for yourself. Hope you get to achieve them especially the travel. I think everyone can have almost the same ideas yet achieve them in a different way. It’s all about being a better person either physically or aesthetically so I really enjoyed seeing that you want to work on the body and mind too. Wishing success in each one and hope to read about the 2 new things you do each month!

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    1. Aaw thank you as ever for your lovely words. I agree a lot of people may set themselves the same goals, but we all set about achieving them differently☺ I’ve done one new thing this month already, so a good start☺ x

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      1. getting started is the worst. but once we have it seems so achievable. the passion is in us and we have to keep on stoking the interest. having someone do it with us helps a lot too. so when we slack the other cheers us on. i enjoyed knowing more about what your aspirations for 2017 are.

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      2. Aaw thank you. It’s good to write them down and posting them on here now pushes me on. I agree it’s starting something that’s the hardest, but I’ve started exercising and done one new thing in the first three days. So I’ve just got to keep it up☺ xx

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  5. This was a good list. I tried to read one book every month and ended up with like seven which seems half way decent considering how busy I always seem to be. AS far as the sleeping schedule goes, always aim to go to bed a half hour earlier than you actually aim to go to bed, that way when your Netflix episode is a few minutes longer than you expected or your group chat is popping you’re not disappointed. I aim for nine on a school night so that when I go to bed at 9:30 I still have enough rest to get me through the next day. I’m not sure if that made sense lol but I hope you get the gist.

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    1. That’s still good. You found time to read seven books☺ I do. I usually say I’ll go to bed at 1am or so then carry on reading or looking stuff up. So I just need to use my time more wisely so I’m ready for bed earlier☺ xx

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  6. Fantastic resolutions!
    I really loved Rachael’s idea of watching 100 movies in a year, too! Good luck reaching 50 movies!
    Sometimes “working out” or staying fit doesn’t have to mean going to the gym. If you find yourself starting to fall off the habit of working out after the first few weeks of new years,just get yourself out and walking, or even just doing some light exercise at home – any type of moving is better than nothing!

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    1. Aaw thanks. I loved it too, so hopefully I’ll be able to watch all the movies I’ve been meaning to this year☺ I agree. My first exercise of the month was an hour’s walk through a forest and country park. I think trying to mix it up will help me keep at it☺ xx

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  7. All of these sound like great ideas and even if you only accomplish a few it will be something! I work out a ton and always feel better about myself when I do, however it helps if you find someone to be active with! I found that the motivation of knowing someone else was counting on me for their motivation my made all the difference! Good luck… 100 movies in a year, sounds impressive! Last year and the year before I made it a point to see all the Academy Award nominated films and it was quite a challenge… Can’t wait to hear more about all this as the year goes on… remember whatever the outcome it will be a success! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Hilary. As long as I try my best and possibly achieve a few, I’ll be happy☺ My partner’s pretty similiar to me. We lack motivation. I think living in a colder city can sometimes do that, but we started by going for an hour’s walk through a nearby forest and country park☺ We’ve watched two films this year, which is an achievement already! It’ll be nice to make time for films more. Aaw thanks so much. Happy New Year to you too☺ x

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  8. These all sound like great goals to work towards! I enjoyed Rachael’s 100 films in a year challenge so I’m excited to see which 50 you pick 😊 one of my aims is to progress with my driving this year too x

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  9. Happy New Year to you, lovely!

    This is a great set of resolutions, nicely varied and achievable. I don’t make resolutions myself, but the reading one is always at the back of my mind (so many books stacked up on my shelves and e-reader).

    You’ll have to keep us updated as to how you get on 🙂

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    1. Happy New Year to you too! ☺ I tried to keep it achievable or I know I’d never even try haha. The reading one’s been in my mind too. I have a lot of books to catch up on☺ Yes sure. I’ll do updates😊 xx

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