I know, I know, New Year’s Resolutions are a bit marmite. I am firmly in the love camp, however. I really enjoying sitting down and reflecting on the previous year and looking at how I can build on for the year ahead professionally and personally. For anybody interested, these are my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019, a little late as I got caught up in a Disney bubble….
Continue Improving My Blog
I have absolutely loved going self employed with my blog over the past year and am really excited to go into my second year as a freelance blogger. I am really proud of what I am achieving and, although it isn’t all about the numbers, I am really going to attempt to build a bigger following and get my posts out to more people in 2019. I also want to play around with my blog a little and perhaps get a new theme at some point during the year as well. I am also excited to work with more brands and produce more sponsored content alongside my personal posts.
Celebrate My 30th
I am experiencing mixed emotions about turning 30 in May. In a way I am scared as it has always been this big milestone which people don’t seem to like reaching but on the other hand it is an excuse to go all out and celebrate. I have actually achieved a huge amount already and am at a point in my life where I feel ready to enter a new decade. I have a husband and three children who I love, am doing something I love and making money from it and I have some incredible friends. I was planning on going away initially but I think I might have a party after all as I really do want to celebrate with those I love.
Learn How to Use my Camera Properly
I have had an Olympus Pen for the past few years (first the EPL7, then EPL8 and I now have the EPL9) but I haven’t really taken it off auto apart from a brief time during a photography class. I really want to get the most out of the camera and improve my photography so I need to learn how to use the settings properly.
This is something I have been working on with my Cognitive Behavioural Therapist as I worry about pretty much anything and everything, a lot more than the average person does. I have generalised anxiety disorder as well as depression, and this means worrying is a coping mechanism for me but I know it is having a negative effect on me so I want to try and stop.
Learn to Love Myself
Kind of linked to worrying less, I also want to be kinder to myself this year. I have been forced to wear less makeup over the past month after I experienced quite severe facial eczema and it has made me realise how low my self esteem has been. I have used makeup as a shield for a long time and, although I now feel more confident going out without a full face on, I want to learn to love myself more.
Be in the Moment More
I am the worst at living through the lens of my phone or camera. When we go out anywhere I am always posting to social media, taking photos and just generally thinking about a dozen things at once rather than enjoying the moment. I want to be more present so that I can really appreciate the experiences.
Manage my Time Better
Working from home is great as it means I can work around taking the children to school and am able to make it to events during the daytime but it also means that I am almost constantly switched on and in work mode. I want to try and stick to set work hours as much as possible this year so that I am able to take some time away from my emails, blog and social media.