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New Year, Same Me

A few days ago, I had a bit of a revelation. This is the first year since I was a pre-teen that my new years resolution isn't just a goal weight. In fact, my appearance hasn't even made the list (and it is a pretty long list). And realising that fact just felt so liberating. I guess, I always saw a new year as a chance to reinvent myself. Whether it was back in the days of sitting in my almost entirely Bang On The Door themed bedroom noting down tips and tricks from the Angus, Thongs etc etc series on snogging, boys, and push up bras to scrolling through Instagram as a uni student thinking how I can change up my work out routine to get a bigger butt or firmer thighs or get rid of that one last roll at the bottom of my belly that just won't budge, self-reinvention has dominated every new year's resolution I ever made. And the truth is, none of my resolutions really changed me much. I still have rolls on my belly (a few more post-Christmas than I would care to admit tbh) and I never did get any of secondary school crushes to go out with me (not from lack of trying, I will tell you that much). 

This year, I am not trying to change myself. Instead I wrote out a list of things I would love to do rather than a list of things I would love to be. And I am pretty excited about them. 

So much so that I want to share a few of them here. Mostly so I can look back in a year and see how many I actually managed to achieve. 

Travel to a new country
In 2018, we travelled to Edinburgh, the Lake District, Cardiff, London, and Berlin but, in 2019, I want to do more international travel. I would love to explore more of Europe - especially places like Krakow, Vienna, Budapest, Amsterdam, and more of Germany too. Maybe even New York! Here's hoping we win the lottery, eh?

Invest more time into my blog
Over the last six or so months, I have really gotten back into blogging. I have started to enjoy the whole process again - everything from brainstorming post ideas, writing posts, going out with my tripod and shooting pics, and just engaging with all you lovely people who read and comment on my blog and social media sites. I have even started to enjoy the emails too! This year, I want to have more fun with my content and take more risks. And buy a lot more outfits to shoot.

Have more adventures with Ava
As Ava has gotten older, I have loved being able to do more stuff with her. Don't get me wrong, I loved having a newborn but a little toddler is just more fun (although she runs me ragged). In 2018, we did a few fun things together like going to the Britax Roemer blogger breakfast in the summer and going camping with my parents and I am excited to do even more in 2019. I already have the aquarium on the cards and a whole lot of soft play too. Maybe even weekly swimming??

Try to live a more environmentally-friendly life
Since getting my anaemia diagnosis, I have kinda been using it as a get out of jail free card for all the meat and dairy products I could ever wish to consume. But not anymore. In 2019, I want to try to run a more environmentally friendly home and that means eating a little less meat, using a little less plastic, and just being a little more aware of how my actions affect the planet. Goodbye, pigs in blankets, you may be my last.

Have more fun with fashion
Way back in September, I wrote a post about how I wanted to take more fashion risks and, over the last few months, I feel like I have kinda achieved that. I am wearing more of what I want and less 'safe' options and I am just enjoying clothes more. In 2019, I want to carry that on and continue to have fun with fashion. I am already looking forward to spring and having a bit of fun with dresses and skirts.

Get back into baking
Back in the early days of married life, I used to bake all the time. I would make bread each week and scones and biscuits almost everyday but, since Ava came along, I have slowly stopped bothering and I let Mr Kipling take the reins for a bit. But, this year, I want to get back at it. I have a book of Jewish bakes that I want to try and I am pretty excited about it all tbh (and excited to eat it all too).

Start thinking about my career
As you guys may know, I got pregnant just before I graduated uni. I did manage to get my degree (BA (Hons) English Lit don'tcha know) but then I couldn't really use it as offices seemed weirdly adverse to hiring the lady who is definitely 6 months pregnant wobbling up for an interview in heels. Can't think why? Lol. But Ava is one now and I am still at my part-time chippy job and I have that itch to start doing something again. It is a bit of a tricky one since childcare is so expensive but I would love to feel like I were using my degree for something - whether I am working from home or elsewhere for a few hours a week.

What are your goals for 2019?

Jumper: New Look (similar)
Necklace: Voice International (here)*
Trousers: Nasty Gal (similar)
Shoes: New Look (similar)
Coat: New Look (similar)


  1. Good luck with your job search, I will be trying to find one soon so that I can use my two degrees. Its' a tough market out there. I hope you get to travel more this year, I went to Krakow and loved it so much. I didn't like Budapest but I'm going back this year and giving it another chance.

  2. I hope that you have the best 2019 sweetie!

    Danielle xx

  3. This is such a great list - definitely better for the soul than anything that involves changing your body or weight! Good luck with everything! :)


  4. Happy New Year hun! Love your trousers in these pics soo much. I think travelling is such a fab goal to have for 2019, super excited to follow where you go! Hope you have a wonderful 2019 xo

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  6. Happy new Year (although we are one month in) I love this outfit!!
    Alex ox.


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