Hello my loves,
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I hope you all had an amazing New Years Eve and celebrated with your loved ones. I had a quiet night in with my boyfriend this year, different from the norm. We decided to stay in as we haven't seen much of each other lately and we've both been working non stop, not to mention me being poorly. Jack cooked us a three course meal and it was all a complete surprise, I wasn't allowed in the kitchen, let alone help him so it was all rather mysterious. It was absolutely delicious, and afterwards we cuddled up on the sofa with a blanket on our laps, and drinks in our hands, watching a film waiting for the count down to begin.
Does anyone else get excited about starting a fresh new diary? Sometimes I think it's the best part about starting a new year (as odd as that may sound, I do love my stationary ha!) I picked up this pretty floral and bird print diary just before the new year. I love picking out a diary for the new year and I always choose a large, A5 size where each page is dedicated to one day. I find this easier when making plans, writing down when you're working and also writing in deadlines for certain things (they were especially handy when I was at uni!).
Last year I saw a lot of people creating memory jars, a place to write down great memories from that time of the year, store them in the jar and look back on all of them when December 31st arrived. I didn't do this as I still had my last few months of university left which meant a lot of stress and tiring days. I knew if I created one I would forget about it and not use it as university was constantly on my mind. However, this year I feel it is my time to shine. My time to show what I am really about, what I'm passionate about and achieve goals I have always wanted to achieve.
I never say 'this is my year' or 'this year will be so much better than last year', but I really do feel like that this time around. 2013, as I said, was a very tiring and stressful year, don't get me wrong I had some great moments like graduating and getting my collection onto the British Vogue website and WGSN etc, but I feel like I could have done more, and that is what 2014 is all about for me. Therefore, every great moment I have I will write down on a piece of paper and pop it into the jar. Of course I couldn't resist decorating the jar ;)
This year I have also created a bucket list. If you're not too sure what a bucket list is, it's basically a list of things you would like to achieve throughout the year and you can tick them off as you go. I think it's a great idea to keep everything fresh in your mind and make plans to do the things you want to do otherwise, if you're like me, you'll end up forgetting and before you know it it's too late! So fingers crossed I can start ticking these things off very soon! This is also a great way to look back on your year when we reach December 31st and remind yourself of everything you were able to tick off during the year.
I'm thinking of doing a post 6 months down the line and seeing how full my jar is and how many things I have been able to tick off of my list. Have you created a bucket list or a memory jar for 2014? I'd love to know!
I also have a few New Years resolutions which I am hoping to stick to this year (don't we say that every year?) Here are a few of mine...
1. Read more! Whether it be fashion magazines, novels or career books I need to read more and not spend so much of my time on the internet.
2. Go on lots of adventures with Jack & friends, not just abroad but around England too. Embrace your country!
3. Get rid of old clothes/bags/shoes. If you haven't worn it in 6 months or more, get rid!
4. Interact more with fellow bloggers. (I seem to have taken a step back lately and I really want to chat to fellow bloggers who share the same interests as me)
5. Be happy! Do not let little things stress you out or get you down. You only have one life, do not anyone or anything get you down :)
So there we have it! My plans for 2014 and some resolutions thrown in too! Do you have anything you want to achieve this year? Or even any new years resolutions you want to stick to? I would really love to know :)
I hope this year is full of fun, laughter and excitement for you all. Make this year the best you can possibly make it!
Speak soon lovelies,