02/01/2015

My Life Lately: Hello 2015

I am so excited for this year. My 22nd birthday will be here in a matter of days, my boyfriend comes back on holiday shortly after that and then my year will change dramatically when I (hopefully) graduate from university in September! I'm not big on New Year celebrations (this year I spent it with my boyfriend, his parents and his best friend at his house eating curry and watching rubbish TV) but I love the idea of starting afresh in a new year. I love getting time to assess everything that's happened during the past year and setting goals for the year to come. Since I spent the last couple of days with my boyfriend before he went away, I'm a little late to the party but here goes!

MY NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS 2015

Health & Fitness

1. Exercise as much as I can

I've planned my workout schedule for the whole of January already and aim to stick to it as much as possible. Even if I can't do a full workout, I'd at least like to squeeze in something. Firstly, one aim is to do a HIIT workout first thing using only my bodyweight; hopefully this will give me more energy throughout the day. Secondly, I want to start doing yoga before bed every night to destress; this will also give me a few minutes a night to just relax and chill out. Finally, I have a few fitness DVDs and I want to make use of them! I plan on picking one DVD a month to work through and then if I decide I don't like it, I can get rid of it after that.

2. Get up earlier to fit in a morning workout

I wake up at 8 when I have a day off anyway but I'm going to start getting up an hour earlier to get in my morning workout; then it's done for the day! I've created a cardio workout for first thing that's only about 10 minutes long so if I'm at work that day, I can get up just 15 minutes earlier! Believe me, I love sleep but sometimes I think I've been getting too much sleep!

3. Write a health journal- food, fitness, water

I bought a template off an Etsy store to use as my fitness journal. It included a weight and measurement tracker, exercise log, food log and a water intake sheet. Like I said earlier, I'm planning my workouts for the next month and including them on this journal so I can just log them as I go every day. It only cost me about £3 anyway!

4. Cut down on junk food

My diet is so bad. I don't eat any fruit or veg and I never have. Eventually I might try some but that will take time. Instead of eating healthier, I'm aiming to just cut down on snacking and junk food and eat more protein and healthy carbs. Back to the chicken and rice lifestyle! As I'm working lots over the next month or so, I need to start making my lunch at home rather than buying my lunch in town; the only places close enough to my work are Burger King and Greggs!

5. Limit myself to one milky hot chocolate a day

This is key when I'm at work. I live in Starbucks. However when I'm at home, I always use whole milk to make my hot chocolates which is really bad for you! I need to start using hot water instead!

Beauty & Fashion

1. Create a skincare routine for day and night- and stick to it!

This is already in practice as we speak! Because I have sensitive skin, there are very few products that I can use but Nivea are my go-to range now. I have their cleanser, toner, day cream and night cream. I still use make-up wipes on a night but then use miscellar water to make sure all of my pores are fully cleaned! As well as this, I plan on using a face mask once a week and a deep conditioning mask for my hair once a week too!

2. Experiment with make-up more

In fairness, I don't wear make-up too often; I tend not to wear it much to uni as I usually have performing arts rehearsals after my lectures and hate make-up dripping down my face as I'm trying to dance! However, I do like applying make-up, I'm just not very good at it! I suppose it looks like you've put more effort in. Recently I haven't been wearing make-up around because I'm so comfortable around him. However, when we have our date nights, I'm going to start making more effort in terms of make-up. He loves me in red lipstick but it's not exactly ideal for him if he wants a kiss!

3. Only buy clothes when I really need them and create a capsule wardrobe

I love clothes but recently I've been buying so many! After my birthday trip to London, I'm going to not buy any clothes unless it is too good a bargain to refuse. This also goes for make-up and toiletries. I'll only buy if I've ran out of something.

I have loads of clothes but still wear the same few. This year, I want to establish my own persoanl style and pick staple items that I'll wear over and over again, rather than on just a few occasions!

University, Work & Organisation

1. Work hard to get a good grade in my degree

It's scary to think that I graduate in July! I've got so much work to do and for definite I will not leave everything until last minute this semester! I only have my mini-dissertation in terms of essays, a couple of presentations and two exams and then I'm done. I need to learn from my mistakes previously and get those higher grades!

2. Write freelance for more websites

I've had some experience with this previously but struggled to manage my time around everything that I have going on right now. Which leads me to my next point...

3. Organise my time more

Sunday nights are the best time for me to be able to do this. I finish work at half 2 and then the night is mine. Instead of coming home and watching TV all night, I'm going to make the most of my Sunday afternoons/nights by using them to organise my week ahead and then pamper myself. I've got 4 diaries so I've really got no excuses! This includes work shifts, revision and uni work, blog posts, performing arts rehearsals, date nights and me-time!

Miscellaneous

1. Have a huge clearout

We're moving house soon and this means having a brutal clearout. If I don't use the item, it's going to the charity shop/on eBay/tip/family and friends. This goes for books, DVDs, clothes, shoes, cuddly toys. Anything, you name it!

2. Read more

I love reading but the only things I've read recently are Women's Health and marketing journal articles for uni. I want to start reading more classics. I might start reading for 20 minutes before bed every night actually!

3. Bake more

My life goal is to become the new Mary Berry; however I am a shit baker. The only thing I can bake are cupcakes and brownies. I've bought a new baking book with 500 recipes in and I want to get through as many as possible this year! I hope to share them on the blog if they're presentable enough!

4. Save, save, save!

With us moving house, I need to save to decorate my new bedroom. Also, when I leave uni, I'm going back to college full-time so might not be able to work. Also, I want to move in with my boyfriend sooner rather than later so I want to save up as much as humanely possible!

5. Enjoy living in the moment

I get stresses far too easily and this year I want to enjoy life and appreciate what I have.
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