Saturday, 30 December 2017

Looking back at 2017 and some challenging New Year resolutions

I’m going to be basic and spout out loads of crap I’m going to do in the New Year but then I’m actually going to accomplish it all because I just can’t have another year of bingeing Netflix series while watching the world go by.

I jokingly titled last years resolution post ‘Time to get my fat arse off the sofa, join a gym, end poverty and have a green juice every morning’ I can barely wake up in time let alone end poverty. In that post (read it here) I mocked resolutions yet in the same article I made some, and here I am, yet again, making resolutions. But before I get into my goals for 2018, did I manage to achieve them for 2017?

They were to be better with money, keep my room tidy, post frequently on my blog, lose over a stone in weight, and most importantly pass my journalism apprenticeship. *Drum roll* I conquered them all. At the start of the year I’ll be honest, I was still rubbish with money but as the year has gone on I’ve got smarter and smarter with it. I’ve always been OCD when it comes to my space and it being clean so that one wasn’t really a challenge but posting frequently on here was – yet I managed to do it aside from in September when I only posted four times, which still works out at one post a week I suppose. I joined Slimming World and lost a stone and a half, but my biggest achievement was that I passed my apprenticeship and am now an NCTJ qualified journalist and have a permanent full-time job in the industry that I have fallen deeply in love with.

I also fell head over heels in love with cycling. I know, backtrack, what?! I absolutely adore it. I cycle to and from work (works out at about an hour of cycling there and back, five days a week, which typically burns just under 3,000 calories alone). I would have never pictured myself loving 1, a physical activity and 2, one that gives you helmet hair but I've been converted. I can now cycle for hours before my legs start aching. When I first started half a year ago I could barely cycle up a steep hill.

All of this may sound great but truthfully, aside from the resolutions I managed to accomplish, it's been a monotonous and rather shit year. For months and month's things kept going wrong - eventually, I took a step back and made the changes I needed to make. I went through another breakup in 2017 (what's new?), but it made me make new friends, become even closer to old friends, and I spent a lot more time with my family, especially my nan.

In the 'girls' group chat the other day my friend jokingly said she could 'feel it her bones' that she was going to meet her future husband in 2018. It got me thinking, 'will I meet mine?' only then to realise that love is the last thing on my mind for next year. If it happens and I bump into him while paying for my groceries in Tesco then fabulous, but I certainly won't be looking. Likewise, I've even stopped using Tinder to find, excuse my frankness, dick. Don't judge me, I know I'm not the only person who uses the app for a quick hook up in a car. 

Although I'm excited about a new year there are some downsides to 2018 already. My best friend, who has been since we were four-years-old, is going travelling and hasn't booked a return ticket so far and another very very close friend is going away for four months, as she's in the army. Of course, I have other friends and I'll be fine but I am going to miss them so unbelievably much. Therefore, I need to find a friend with benefits who will watch Black Mirror with me because I'm too scared to watch it on my own but I also want cuddles. 

Now that I've updated the internet on my life, here are my New Year resolutions for 2018 which, like 2017, I will accomplish. It may seem like A LOT but most of them are small ones that I feel, are doable - but will see.

  • Learn to drive. This one is a biggie for me as I've been putting it off for far too long as admittedly I have been very frightened to get behind a wheel. That fear is gone now and instead, I am filled with excitement at the thought of driving.
  • Look after myself. As I previously said I lost a bit of weight this year but I want to hit my goal in 2018. By December 31st next year I want to be filled with knowledge on clean eating and be living a healthy lifestyle. Of course, this includes working out and while I will continue to cycle five days a week for roughly an hour a day I also want to either go to a gym or do an at home work out a few times a week.
  • Frequent uploads to my YouTube channel. In October I started YouTube and I have been uploading content at least once a week since. I want to carry this on throughout 2018 as I have been really enjoying vlogging. If you have any video suggestions please let me know. You can find my channel by clicking (here) or searching 'vavaviolett'.
  • Read a book a month. I feel like this is doable but reading is time-consuming and with a blog to run, a full-time job, a YouTube channel, seeing friends and family, it's not always easy to fit it in. However, if I'm in bed by 9.30pm on a work night I can get in an hour of reading before I start to fall asleep. I'm a fast reader so I suppose I have that in my favour. 
  • Up my journalism game. Monday to Friday I work at my local paper and I adore it but next year I really want to produce the best work I possibly can. I'm going to study grammar more in my spare time, go over my media law knowledge and really master my shorthand. 

I am so ready for a 'fresh start' and cannot wait to get my teeth stuck into January. I've already planned 60% of my blog and YouTube content for next year #keen.

Thank you for reading my little blog this year. Even if this is the first post you're reading, I really appreciate it. I have a £30 ASOS gift card GIVEAWAY going up in January as a thank you so stay tuned for that!

Let me know your New Year resolutions in the comments below!

Written by VavaViolet's Founder and Editor-in-Chief Sophie Blackman.

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