2017 Resolutions

Lifting the mood from my last post, I've had a bit of time to think about things I'd like to work on this year. The first few days of a new year always get me a bit down in the dumps and I worry that I've not done enough with my life and I panic that I still don't really know what direction I'm going in. I don't have any majorly huge new years resolutions but here goes:

Read more
For at least a year I've been telling myself I need to get back into reading. My bookcases are rammed with books I've never even opened, I just buy them on Amazon when I find one I like the sound of! There are also at least 5 that I've started, got half way through because of forcing myself to read that far when I wasn't even enjoying the story lines and then they've been abandoned with the book mark still hanging out. At the moment I'm reading 'Reasons To Stay Alive' by Matt Haig and so far so good!

Learn to knit
I love trying new crafts and for a while now I've wanted to learn how to knit. For Christmas I got a kit from James' parents which makes an Olaf dog jumper. A lovely lady from work has been teaching me to cast on which for those of you who don't know, its like the starting point of loading your needles with wool. I'm yet to move on from this because in all honesty, I just don't get it and YouTube help videos are so quick and I can't keep up no matter how many times I pause it haha! But I've started becoming obsessed with wool and every time I see some in the shops I'm like 'ooooh pretty colours' then James reminds me I can't even knit yet.

Travel more
Money may be a bit of an issue for this year as we'll most likely be spending ours on decorating our new house and making it just how we want, but I've booked a sneaky 3 night trip away to Amsterdam for our wedding anniversary and James' birthday at the end of March. Amsterdam is somewhere neither of us has ever been and it will have been a year since we went abroad when we go so we're very excited, plus its not breaking the bank. If you're wanting a little holiday but don't want to spend too much, check out booking.com because its a great way to shop around, it shows reviews, gives a personal travel guide when you book and provides restaurant and sight seeing ideas. Not spon, just an awesome website!

Let things go…
This one is actually continuing on from something I started to practice this time last year. I'm still guilty of hanging onto some things, but a year ago I used to worry and whittle about silly little things until it made me feel sick. My friend Gemma describes it as making mountains out of mole hills, and I often use this quote in my head when I'm reviewing a situation. I find spending a couple of minutes assessing how much of a big deal something really is can alter your perception of it big time and its better to spend a couple of minutes reminding yourself of this than spending hours or even days worrying for no reason.

Stand up for myself
I was walked all over last year by certain individuals which I won't go into right now, but looking back I'm not entirely sure why I stood for it. Environment, thats what. Sound confusing? Yeah I'm sorry, workplace - say no more. But this year I'm cutting the crap and not putting up with being disrespected. This goes for blogging too. Recently I've been receiving emails from people asking me to illustrate for them for free, or promote their brand or products without anything in return. Nope. This year I'm going to treat my blog with the respect it deserves and also not do myself in trying to please others all the time. Just for good measure, I've dug out this photo of me from a photography lesson at Sixth Form. Say hello to 17 year old Ellis.

So I think that'll do for now. I have a huge pile of washing up demanding to be sorted and my kitchen is also half packed away. Oops! And yep you guessed it, we still haven't moved house nor do we have a date, but as always I'll keep you posted :)

Thanks for reading!

Ellis x

*Amsterdam and knitting photos from pixabay.com


  1. I think now that you have shelves stuffed with new books, reading them will be one of the best things you can do for yourself. Not only will it keep you in good spirits, once you read them, you can make it a new resolution to donate them, turning on a whole new audience to reading this year as well.

    Lindsey @ Nosto

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