It’s hard to visit any shopping centre without seeing a Kiehl’s stand or store. I’ve heard so many great things about the brand however once being a ‘non skin care lover’ I was nervous to spend my hard-earned cash on such tiny bottled potions.
Firstly, how was everybody’s January? I gotta say my year has been off to a slow start! I came back from my trip to Australia mid January and shortly after I went back to work I had surgery on my nose due to my allergies. This has certainly seen my motivation dip and my procrastination climb! On one hand I wanted to recover while I was off sick from work, but I also wanted to get ahead with my blog and use my time in bed wisely. One thing is for sure – I am set on focusing more time on my self in 2016. These are only a couple of what I believe to be the keys to becoming a more happier you this year.
Losing weight, getting organised, saving more and staying fit – just some of the most popular New Years Resolutions for 2015. According to many articles I came across today, only 8% of Resolutions are actually kept! Why do we bother making resolutions? Why is the 1st of January so important for us, and why do we need a specific day to make a change? Is there a better approach to take when it comes to goal setting?
There are several different cultures that began the tradition of New Years Resolutions. Babylonians would made promises to their gods at the start of each year that they would return borrowed objects and pay their debts, and in the Medieval era knights took a ‘peacock vow’ after Christmas to re-affirm their commitment to chivalry. When I looked into it, here are many different records of this tradition across many different eras. Interestingly it looks like New Years Resolutions have been around for decades!
In the past few years I have began writing myself a list of goals for the year. I usually do this in January and don’t really think about it until after all the Christmas festivities are over and done with. I enjoy doing this not because i’m unhappy with my life but because I like to have something to focus on and look forward to throughout the year. I have found especially recently that finding purpose and goals setting is extremely effective for me.
Another way to set yourself up for a great year I found on Gretchen Rubin‘s website. She recommends setting a theme for the year, which reminded me of a friend who once told me that a specific year was ‘year of the house’ for her. I think this type of resolution is much easier to keep, however it may be difficult to measure at the end of the year if you are a goal setter like I am.
For me I like to make my goals very specific so I can check each one off my list, though this may not suit everyone. In the past these have been ‘Save $xx’ or ‘Travel overseas’ for example. I haven’t set any goals for 2016 just yet, but I feel my theme ironically will be Wellbeing! Since starting my blog I have been so busy with trying to keep so many different balls in the air I have lost focus towards something that is so important to me. I’m not sure I will broadcast all of my goals, but I will certainly post at the end of January to report back on how I am working towards them.
Please let me know, do you have any resolutions for the New Year? Do you usually keep your resolutions?
I’ve been into YouTube for quite a few years, but reading blogs has now become a close second. After a long day there is nothing I prefer more than laying in bed and scrolling through my Bloglovin‘ feed. Though I like to blog about and am interested in wellbeing, I prefer to read about other things such as career, fashion and home. See below a couple of my FAVES that are totally worth your bandwidth…
CGD is definitely my fave mid week read. It covers fashion, lifestyle and fitness to name a few. The site aims to empower strong women, saying they’re an online community for the career girl in heels, with interviews of established power women, female entrepreneurs and other ambitious career girls. What’s not to love!
Kate’s blog is home decor heaven. I have only recently discovered her, but I am absolutely loving her home and personal style sick! She also has an online store called Nouvelle which sells Stationary and cute accessories. Well worth a look at either of her sites if you’re into Scandinavian styled living.
I discovered Anna around this time last year when I saw one of her gift guides on her youtube channel. She has an incredibly casual, humorous and witty style of writing, the kind that makes you feel as if she is a friend telling you about their week. Though she is a ‘Beauty Blogger’ she has recently broaden her horizons, blogging about her Capsule Wardrobe project, fitness and food.
Amber’s blog is my go to for fashion and fam inspo. She lives in New York with her husband David, little boy Atticus, Golden Retriever Chauncey and newly born Rosie Belle. Amber mostly focuses on Fashion however she also occasionally does hair tutorials – which is what originally attracted me to her blog. Even at 37 weeks pregnant she is the epitome of style!
Estée was born in Canada but moved to the UK around 6 years ago to be with her Boyfriend Aslan, who encouraged her to start writing a blog. She found blogging helped distract her from her home sickness – which is why I began blogging also! She originally went by the handle Essie Button and focused mostly on beauty, but has recently had a blog revamp and made her move into the lifestyle column. ADORE.
Give these blogs some love tonight and please let me know which blogs are your faves? I am always on the lookout for more to follow on Bloglovin’ :)