Saturday, 4 January 2014

Happy New Year! | Resolutions 2014

Brandon Hill, night, Bristol, skyline,
My silhouette on Brandon Hill in Bristol by Jess

A very happy new year to you all! I hope you all had great time welcoming in 2014 and didn't have to put yourself to bed because you drank too much champagne like I did... Ooops.

I love writing my new years resolutions and feel like its a really useful exercise to create some goals at the beginning of the year, this year I decided that I would also review my resolutions from last year.

1. 'Try a bit harder at everything.'
2013 - This resolution was all about pushing myself a bit more; I think I succeeded. I finished my first year of uni with a not too shabby 2.1. My blog, though I didn't do much in the middle of the year, is still here and ever growing! And though I didn't apply for any work experience placements I was lucky enough to get the position of Arts & Fashion editor at the uni newspaper which is a fantastic opportunity for me.

2014 - This year I want to try even harder at uni; because second year actually counts! My main thing to focus on is my time management; I want to start assignments earlier and keep up with my mammoth reading list. I also want to get some magazine related work experience this year; be it one day in an office or a full blown internship, I just want to do something!

2. Be Healthier.
2013 - I feel I half succeeded on this one last year. Moving out of halls allowed me space to get more organised and a clean kitchen so I actually have loads of yummy salad and veggies in the fridge. Because I was travelling around so much this summer I didn't have the opportunity 

2014 - This year the fitness aspect of this resolution will be helped by the fact that I live at the top of a humungous hill (ha!). I'm not entirely sure if that counts though! I'm not sure if I have the time to commit to any kind of weekly fitness class but I do want to try out some different activities (planning on going to a roller disco at the end of the month). I also plan to cook more and try different foods. 

3. Save money!
2013 - My main aim of last year was just to get a job so I could afford to live and also have a fun summer. I managed to get two jobs and then packed them both in to start working on a Mexican food stall! This meant that I managed to combine the two parts of my resolution; 'get a job' and 'have a wonderful summer of fun and travel'. Additionally to this I started doing something I've always wanted to do and I started my own little business selling headdresses I had made. 

2014 - This year I'm pretty much in the same boat as I was last year but need to start applying to Bristol jobs a little bit earlier. I am also planning on having a complete rebrand of 'Dulcie's Feathers' (any name suggestions welcome) and I hope to have an online shop open by the summer.

4. Explore & Learn.
2013 - I think in comparison to 2012 this was pretty successful. I spent weekends away in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Cambridge. I also went to festivals in the middle of Wales and the lake district, so I definitely got to see quite a lot of the country. I've got back into being creative and used my sewing machine a lot last year.

2014 -  I want need to go abroad this year as the last time I went abroad will be three years ago this summer... eek.  I am also planning to refresh my French skills (maybe the trip abroad will coincide with this?) as well as reading more and continuing to make more clothes.

4. Blog Resolutions!

I thought it would be good to have some specific blog resolutions this year and they are as follows:
+ Blog more... blog about everything! I often have accidental blogging hiatuses which are usually due to nothing more than laziness. Some new things I plan to start blogging about are books, cooking and my favourite places to go in Bristol.
+ Meet more bloggers! I went to four different events last year and finally got to meet some really lovely bloggers, I am super excited to do this some more this year.

Plus to keep up with my progress I'm going to do a monthly resolution review post.

Phew! I downloaded a great New Years 'Revolution' pack from Do What You Love which has some great resources for splitting up your goals and planning out how you will achieve them. I would love to know your resolutions for the year and how you are planning on keeping on track, please leave a comment! :)

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  1. Love the resolutions! Please keep blogging :D xx

  2. I actually really like the name of your blog for your shop and even though it doesn't include anything to do with feathers/headdresses it doesn't have to I guess, it already has your name, it's catchy and it rolls off the tongue! I love reading your posts and yes please keep blogging! I'd also love to go to some blogging events so that's definitely another goal for me to add to the list. xxx

    1. Oh I'm not even sure about the name for the blog!! I was kind of wanting to change that too.. but you've made me feel a lot better about it haha. x

  3. I love your goal to meet more bloggers. Every single time I've gone out of my way to attend a blogging networking event or get together, it's been sooooo worth it!

    1. Me too, I can't wait for more events this year!

  4. Ooh, you've picked some pretty good resolutions. A lot of them I can relate to and also want to work on! Wishing you all the best for 2014!

    Thanks for your comment on our film post. We'll be keeping an eye on your watch list! - Bee, tftc.

    1. Publishing a watch list is making me very conscious of how much trash I watch hahah!

  5. Explore & Learn, that's a big one for me, as well as a blog redesign. My aim is to travel to countries I've not been too. All your goals seem attainable.

    Buckets & Spades


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