2017, what will you bring?

I know we are well into 2017 and January is already nearly over but I’ve missed most of it. I didn’t even have a chance to spend my hard earned £££ in the sales, which TBH is probably a good thing!
I’m not going to do a 2016 review, I think that ship has sailed off into the night. Let’s just say, for me 2016 was a weird one filled with incredible high points but also devastatingly heart breaking low points. It’s certainly not a year I’m going to forget in a hurry!

We rung in the New Year on a boat in the Whitsundays which was incredible and was the perfect place for me to think about what I want from 2017.

bow of a boat in Australia

One of the biggest things I’ve realised that I want in life is more time, now I know I’m probably not the only one, there just never seems to be enough hours in the day!!
I’ve decided that 2017 will be the year I learn a new skill, be it floristry, swimwear design (I’d love to design my own line one day) or take a cookery course. I’ve also decided to sign myself up for a photography refresher course, now I learnt a lot of my photography skills at university, but since I worked out the other day that I graduated 10 years ago my skills are a little on the rusty side. If anyone has any course recommendations, I’d love to hear them!

2017 is also going to be the year that I finally get fit and stay fit. I slimmed down and got fit for my wedding, but I sort of (read: totally did) fall off the fitness wagon afterwards. So, now is the time for me to get back on it! Not because I’ve got a ‘new year, new me’ attitude but I just don’t feel 100% comfortable in my own skin at the moment. I normally don’t mind wearing a bikini, but whilst in Australia I found myself covering up and comparing myself to literally everyone around me. Silly really considering I’m never going to see any of these people ever again! So fitness is back on the agenda!
Get better at shopping. Now I don’t mean I’m going to shop more or buy more, I’m just going to shop smarter and spend a little more for better quality clothes which last longer. Don’t get me wrong I love Primarni as much as anyone but I’m realising ‘fast fashion’ isn’t for me, I need investment pieces, although I’m not talking about high end designer I just mean higher end high street. (if that makes any sense).

bird print shift dress

I love this dress from Hush, so pretty

Drink less! In Australia we worked out we were drinking every day, now it wasn’t in an excessive binge way, just a couple of drinks, but still it was every day. Now that I’m back I’ve decided to give up alcohol for 12 weeks which started on 12th Jan. I promise not to become all preachy and bang on about how I’ve not drunk for XX weeks etc! If I do, leave me a comment telling me to sshh! But with giving up boozing and upping my exercise and refining my diet (goodbye biscuits!) I should be able to slim down and tone up in time for summer! Wish me luck.
My final focus for a happy and healthy 2017 is to be more mindful and look after my mental health! I struggled quite a lot last year with anxiety which at times got the better of me. This year I’m really focusing on being mindful and looking after my brain! I’m also going to make a conscious effort to take social media breaks – now I know this is a bit ironic considering I’m blogging but I do think sometimes social media contributes to my mood and can really affect it. Not anymore!
So that’s it, my hopes for 2017 in a nutshell. Have you set any goals for 2017? I’d love to hear what you’re planning to do.

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