2017 Goals and 2016 Reflection


2017, new year, resolutions, goals, achievements, reflect, 2016, year, review, diptyque candle, succulent, the white company, candle, peoniesHappy New Year and Hello 2017! What better way to start 2017 than the clichéd New Years Resolutions! Whilst some people will roll their eyes, I personally love setting goals for myself. It can be so motivating having something in mind to achieve and of course it’s incredibly rewarding to have a successful end result! So I thought I would share some of my personal goals for the year ahead as well as looking back at my goals from 2016 to see how I got on!

2016 Reflection 

It seems like quite the trend to simply hate on 2016. Whilst a lot of tragedy took place over the year across the world, personally 2016 was a decent and mostly successful year for myself.  I made four goals for myself in 2016 which you can recap on here. The first one related to improving my blog. Now if you look at last years post and compare the photo from last year to now, I think you can tell that there has been some large improvements! My photography has improved massively, as well as changing up what I blog about which has definitely improved the quality of my posts. Connecting with others on social media has been rather slow however and this is still something to work on! I am going to do a separate post on blogging goals for 2017 so keep your eye out!

I also spoke about adopting a healthier lifestyle. I have been really happy with my success on this goal. Snacking has always been a big issue of mine and I’ve really curbed my sugar appetite! I’ve learnt a lot about healthy eating and even trying out new recipes and cookbooks this year. On the fitness side of things, I still continue doing yoga and I also took up a bit of running over the Summer. I could definitely have improved my fitness from the year but I am still happy with my progress and I am also over a stone lighter than I was in Summer 2016!

Also, one of my goals was to invest properly in my wardrobe and have a good clear out essentially starting fresh! I really wish I took a picture of my wardrobe then and now as it has changed so much! This time last year it was full of unworn and unwanted clothes and now I have so much space as well as a wardrobe filled with some really great pieces. Whilst there is still a bit more cutting down that can be done, I am really happy about how it is looking now. Speaking of wardrobe revamping, Farfetch have created a swishy Capsule Wardrobe Generator which can help give you a little inspiration for giving your wardrobe a revamp for 2017. There is already so many beautiful pieces I am dreaming about…, check it out here!

Finally, my last goal for 2016 was to save regularly. When I look at my spending from the last month, I am starting to wince now at the thought of this goal! Nevertheless, I started the year off pretty well taking a note of everything I wanted to buy from the month and how much it would cost. I also saved a good bit too and put money towards things I had always wanted. I could’ve been stricter but I am still feeling positive about this goal!

2017 Goals 

Now onto what I want to achieve this year…

    1. Invest in body-care – A couple of years ago I really wanted to get into a regular skincare routine and since then I can’t go a day without. Now I really want to spend more time and efforts into maintaining good body-care. It is easy to focus on cleansing your face etc. but when it comes to body care and looking after the rest of us, it can easily be neglected. I want to keep up with regular moisturising ensuring my limbs are as cared for as my face!
    2. Continue a healthier lifestyle – I already spoke about my progress from 2016 and I want to continue finding new recipes, eating better and also even trying to do a little exercise now and again!
    3. Spend more wisely – I love buying clothes and makeup as I am sure you all know! Although I want to be more stricter about dropping money on more things every now and again. I already have so much makeup that I would love to use up rather than continuously buying more! I have a few ‘treat-yo-self’ or spendy purchases I would like to get this year so I am hoping I can cut out on regularly unnecessary spending and save regularly!
    4. Have fun – I’m still young and whilst I have many things going on, I still have time to do whatever. Instead of wasting that time away, I want to properly cherish it and use it properly. See my friends, go out and do something new or even just watch a movie that I’ve been desperate to see for a long time! Why sit sulking when you can do something enjoyable!

 

What are your 2017 goals?

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50 Things That Make Me Happy


Makeup MessSo I have wanted to do a nice uplifting and positive blog post about happiness for a while but I wasn’t exactly sure what to write about. I was then given the perfect opportunity when the lovely Claire from Claire – My Life In Words tagged me in the 50 things that make you happy tag! Thank you again to Claire and I am going to try and rustle up 50 things, gah what a struggle! Also, feel free to try this tag out yourself, I would love to see more of these! So without further a do here we go, in no particular order…

  1. Family – obvs.
  2. Friends – again obvs.
  3. Makeup – my life and soul.
  4. Student discount – everyone likes a discount!
  5. Trying new skincare – skin loving is the best loving!
  6. Spending all my time browsing House of Fraser’s beauty department – time well spent!
  7. Topshop free shipping – Who doesn’t love free shipping!?
  8. Topshop itself – I just love Topshop.
  9. Blogging – of course! I really don’t know what I would be doing without my blog!
  10. One Direction – don’t even get me started!
  11. Harry Styles – I had to count him separately as well okay!
  12. Listening to a new album for the first time – its nice to hear something new!
  13. Glee – I am so sad its over
  14. Sales – Doesn’t a sale make us all happy!
  15. Coronation Street – stole this one from Claire haha!
  16. Monsters Inc – I will forever love Mike Wazowski
  17. The scent of Thierry Mugler Alien – Best scent ever.
  18. Mumford and Sons – Love, love, love.
  19. Travelling abroad – there is nothing more exciting than visiting a new place!
  20. H&M Home – The best place for home decor, love
  21. Luxury Candles – Diptyque is the answer to everything.
  22. McDonald’s Big Mac – the best burger ever.
  23. Nandos – best chicken ever.
  24. Getting to the end of a book – sad but feeling accomplished
  25. Millie’s white chocolate cookies – yum!
  26. Baking – I love my cakes!
  27. Great British Bake Off – One of my fave TV shows!
  28. White walls – Blame Pinterest!
  29. Charlotte Tilbury – no need for explanation!
  30. Beauty Youtube Videos – Lily Pebbles and Vivianna Does Makeup!
  31. Christmas! – The best time of year.
  32. Domino’s Pizza – the best pizza ever.
  33. A striped top – ain’t nothing better than stripes!
  34. A new handbag – I just love bags.
  35. Getting Dressed up – There is something so satisfying about wearing your best makeup!
  36. Going to concerts – It is super exciting seeing someone live!
  37. Spending points – i.e Boots/Space NK – Free goodies!
  38. Body Shop offers – sweet deals!
  39. Face Masks – Nothing more relaxing!
    40. Having a job – finally yay!
  40. Holidays from uni – woo time to sleep!
  41. Duty Free – basically heaven.
  42. Learning to drive – the thought of being able to drive is so exciting!
  43. Going out for dinner – always good for something a bit different!
  44. Cocktails – yum *cocktail emoji*
  45. Reading beauty blogs – my favourite thing to do.
  46. Getting my hair done – being lazy and having nice hair, yes please!
  47. Going to weddings – who doesn’t love a good wedding!
  48. Wi-fi – essentials, right!?
  49. Trying a new foundation – ooo new skin!
  50. Italian Ice cream with raspberry sauce – best bit of Summer.

And… relax. I managed 50 and to be honest it was a lot easier than expected! Do give this tag a try if you wish, I would love to read your answers 🙂

What makes you happy?

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