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My last post of 2018. How crazy is it that we are in the last throws of the year. To be a 101 year old woman about it, where does the time go! This is not a new years resolution post. I don’t set New Years resolutions as in truth, I usually fail on them by the 5th! Instead what I do is set some goals that I would like to reach, and “write down” some changes that I want to make. That way I feel kinda accountable! I feel like I have to answer to myself if I don’t achieve them. I have a few, so bear with! Its a long one! I love the start to a new year. It feels like anything could happen. I feel excitement. A renewed energy. I just blooming love it. So, here we go, some goals and changes that the New Year will bring. Yayyyyy
Setting Goals for 2019
So I am doing Veganuary for January this year. If you are not sure what this is, its where you have only a vegan/plant based diet for the whole of January. As many of you may know, I have been vegetarian for 30 years, and always wanted to try a vegan diet, so no time like the present I say! I have a growing belief that a plant based diet is the way forward. It makes sense to me that we have been provided everything that we need by nature. Im excited about doing it. I will of course keep you updated on how its going. I have been trying to prepare by looking at the recipe books I already use, (Deliciously Ella, Niomi Smart) and buying a few recipe books, (the book Bosh was recommended so highly) and using Pinterest to find inspiration. I have to laugh though, my plant based Pinterest board currently has 19 dinner ideas, 97 desserts and sweet treats hahaha! Yep, that about sums me up!
Travel, travel and more travel. My wanderlust is always high, currently it is off the scale! Nik and I have so many plans for the new year, kicking off with Bath in January and Budapest in February. Ideally, we would like to go away every other month, so I hope to get planning with that very soon. We have been really enjoying European city breaks recently, its just so accessible from the UK isn’t it. I do have plans for some other types of travel though too. I am booked to go on a retreat (relaxation, yoga, meditation) in France in May, all by myself, with five other people I don’t know. Im excited. I have always wanted to do it. We also plan on doing some real cultural trips. Jordan was almost booked, until I found out that they are not kind to animals, and I was warned it can be quite distressing. I wouldn’t cope with that. We have lots up our sleeve. One in particular that I am hoping may come off, is very different! Im excited to share as we go along x
I am keen to explore more “green” beauty this year. I made a stance last January to only buy totally cruelty free products, and this year I would like to discover more ethical, socially responsible and green (all natural) beauty brands. My series that started late this year (cruelty free Beauty) will feature a little more regually, as I really want to share with you some of the amazing brands that I am discovering. Brands that are not only kind to animals and our planet, but that give back to communities in some way. I think as a passionate travel fan, it has made me even more aware of how beautiful our planet is, and I want to do my bit to help look after it. It has been incredibly humbling learning about some of the back stories to these brands. Im looking forward to sharing with you.
I really want to try to make inroads into my book this year. Those of you that have been with me from the beginning here, would know that my blog was started in part, to get me into the regular habit of writing. I have been writing a book for almost 20 years! That is crazy isnt it! My Mum nags me constantly as she knows how I feel about my story I have, and how long I have wanted to write it. I have two chapters written, the entire outline, and all of the character profiles. I just don’t sit down to do it! I have found, ironically, that this is the only downside to writing my blog. It distracts me from writing my book! This year Kerry, this year…….
I plan on 2019 being the year of letting go too. Letting go of “stuff” (as well as letting go of things I can’t change). My house is bursting to the seams with stuff. I plan on really reducing the amount of things I have. This includes selling off some of my vast designer handbag collection! I know, I know, Kerry the handbag lady is letting go. I read the Marie Kondo book on being tidy and organised, and it made a lot of sense to me. I want to get rid of things that I just keep for the sake of it. I want to look in my cupboards/drawers/shelves etc and see organised and useful interiors. Not the 3000 tuppaware lids that fit nothing and 47 items of clothing I never wear but keep “just in case” Tidy house, tidy mind and all that. Im on a declutter mission!
We also have plans to redecorate our house. When Nik got ill, the house kind of went on the back burner so the jobs that had been started, never got finished. I had an ensuite bathroom (girls only, no boys aloud) put on our bedroom, and although it is done, it isnt finished. There are no shelves up, no finishing touches. I want that completed. I also love the idea of bringing colour back into my house. It is currently very neutral and light, but I miss the personality that colour brings. We feel like our house dosent reflect our personalities. Our family is vibrant and full of life, not neutral and grey. I want life back on my walls. Colour. Lots of colour.
I have a desire to explore more cultural things here in the UK too. I went to the ballet for the first time last year, Swan Lake, and loved it. I would like to go to an Opera, see some plays, go to exhibitions that perhaps I wouldnt usually visit, go to recitals and book reading nights. Everything and anything. I want to experience everything. I suppose under this heading I should put read more too. I read. A lot. But I want to read more. I have been re-reading some classics lately, like The Great Gatsby and To Kill A Mockingbird, but I would like to read things that teach me and educate me, not just tell me a story.
Opportunities. I am going to say yes to more this year. My lack of confidence that can creep up on me has made me say no to a few things this year. Opportunities that I worried I wasn’t up to, events that I felt out of my depth at. Im not going to do that this new year. Im gonna say YES!
This coming year, 2019, is going to be amazing. I can just feel it. I am very aware that I don’t live in the land of unicorns and fairy dust, and that things will inevitably go wrong at times, but I feel determined to find the joy in every day. I am going to count my blessings rather than my struggles and bloody embrace it. Whatever that may bring, and as I say every year, Im grabbing life by its hairy ones this year.
Bring. It. On
Now, tell me, tell me, tell me. Tell me at least one thing that you are aiming for in the new year. Any goal that you would like to make yourself accountable to by saying it out loud? Anything that you would like to try this year? I would love to hear!