Happy New Year everyone! Aren’t we glad that 2016 is over eh? Well here’s to 2017! The year where Brexit will actually happen & Trump will actually be President. So good luck to you all, see you in 2018.
At the beginning of the year I made 10 resolutions and now it’s time to reflect and see how well I did.
1. The 50 Book Challenge
Surprise surprise I didn’t complete this one. But that’s fine, I didn’t expect to. But I did improve on how many books I read last year. In 2016 I read 38 books! Not bad at all!
2. One blog post a week
Whoops. I was so good at this for the first half of the year and then I went travelling loads and then all my writing energy was spent writing my book and I had no writing power left for the blog. Sorry about that. I love writing blogs but I’m not going to give myself a schedule anymore and just post things as and when I feel like it. Casual.
3. Every day – go outside, drink a glass of water, eat a piece of fruit
Pretty much did this. There was the odd day where I didn’t go outside but that was mostly due to illness. I drink loads of water during the day now, so much that I get withdrawal headaches if I don’t have enough. The fruit thing though… maybe failed there. Need to see if Lauren wants to get a communal fruit bowl.
4. Cultural experience once a month
I probably should have kept track of this one. I can’t prove that I succeeded at this but I am fairly confident that I did! I’ve been to the theatre a lot and loads of museums and art galleries when I’ve been travelling! One of my favourites was the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
5. Cook an actual meal once a week
Yes yes yes!!! So I failed for the first half of the year because I was still living in the warehouse and I just didn’t ever feel confident or comfortable cooking in that kitchen. But since I moved out in June I live in a lovely three bedroom flat and have a sense of ownership over the communal spaces. I also started to use Hello Fresh. This is not sponsored. I wish they would sponsor me, I love Hello Fresh so much. I am not an instinctive cook but I am very good at following instructions. So I get a box of food sent to me each week with the ingredients and recipes for 3 meals (2 servings each but I’m a small person so sometimes I can get 3 portions out of one recipe). It’s fairly expensive but I love it because it has gotten me cooking again and I’m eating real healthy food!
6. Visit 5 different countries
Only just about completed this one! In 2016 I went to the USA, Canada, Germany, Spain and Sweden.
7. Work at a desk
Again, everything changed when I moved out. I don’t have a desk but I work at the kitchen table. Still not ideal but better than working from my bed. I have also decreed my bedroom a laptop-free zone. My laptop stays downstairs and all my work gets done there and Netflix watching gets done on the TV.
8. Donate my hair!
DONE. I chopped 12 inches of my hair off and donated it to The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children with cancer. I’ve kept it short the rest of the year and I love it. Although I am tempted to grow it out and donate it again but that will take 3/4 years…
9. Dance lessons
Hmmm kind of. I had my moment in the summer when I went to some contemporary dance classes because the dance school had a summer deal on. But I just couldn’t commit to the same time every week with my schedule and without the deal the classes are really expensive. I love dance but it’s just not a priority for me right now.
10. Learn more history of sex stuff
Whoops again. I have been reading about sex. Every month in fact for the Banging Book Club but other than A Little Gay History which I’d already read, none of the books were about sexual history. I’m going to try this year, outside of Banging Book Club to read some of the sex history books that are on my bookshelf feeling unloved at the moment!
So some wins and some losses! But overall not a complete disaster. I’m really proud of the year I’ve had, in personal accomplishments but especially in my career. It’s been a damn good year! Can’t wait to kick some more ass in 2017. My video about my 2017 resolutions is up on my channel now and you can watch it here.
How did you do with your resolutions in 2016 and do you have any for 2017? Let me know in the comments!