2017 in Review: My New Year Resolutions

Last year was one for the books. Never in my life had I travelled more (Iceland, Rome, The Canary Islands, The United States then Paris twice!), laughed harder or cherished the moments with my nearest and dearest more. There were times of tears, of arguing and frustration, but there was so much happiness that was only put into perspective through those harder times.

If you want to read the specific lessons that I walked away from 2017 with, I wrote a blog post on the subject here. And either way, that year will be one I’ll remember for the rest of my life. *Now here’s to making 2018 just as memorable!*

One of my favourite traditions of the new year has to be the resolutions that everybody makes. Resolutions are the perfect symbol of optimism: believing that we can take control and change ourselves for the better year on year. Sure, some don’t stick – and some are made just to be impossibly hard, but to even make resolutions means that you’re trying to be better, and I can’t think of anything more admirable.

This year I’m aiming for more symbolic resolutions: traits that I’ve recognised in myself over the past 12 months that I want to continually work on – improving my work ethic, showing my love to my nearest and dearest, making more time for education and enjoyment. Of course, there are a few literal ones thrown in for good measure too (because I really need to cut back on the amount of chocolate I eat!) but overall, each and every one of these makes me super excited for the next 12 months to come – and I’m hoping that you guys will stick around with me long enough for our review post in December! Ha!

I’d love to know what resolutions you’re setting yourself this year – or if you’re not setting any at all, why not? Let’s chat about them in the comments below!

Stay Passionate but Not Overwhelmed

Because setting yourself impossible deadlines while working other jobs isn’t a sustainable way to live.

Show Love in More Ways

Because you never what tomorrow may bring.

Pick Up More Books

Because the best stories in the world are kept between the pages of books.

Pay More Attention to My Diet

Because this body is the only one I’ll ever have.

Disconnect More

Because an entire world exists outside of our phones.

“Jump” More / Do Something That Scares You

Because life was meant for taking risks.

Remain Focussed

Because you’ll never reach the finish line if you’re not driven.

Get Ahead of Yourself (and Your Plans)

Because planning saves lives.

Cut Chocolate Back to the Weekends

Because weekends are for treating yourself.

Collaborate More

Because working with other passionate people is one of life’s greatest treasures.

What are your resolutions for 2018?

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  • I took a year off insta last year and it felt very calming. I highly recommend it.
    x Mariya
    http://www.brunetteondemand.com

    • I’m glad that really helped you! Sometimes the best thing to do is definitely take time away from everything! Thank-you so much for commenting Mariya!

  • Courtney Hardy

    These are good resolutions.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  • Amazing resolutions! Love this post!

    Mihaailo / mihaailo.blogspot.com

  • Kim

    This post was quite inspiring! Usually I have monthly goals because it motivates me more than yearly resolutions, which I find to be intimidating haha. But here’s to 2018! Hope you had a wonderful New Year celebration!

    simplylovebirds.com

    • Thank-you so much Kim! That’s such a great idea! I never really do monthly goals but I bet that would be a great way to motivate yourself throughout each season! Thank-you so much, I hope you had a wonderful time too! X

  • You’ve had such a year! Any travel plans for this year? And I’m always open to reading more books! I’m hoping this year I can find a better balance between work, family, and free time! 🙂

    McKenzie
    thrivergirl.com

    • Thank-you so much for the lovely comment McKenzie! This year I’m off to Florida in March, then San Francisco in September and hopefully Paris afterwards before the end of the year! I hope you have a fantastic 2018, and manage to get your balance!

  • Great recap post! Great resolutions as well

    Narhee | Made in Mauve

  • What a nice read dear. Love reading your resolutions, and I can totally agree with your point planning. Indeed, planning saves lives. And if the plan doesnt work, change the plan, not the goal.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  • Kelly Kenderes

    I love your recap & of course your resolutions! I especially loved when you wrote “show love in more ways” I couldn’t agree more!

    Kelly x
    http://www.travelette.ca

  • There are so many great things that happened to you last year. Love reading this!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova