I love this time of year; when everything feels on the cusp of being fresh and new, and you can wipe the slate clean and start again, building the ideal of the next 12 months and shaping how you want things to turn out.
Last year’s resolutions were definitely more serious than this year’s; there were many things I wanted to change and improve last year, but now, 2017 is all about having fun! Everything I want to achieve this year all comes down to making sure I enjoy life to the full, and learn some amazing new things along the way. With two weddings coming up and all the paraphernalia that comes with them, things like travel aren’t going to be high on the list for the next 12 months, so instead I’m thinking about everything else I can do for myself to try and make sure 2017 is one of my best years yet…
Buy our next home in Edinburgh
This is my main goal for 2017; in the next twelve months (hell, in the next six!) I’d love for us to become homeowners again. Edinburgh isn’t cheap by any means and while I’m self-employed it certainly won’t be easy, but we’re determined to make it happen and get back to having our very own home – and an abundance of interiors projects – in the not-too-distant future.
Enjoy fashion again
This is definitely one of the more ‘fun’ resolutions for the year! I’ve always loved that 60s Parisian look and my wardrobe was definitely honed over the years to reflect this. However, in the last year or so I’ve noticed that I’ve stopped having fun with fashion in the same way, and more and more I’ve noticed that I’m just dressing in the same uniform of jeans and jumpers. BORING. 2017 is the year I get back to falling in love with my look! I’m still going to be rocking the jeans and jumpers of course, but I want to be less practical and more frivolous; I’m thinking velvet and lace and frills more than trainers and knits! I don’t want to be saving things for special occasions; I just want to have fun with fashion.
Reading is far and away my favourite hobby, but I always seem to struggle with finding time to fit it in. Reading a book isn’t like watching TV or even reding a magazine; it takes total focus and dedication. I asked for a stack of books for Christmas and I’m going to make sure I give myself the time to properly enjoy them.
Learn to vlog
So yes, I did say this last year, but I think 2017 is the year that I’m going to really give this a go. I’ve already been dipping my toe via Instagram Stories, and now it’s time to take the plunge – wish me luck (and subscribe when it gets going, won’t you?)
Invest more time in blogging
Same as every year really – it never ends!
Start a newsletter
I’ve been so inspired by some of the newsletters I’ve read this year (in particular Dolly Alderton’s The Dolly Mail, which is just utterly gorgeous) and in 2017, I’d like to have a go at starting my own. I feel like it would be a real labour of love but I’m excited to have a try.
Take a class
This one is going to be interesting. I haven’t decided what I want to go for specifically, but I think it’s about time I broadened my horizons and picked up a new skill. It might be something to do with my vlogging aspirations, or perhaps it might be floristry – I can’t wait to learn something new.
Finish my novel
I think this is doable – throughout 2016 I’ve been working away on this, and now it’s fully planned out, with whole chapters written, I think the finished article could be achievable by late 2017. I’m so proud of it already!
Approach a literary agent
Well, the book needs to be completed if I’m going to get this one done!
Brush up on my French
I’ve always planned on having an extra language as an extra skill, and while my French is passable, I really want to get it up to scratch next year. The perfect excuse for a few jaunts to Paris – to practice!