13 January, 2017

A New Year and New Resolutions


 
New Year’s Resolutions can be a blessing and a curse. 

Setting goals is a great way to achieve what you want in life and the beginning of a new year just feels like the perfect time to start. That clean slate, a new year with no mistakes or problems and then …. by 5pm on the 2nd of January, most of us are back to our old habits. Then we start to feel disappointed in ourselves and decide that it's better off to wait until 2018 for those goals.
One of the best ways to stay motivated is to share your resolutions with a friend so you can support each other and check in to see how you’re both doing.
The Loved Life is collaborating with The Wandering Senorita to keep each other in check throughout 2017. 
Check out the lovely Africa’s 2017 resolutions here, hopefully we can provide you with some inspiration and make sure we keep our resolutions too!  

Health 
In the words of the great Bridget Jones - "Obviously, will lose 20 pounds" Don't we all want to do something with our weight? Losing, gaining, maintaining. 
There is an evil chocolate jar at work that is filled up with mini chocolates daily! I have gotten into the habit of having 2 or 3 a day and I don’t even like sugar, I’ve always been a savoury girl and I blame this never ending chocolate jar for tuning me into a sugar craving chocoholic. So I’ve decided to put a stop to that.
So far I’ve managed to avoid the jar and hopefully I can keep that up well into 2017.



Beauty 
This was a hard one, there are so many beauty to dos that I should commit to doing on a regular basis. Washing my face every night, drinking more water, SPF every day. I’ve decided that getting at least 7 hours of sleep should be my priority. I’m notorious for getting 3-4 hours sleep a night and it shows! My dark under eye circles make Alice Cooper look tame!




Finance 

My goal this year is to pay off the debt I accumulated during university. I decided to get my journalism degree when I turned 30 and I would love to have my student loan paid off before the end of 2017!



Relationships 

Make plans and stick to them! A lot of the time I end up cancelling plans with my friends and family, which is really frustrating (and rude). So I want to stop that and keep my word. In a time before mobile phones, when people couldn’t cancel at the last minute, the world just seemed like a more polite place. I want to bring that back. 



Food 

I’m a sucker for the all too easy take away. I’ve tried meal prepping and I just end up living off the same 3 meals for weeks. So to save me from food boredom, I’m going to re subscribe to the food delivery service Hello Fresh. I used this service a few months ago and found it so convenient. My favourite plan is the 3 day vegetarian option, all the ingredients and recipes are delivered to your door, when you want.
Too easy! and the 3 day plan is also realistic because I often have dinner plans a few times a week.



Travel

I’m trying to save this year, so I’ll keep it local in 2017. I really want to see the acclaimed (and cheeky) The Book Of Mormon and as its playing in Melbourne, popping there for the weekend (and sneaking in some shopping) is doable and shouldn’t break the bank.



Mind 
Toward the end of 2016 I was trying to mediate and practice mindfulness, I rarely stuck with it for more than a few days but this year I’m going to make an effort to practice it at least 3 times a week.
 

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