To be totally honest I am not into New Year's resolutions at all. I always choose things that are just way too ambitious and not really achievable and then it doesn't last very long. I do like to set myself some goals though, things that I can get my teeth into and that I have the whole year to work on. I guess its normal to have a think about these when there is a New Year but sometimes I like to set myself some goals in the summer too to give me some added motivation and drive. Looking back on last year I feel really pleased with how I did with some of my goals. I really wanted to lose some weight, and although it wasn't as much as I hoped, I lost a stone and it felt great. I really noticed a difference. I also (re)launched my etsy shop and really pushed things forward, which was something I had been wanting to do for ages. I also took on some new freelance clients which has been really rewarding and a great experience.
This year I think my goals are probably fairly similar to last year's (not sure I published last year's on the blog though) but just pushing things along slightly. So here we go.
1. Keep trying to be healthier. I know this is going to be on my list of goals probably for ever but I think it's something that I am always happy to be working on. I want to be much better at looking after my body and being a bit more mindful about what I am putting into it. I love food so much and so I want to find a way of not denying myself everything to the point I don't enjoy it anymore, but to be more creative with healthy lunches and little treats. On the exercise front I would really like to get into running again. A couple of years ago I did really well and built up to running a half marathon, but it's amazing how easy it is to slip out of it. Ideally I would like to get into the habit of running home from work as often as I can fit it in to my schedule.
2. Blog more regularly. Over the Christmas break I have tried to put together a bit of a blogging schedule so that I can be more organised and plan in advance for some of my posts. I am hoping I will be able to keep this up. I am aiming to post 3 times a week for now (I'm not going to give myself a hard time if it's only 1 or 2 on the odd occasion though). Anyway you will probably be able to see how this is going. I am really hoping that over the year my writing, photography and the quality of my content is going to improve.
3. Grow my Etsy shop. I want to carve out time to create more products for my shop this year. I feel like I am developing a style that I am happy with and so I need to make time to create regularly. I also want to work on my wholesale catalogue. Before Christmas my cards were stocked in the Turpentine (Brixton) and Bias (Peckham) - which are both shops that I love and I would love to get my cards stocked in more independent shops in London and the UK.
4. Live more simply. I know this is all the rage at the moment and there are lots of blogs dedicated to living a simple life - but it is something I want to take seriously in 2015. It really is crazy the amount that we consume, and I know I could be a lot happier with less possessions and a less cluttered life in general. This won't be easy as I do love to shop but I am going to work on it. I guess this all links in to saving money too. I would really like to do a big trip to the US this year but to make it happen it will involve cutting back and saving the pennies for sure.
The postcard in the picture above is by the very talented Jen Collins. I got a little set of them before she closed her etsy shop. I love them - they totally motivate me. This one will be going on the wall to keep me motivated in 2015.
Hope you all have a great week!