Hello, hello! Hasn’t it been a while?
HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS.
Share your new year goals with me, I’d love to hear them.
I hope you all had a marvellous festive period. If not, just remember, you’ve made it, it’s over now so let’s jump in to the new year, new me rubbish that everyone is spouting as happens every single year. Including me.
As you’ll know I’ve taken a considerable break over the Christmas period and I have to admit, it’s been wonderful. I haven’t felt guilty, I’ve not worried about putting new stuff together, I haven’t been obsessed with taking pictures at every turn. It’s been truly lovely.
I’m slowly teaching myself to let go of the things that I have no control over and to not let things get to me as much. For a human that has this much emotional instability it’s quite a struggle to say the least. I cry at the silliest things, cry when I’m angry and cry when plans change suddenly as it sends me into a panic.
Recently I realised a couple of people had also blocked me on Twitter, it’s such a shame and at the time I was really upset and confused as to why this may be considering I’ve never engaged with those people. However, after some thought I guess everyone has their reasons and it’s my job to just continue being me, spread kindness where I can and continue to campaign and fight for the things I believe in regardless.
You can’t please everyone, I understand that.
I’ve(we’ve) not had the easiest of years for a while now. I’m fairly sure that 2018 is shaping up to be the comeback year where things go right, all the luck is on our side and I stop wondering what the hell the point is.
Which is quite a feeling let me tell you.
I’ve started a new venture, updated a few blog things and set myself a list of personal promises for the year in place of the standard new year resolutions. In theory they are exactly the same thing, I just wanted to name them something else.
My new year promises.
Be kinder to myself.
I tend to be quite hard on myself. If I fail, I’m the worst person in the world and I tend to fall into a black hole of hatred, bitterness and sadness for some time.
Over the past few months I’ve started trying to see things differently and someone told me that without failure you cannot succeed. This opened my mind a lot and I’ve learnt that it’s best to take failure in your stride, learn from it and of course, you won’t make the same mistakes twice.
Fight harder for my beliefs.
I’ve started getting involved in a few campaigns that I feel incredibly passionate about. These seem to be mostly animal welfare related and they are really engaging my interest in fighting for things.
I’m hoping that 2018 is the year that I take on the big guys with my fight, ridicule their irresponsible behaviour and change peoples minds on important animal health matters.
People just need educating on them by the right people.
Stop aspiring to the Instagram lifestyle.
That’s right, it’s the beginning of the end for me. I love Instagram and I’ll always use it. I’m a blogger. I like to write content first and foremost and obviously put together images that I think will go. I don’t run an Instagram influencer account and to be fair my life just isn’t in any way interesting enough to do so. Which I’m glad of.
I’m a normal girl, living in the North West with a house, kids to feed and a job to do. I can’t gallivant across the globe, buy fancy app filters and invest in a full time photographer that makes me look incredible 24/7.
So from now on, it’s back to using the app the way it was originally meant. For sharing real life snippets of my life. Unfiltered, unstaged, just me enjoying life. I’m getting really bored of the fake mentality on the app and the fact that everyone uses the same filters, style and none of it is original anymore. It’s quite sad really.
Stick with my new business plan.
I’m a bugger for quitting before I get in to deep. The only thing that I’ve managed to carry on with for a long time is blogging. The thing is, I don’t want to be a career blogger. I want to keep it as my hobby. So I need something else to bring home the bacon.
I’ve got an addiction to social media so I’ve set up a little business to run alongside that means I’ll be getting paid to do what I love but from another angle. So I’ll still be able to write away on here and help other businesses to grow their online audience.
It’s a win, win and I’ve already picked up two clients which is super exciting and I can’t wait for next week to roll around and to get stuck into working again.
Invest more time in family and friends.
I have said this before and as always things tend to get in the way. I’m coming out the other end of a really bad anxious period and starting to engage with other humans again. Even my own family suffer when I’m feeling rough and it can be so unfair to involve them in that daily.
I’ve made a conscious effort to spend more time with them. Play games, bake cakes, take long walks in the muddy forest without the fear that I’m wasting time and not doing productive stuff.
Of course, spending time with my family is productive. It makes me feel good, makes them feel good and creates a good vibe in the house which resonates. We can comfort each other, tell stories, share experiences and become a closer unit which for me is everything right now.
Create and stick with a proper fitness routine.
I first started this blog because of my love of running. It appears that a lot of things have got in the way of that this year and I’m ashamed to end the year having not run properly for almost 3 months. I’ve started to get the urge to run again recently, maybe it has something to do with all the chocolate and cheese I’ve put away recently?
I’m determined to put together a gym routine that will consist of weights, core and cardio to make sure I target all areas of my body, start thinking about my meals again and enjoying a healthier lifestyle like I used to.
A little effort makes a HUGE difference sometimes.
Focus on content I really care about.
THIS, this will be the biggest thing going forwards. No more strict schedules, filler posts, pointless product reviews. I’m going to focus on my health, fitness and lifestyle goals this year. Nothing else. Maybe some food though, coz food.
I’ve completely changed the way I put stuff together and I’m hoping that it’ll start to show straight away just how much I’m putting into this. I’ve also changed up my theme a little and added an updated header which I love.
What new year promises have you set yourself for 2018?
– Emma Allen –
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