Monday, 31 December 2012

2013 Beauty, Health and Life Resolutions

It's that time of year again. Time to put away the Christmas decorations and make some plans for the year ahead. I love starting a new year. It's a blank slate. Clean and fresh. It's the perfect time to wave goodbye to past mistakes and take on the year with a whole new approach.

Who knows what the year ahead holds for any of us. By this time next year any one of us could be married, have a new job, a new house, realised our greatest dreams. We have no idea. And that's what I love about this period between Christmas and the beginning of the next year.

2012 was a funny year for me. It feels like it's been a stop gap, I haven't really achieved anything major but I've made a few personal changes and made some decisions that might not be obvious to those around me but definitely make me a more contented person.

I've been thinking about my resolutions for the year ahead and, while some are big projects/changes, many are little adjustments that I've been wanting to make for a while. Rather than just resolving to do new things or stop bad habits I've also put in a few aims to just carry on doing something that I'm already doing well. Like managing my money properly, for example.

So, here is the full list (minus the reading/writing goals, which you can find on my other blog tomorrow if you're so inclined):


  • Experiment more with eye and lip colours (I'm terrible for sticking to the same look all. the. time.)
  • Carry on with my current skincare routine
  • Drink more water (as always)
  • Realise that skincare involves my whole body and not just my face
This has nothing to do with any resolutions. I'm just excited I saw the gold postbox!

  • Carry on being careful with money (as I work part time I don't have the biggest income in the world so, while my job is fairly well paid, I do have to be careful!)
  • Buy little and often rather than a huge splurge
  • Sell more things on eBay (I have over 100 items of clothing set aside to go on eBay so now I just need to actually list them)
  • Get my tax return done and dusted early (I do freelance copywriting from time to time so this year I have to do my own taxes - it's a little bit nerve wracking so I want to make sure I get it done as soon as possible!)

Diet and fitness:

  • Exercise more regularly - hit the gym at least three times per week (I want to keep my workouts varied and fun to stop myself getting bored. I also want to start doing daily yoga at home again)
  • Get into a healthy eating plan that I enjoy (and nail portion control!)
  • Treat myself for every health and fitness goal I meet (something small and not food related)
  • Be the dress size I want to be by my next birthday (I'm giving myself a year to get into the exact shape I want to be in. I definitely have a long way to go but I feel ready to really put the effort in... fingers crossed!)
No more of this!

  • See more of my local area (I live in such a lovely part of the world but I definitely don't explore it enough. I have a whole list of little towns and villages near me that I want to visit throughout the year)
  • Give myself more 'me' time and time away from the Internet
  • Slow down, stop putting pressure on myself and enjoy life a bit more (throughout 2012 I had so many projects on the go, it was the busiest year of my life and I feel as though I didn't enjoy myself so I want 2013 to be more relaxed and a lot more fun)
So there you have it, my resolutions for 2013. What's on your list?

Happy New Year, everybody!


  1. So many resolutions but all fab ones! I'm with you on the experimenting with lips eyes...I need to be more bold, I think!

  2. A very good list and i can certainly relate to some, especially spending a bit more quality time with the Mr im always on the laptop whilst he watches man v food haha. I also would like to get my body a bit more in shape although i'm happy with the way i look, im still carrying a bit of pregnancy weight on my bottom so i'd like to tone it up haha. I would like to add the more me time part but it's kinda hard being a mummy and i certainly want to be a bit more relaxed about things xx

  3. Happy New Year and good luck x

  4. SO, how are you doing with your resolutions hon? I didn't make any real resolutions but I always think as it's the New Year I will exercise more, doesn't usually happen though. I also thought I should start a blog, which I did last Sumday!! xx

    Do you want to follow each other? x

  5. Good resolutions there Carly! I never make any because I know full well I won't stick to them! xx

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