A look at the year passed…

So, 2014 is nearly over. Before we start making promises we can’t keep, let’s take a look at the year that has been and gone.

In last year’s post I made the following promises:

  • I would do Yoga twice a week
  • I would clean my make-up brushes once a month
  • Save lots of pennies for a huge holiday (more on that later!)
  • Eat breakfast more often
  • Eat less cheese

Let’s break it down…

Now it may not seem like a lot, but I am a fan of ‘baby steps’ since there is a reason I have a problem achieving any of the above anyway!

But I am happy to report that I do go to Yoga at least once a week, and a few months ago I did join a gym and go at least three times a week – and have managed to keep that up longer than I ever have (in my 25 years I have joined four gyms and quit/stopped going before any contract has ever been up).

Okay, I still haven’t cleaned my make-up brushes, but that can go on next year’s list – God loves a tryer!

The holiday, oh the holiday! Well, I have been a VERY good girl this year, you may recall that I mentioned both Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef in from my Bucket List post from my birthday. and

Well, with all of the Primark-dodging I have been doing, I managed to save so hard that on December 28 2014, I will be flying to Sydney to see in the New Year, before flying to Hamilton Island to dive the Great Barrier Reef.

Not to mention visiting the little penguins in Melbourne, or staying in a hut on the private island of Mamanuca off the mainland of Fiji! Click here to see exactly why you should all be so jealous.

Next up, breakfast. Well. No. Sorry.

Eating less cheese, however, I have managed! I just don’t eat it with EVERY meal. Sometimes I go a whole day without cheese. Go me!

All in all not a bad year for me, and I am happily ending 2014 20lbs lighter than when the year started *squeal*.

Have you managed to stay on track for a whole year?

What are your New Year resolutions?

love Carla x

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New Year, New Promises

Happy New Year 2014

So it’s New Year’s Day, and we are all just about crawling out of our pits from a long night. Most of you will be hanging. I however, am happy to report, that I am not.

Being the ‘sensible me’ I promised to be a few years back, I am happy to say I have stuck to it. I promised I would no longer drink as much as I had been, which was all down to university of course. Instead of making resolutions that barely make it past lunch on NYD, I make promises, just small, realistic ones. That makes it OK when I  accidentally have a few too many just because it’s Friday.

I find that making too many changes in one go just doesn’t work, so make them small, and do-able.

So here is what I pledge for the New Year, in hope of a ‘better me’.

  • I promise to do yoga twice a week. No, I’m not joining a gym. In fact I quit my membership three weeks ago!
  • I promise to clean my make up brushes once a month. They’re lucky if its once a year right now…
  • I promise to save more of my salary for a hopefully big holiday next year. I will not go to Primark so much.
  • I promise to try and eat breakfast on work days. I’m a bit fed up of consuming my body weight in food by lunch.
  • I promise to eat a lot less cheese. Seriously.

I would love to say 2014 is going to be an incredible year, but truthfully, who knows? I have spent a long time making plans to find out some things just never work out, and with that I have found I just plod along and ‘go with it’.

Maybe 2014 will be a productive year – heck, I’d settle for good – but all I can do is try. I’m not a pessimist, I’m a realist. I have goals just like everyone else, but as I am now in my mid-twenties, I realise I haven’t achieved half of what I wanted to by now. So this is where 2014 comes in, and probably my biggest promise of all:

  • I promise I will be proactive and look at everything as a positive. Unless the alarm is going off. I am not a morning person.

I hope you all have a wonderful day, and a fabulous new year. I am off to have a breakfast fit for a king.

love Carla x