Thursday, 6 January 2011

Plans For 2011 - Better Late Than Never

The term 'New Years Resolution' is not one that I like. Mostly I don't even manage to start my new years resolutions (procrastinating by telling myself I will start next week - once the Christmas choccies are finished) never mind make it until the end of January. For 2011 I have decided not to put needless pressure on myself so instead of new years resolutions, I am making plans which feel so much more positive. I love making plans and lists but it has taken a little while for me to take the step of getting my plans written in a blog post (an important step in making them happen!) due to my new year break and the huge mountain of work that I returned to. So before I manage to procrastinate any further here are my plans for myself and this blog for 2011.

Of course I plan to lose weight! who doesn't? I am not completely unhappy with how I look but I have put on some weight over the last year and losing it will mean that I can not only fit into all my clothes but also have a greater choice of clothes that will look good on me. It is also really important to me in terms of my health that I am not over weight.

I have never really dieted before in my life and I don't intend to start doing so now - not only do I believe weight loss from dieting to be unsustainable, I think many diets are really unhealthy and I do not want to encourage my 2 daughters to have this type of relationship  with food. Instead I will be going back to my exercise regime of 3 or 4 classes or gym sessions per week that I was doing before I came down with a cold back in November which then seemed to merge into a month of the most horrendous flu. I will also be slightly reducing the portions size of my meals, continuing to eat a varied diet with as few processed food as possible and trying not to snack.

I also plan to learn lots of new things. I love learning and apart from finishing the Diploma in Fashion Journalism that I am currently working on, I have applied for a University course in September. I am not going to say to much about it other than it is fashion related. Due to my circustances of having a family and business to run, I needed a flexible learning option and there was only one choice of course at one university that was suitable for my chosen subject, so I don't have a second choice, I really hope that I get a place but don't want to talk about it too much in case I don't!

Again on the learning curve of life, I plan to improve my photography skills not just for the outfit photos for this blog but also so that I can take amazing photographs of the places that we visit in our old VW camper van in the spring and summer. I have bought myself a book which I hope will teach  me about some of the more technical aspects of photography. At the moment I do little more than point and press. Any books/ recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Last year I made some 'resolutions'/ plans for this blog which I have started to put in place but have been slightly sidelined by the amount of work I have had going on. I hope that I can keep moving things forward (despite 2011 already looking to be a very busy year) and continue to improve my writing skills and promote ethical and eco fashion. Specifically, I would like to improve the look of the blog and post lots more outfit posts and more interesting and in depth posts.

Finally for 2011 I would like to make a little more time for myself and the things that I enjoy. That includes reading my favourite blogs and magazines and making/ customising clothes.

What are your plans and resolutions for 2011?

With warmest wishes



Looking Fab in your forties said...

Good luck with getting a place at Uni. My youngest daughter is currently applying for fashion courses for September entry, the problem is there aren't many Uni's in the South that do Fashion related courses and she doesn't want to go to the other end of the country.

Laura Connell said...

Congrats on your diploma and your new ventures for the new year. Good luck with them all. I look forward to seeing how your blog evolves. My new year's resolution is to get my style mojo back. Winter makes me style-lazy and I'm going to find a way back to inspired dressing in spite of the snow. More vintage finds and more eco-friendly choices, too.

MargieF said...

i agree diets dont do anything its all about the exercise and healthy living. good luck! making things was part of my plan this year so lets hope both out plans get off the ground:)

Harriet said...

Ah the old lose wieght resolution! I make it every year! Actually last year I did quite well and managed to go running regularly for about eight months! Then it got cold and I gave up... I love food too much to diet so I've decided to start up with the exercise again too (and cut down on the snacking!).

Good luck with the resolutions, and best of luck with the uni course!

Cherry said...

Thanks for the tips and advice on my latest blog post! Good luck with all your resolutions!

Leia said...

Wishing you all the best with your resolutions!


Winnie said...

Good luck with this year, especially the uni course! I'm the same with diets, I've never been in one but I always mean to eat more healthily which is always half the battle anyway!