Happy New Year, ladies and gentlemen! Now that the festive season and all the food, parties, and self-indulgence it brings with it are fading away into your Instagram feed, we can finally sit down together for a little 2017 chat. Tea? Check. Biscuits? Also check. Alright let’s get started.

new year's resolution tea

Anyone who knows me will tell you that I can be a little very cynical when it comes to the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ mantra. What’s wrong with ‘old’ you? And what’s so new about ‘new you’ just because you’ve changed your hair colour, bought yourself a fantastic new handbag, or started going to the gym? These are all fine, noble pursuits and pretty exciting on a personal level, but they’re not really ‘profound’ enough to actually change your already-great self, are they? I don’t know. Maybe it’s a case of ‘New Year, better me’, by which I mean you continue to work on being the best version of yourself you can be, no matter what that thing you’re working on may be. It might sound a tad cheesy, but hey – some cheese is good.

So rather than giving you a wishlist of all the things I’d like to start doing this year, I’m going to change things up a little with a look at 4 things I want to continue doing this year. Here we go.

1. Learning how to cook

learning to cook

A fair few posts ago, I talked about learning how to bake. It’s not that I don’t like baking, but actually cooking a full meal is way more satisfying to me (and generally less naughty). Right now I’m trying to learn a little more about Japanese dishes like ramen, onigiri, and omurice, but I also love trying different Italian recipes. It’s a slow process, but I’ve got some willing test-subjects to help me along the way and taste my cooking. Poor things.

2. Reading more

reading

For a while I would scratch my head, wondering where all my reading time had gone. When I was doing my A-levels, I could devour an entire book in one day, so what happened? Here’s what happened – Netflix and social media. Oops. In 2016, I worked on getting things under control and made time for my beloved books, and there’s no reason to stop this year. I own almost 400 books – it’s not like I’ll run out of reading material any time soon.

3. Choosing quality over quantity

new year's resolution

And I’m talking specifically about clothes, shoes, make up and accessories that might cost more, but last longer and usually feel better. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good bargain and will never stop hitting Primark as long as I live and breathe, but there’s no way in hell that you’ll catch me spending hours trawling through the place and leaving with 3 or 4 bags of socks and (future) regret. These days, I tend to make it out of there with one bag of goodies and zero pounding headaches, and I try to invest in better-quality brands for my wardrobe staples.

4. Keeping it simple

new year's resolutions

I generally try to use this approach in most areas of my life – writing, recipes, relationships, and even my personal style. When it comes to writing, I’m positively ruthless when it comes to editing and chopping off entire sentences or paragraphs which add nothing to the work. When it comes to recipes, well I just don’t have the skills to try more complex cooking – but we’ll get there eventually. Relationships – no games, tell the truth, and always say what’s on your mind (even if you might be wrong). When it comes to what I wear – as I’ve grown into a semi-functioning adult, I find simpler cuts and colours more appealing than the patterns, prints, and slogans of my teenage years – but I won’t shy away from the occasional over-the-top necklace, though. Keeping things simple is liberating. 

That’s all for today – have a prosperous year, guys.

-Kelly

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