I’ve never set new year’s resolutions before. In the past, if I wanted to do something I would try and do it immediately as I thought that I would lose motivation if I waited or put it off. However, there are a few things I want to change this year, and I think that consciously setting resolutions means that I am more likely to achieve them!
Here are my 5 resolutions for 2017. So far, so good!
Learn some techniques to cope with stress. I get stressed quite easily, and I think this is one of my worst traits. This year I will (try to) be calmer!
Exercise more often. I already have a fairly solid workout plan, but sometimes I lose motivation and find a week passing without doing any exercise. This year I’m going to try out a few new sports and classes at the gym, and I’m going to try exercising at different times of the day. Hopefully this will make it easier for me to fit workouts into my daily life!
Speak my mind instead of staying quiet.
Move into an unfurnished house and buy my own furniture. In my experience rented furniture is out-dated and slightly broken, and unfurnished homes are cheaper to rent. Hopefully this will make it easier for me to save up money to eventually buy my own home.
Find more work, get more experience and earn more money.
What do you think of my resolutions? Do you have any resolutions of your own? If so, please let me know with a comment – I’d love to hear from you! 🙂
We all have bad habits that waste our time, and most of the time we don’t even realize what these habits are. I was thinking about some things I want to stop doing before the New Year, so I decided to make a list that most people will probably be able to relate to.
Here are 10 things that are a waste of your time.
1. Asking lots of people for their opinions about something when you have already decided what you are going to do.
2. Arguing with people you’ve never met on the internet.
3. Staying in a relationship that makes you unhappy.
4. Procrastinating and making excuses. We’ve all done it, but it makes the task seem much more awful and it makes you feel guilty.
5. Putting makeup on before a workout.
6. Complaining about something that you cannot control. It is out of your hands, so you shouldn’t waste time thinking about it.
7. Constantly refreshing Facebook and Instagram when you are bored (or procrastinating!). Do something that is fun instead of waiting for updates about other people’s lives.
8. Worrying about the things that could go wrong. It will turn you into a fearful person – and sometimes risks are worth it!
9. Helping or spending time with people who don’t respect you or treat you well.
10. Wishing you could change the past. It’s never going to happen, but you can change the future.
What do you think of this list? What do you think is a waste of time? Let me know with a comment! J
Do you think that you are wise? Many people like to imagine that they are, but I think that the wisest people don’t think they are wise at all – instead they are aware of how little they know!
Here are my favorite quotes about wisdom. Which one is your favorite? Let me know with a comment – I love to hear from you!
Think before you speak. Read before you think. Fran Lebowitz
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle
Turn your wounds into wisdom. Oprah Winfrey
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu
All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and to receive help from other people. Alexis Carrel
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle
It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. John Wooden
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates
Which quote is your favorite? Let me know with a comment – I love to hear from you! 🙂
When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions most people think about the things they want to start doing; spend more time with family, exercising more and eating a healthier diet. However it can be just as useful to think about things you want to stop doing.
Lots of us have bad habits that we secretly know we should stop doing. They can make our lives harder and they often upset us and other people.
Here are 6 habits you should drop before 2017 if you want to have a happier year.
Making excuses for toxic people. You would never treat them the way that they treat you, and you shouldn’t have to put up with their unhealthy, toxic behaviour.
Waiting for your chance to talk. Lots of people don’t listen when others are talking; they just wait for their chance to talk. Focus on the other person when you are having a conversation with each other – you might learn something awesome!
Overthinking. Overthinking rarely benefits your life, but it is likely to make you feel frustration and sadness.
Stalking your ex on social media. You may think that you are just curious about what they are up to, but constantly doing this will make you feel low. It also makes it harder for you to move on – or if you have moved on, it may re-ignite old feelings. Stop living in the past so that you can focus on the present!
Worrying too much about the opinions of others. Lots of people need others to validate them so that they feel accepted. Some people rely on ‘likes’ on social media, others pretend to be someone they’re not so they fit in. Be you and do what makes you happy – the likelihood is you will be just as popular, even if it is by a different group of people.
Lying to yourself. Don’t pretend to be happy if you are not. You have the power to change your life and make yourself happy!
All of the seasons are special in their own ways, but there is something magical about winter. The frosty weather is so quiet and peaceful, and it is one of the most popular times of the year to visit family and friends.
Here are 18 reasons to love winter!
Staying inside with a warm drink and a pair of fluffy socks.
Holiday parties with family, friends and co-workers.
The peaceful silence.
The cold weather. Frost, snow and ice are all very peaceful and beautiful – even if they make getting to work a little hard!
Curling up on the sofa with a great book.
Ugly Christmas sweaters. This might just be me, though…
Giving back to your loved ones.
Being grateful for the best things in your life.
Mistletoe (and maybe a New Year’s eve kiss).
Snow angels and snowballs.
New Year’s resolutions. Whether you love them or hate them, it is nice to think about lots of people making an effort to improve themselves.
Work being cancelled because of snow.
Winter fashion. Sweaters, scarves, and mittens are seriously cosy.
Travelling back to your hometown to see your family and friends.
Visiting loved ones for the holidays.
Everything about Christmas, from the food to seeing your family.
I promise this is my last fall blog post. Maybe. Probably. I just love fall so much! Lame, I know.
One of the best things about fall is all the fun activities that come with it. The weather may be getting colder, but that is no reason to spend the next few months inside. There are lots of awesome (and cheap) things that you can do outside during fall!
Don’t worry – there are inside activities too. I love spending time inside on a cold, dark evening, especially if I have a mug of hot chocolate.
Here are 20 fun fall activities.
Go for a walk through a forest or a wood as the leaves change color.
Go apple picking.
Go to a fall festival with someone you love.
Visit a pumpkin patch.
Make something with pumpkin in it. (My personal favorites are pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie.)
Bundle up warm and go to kick leaves in your local park.
Go to a corn maze with your friends or family.
Visit a spooky fairground.
Fly a kite with your children (or nephews and nieces).
Light some candles or the fire and watch a movie during a cold evening.
Make toffee apples.
Make homemade soup.
Eat breakfast in bed (mostly because it is far too cold to eat it at the table).
Make a scarecrow.
Make mulled wine.
Make warm apple cider.
Go to a haunted house.
What are you going to do on this list? Let me know with a comment! 🙂
Lots of people wish that they were healthier, but they don’t want to change their entire lifestyle. However, anyone can make little changes to their lifestyle that will improve their health – and they don’t have to completely change their whole lifestyle!
Here are 2 little things that you can do to live a healthier lifestyle.
Make sure that you get eight hours sleep each night.
Drink more water.
Swap crisps for nuts.
Try to touch your toes every night before bed.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Find a type of exercise that you actually enjoy doing.
Swap your coffee for a green tea.
Use a bike instead of a car.
Spend your free time with people who make you happy – not people who make you feel stressed or irate.
Do 20 jumping jacks every morning.
Instead of scrolling through your phone on the couch, scroll through your phone as you take a walk around the block.
Eat your vegetables!
What do you think of this list? Let me know with a comment!
Fall is my favorite season; I love the colorful fallen leaves and the drop in temperature. I also really, really love Halloween! I can’t wait to start carving pumpkins and planning a Halloween party. I’ve never been the best at dressing up, but I plan on going all-out this year!
Here are 10 reasons to love fall.
The leaves. The best part of fall is definitely the nature. I love watching the leaves turn red and brown and yellow, and listening to them crunch underneath my feat
It is time to start drinking mulled wine again. I love mulled wine, it is the perfect seasonal drink!
The sunsets. The sunsets in fall always seem to be the most beautiful and vivid.
Fall television. I can’t be the only person who is looking forward to the return of the Walking Dead.
Candles. I love lighting scented candles on cold evenings; they make your home feel cosy and they smell great.
Halloween. Dressing up, going to parties with friends and family, candy – I love it all.
Pumpkins. Pumpkin soup is one of my favorite soups. And carving pumpkins is always a lot of fun!
Comfy clothes. Sweaters every day!
The crisp, fresh air.
Thanksgiving. I don’t actually live in America or Canada, but Thanksgiving does sound like an amazing holiday – the food looks so tasty.
What is your favorite thing about fall? Let me know with a comment! 🙂
Recently I’ve really been trying to embrace being positive. Sometimes the littlest things can put a smile on your face – it doesn’t just have to be big gestures. Here are 15 little everyday things that make life better.
Listening to your favorite song on repeat.
Turning on the TV just as your favorite TV show is starting.
Breaking perforated seals on anything (and everything).
Waking up a few minutes before your alarm goes off, so you can lay in bed for a while before you need to get up.
A kind gesture from a friend or family member, like offering to help with the washing up.
The smell in the air after heavy rain.
Taking off your shoes and formal clothes when you get home, and putting on comfortable clothes.
The elevator arriving the second that you push the button.
Clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ on annoying emails.
Watching the rain fall when you have nowhere to be, and no responsibilities.
Clean laundry – especially when it is warm from the radiator or dryer!
A deep stretch when you first wake up to get your body moving.
Taking an extra-long bath or shower when you have a free evening.
Eating healthy, delicious food that makes you feel good on the inside.
Spending time in your home when it is clean and tidy.
What is your favorite thing on this list? Let me know 🙂