We all know the feeling. The twinkly lights are down, your extended family have disappeared for another year and you've eaten and drank far too much. Those January blues begin to creep into the mind like weeds in the garden. It's about that time of year that you make those “personal promises” to yourself. The dreaded resolution! When you list all the ways in which you can better yourself for the year ahead. However, fast forward to about this time of year that we start to realise those promises we made with the best of intentions start to not be fulfilled. Whether it be going to the gym more or to save more money, I personally have never really stuck to a resolution properly. Not for the whole year anyway. Part of the problem is we picture these promises as far too big to accomplish. Who has time to workout everyday unless you're being paid for it? And you can delve into those savings to fund that new on trend handbag, right? This year, I have decided to give myself five smaller goals in the hopes that they will then lead me to strive for the bigger ones. So if you're feeling a little down in the dumps because you've sacked off your resolutions just four weeks into 2018, maybe give something more bitesized a try.
Do things that make you happy.
It is such a simple thing but one that often gets forgotten. Just do something for yourself! Something that makes you feel good. Whether it's travelling to a new place, eating your favourite food or just relaxing in a face mask in your dressing gown and fluffy slippers. Do something that puts a smile on your face. If you want to go one step further, why not do something to put a smile on someone else's face too?
Search for inspiration wherever you are.
You don't have to be a creative person to feel inspired. In fact, the definition of inspiration is to feel mentally stimulated to do or feel something...anything! Okay I may have added the end word but honestly it is true. Most people associate inspiration with creativity and they would be correct, the two go hand in hand. But even if it's just being inspired to reach that deadline or to lace up those trainers and go for a run, you should search for inspiration everywhere you can. Even in your own front room.
Be realistic but still treat yourself.
There are times where we all need to be brought back to reality and those times can be very daunting. In January I feel like I am in limbo, holding onto the festivities when in reality it is freezing outside and I'm trying so hard not to buy discounted fancy cheese and crackers. Unfortunately we must all face reality but we needn't come crashing down to earth with a BANG! A little treat to ones self now and again, big or small, can be enough to keep away those January blues. So if you'll excuse me the Wensleydale and Cranberry is calling my name!
COAT - NEW LOOK
SHIRT - STRADIVARIUS
BODY SUIT - RIVER ISLAND
JEANS - RIVER ISLAND
BOOTS - OFFICE
NECKLACE - OLIVER BONAS
BAG - CARVELA KURT GEIGER AT DEBENHAMS
Do something that scares you.
This may seem like a weird one but when I say 'scare' I don't mean shaking like a leaf and blood draining from the face scared. I mean anything that puts you out of your comfort zone. Whether it's wearing a daring outfit you usually wouldn't rock or learning that new skill you've been thinking about. Doing something that unnerves you can be so empowering and a huge confidence builder. And once that confidence is built you'll feel like you can do anything!
Stop and enjoy the moment.
This is such an easy one and something I am trying to get into the habit of doing regularly. Just taking a moment to think and appreciate where you are, physically or mentally, can be such an eye opener. To just stop and reflect on things, good or bad, can lead to so many insights into yourself and the world around you. So wherever you are, out and about or lounging on the sofa, just take a moment to close your eyes and enjoy the moment you're in.