Am I Still Gluten Free?

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Can you have a guess as to what today’s blog post is about? Yes, it’s all about gluten and if I’m still gluten free which is an important topic for me to address, because I’ve avoided gluten for quite a few years but things are very slowly changing. 

If you didn’t know, I have several intolerances that include gluten, soya, carrots and potatoes. I have written a number of blog posts about my intolerance testing over the years which I’ll leave here: (x) (x) (x)

I started avoiding gluten back in 2014 after noticing I was getting a lot of stomach pain, headaches and once I had my intolerance test, I quit gluten completely and unless I eat it accidentally due to cross contamination, I stayed away from it. I was never officially tested by the doctor because when I went back and asked to be tested, I had been off it for a significant amount of time and eating it regularly again may have caused more harm than good. I have never claimed to be coeliac and never called myself coeliac either because I know the difference between having an intolerance and having an auto immune disease. 

Intolerances aren’t something to be looked down at of course but they’re not forever. You’re not going to have an intolerance forever and it’s really about reintroducing those foods into your diet very gradually. I once heard it could be done at the six month mark but I never tried it, I was too worried I was going to start feeling sick again. Over the last few months, I have gradually tried to try foods that have been on the no list for quite a long time. I have had a few bowls of oats and so far, I have had no reaction that I can tell, which I’m so pleased about. I’m being very mindful about this process however; it’s not a case of getting to eat all the food that I want now, because let’s face it, we have to mindful of what we choose to eat because that’s a reflection of how our bodies will be able to run. This will be a learning curve over the next few months which I’m looking forward to but it will be a slow process. 

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My thoughts on being gluten free are very simple: unless you are coeliac or have an intolerance to gluten, you don’t need to avoid it. There are still quite a few myths out there claiming that being gluten free is healthier. It really depends on what you are buying; if you’re living quite a whole foods diet with fruit and vegetables, then it’s the same level as someone who isn’t avoiding gluten but if you’re eating processed foods like the sweet treats and the breads (Two of many examples), because they’re not using gluten to hold everything together, they’re normally using more sugar instead. My number one recommendation would be to visit your doctor, raise your concerns and they may be able to test you for coeliac disease or it could be something different entirely but if you’re doing it for the health benefits, I don’t think you’re going to find many.  

I don’t hold a lot of respect for those who say they need to be gluten free but have it sometimes and “deal with it afterwards”. I don’t hold a lot of sympathy for them either if we’re being really honest; if you know you can’t have a certain food but choose to eat it because “it’s just this once” you know the consequences and the only one who is in control of the food you put in your body, is you. If you feel pressure at a work dinner, a friend’s night out or it’s just easier not to cause a fuss; are your work colleagues or friends going to thank you for doing that? I can probably guarantee that the answer to that is no. Is it worth hurting your body for other people or for that one sweet treat? You have to take accountability for your own actions and realise that your body needs to be respected as much as you can help it.  

I’m hoping to further document this over the next few months so if you have any similar stories to mine, I would love to read them to find any tips to help me through this process. I’m over at my usual Twitter and Instagram  or you can leave a comment below. Thank you so much for reading! 

 

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The New York and Toronto Series: Vegan Eating in New York.

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Welcome to the first post of my New York and Toronto series! I’m kicking off the first post by discussing what restaurants we would like to try specifically in New York when we’re there in March (If you haven’t read my initial post about this, I’ll link it here). I’m a research bunny so I have been so excited to start researching for this trip.

We aren’t looking for anything specific food wise during this trip. We’re still wanting to keep our diet pretty balanced throughout with an odd treat here and there, which is just as important in my opinion. I know it can be tempting to eat all the treats when you’re away on holiday but for me, I want to still eat healthy because we’ll be exploring so much that we need to make sure we’re full of good nutritious food rather than lots of sugar.

Juice Press.

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This was the first place I came across in my research and it’s close to both our hotels that we’ll be staying in while we’re there, so that’s even better. I love a good juice and they seem like the perfect hot spot for smoothie bowls, fresh juices and healthy breakfasts.

Hummus Place.

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We all know that I love my falafels and this seems like the perfect place to grab a quick lunch or an early dinner. Very nicely priced as well.

Blossom on Columbus

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Blossom NYC is a completely vegan restaurant that seems to have a slightly more expensive price range but not extortionate. It has a really lovely range of starters and mains, and a massive range of sides. A quiet little date night restaurant perhaps?

Peace Food Café.

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I’m very excited to try this place because they have a really interesting lasagna on the menu and I’m even more excited to try one of the raw cheesecakes because I can’t resist one of those.

Sweet Green.

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With a selection of salads and warm bowls, Sweet Green is another place we can head to for lunch or an early dinner. It’s not a vegan restaurant but they have quite a lot of vegan options to choose from.

Seasoned Vegan.

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The Seasoned Vegan is another completely vegan restaurant I have found and it seems that a lot of the raw starters and mains are gluten free, which is fantastic.

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Eat by CHLOE is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in New York it seems according to my research so I think it’s only apt that we try it out. They have the healthy salads as you would expect but they also have burgers, mac and cheese and the sweetest desserts too.

Candle 79.

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Candle 79 is up there with the more expensive price range but from the photographs alone, I can see why. They have a very large gluten free menu which pleases me so much, and their chickpea cake sounds amazing.

Bombay Sandwich Co.

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Another brunch or late lunch spot which have a fantastic menu with so many choices for gluten free vegans. I’m sure I’ll end up eating there multiple times during the trip. They also have a tumeric latte too!

Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC.

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I’m leaving a real treat to last! I know I said at the beginning about having not so many treats but this is all about balance right? Erin McKenna Bakery are a completely gluten free, soy free, refined sugar free and vegan bakery who make doughnuts (Yes, gluten free and vegan doughnuts!), cakes, cupcakes, cookies and even soft served ice-cream. One hundred percent, I can not wait to experience this beauty!

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So there you have it, all the places I’m excited to try out when we’re in New York. I’m sure we’ll come across so many others even when we’re just exploring and not necessarily looking out for them. If you have any other recommendations, please do let me know either in the comments below or over on my Twitter and Instagram. Thank you for reading!

Is There Unwarranted Pressure Around Veganism?

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The world of veganism is growing year upon year, and as a vegan myself, I couldn’t be prouder. I wanted to talk a little more about my journey with it, how my boyfriend is coping with it so far with his own short-term goals and why I still get frustrated with the perception of veganism. 

The start of January marked my two-year anniversary of becoming vegan and it still feels so strange to say that because that was never the plan. I had never planned to become vegan; I wanted to try Veganuary because it was something that I was fascinated by, and I was looking for another challenge. The nutrition side to a plant-based diet has always interested me and considering the food intolerances I was already dealing with, I wanted to see how I would cope. At that point when I tried Veganuary, I had been vegetarian for around ten months but I had adapted to that change quite easily. If you want to read about my vegetarian to vegan journey; I have a range of posts you can read which I’ll link to below:

Becoming A Vegetarian
What I Eat In A Day: Veganuary Style
So what happened after Veganuary?
How and why I turned vegan.

My boyfriend Scott, is adapting his diet to vegan this month for Veganuary and I never thought I would see him do this. I sometimes read threads online of other vegans asking could you be in a relationship with someone who wasn’t vegan, and for me, it’s never been an issue. Scott has been very up front about the reason that he’s trying veganuary (you can read his post here!) and it’s been an eye-opener for me to see someone who isn’t looking to permanently change his diet, to change it for a short-term period. 

I call myself his mentor as a joke, but he cooks the majority of our evening meals which have been all vegan, and whenever he wants, he cooks some meat on the side to add to his. We’re always double-checking labels together and we want to explore new recipes because as much as I love his vegetable korma, he wants to see what else is out there. We’re always questioning certain parts of the vegan lifestyle, and sometimes we agree and other times it can turn into a debate, but it’s a healthy debate. As much as it’s nice to have someone who is on the same wave length as you (which I absolutely value in any type of relationship) a healthy debate and another view point is something that I cherish too.  

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I believe Veganuary is a fantastic cause, whether that means that you continue being vegan (like I did) or you plan on cutting down your animal-based products further afterwards, it’s still a step in the right direction. There seems to be so much pressure on being vegan or becoming more eco-conscious which is something I am very passionate about but there are some individuals on the online space who seem to follow the all-or-nothing thinking, which in turn, can deter others from trying to make a change. I can understand that in order to help the planet, one of the biggest changes you can make, is to your diet but sometimes that’s not possible for people. You may have to be on a specialised diet that means you have to cut out so many food groups and individual foods that then cutting out additional food, may be too much. You may still live at home and can’t afford to buy your own food, so you have to eat the food that your parents or guardians eat. You may think that going vegan cold turkey (excuse the pun!) is too much in one go; in that case, it may be easier to cut down on your red meat first, then move to chicken and slowly coming off fish. 

Personally, I think the whole philosophy of becoming vegan seems to be lost sometimes; part of the journey is about being compassionate, not just to the animals and the world around you, but to other people. There can be criticism to other people who choose not to follow the vegan lifestyle, and it can be understandable in some circumstances. When you first learn of the choices that are made against the animals for our food products (to give one of many examples) it can be hard to understand why someone would choose not to follow the same lifestyle. I believe we all get like that sometimes no matter what the subject choice is; we all have our own views and it can be hard to remember that not everyone will have the same opinion as you, but it’s something that over time, you start to realise that you won’t be able to change everyone’s opinion, that’s not your job. 

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For me, I’m so happy that Veganuary and the vegan lifestyle is becoming more popular, because the food ranges are absolutely fantastic and are getting better constantly, which is only a good thing. However, if you want to change your diet or change your lifestyle but feel like you can’t do it all in one go, that’s okay. You don’t have to turn a vegan overnight to make a real change for our planet; if it’s something that you can’t do, or simply don’t want to do, it’s a valid reason and you shouldn’t feel the need to have to justify your decision. There are many other ways you can help our environment without pushing yourself completely out of your comfort zone beyond the point where you’re not happy.  

Are you trying Veganuary this year? Have you tried it before, what were your thoughts with it? Do you think there is too much pressure sometimes on completely changing your lifestyle? I’d love to know your thoughts on anything I’ve talked about today. Thank you so much for reading, I really do appreciate it. 

New Year’s Resolutions 2019: January and February Goals.

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Happy New Year! Welcome to my first post on the blog for this shiny New Year! I’m really excited for what this year will bring for the blog so I hope you’ll stick around with me. Today’s post is all about this year’s goals and what I’m choosing to focus on for the first two months of the year. 

In my last post, you’ll know that I’m trialing out a two month time frame instead of three month time frame, and I’m focusing on two goals this time around rather than three goals. This is to enable me to focus more intentionally on less goals and not give myself too much time either. I believe that for me, three months was too long a time frame and that’s why I tended to fall off the wagon with the habit I was trying to create. 

(What do I want to start in 2019?)
Creating a house cleaning routine. 

Cleaning is something that I love to hate. I love the feeling I get afterwards but during it, I can’t stand it. It’s something that I’ve struggled with ever since I can remember; even when I was leaving at home, I would be told to put something away and I would procrastinate until I had no choice but to put it away. It’s different now in terms of mentality; I would see a list of chores I had to do and get completely overwhelmed so much so that I didn’t do anything. I’ve managed to work through this through CBT and I know when I can push myself and when I can’t. It’s something that has taken a long time to work through but it’s been one hundred percent worth it. 

While I was off work during the Summer, I got very overwhelmed because I had a lot of free time but I almost had too much. There was so much I needed to do and wanted to do, but because there was so much that I had planned, I felt very anxious about it all. Now that I’m back at work, I’ve noticed that I don’t make enough time to clean apart from the weekend. I don’t want to spend my weekend cleaning my house but I tend to find that I make the excuse that I’m too tired to clean after work. Now, I’m very cautious of saying excuse because for me, it’s not an excuse, it’s something that I live with on a daily basis, I’m always tired. I don’t live with a chronic disease thankfully because I know how it can affect you when you do deal with something like that but from a very young age, I have always been tired. I’ve learned when to push past the tiredness and when I need to rest, because there is a true difference and you know the difference yourself when you come across it. 

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My plan going forward is to create a house cleaning routine that I can implement on weekly basis. I want to choose a number of tasks I can put into place around five days a week and it doesn’t have to be a big list; they have to be something I can do after work, that won’t take too long but they still make an impact on the house cleaning overall. Now this does correlate with another one of my “stop” activities which is “not cleaning up on a regular basis” and it’s something that I wanted to combat it alongside with the cleaning routine.  

There will be particular tasks that I’ll have to complete on a daily basis; cleaning the bath, emptying Audrey’s litter, freshen up the toilet and brushing the living room floor. Those are just a few examples of daily tasks but that is something that I will need to work into each day plan. 

(What do I want to stop in 2019?)
Not getting up straight away when my alarm goes off. 

This is one that I believe I am in the middle of conquering. In general, when Scott and I plan to go to the gym during the work week, the majority of the time, I do get up with my alarm. However, when we haven’t planned a gym session during the work week or when we plan something early at the weekend, that’s sometimes a different story and it’s a story I would like to change. 

A lot of us get into the mindset of “five more minutes” but in reality I’ve found that five more minutes in bed doesn’t make me feel any better. In fact, when I’ve had this attitude during the work week; I’ve ended up rushing to work, not having a great breakfast and starting the day off as great as I would like. 

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I don’t think this will be an easy task to start doing, but I believe I’ll be able to become more adaptable in the mornings if I see it as “five more minutes won’t give me as much satisification as I may think”. I don’t like being stressed, I don’t like not having time not to make my breakfast or my lunch properly and I prefer to control my morning, not my morning taking control of me. 

In terms of the weekends, we’re all very precious with our weekends, and why not? With working nine-to-five Monday to Friday (for me at least) it’s our time of the week where we’re not plaque with doing tasks involved with our job so it’s not unsurprising that many of us enjoy a lie-in. I love one, but I believe I’m going wrong with not going to bed early so I feel the need for that extra sleep in the morning. However, if I went to bed early continually, then I wouldn’t feel the need to want those “five minutes”. 

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I have to say I’m looking forward to introducing both these habits into my life because they are two things that I know I need to incorporate into my daily life. I tried to choose two activities that I know would be the most important to add in or change right now, and I’m looking forward to seeing how these first two goals pan out. 

Have you any tips on how to create a cleaning routine or waking up early every day? Let me know in the comments, on Instagram or via my Twitter. I hope you have a lovely day, and Happy New Year! (again). 

New Year’s Resolutions 2019: Continue, Start and Stop Plan.

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Having had a look back at this year’s goals, I wanted to take the opportunity over the last few days of the year to decide what I wanted to achieve next year so that’s what today’s blog post is all about. 

I experimented with goals this year; I chose three new goals each quarter, and tried to focus on them for those three months. Having only achieved three of those goals, I knew that that particular method didn’t work for me, and that was my alternative this year to New Year’s Resolutions. I’m still glad that I tried that method because now I know that it doesn’t work and I can try something else. See, it’s all about experimenting, isn’t it?  

One of the stand out influences for me this year in particular has been Muchelle B; I’ve written about her before but she speaks about habits, goals, minimalism and resetting your life, all on YouTube. She puts everything very simply and doesn’t complicate what she’s trying to put across, especially with topics like minimalism and goals, were it can be very overwhelming. During her “Creating an Environment to Support Your 2019 Habits: Reset Your Life Challenge” video, she introduced me to the concept of a “Continue, Start and Stop Plan” which is three mind maps; one is what you wish to continue with next year, the next one is what you wish to start doing next year and the last one is what you want to stop doing in the New Year. 

I found this experience quite therapeutic because I’m often known for looking at the negative side of life and choosing to focus on what I’m doing wrong rather than what I’m doing right but this showed me to focus on what I like about my daily or weekly routine. It’s also taught me to stop thinking in the “I wish I was doing <insert activity here> instead of <insert activity here>” mindset, because now that I had everything written down, I could see what was achievable. 

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Below are my three lists: continue, start and stop. I thought it would be nice to lay them out in a list form for the blog but I have it in one of my notebooks in a mind mapping format.  

What do I want to continue in 2019? 
  • Meal prep for my work lunches. 
  • Filling in my diary. 
  • Listening to podcasts. 
  • Gym sessions in the morning. 
  • Going to bed at an early time during the week. 
  • Reducing my use of plastic. 
  • Being conscious of what I eat. 
  • Writing regular blog posts. 
  • Meditating regularly. 
  • Listening to audiobooks. 
What do I want to start in 2019? 
  • Read more (Add a minimum of chapters per week). 
  • Have a regular yoga routine. 
  • Double cleanse after make-up. 
  • Save on a regular basis. 
  • Spend more time in my own house (Not spending so much time at Scott’s). 
  • Create a house cleaning routine. 
  • Go on evening walks. 
  • Get up earlier during the weekends. 
  • Incorporate more running into my weekly schedule. 
  • Cook more new recipes. 
What do I want to stop in 2019? 
  • Going to the gym without a workout plan. 
  • Not getting up straight away when my alarm goes off. 
  • Not cleaning up on a regular basis. 
  • Getting frustrated when I’m stressed. 
  • Not having stuff on my bed apart from PJ’s. 
  • Procrastinating. 
  • Twisting and pulling my hair as often. 

I’d highly encourage you to do the same with these lists, and if you’re struggling to set your next goals (and they don’t even have to be at the New Year, you can do this at ANY point of the year) once you start on your lists, I can almost guarantee that your head will be a lot clearer to determine your next goal. 

Now, what you might be thinking is that both my “start” and “stop” lists are far too long, and I would tend to agree with you. I believe that if your list is too long that it will be harder to achieve your goals. However, I wrote this not with the sense of achieving it all; I’m planning on focusing again on twelve-week goals, because while three goals over twelve weeks this year didn’t work for me, I’m scaling back and focusing on two instead. I’m planning on using one goal from the “start” list and one goal from the “stop” list. Will it work? I don’t know, and if I find it doesn’t work throughout the year, then I’m free to change it up.  

I’ve decided to split this post up into two parts because this post can work absolutely all year round and my second post will be about the first two eight-week goals that I’m planning on focusing on.  

Have you planned any New Year’s Resolutions this year? Are you goal oriented or do you prefer going with the flow? Let me know either in the comments or via my Instagram or Twitter. Thank you so much for reading! 

Special Traditions Around The Christmas Holidays.

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Christmas Traditions is a topic that is discussed every year but I can never really answer because it’s not something I really participate in. They do fascinate me however so today’s post is focusing on what traditions I would like to have for myself as well as talking about a number of either sweet or quirky international traditions that you wouldn’t necessarily think of. 

I absolutely love the idea of having a Christmas tradition. For my family, I don’t remember us having many traditions and I don’t think that’s as uncommon as you would first think. The only one I can think of is getting a pair of new pyjamas on Christmas Eve. I asked Scott if he had any with his family, and he said that he did the same. I don’t have a very big immediate family but I’ve found through talking to other friends, that if you have a bigger family, you tend to have more traditions but it wasn’t something that was common in mine. Also, how can we forget about the advent calendar? It’s not just chocolate anymore; we have so many to choose from at all budget ranges and let’s be honest, it can be a tad overwhelming too. 

As I start to get older and begin to share the holiday season with someone other than my family, I want to bring more traditions to the table; not just for Scott and I but for the future (We have a while to go yet though!). 

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One of my favourite traditions that I have heard of so far is from Iceland where you exchange a book with your partner or family on Christmas Eve and you spend the rest of your evening reading your book along with eating chocolate. For someone who doesn’t read as many books as she should, this one really appeals to me because it sounds cosy and very chill for the evening before Christmas. It’s known as the “Christmas Book Flood” and when I started doing a little more research, Iceland publishes more books between September and November because they sell so many during this time of year. This is something that Scott and I are doing this year and it’s going to be really nice to get away from the TV and laptop screen for a while and focusing on reading a book instead.  

For me, one of my own personal traditions; I used to go into town to specifically go to LUSH (I never used to be able to resist their half price sale!) on Boxing Day and after that, I would go to the gym. This happened for a quite a few years and it was just my thing, which I loved. However Scott and I both love going to the gym and we love a run too so we’re going to set our own tradition of either running or having a gym session on Christmas Day. We’re very lucky to be close to a number of parkruns that are on that day and the gym we go to is 24/7, even on Christmas Day, so it’s a win win.

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I remember one of the volunteers that worked with us in my old job, Jana; she was from Spain and she told us about what they do there. Every year, the children decorate a log (that they call the pooping log) with clothes, hands and legs and a hat; they then eat it up until Christmas Day with either bread or fruit, and they hit the log (better known as the Caga Tió) with a stick while singing a special song to encourage the log to poop out sweets for them. It sounds strange hearing to us if you’ve never participated in it before but I think it’s really sweet for young children because it’s all about innocence isn’t it? 

When I was doing my research for this post, I came across one of the funniest traditions that I didn’t expect to see; KFC have played quite a role in the Christmas dinner there recently. Albeit this isn’t what most families do in Japan, it seems to be a quirky trend at the minute but it was something I wasn’t expecting. 

One of the traditions from Portugal that I thought was a nice touch and I’m sure many people can relate to, is thinking of those you have lost over the year and are missing at Christmas time. Families in Portugal set extra table settings for those who are no long with there to celebrate and this is actually known to bring the family good luck. 

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We’re so invested in this time of year for so many different reasons but it can be stressful and it can make you lose yourself a little. We all need to take a breather and whatever your tradition may be; whether it’s a walk after your Christmas dinner, having a movie marathon on Christmas Eve or doing absolutely nothing; we need to be mindful that we all need a break from the craziness at some point. 

I would love to know about any traditions that you grew up with or you have started on your own, so if you have any, let me know over on Twitter or Instagram. Thanks for reading!

Reflecting on my 2018 Goals.

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I’m getting a head start on New Year’s Resolutions this year because I’ve already started to think about the next year ahead. Before I commit to my new goals, I wanted to reflect back on the goals of 2018 and how changing my method worked out so that’s exactly what today’s post is all about.  

Instead of having to go back through my goals this year, I’ve listed them all down below, and below those are all the goals up until October. I’ve marked it green if I have completed it and if it’s in red, that means I wasn’t able to do it. 

Changing My Perspective of New Year’s Resolutions. 
January to March Reflections and April to June Goals (2018). 
April to June Reflections and July to September Goals (2018) 
July to September Reflections and October to December Goals (2018). 

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Clear my spare room. 
Finish my nutrition course. 
Read fifty pages a week. 
Begin my research into growing my blog. 
Note down my spending for one month. 
Try a new fitness class. 
Write a “Top Three Tasks” list every day. 
Be satisfied with my home. 
Practice “Good for them” rather than being negative towards myself. 

Before I talk about this year over all, I want to briefly talk about the last three goals I set for myself this year:

Run a 5K in under 30 minutes. 

Unfortunately I didn’t do this over the last few months and I was quite disappointed. I had an injury for over a month and that set me back more than I would have liked but it’s a goal that I’ll be keeping in the back of my head continuously for my running progress. 

Refresh my wardrobe. 

Since getting my new job (which you can read about here!) Scott went shopping with me to get some new outfits because I wanted to dress more professionally. I had been so used to jeans and a shirt but I was looking for a change. I tried out blouses and skirts, which was something I had been nervous about because I didn’t think I would suit them, but I was surprisingly very wrong. Currently around the holidays, I’m in jeans and Christmas jumpers, but I’ll be back in the professional clothes after Christmas.

Incorporate the two minute rule more into my daily routine. 

This is a hard one to judge because I was great with it at the start of October but it did start to slip towards the start of November. It’s a really easy one to keep in mind for the future especially when it comes to trying to tackle procrastination, but I think for me, it was something that I didn’t nurture enough as a daily habit. 

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I tend to set a small number of resolutions and then I forget about them half way through the year, but that’s like a lot of people. This method never worked for me and because I’m so interested in goal setting and having goals that work for me, I wanted to take a serious approach to it. It’s hard to word it; I’m not saying that you should be completely serious about your goals but why set them in the first place if you’re not planning on trying to implement them?  

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Out of twelve goals this year, I completed three… Admittedly I’m quite surprised at myself for the lack of completed goals. Not trying to make excuses for myself but it’s been a pretty unsettled year for me but that has been a lesson in itself; it’s shown me that I need to become more adaptable to my own surroundings. I often get so tied up when something doesn’t go right, and I know that my goals need to reflect that too. That’s something I will be taking into consideration moving forward with next year’s goals. 

In terms of what my goals actually were, I don’t feel like any were completely out of reach. They were all mainly focused on personal development which is something I wanted to work hard on this year and will continue to do so next year. I believe part of the problem was that I was reaching too far at times; reading fifty pages a week for example was tough around that time because I was trying to finish up my nutrition course AND I had tried to clean my spare room that had become an absolute tip. Is it any wonder I found it difficult?  

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What this year has also taught me is that I need to focus on priorities and determine what they are. I tried to do so many things at once this year and I truly believe that I was trying to distract myself from the stressful life situations I had throughout the year. Distractions are great, don’t get me wrong but if you start to stretch yourself too thin, then you get yourself worked up even more than before. 

For me, this method didn’t work as well as I had hoped but I still think it’s a much stronger method than the simple New Year’s Resolutions, were you set a few goals at the start of the year and then almost of us forget about them by the middle of the year. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be researching different methods and techniques for next year’s goals and while they will still be very much personal development focused, I’m going to try and focus more intentionally this time.  

My new post will be live soon and I’m already excited to start the New Year because I have some really lovely plans ahead. Let me know how you found this year, what worked and what didn’t, and how you are going to change it up for the year ahead. Thank you so much for reading and if you want to get in contact with me, I’m always over on Instagram or Twitter.