Resolutions for 2017

Happy New Year dear readers. We’re about a week in to 2017 so I’ve had a good while to plan my resolutions for the upcoming year (not just January) and start putting them into action ASAP!

Here’s what I would like to do:

  • Try a monthly exercise challenge every other month – I usually see a benefit or improvement to my body after completing them and it’s a nice sense of achievement. Currently I’m doing the RG Active #30DayActive challenge which has been sore fun with my triathlon buddies. 
  • Touch my toes – it’s true, I can’t touch my toes and never have been able to. I’m doing these daily stretches that are definitely helping. I’ve touched my toes within a week of starting so my aim is now to press my palms flat to the floor. I’ve got all year so who knows what I can achieve!
  • Drink more water when at home – somehow I can drink 2 litres a day at the office (probably something to do with wanting to spend time away from a screen and desk!) but get me at home and it’s like I forget that I have my very own tap. 
  • Unfollow anything/anyone negative on social – I’ve had a mini sweep of my SM accounts recently mainly to clear through accounts that are super clickbait-y/no longer interest me/are inactive/make me have negative feelings. Social media is the one thing that I look at every day, so if I’m following accounts that have a negative effect on me, I’ll be willingly exposing myself to negativity. On that note I need to understand that others may need to go through that process too and…
  • … learn to be cool when someone unfollows me on social media – I can usually tell who has pressed the unfollow button and the feeling that someone doesn’t like me stirs up old demons. I’m a people pleaser and it upsets me BUT I also know I am not my social media profile. What I post is barely a fraction of who I am as a person, so why should I take it so personally if online friends/acquaintances don’t get that?
  • Stop comparing myself to people on the internet – simple really. I’m not the girl in the picture, she’s not even the girl in the picture thanks to a myriad of filters and Facetune. Remember that pictures (especially on Instagram) are “constructed” moments, not actual snapshots of life. 
  • Learn the Five Movements from The OA – I’ve blogged about how much I loved The OA here and one of the reasons why it affected me so deeply was the wonderful use of dance. I may not open portals to other dimensions but I think the joy will come in the process of learning. If anyone has any tutorials for this, or would like to learn with me, let me know!
  • Use the things I’ve kept for best – I’m so bad at this one. I buy something I’ve wanted for ages that might be a little dear and instead of enjoying it, I hide it away only bringing it out for Sunday best. This is a ridiculous waste – life is short, use things now whilst you can enjoy them! Wear the jumper, spritz the May Lindstrom spray, put on the yellow thigh high boots.
  • Paint my nails at least once a month – I have a fridge compartment full of nail polishes which I barely wear. Again, such a waste, especially as I’m such a hoarder and magpie for new shades. It’s the cheapest way of sprucing up my look and acts as a mini pamper treat for myself. I’m currently rocking a gold and plum crackle effect polish that looks pretty neat and is a doddle to fix if it gets chipped.
  • Blog more – I have so many post drafts started with ideas and I always seem to put it off until the time has passed and it’s no longer worth writing about. I think I should write at least three a month.
  • Find a job I love – ha! This one is something I’ve carried over from the past five years and it’s still as elusive!
  • Put my phone down more – it’s so simple and yet I’m rather addicted to my little screen of knowledge. Yes to Googling things to finish family discussions amicably, no to infinite scrolling through Instagram. Put it down during meals and when watching TV with hubby. It’ll probably help with neck ache and posture too! 

There are a hundred more things I could add to this list: limit my procrastination to once a day, quit panicking about things that might never happen, dance more, actually train for and enter a non-team open water swim or triathlon this year, be less petty and reactive, have set days for doing the laundry, be more naked (literally and figuratively), tackle the pile of paperwork properly, travel to all the desolate places I want to go to… BUT I haven’t the patience to write them all down and I can always update this post at a later date with my progress. 

    Do you have any resolutions for the New Year? I’d love to hear about them!

    What To Watch…

    The nights are unbearably dark, cold and require nothing more than snuggles on the sofa under duvets and long sessions watching the telly box. With the Christmas break giving some a chance to catch up on their viewing and hibernate until the new year I thought I’d share a few of my favourite shows and films from the past few months. 

    Showing On Netflix…

    The OA – I am writing this having just finished watching episode eight no more than 15 minutes ago and I still have tears in my eyes. I can’t remember the last time I was so moved by a programme (not counting ones about sick animals) that is a tale of fiction. Brit Marling is perfection in the lead role – a blind girl who returns from a seven year disappearance with her sight intact. If you like storytelling and stories of love and loss, sci-fi and the afterlife, then this is the one for you. Even if you don’t… watch this. 

    Gilmore Girls – I’m ashamed to say I completely missed this the first time it was on screens back in the late 90’s/early 00’s. Thank goodness for streaming services and my current unemployment status – I managed to watch all seven seasons in about a month and a bit. There’s laughs aplenty and tears too but the magic for me is when all three Gilmore ladies are together. Snappy dialogue, clever witticisms and a lot of heart binds this into a show that makes a mark. I finished in time to watch the special four part A Year In The Life which revisits Stars Hollow ten years later. Watch out for the bombshell last four words.

    Stranger Things – Another nostalgia trip, this time to the 80’s and a terrifying reminder of the evil monsters who lurked in the shadows crossed with the buddy feel of The Goonies and Stand By Me. The young actors steal the show despite a great performance from era stalwart Winona Ryder. Feel comforted by the amazing attention to detail (the duvet covers are exact replicas of ones seen in the Argos catalogue) and string up all the fairy lights you can get your hands on.

    Designated Survivor – A show about US Government, Congress and Senate being blown to smithereens by evil terrorists during a State of The Union address (hello NSA/GCHQ filters) and Jack Bauer, I mean, Kiefer Sutherland is put in charge. That’s still a better choice than what’s going in to the White House next year. It’s a decent, easy to watch, political whodunnit of our current times but frankly I’m just happy to hear Kiefer’s slightly whispered tones/angry “DAMMIT” back on a screen. 

    The Crown – So Prince Phillip was a fox, who’d have thought it?! An interesting series shedding a little (fictional?) light on the early years of the Royal family as we know it today. Queenie struggles between being a wife and a monarch (mainly because of the men surrounding her and demanding she kow-tow to them and/or tradition, hashtag so much mansplaining) but she keeps on reigning strong. 

    Showing on Sky… 

    Westworld – The robots are ALIVE! Or are they? This show had a tonne of secrets, plot twists and theories reminiscent of that old favourite, Lost. You get over the GoT levels of nudity quickly mainly because you’re trying to keep track of who’s who and where’s where. Amazing performances from the female leads – Thandie Newton and Evan Rachel Wood. Watch it through without spoilers the first time round and then rewatch to see what clues you missed. 

    Mars – A mix of 2016 science fact and 2033 science fiction, with a lot of interesting scenes featuring today’s finest minds and space explorers trying to make humans on Mars a thing. Of course nothing comes easily for the “future” crew but I really enjoyed how they focused on the human, as well as the scientific, aspect of space travel. Very interesting but never too taxing. 

    Hope you find these as enjoyable as I did! I’m going to try and watch House of Cards next but feel free to recommend others in the comments or via social channels!