A reflection on 2015

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Firstly, I would like to thank you for sticking with me and my little blog this year, as my posts have been few and far between.

If you’ve read any of my recent lifestyle posts, you probably noticed me lamenting about how busy I’ve been with finishing uni, working two jobs, completing internships, and trying to have a social life.

Despite knowing how busy I’d be this year, for some reason I decided to make 2015 the year that I set myself some pretty intensive resolutions and actually make myself accountable for them. I guess I just love a challenge! Or emotionally torturing myself. Or both.

I wrote a list of six resolutions, which ranged from leading a healthier lifestyle to reducing outfit-selection stress and vowed to write regular posts informing you of my progress to keep myself accountable. Although I only wrote a couple of such posts, knowing that my promises had been repeatedly put out into the universe, ensured that my resolutions were always in the back of my mind, even if I strayed off the path occasionally.

So what exactly have I achieved?

I’ve maintained my blog and my singing teaching business. I passed all my final uni subjects with a distinction average and I can’t wait for my graduation ceremony next year!

As for wardrobe stress, I very rarely have ‘WHAT WILL I WEAR?!’ freakouts anymore because I’ve learnt to always plan my outfit the night before. I know this sounds incredibly geeky, but it saves me so much time in the morning and ensures I walk out the door feeling good about my look.

After falling off the bandwagon a few times this year when work and uni consumed all my energy, I’m finally leading a more active life. I work out from home most days. At the moment I’m loving following along with yoga and barre body videos on youtube.

Avoiding emotional eating will probably always be a struggle for me, but I have learnt to keep my diet simple with lots of veggies, fruit, protein and wholegrains.

So far, there hasn’t been a big difference on the scales, but I have more energy and have noticed more muscle definition, which is a really nice start. I understand that consistency is key and I look forward to seeing more results as I carry my healthy habits into the new year.

So while I wouldn’t say that I completely smashed my goals for 2015, I’m happy with where I am today. I feel stronger, wiser and more confident than I was in 2014 and I’m finally learning to be kinder to myself.

I’m not going to write a list of resolutions for 2016, because honestly, I just want to continue with the path I’m on.

If can sit here this time next year and say that my body is healthy, my mind is calm and my heart is full of love, I’ll be happy.

How did you go with your resolutions? 

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