I'm jumping on the bandwagon here and talking about what I would like to achieve 2016. I'm not one to stick to new years resolutions, as I usually think of ridiculous ones which I'm never even going to attempt. Without realising, I have started a few of these things in the last few months as they've been on my mind for a while now.
Eat Less Meat
I've always eaten meat, I've grown up eating meat and I can't see myself going vegetarian any time soon. However, I'm starting to eat less meat in general, especially at home. Around 5 days a week, I eat a pescetarian diet as I always eat fish at home and rarely buy meat now. A few years ago, this wouldn't have even been thought about as I was such a fussy eater but living away from home and forcing myself to try new things, I now eat a wider range of things. This includes now various vegan/vegetarian meals I will cook for myself with the help of cookbooks such as Deliciously Ella which was the best cookbook I bought last year! Aside from all of this, I'm aware of what is happening if everyone continues to eat meat at the rate we currently do, which is why I'm also making a conscious decision to eat less meat. Let's just say that if I'm home, I don't eat meat but if I'm eating out, I may choose the meat option.
Feel Comfortable In My Own Skin
Honestly, I cannot remember the last time I felt 100% comfortable in my own skin. There have been many times when I have felt damn good, but the majority of the time I am very self-aware and self-conscious and I always have been like this. At least 85% of the women in my life are the same too, so I'm very aware that it's a difficult issue to both discuss but also tackle. That's why this year, I'm determined to try to feel comfortable in my own skin. As I spoke about it above, eating less meat always makes me feel better inside, as I never feel so sluggish. On top of this, I am aiming to get back into the gym and to go at least three times a week. Around September and October, I was too busy with other things and I didn't bother going to the gym once and it was only at the end of November when I started to get back into a routine. I enjoy my pilates classes, I've started going to Barrecore and also dabbled in a boxing class which I thoroughly enjoyed so I want to continue going. Although I know it's all about the mind, I would just like to be able to stand on a beach sometime this year without any negative thoughts crossing my mind.
I'm constantly being told by my parents and my sister that I need to save more and generally be better with money. Not that I'm one to get myself into debt as even going into my overdraft gives me the worst anxiety ever, but to actually stop going into my overdraft every month. I know that if I save a small amount each month, by the end of the year it will amount to something which I will be proud of. More often than not, I always tell myself that if I save a small amount every month, then it's just more to put towards a flight and a holiday.
Invest More But Less
What I mean by 'invest more but less' is basically to stop buying Topshop Jeans four times a year and invest in a good pair of jeans from J Brand etc. Invest in something which will last a long time and will mean you need to buy less of it all. Buy less from Topshop/H&M and support the independent brands or invest in a slightly more expensive piece even if it's from Whistles. I don't need anything (actually do need new black jeans, oops), I just want and lust after things and am pushing to stop this.
Enjoy The Mornings
I'm not a morning person, I never have been and probably never will be. However whenever I do wake up earlier on a morning, I always get a lot more done during the day and am always more productive, something I'd like to do more of. I'm a night owl at heart and will suddenly become productive come 11pm (an example of this is the fact I'm writing this post at just gone midnight), however it's never a good thing come the morning when I can't wake up properly. As well as enjoying the mornings, I'd like to be able to get my workout done and dusted in the morning, which means having to get up an hour earlier for me. Let's see how I get on with this one!
Is there anything you'd like to actively change throughout 2016?