Resolutions

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

It has been a number of years since I have tried had an New Year's resolutions. As a teenager I was obsessed with them, writing out massive lists of things that I would manage in the coming year, habits that I would build and break, and inevitably I would fail miserably. I never started running, I still bite my nails and I will never get over my fear of heights. I mentioned yesterday that I have felt a little bit stagnant over the last year, and in an effort to push myself forward and make 2013 the best year I can I've decided to try again, in my own way.
This is actually quite encompassing, and is more of a theme for the year, than an actual resolution, but for this year I really want to focus on living the best life I possibly can. To help myself I've broken it down into a couple of key areas I want to focus on.
This is something I have felt strongly about for quite a while, without really making all the changes necessary to be making a difference. This year I am going to think more conscientiously about where I shop. My plan is, to the best of my ability and finances, avoid fast fashion, re-focus on buying second hand, support small and local businesses and generally be a better consumer. I'm not banning myself from fast fashion, that would be doomed to failure, but I am going to think harder about whether I need that flimsy £5 dress. 
Last year I spent a lot of time taking photos and writing, both of which I enjoy immensely and aim to continue doing at the same pace, but I would also like to create more tangible things. I've picked up lots of useful skills over the years, and there are so many more that I want to learn. It's not much, but in 2013 I want to make something each month.
I've been wanting to do a 365 for ages, but as I have not had my own camera before this year I haven't been able to do it before. In an effort to learn more about my camera, and hopefully become a better photographer in the process I have decided to challenge myself to take one photo a day without using any Auto modes. I'm sure there will be some pretty awful ones over the first few months, and I'm sure I will cheat occasionally, but I think being able to see my progress will really help me keep going with it.
While I do think of my blog as my journal, there are bits of my life that I don't particularly want to share online. Private moments that I want to keep all for myself, things that aren't appropriate for a blog with an audience, no matter how wonderful you all are. This year I want to write a little bit about each day, just for me, so I can keep those memories as strong as the ones I share to you all. 
I'm actually quite a nervous blogger, it goes with my nervous personality. I worry about each and every post I put out, I have started several serious posts only to worry that no one will be interested and let them wallow in my drafts folder. I'm nervous about contacting other bloggers because I don't want to bother them. This year I really want to push my boundaries blogging; to write more personal posts and experiment with some different types of posts, to build on the blogging relationships I already have and to focus more on the blogging community. I've been trying to be more active on Twitter and Instagram lately, I'm planning on offering buttons swaps and will be emailing a couple of you to see if you want to get involved and I'd really love to host a couple of giveaways this year.

It's not the most original list of goals, but I'll be really pleased if I manage even one of these. I don't want to change my lifestyle entirely, I'm actually quite content at the moment, but I think doing these things will make my life a little bit richer. Let me know in the comments if you've got any New Year's resolutions this year, maybe if we have any in common we can cheer each other on! 

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15 comments

  1. I think your list of goals/resolutions is perfect, Alice! I've also thought about journaling again. Writing is just in our blood! Looking forward to a new year with you!

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  2. awesome list of resolutions. i really like your goal to take photos out of the auto modes...it's so hard for me to do the same, and i want to get better at that too. 

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  3. It's a great list and I'm really looking forward to your 365 - I think the trick is not to worry too much about the quality of your photos at first; I bet you're surprised how much you learn just from getting in the photography habit. :)

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  4.  Also, have you redesigned your blog? It looks different today... and really lovely and calm.

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  5. Definitely, I love writing for my blog and little short stories and things but it has been years since I have written just for me. I think it'll be a really good for me. Let me know if you decide to try to, we can encourage each other. Happy New Year xo

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  6. It's just too easy to get nice photos while being lazy with digital cameras! Glad I am not the only one who has fallen into the auto trap. Happy New Year xo

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  7. Yes I did! The last design was a little overwhelming, and I figured New Year was as good a time as any for a change. I'm glad you like it. 

    I think I just need to start remembering to take my camera with me, even that would be a good start! I get quite nervous about lugging it round the streets. I went for a wander round town today though, so at least I've managed to get day 1 done!

    Happy New Year! xo

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  8. Happy new year. I'm also going to do the 365 project this year. I tried last year but found it difficult to upload a photo each day, now that I have an iPad I plan on doing it with the camera on there, means the photos won't be the best but I enjoy a challenge xxx

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  9. These are great resolutions Alice! I'm right there with you on the failure to adhere to god even though I like writing them down, thing. It's something I'd like to work on myself, making goals a little more general so it's not about the end product, but rather among lifestyle changes. Your goals all sound really sustainable, and lend themselves nicely to a better quality of living. I hope you're going to share your 365 project daily on instagram in addition to regular blog posts!! I always enjoy your shots :).
    Happy new year!
    --Erin

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  10. Thank you for all your support this past year Alice!  I love how blogging brings me friends from all over the world.  Great resolutions here!  I want to take more photos this year, and better ones.   And just keep spreading peace and love, and finding new ways to do that.  I'll be following you girl!!  :)  

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  11. What a nice set of resolutions you have. :)   Most important is to have fun with them, especially blogging, no need to be nervous. :)

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  12. Your photos are actually one of the reasons I decided to focus on making mine better, yours are always beautiful! I love your resolutions, I definitely want to try and make myself a positive force in the next year, and cultivate a good life. Happy New Year (again) I'm looking forward to following and supporting you over the next year too Shanti xo

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  13. I think that's my problem, I just need to let go a bit! Thanks for the support xo

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  14. I'm definitely going to be sharing them on Instagram, I've definitely been more inspired to take photos since I started sharing them in so many different ways. My resolutions were really inspired by Kaelah Bee, she wrote about having a yearly theme a couple of weeks ago and it seemed like a great way of making changes over the year. I needed a couple of specific aims though, or I probably would have completely forgotten. Happy New Year (again) xo

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  15. Awesome, we can support each other! Are you going to be posting them on Instagram? Really looking forward to seeing your photos xo

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