My 2018 Resolutions for a Happier Me

2nd January 2018

2017. A year where my life got turned on it’s head, shaken around a bit, and placed back nicely where it belonged. A bit like a snow globe, just less elegant and pretty. I went from living in a harmonious university bubble to being up at 5.30am, commuting into London to a job I didn’t enjoy and making it back at 6.30pm, showering, eating then bed, A.K.A. a place where my happiness, positivity and mental health nosedived. This post will be one for not just you to read, but me too. It’s somewhere for me to come back to and remind myself that the worst has been and gone, and I’m on route to a happier me.

In one year, put very very simply, this is how my life played out…

I went to the gym everyday, I spent time with my uni friends of 4 years, I lived with my boyfriend, I had time for my blog, I had time for my YouTube, I completed my Masters degree, I no longer lived with my boyfriend, I no longer saw my uni friends of 4 years, I moved back home, I got myself a job in central London, I had no time for the gym, no time for my blog, no time for my YouTube, I quit my job in central London, I got a new job that’s local, I gave myself time for my blog, I gave myself time for YouTube and gave myself time to be happy.

See the rollercoaster? The majority of the above happened from September – December. 4 of the hardest months I’ve ever had to go through. But I’m out the other side and ready for a happier me. For a long time, I felt like a failure with not being able to cope or enjoy a full time job in London that was very different to what I imagined. I’ve never had to deal with being a failure before but that’s for another post.

 

This year is going to be the one. Full of positivity, memories, good people and FUN. Here are my resolutions for 2018 that will all work towards those four goals.

 

Get fit & feel healthy but also eat whatever the hell I want

Since leaving university and working full time in London, I had no time or spare money to go the gym. I’m pretty sure I’ve gained a dress size. I tried not to think about it because, at the time there was nothing I could do. But now I have the time to change and that includes loosing the weight I’ve put on.

Exercise is ridiculously good for my mental health and gives me an hour every day to refresh the browser and close all tabs in my mind that have been left open for way too long. I may even fall into the trap of buying an exercise guide just to give me that extra support and motivation. If you have any recommendations (that’s not Kayla Istines) leave them below! Maybe Grace Fit Guide?

Part of getting fit and feeling healthy will involve a cut down on the amount of crap I eat. It’s a little ridiculous and was part of the whole downward spiral I had late 2017, bad food was, and still is, comforting. But there needs to be a balance. One cheat day a week is how I used to do it at uni. It’s possible, I’ve done it before. So that’s my dose of I’M EATING WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT.

 

Find a Blogging & Youtube schedule

With my new job, comes new windows of opportunities. I’ll have new pockets of time in my week to spend on creating content and, in order to do so efficiently, I need a schedule of some sort. It’s hard to decide what that schedule will be without starting my job just yet, but I’ll be creating one very soon which will hopefully result in more posts, photos and videos.

 

The return of the vlogs

Ever since I started YouTube, all people have ever really wanted to see are vlogs. I’ve been aware of this from the very beginning. I like to put out on my channel what I would like to see from someone else. And the things I will always watch over anything else (unless it’s dan and phil or sophia and cinzia) are VLOGS.

SO. I haven’t really ‘announced’ this anywhere yet, so cheeky exclusive for you loyal readers who are still actually with me, I’ll be uploading WEEKLY VLOGS again…well sorta. They’ll be starting on a Thursday (I finish work at 1 on both Thursday and Friday) and ending on a Sunday. 4 days worth of footage put into one video. I can’t. Wait.

 

Move in with Matt

For those who are familiar with my life and the people in it, you’ll know who Matt is and what he means to me. Matt’s my boyfriend of nearly 5 years, and our ‘living together journey’ (wtf have I just said) is actually quite hilarious. Met in halls, kitchens next to each other and practically lived under each others feet for the first year with everyone else (roughly 10 others), second and third year at university lived in a house together with 4 others, Masters year, we lived together just us 2 in a flat…then moved out and are now living an hour and a half away from each other, with jobs and with our parents. I MEAN.

It genuinely seemed as if we’d taken a huge step back in our relationship. It was weird, it still is weird. But we’re both working and saving money to move out and live in a place where we can have all the cats and fun meals and spontaneous outings (think of the moving and decorating vlogs ok).

 

Stop saying “I wanna do that”, “I wanna film that”, “I wanna shoot that” and DO IT

Social media for me, is a constant source of inspiration. The gift that keeps on giving. I get countless ideas about particular shoots, trips away, places to go, things to see. But actually putting them into action is something I struggle with. NOT THIS YEAR. If a pop up cool exhibition comes on a Tate Modern, I’m there. If a random food festival arrives with things I’ve always wanted to try, I’m in. If there’s cheap theatre tickets on offer, I’m already sat in the stalls with sweets and wine, ready for the ice cream interval. 

 

Charity shops, I’m coming for you

I’ve always been a bit “I’d rather shop on ASOS” when it comes to charity shops. I’ll admit it, I was a little stuck up about the whole thing and I HATE that I was. But this year, I’m ready to hunt down all the absolute bargains (particularly because I’m saving to move out and LIVE) and finding unique, one off pieces that I will TREASURE.

 

I always add to my new years resolutions as time goes on, so really, in the end, there’s nothing ‘new years’ about them. But I’ll be sure to update you on my life goals in a few months I’m sure. Here’s praying by that time, I’m a happier, more content human being. I’m gonna come back to this post from time to time to remind myself that I’m over one of the worst periods of my life, and that these are my goals to get me back on track.

 

It’s so nice to be back, back properly, and will be uploading exciting (for me anyways) content much more regularly. Let m know what your New Years Resolutions are in the comments and if you can relate to any of my life struggles!

 

 

 

 

 

32 responses to “My 2018 Resolutions for a Happier Me”

  1. So excited to see what you accomplish in the New Year! Best of luck to you girly; the bets is yet to come xx

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  2. 2018 is gonna be your year!!!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU! And so happy you’re back 💫

    • lexilife says:

      Aw Frances, thank you so much! Always one of the first to show your support, can’t wait for this year!! Im glad to be back, see you soon hopefully xx

  3. Amy Saunders says:

    I loved this post! Good luck in 2018, I wish you all the best!

  4. Kirby Small says:

    Ah Katy this makes me so happy to read. Literally sat here with a smile from ear to ear on my commute home (yuck), I can’t wait to watch how your year goes, and hopefully I’ll be there with you for most of it again! Lots of love and YAY TO YOU BEING BACK xxxxxx

    • lexilife says:

      BABE!! That’s so cute and yes very cringe but I love it. Thanks so much for always being my own pocket cheerleader, just like I am for you xxxx

  5. m4gical says:

    So glad you’re back! And finally rid of that job in London lol. Have w fab new year girl x x

    • lexilife says:

      Thank you hun! Yes it wasn’t quite right for me but excited for some new beginnings eek. You too, thanks so much for reading & taking the time to comment xx

  6. Kayla Cooke says:

    I loved this post! Sounds like you’ve got such an exciting year planned and I can’t wait to see what’s to come on your blog and social media platforms! X x

    • lexilife says:

      Aw thank you so much Kayla! I’m very excited for what’s to come. Thanks so much for the support and hope you like all my content!! xx

  7. This was such a lovely read! I really can’t wait to watch you grow on Youtube even more! I cannot wait for the day that Callum and I move in together! Although I think it may be a while yet! xx

    • lexilife says:

      Yay! Thanks so much Shannon, hope you’re doing well and it’s so nice to see you’re back on social media. I’m so excited to get uploading on YT again eek! Yes it may be a while for me and Matt but we’ll get there – THE STRUGGLE! We can do this!

  8. Love this post it’s so positive, your going to smash it!

  9. Can’t wait to see all your new posts!!!

  10. Chesca says:

    100% agree with the charity shops! I found a zara jacket practically brand new for only £20 and sheepskin lined dr martens for £35! Nothing a steam clean can’t sort! I now love a charity shop!

    • lexilife says:

      Omg this has made me want to go shopping so bad!! I’m currently saving as Christmas and New Years has been damaging lol. But it’s the most satisfying feeling finding a gem isn’t it! Might be doing some posts about what I find in the charity shops xxx

  11. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your job in London but glad you’ve found something more local! Yay to getting back into blogging and vlogging, missed your vlogs! Ugh, also know how you feel about the moving out situation (to a certain extent) James and I only saw each other every other week and then lived togther for over a year and went back to seeing each other every other week sigh sigh it sucks but it’ll be worth it in the end!! Good luck with it all and can’t wait to see everything unfold!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

    • lexilife says:

      It’s so refreshing to hear how someone else totally gets the living situation!! Me and Matt sometimes go 3-4 weeks without seeing each other. It’s crazy but we gotta get through the hard bits for it to get better right?! Thanks so much for your constant support Jessica and yay for moving forward! xx

  12. Lucy Niblock says:

    Charity shops are brilliant! I’ve found some amazing pieces in their before. Hopefully 2018 will be a lot better than 2017 was x

    • lexilife says:

      Yay! I can’t wait to get started and raid through all the local ones (and drive to some more). I might be doing some posts in the future on what I find/buy in charity shops eek. Thanks so much, 2017 wasn’t a BAD year all round, just very very challenging shall we say! Thanks so much for reading!xxx

  13. I am really wishing you a happy 2018 and the charity shops thing is amazing. I also realised that although sometimes I can’t get what I want from a charity shop, I always ensure anything I’m giving up either goes to a charity shop, or if they are worn/have holes etc H&M do an amazing recycle textiles scheme! Wishing you and matt also a growing moving-in journey one which is hopefully much closer together! xx

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    • lexilife says:

      Aw hey Caroline – missed seeing you on my blog notifications!! So happy to be back. I’m so excited for all the bargains I’m gonna stumble across, I find it so therapeutic!! Hoping to do some posts on what I buy in charity shops soon! Thanks so much lovely. I’m sure we’ll get there in the end!! xxx

  14. Abi says:

    Such a lovely blog post! I’m really sorry to hear you’ve had such a rollercoaster of a year, but I hope your new job goes amazingly well and I wish you all the luck for it!! Xx

    • lexilife says:

      Aw thank you Abi. Not every year will be a winner, but I have a good feeling about 2018! thanks so much for reading xxx

  15. Katie Dolan says:

    So excited for what 2018 will bring you. You work SO hard on your blog and Youtube and I’ve followed your journey pretty much from the start! Things take time but you did the right thing because I’ve learnt it before; there is no point in being unhappy just because you feel like you need to please people!!

    You will smash 2018 girl!!

    Katie | http://www.justkatiee.com XX

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