Monday, January 6, 2014

2014 New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year! I do love fresh starts and new beginnings so the start of a New Year always feels like the perfect time to take stock and figure out where I want the coming year to take me. So much can change in a year and that's a really exciting prospect! I've come to realise that for me, the best way to approach New Years resolutions is less about setting a list of arbitrary goals (go to the gym three times a week! Eat healthily! Stop leaving clothes on the bedroom floor!) and more about gently steering myself in the right direction. Here are my hopes and dreams for 2014, will you be making any New Years Resolutions this year? Tell me about them in the comments!

I resolve to...give myself a break!

Last year was brilliant but throughout the whole year I couldn't shake the sensation that life was whipping past way too quickly and I was always behind schedule and struggling to keep up. This year I resolve to take matters into my own hands and regain a bit of control over my time. This will include giving myself a break and not stressing myself out over self imposed deadlines, knowing what projects and opportunity's to say yes too and which to say no to and not biting off more than I can chew. Experience has taught me that when I spread myself too thin, nothing gets done.

I resolve to...keep up the good work!

2013 was the year I finally got into exercise in a big way and started taking a barre class every Saturday morning. Towards the end of the year I also started to dabble in Ashtanga yoga and the combination of these two classes has worked wonders for my muscles and posture! Yoga in particular is exciting me in a big way and I can't wait to add some more classes to my weekly schedule in 2014 as well as swimming and some long, outdoorsy runs too. It's funny how the more excises you do, the more you want to do isn't it?

I resolve to...make our house a home!

Like many, Ciaran and I are nowhere near being able to afford to buy a home of our own. We're (mostly) at peace with this and are lucky enough to rent a beautiful 1930's ground floor flat which overlooks the garden and has beautifully high ceilings, enormous windows, a shed, garage and enough spare rooms for us to have an office space each. The downside of course is that this is where basically all our money goes. I don't mind spending a ridiculously high percentage of our combined earnings on putting a roof over our head but I want our space to look and feel like home. We've been here for over a year now and whilst we've finally unpacked all our boxes and even put up some pictures, the space isn't quite 'there' yet. This year I really want to get to grips with each room in turn and get the whole place looking wonderful. I'm actually itching to get started and am looking forward to sharing some room tours on the blog in the coming months!

I resolve to...shake things up on Stone Cold Comfort!

I really enjoyed creating my DIY Liberty Print Scrunchie Tutorial and this year will see the content of Stone Cold Content shift slightly more towards the crafts DIY side of things - I'm planning more sewing DIY projects (both things to wear and things for the home) as well as some knitting how-to's perfect for anyone who's been itching to learn for a while and needs a simple project to get started. We won't stop there though, I want to keep up the DIY vibe and inspire you to bake your own bread, biscuits and cakes, style your home to reflect your personality, brew your own ale and be entirely self sufficient in the realm of preserving. It will be like The Good Life but with Liberty print and luxury.

Well there it is! Twelfth Night is upon us once more and it's time to pack away the Christmas decorations and jump feet first into 2014. I have a good feeling about this year! As always thank you for taking the time to stop by and have a very Happy New Year!

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