Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Swingin' from the Chandeliers

I've been inspired by Belle's recent post on looking back over the past year, her achievements (many) and challenges (few). Her determination and sheer organisation is astonishing; she has been successful in her endeavours and is truly inspirational! If you aren't already a reader of hers, what are you playing at?

My take on this is more of a resolution post than a reflective one, though of course you cannot look to the future without looking back. I'm not one for short-lived or unachievable resolutions (think expensive gym memberships) but I do think it's important to re-evaluate where you are and what you are doing, and not just at the beginning of the calendar year.

So, here are a few of my thoughts on the subject.

1. Have more conviction. This is a word which has been zooming around my head for the past few days and I think it pretty much sums up what annoys me about myself the most. I've become a lot better at putting my foot down, but with people I don't know very well, i.e. work colleagues & boss, unruly housemates, I find it more difficult to make myself heard when it really matters. I want to believe in my opinions, (I do, on the whole, honest) stand up for my morals and not let my schedule get ruined and exhausted by my inability to say 'no'. This will be documented in time.

2. Make time for my favourites. I don't see enough of those special people in my life. I would love to spend every minute of every day with my friends and family, and although this isn't always achievable in practice, it's those select few who care about you and show it, who really matter. They say you have one thousand acquaintances in your life, but only a handful of friends. I cherish every one, at uni or at home, and I am going to let it be known!

I could list a dozen or so other more trivial pursuits, but tbh that's enough for you to read, and enough for me to focus on. The rest encompass - work (Starbucks) less, work (Uni) more, organise myself better, plan more, blah blah blah.

Then of course there is the obligatory style resolution. This is, after all, a style blog of sorts. Well, my style has changed over the past year, and I hope to keep experimenting and honing what I love best. That means not adhering to trends (so predictable dahling), keeping it fresh, and mixing up the new and old with enthusiasm and colour. Yes.

I think that will do. I love you all for reading / skimming / admiring the photo. You stick with me and I am your number one fan xox


  1. I agree, it's important to evaluate where you are in order to move forward and accomplish what it is you want to do! Not necessarily only for the new year, but it is fun to make note of it at that time. Good luck on your resolutions! I hope to make more time for the people in my life, as well. Here's to a new year! :)


  2. i can't wait to see what you come up with for your style resolutions! but i agree with having more conviction and most importantly, showing your appreciation for your lovelies! <3 everyone loves to be appreciated..

  3. I want to spend more time with the people in my real life as well. Sometimes I get so into work and blogging that I realize that the majority of conversations I've had are with people i have never actually met. Oh well. Best of luck.

  4. Well said! I believe that you can achieve each and everyone of these amazing goals.

    To be honest I've had to really wake up and realise that I need to do this for myself because Im finished uni for now and have to get on with having goals for my working self, as I'm not a student any more (very scary to realise).

    My very best wishes to the success of your goals!! :)
    x x

  5. I really like your first resolution. It is very true that not being able to say "no" can ruin many days each year.
    I started saying no whenever I ended up doing complete projects by myself because the other team members wouldn't help out.
    It is the most important thing one can learn in life. At least, that's my opinion.
    Best of luck with your resolutions, and have a wonderful 2011!

    Fernanda Lucila

  6. They're great resolutions and I'm sure you'll achieve them. Saying them out loud (in a blog) makes you feel so much more accountable too huh.

  7. This is a great post, and I totally agree with your resolutions. I admit to being that girl who "invested" in an expensive gym membership for her new years resoultion last year but this year I think I'm going to go in a different direction. Your ideas about conviction had me nodding my head....good work girl! I think we all need to believe in our opinions....love that you've got smart things to say as well as great style x x x


  8. These are brilliant resolutions, especially the conviction one - I need to put my foot down more with certain people as too often I find myself saying 'yes ok' when it's blatantly not! Good luck with them all - and I'm looking forward to your style resolutions too! x

  9. thank you so much for the little mention my love and your lovely comment on my reflections post:) sometimes its nice to have a break from blogging about pretty clothes and get things into perspective. im forever writing lists as it helps to remind me to do the things i have set out to do. i know 2011 will be a good year for you and you will continue to be the strong person you are xxx

  10. This is such a fabulous, inspiring post x

  11. Conviction. I like that. It's a word I'm going to start throwing around more, and a trait to apply to my life also. Perfect.
    PS// Topshop Nail Polish Giveaway over at mine :)

  12. I've done this in my head, but it's interesting to see other people posting about it - good luck with them all!

  13. this is such a great post!

  14. What great resolutions! I think it's such a great idea to really think about what things you want to bring into your life this year.

  15. The best of luck for everything you wish to accomplish sweetness!


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