The “New Year, New Me” thing doesn’t work for me. I tend to keep my new year’s resolutions, for sure, but that’s because I don’t promise myself that the next year is going to be TOTALLY DIFFERENT and that I’m going to be TOTALLY DIFFERENT than the year before. When entering the year 2016, I promised myself only one thing: I’d learn to be happy. 2016 might have been worst possible year to make that promise, but I think I did a pretty good job with it. I managed to preserve a more positive attitude and found myself often stopping and appreciating everything that’s good in my life. Everything is not perfect, but it doesn’t really have to be, you know? Accepting that has made a difference.
This year I made some more specific resolutions:
- Draw and read more
The two things that I love doing, and that make me feel better after a long day – but for some reason I can’t seem to find time for them. Instead of binge watching tv-shows that I’ve seen a million times, I need to learn to draw without a specific reason and read the books I’ve been meaning to read for the past 5 years.
- Write more
A journal, blog, short stories.. Writing is another activity that I enjoy, but don’t really do for pleasure anymore. Which is a shame. This needs to change this year!
- Make plans, finish your projects and achieve the goals you set
Stop with the procrastinating! I’m not in uni anymore. I have a countless amount of unfinished home projects that just don’t seem to come together, jobs I want to apply to and lists with dozens of things to be ticket off. Instead of saying “I’ve been meaning to do that…”, this year I want to be able to say “I did it”. I also need to be more organised! Buying a calendar would be a good start..
This year needs to be more adventurous than 2016. The budget is a problem, but I’m still aiming for at least 3 new countries this year.
- Call your grandparents more often
Because they deserve it.
- Develop your skills
In my case this means developing my design skills. I’m going to design something awesome this year. Yes, I am. Yes I am, yes I am, yes I am.
- Progress in your career
Because I’m slightly stuck, lacking direction and that needs to change.
I’m looking forward to next year, to see if I was able to keep any of the resolutions. We’re now a couple of weeks into 2017, and I have been drawing more, finished a book and made travel plans, so at least I’m off to a good start.
Looking back last year, all the way to January 2016, I can see that not a lot has changed. Basically, only the country that I live in. Which is a pretty huge difference, sure. But moving abroad doesn’t really change you as a person. It makes it easier for you to appreciate everything you have and you might learn to know yourself better, but you don’t “start over” or become something you weren’t before. And you learn to pack a luggage with only essential things and how to live with a constant longing to be somewhere else.
I have some outfit photos in the post, taken in January 2016 by my best friend in Finland and in January 2017 by my boyfriend in Manchester. The dress is the same, River Island “marshmallow outfit”, with cut out shoulders.
The marshmallow is styled in the Finnish photos with some warm, practical boots, a second-hand leather backpack, ponytail, warm winter coat with faux fur and some glittery earrings.
The temperature is slightly different between the two locations. If I remember right, it was -15 degrees when these photos were taken. And in Finland you of course have the risk of snow falling on your head while having a photo taken.
The photos taken in Manchester were easier, as the temperature was a good couple of degrees and no piles of snow or slippery ice anywhere. Here, marshmallow was styled with the fluffy beanie, Jasper Conran handbag and the over-the-knee boots I’ve fallen in love with.
So this is basically how I use clothes, year after year. I never buy anything, if I don’t think I’m going to wear it more than once. Marshmallow here has been worn often, it is just perfect for cold days.
I hope the first weeks of 2017 have been treating you well!