2015 review & 2016 goals

I don’t know about you, but 2015 was a busy year, full of highlights – yet at the same time, it seemed to go far too quickly and I can’t begin to think where the months went. I was lucky enough to go on four city breaks as well as a summer holiday and work trip; I bought a new car; celebrated a number of birthdays and even went to a wedding. Throw in lots of yummy food at some amazing restaurants and enough afternoon tea to last a lifetime and the day when Barnet finally got promoted back to the Football League and you’ve got my year. Here is my year in picture form:

My 25th birthday at Madison, St. Pauls A long weekend in Budapest Early mother’s day treat: afternoon tea at Andaz Afternoon tea at Amba with Rob: the second of three in three weeks Celebrating Mariah’s birthday (after more afternoon tea) at Be At One Barnet beating Gateshead to win the league and promotion from the conference to League Two Bank Holiday in Brentwood with the bestie A week in Italy: staying in Lake Garda but going to Verona and Venice on daytrips Unbirthday afternoon tea at the Connaught with Vicky A summer picnic at Alton Water with Jake My auntie and Uncle coming over from Madrid and enjoying a family barbecue Laura’s birthday weekend in London Chris and Emma’s wedding at Woodhall Manor, Woodbridge Saying goodbye to my yellow baby and buying a brand new car A long weekend in Amsterdam My first bloggers’ meet up in Bury St. Edmunds, thanks to the lovely Daisy -  A long weekend in Prague Going on a work fam trip, on board Azamara Journey A long weekend in Vienna Christmas at home with the family

At the beginning of the year, I had said I wanted to make a dent in my ’30 before I’m 30’ list – you can follow my progress by clicking here. However, I also set myself two ‘resolutions’, so how did I get on?

(1) Get back to my post-uni weight ­
Well I didn’t manage this one, although I managed to stay the same all year, which is good. I think it’s got to the stage where I’m beginning to be happy – if I ever reach my target, I’ll be happy, but if I don’t, it’s not the end of the world. I’d rather stay the same, than keep fluctuating, as it’s not good for your health or well-being

(2) Have a sugar detox
After reading I Quit Sugar, I managed to complete the eight-week programme. But once it was done, I easily went back to my old eating habits and that was something I really didn’t expect to happen. Maybe doing eight weeks on, followed by eight weeks off would work better? Depriving myself for such a length of time made no difference and if anything, I think I probably binged afterwards

So to 2016: what would I like to achieve? Well I have two personal goals and two blogging goals. I’m not sure how easy they will be to achieve or stick to, but that’s all part of the fun isn’t it?

(1) Take time out to relax and unwind in the evenings
Whether it’s a spa day, some home pampering, reading a book or cooking more, I’d love to make time to just relax. I’d also like to go at least one night a week without the need for technology. I spend far too long refreshing Twitter, playing Kim K Hollywood (don’t judge), checking my emails and texting. I’d just like an evening where my laptop isn’t on and my phone isn’t glued to my hand. I think both of these would definitely help my sleep pattern too

(2) Spend more time with friends
I wouldn’t really say I have a friendship group and instead have a number of friends from different parts of my life (childhood, work and blogging to name a few). I’d love to spend more time with my friends and am aiming for a monthly catch up. I love lunch dates and can think of nothing better than gossiping over a bottle of wine or prosecco. Or, a day out would be a lovely alternative

(3) Reach 200 followers
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t care about numbers. I started blogging because I love writing and wanted my own little space to document my thoughts in the hope that someone would read it. But my view count is close to 100,000 – yet my Bloglovin follow count isn’t even at 100. People may follow by other means, but there is nothing more depressing getting that weekly email with -1 showing in the follow count. I’m going to take the step to buy a template in the New Year, so hopefully a new look might entice followers! You can follow me on Bloglovin by clicking here

(4) Go to more meet-ups/events
I was lucky enough to attend the Suffolk Bloggers Meet organised by Daisy in October and I had so much fun. I met some great girls, which is what the blogger community is all about. Living in Essex, but within distance of London and Suffolk, I’d love to attend more events and meets, but really don’t know where to start. The majority of my friends I know from blogging so it’s been such a great hobby to have, I’m just not a fan of the ‘Twitter Cliques’

I wish you all a Happy New Year and the best of luck with any resolutions or targets you’ve set yourselves. Leave your links below so I can see what you’re aiming for in 2016.

Love, Lucy xx

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