Happy New Year, Goodbye 2020!

So it’s not exactly the New Year I thought about having earlier in the year. A big celebration with loads of friends, family and a buffet of nibbles. Even the idea of a microphone seems dangerous at the moment. Instead it’s hands, face, space.

The North East has been placed into Tier 4 due to the soaring Covid rate infection in England. There’s a new strain of Covid that’s highly transmittable. It turns out England excels in the incompetence of handling Covid…

Christmas has ended with a bang. If you’d like to see what I got for Christmas you can here:

We weren’t planning anything for New Year and I’ve taken this as a sign from the universe, to spend some time re assessing my life and setting some goals. I’ve been thinking about New Years Resolutions over the past couple of days….

Here’s what I’ve got so far;

Resolution One: I think number one is to drink less. If there’s one thing that I’ll remember about 2020 it’s the year that everybody became a borderline alcoholic. It became socially acceptable to stockpile spirits in your shopping trolly, drink wine at 2 pm and post about it on social media.

Of course not everyone went down this road, if you weren’t un- socially drinking in the afternoon you were taking up jogging and developing a relationship with Strava and putting us all to shame.

If you’ve been following my blog you might also know that I recently lost a friend to alcohol addiction. She died after suffering from chronic pancreatitis for many years. She was only thirty so this has been a huge shock to me and really made me look at how much alcohol I’m drinking.

This new year I am feeling focused on change and improving my lifestyle. Cutting out as much alcohol is a must. I want to focus on my health.

Resolution Two: will be to eat healthy meals. When I met my partner I was a vegan. I actually was a vegan for three years. It was for health reasons, although I do love a lot of vegetarian and vegan cuisine.

I love how the world is going green. There are so many vegan options out there now it’s wonderful to see. It really is the age of Aquarius isn’t it?

The one thing about veganism is that you have to be organise and prepared. You get hungry fast and you need to educate yourself about nutrition. You have to replace all that nutrition and protein your missing.

I love that now you can just ring Papa John’s and get a vegan pizza. Even Ben and Jerry’s do vegan ice cream. (The coconut one is amazing).

Anyway, I’m not intending to vegan again, but I am intending to incorporate more vegan and vegetarian meals into my diet. My partner is a meat eater so it’s going to be difficult to convince him but if I can convince him to eat some I can convince anyone.

I used to be a chef so it feels odd not cooking everyday. I’d love to share some recipes with you guys. Let me know if you’d like me to share some vegan ones for Veganuary.

Today is officially Brexit. We’re leaving 2020 and Europe. Obviously I’m half Dutch, so I was very sad to be leaving the EU.

It’s made me feel uncomfortable over the past four years. I feel like I shouldn’t be here at times. I have seriously considered moving back to Holland, but who knows what the future holds…

At least it’s finally over and done with. I’m intrigued to see what kind of a mess the government makes of it all. I can’t help but feel it’s not the promise land so many people were led to believe, and now with this second Lock down I feel like another economic crash is on the horizon.

Resolution Three: I’m going to be so focused on my blog.

I’m going to be honest the past month I have felt a little lost. I have been distracted by the pandemic and soaring infection rates. I feel like I have lost my direction a little bit. Thank you for your patience while I figure out my direction with this blog.

It’s become more than a hobby it’s become a part of my life. I love that I found blogging this year, it’s one positive from 2020.

My daughter is chilling in her dinosaur onesie today. It was one of her Christmas presents from her lovely auntie.

I am missing family so much. I have realised how important they are. I have also become humble and grateful for all that I have. Gone are the days of wanting everything and working all hours I could for money so that I could buy things I don’t need.

I have left the stress behind me and focused on my creativity and that is something beautiful don’t you think?

I have missed travelling so much this year. I would love to say another resolution would be to travel more this year but that seems increasingly unlikely until we get the pandemic under control.

Still, I have come to enjoy reminiscing at photographs and thinking about the past in a positive way.

Resolution Four: I am going to believe in my abilities and trust that everything is going to work out.

In particular, my photography. It’s improving daily. As is my Instagram feed.

I can’t distract myself with pub crawls and nights out so I have focused on my hobbies and found my talents as a writer and a photographer.

My resolution this year is to simply believe in myself and that I have the talent, passion and commitment to do the things I’ve dreamt about.

Resolution Five: Start my You Tube Channel.

What would you like to see me talk about? Let me know in the comments below…

Tonight we are cuddling up on the sofa and watching some films. We’ve got some cinema style snacks and we’re sharing a bottle of Prosecco. When the kids have gone to bed we’re going to watch Charlie Brooker’s: Death to 2020 on Netflix.

I am looking forward to not waking up with a hangover on New Years Day…

What are your resolutions this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Much Love,

Soph.

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“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives them must lead.” Charles Bukowski

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