I don’t know why you say, Goodbye I say, hello

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Hello! (emphasis on the Hell part) 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 cocktails.

Even the idea of a microphone seems dangerous at the moment. Instead it’s hands, face, space.

The North East of England has been placed into Tier 4 of the wedding cake, due to the soaring Covid rate infection in England. There’s a new strain of Covid-19 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 I’ll link my post below.

As I can’t celebrate New Year, I’ve taken this as a sign from the universe, to spend some time reassessing my life and setting some goals. I’ve been thinking about New Years Resolutions over the past couple of days.

Goal setting was something I didn’t believe in at all, in fact, I used to scoff at the idea, but the more podcasts I listen to, or Ted talks I’ve realised that all successful people do it so I thought I’d give it a go…

Here’s what I’ve got so far…

Resolutions

  • Resolution One: I think number one is to drink less.

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

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

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

  • Resolution Two: will be to eat healthy meals.

When I met my (ex) partner I was a vegan. I actually was a vegan for three years for health reasons, although I do love a lot of vegetarian and vegan cuisine before I met him. It’s funny how you change for people, isn’t it?

Anyway, 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 I learnt about veganism that is so important, is that you have to be organised and prepared. You get hungry fast and you need to educate yourself about nutrition. You have to replace all that nutrition and protein you are 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).

I’m not intending to vegan again, but I am intending to incorporate more vegan and vegetarian meals into my diet. My (ex) 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 huge amounts of food every day. 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 in the comment box below.

  • Resolution Three: Stop saying Brexit

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 a little uncomfortable, to say the least 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 promised land so many people were led to believe, and now with this second Lockdown, I feel like another economic crash is on the horizon.

I’ve also realised that the term Brexit has transmuted into my daily lexicon and I must stop saying it.

 

 

  • Resolution Four: 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’ve been distracted by the pandemic and soaring infection rates. I feel like creatively, I have lost my direction a little bit.

It’s become more than a hobby, it’s become 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 liked this photo I took. My photography has improved leaps and bounds but I’m still going to keep working on it… 

 

  • Resolution Five: Not take my family for granted.

I am missing family so much and 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?

Also, 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.

  • Resolution Six: 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 Seven: Start my YouTube Channel.

Still haven’t done this. Still on the list. I will start it, I will… (New Mantra)

Tonight my kids and I are cuddling up on the sofa and watching some films. We’ve got some cinema-style snacks and I’ve opened a bottle of Prosecco (oops). When the kids have gone to bed I’m going to watch Charlie Brooker’s: Death to 2020 on Netflix and laugh.

That Joker quote – “And now I see the funny side,” springs to mind…

I am looking forward to not waking up with a hangover on New Year’s Day (not)…

What are your resolutions this year? Let me know in the comments below. Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021.

Much Love,

Soph.

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