Wednesday, 1 January 2014

2014 To-do list


HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hello you lovely lot, I hope you’re not still struggling from NYE. After much planning annoyances, I decided to stay home, watch movies, order a pizza and tuck into some Hummingbird cupcakes. I had a brill time and I hope you did too, whatever you did.

Last year, I told you I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions, so instead I like to write up a to-do list. A list of things I would like to do in the year, but not throw myself off a bridge if I don’t manage everything on said list. So here is my 2014 to-do list:

Find a writing balance and share my writing
Last year I talked about trying to finish projects that I had started but hadn’t finished. I actually managed to finish quite a few, but I also had (and have) tons of other ideas in my head itching to be written down. I’ve decided to try and find a balance between the two. I’m so passionate about my writing and although I have been self deprecating in the past, I actually think I'm a pretty fine writer with a creative mind, so refuse to switch my brain off if a lighting bolt strikes. Also, I never share my writing, but this year I think I may submit some work somewhere, just put it out there and hope someone reads it and loves it. When I say “someone”, I don’t mean some high-brow publisher, but anyone who loves to read and loves to discover new worlds through story telling. That would be pretty awesome.

Use my OM-2 more
I love 35mm cameras. I have a few, but the one I’m most scared of is my OM-2. I don’t even know why! I think the lenses have always looked really intimidating to me so I often turn to my beloved Olympus TRIP. This year I’m going to leave my TRIP at home and aim to use my OM-2 more. Adding to this, I really want to take more Black and White photography. It’s my favourite kind of photography because it’s so classically beautiful and I love the use of shadows and lighting more than the traditional colour photography. Cue photo fun times!

Continue to have variety on the blog
I cannot tell you how much fun it has been to incorporate beauty posts on the blog. I had always loved reading beauty posts but the thing I often found was that they sounded so technical. I’m personally not interested in reading a page and a half of science, I just want to know how it would look and feel on my body; so I thought I’d start to write beauty posts that made sense to me. I’m happy to say the response has been great. There’s nothing nicer than getting an email from someone thanking you for blogging about a product they were unsure about, then deciding to buy because of you!

Try to spend less
I buy waaaaaaaaay too many clothes. As a blogger, there is a constant dilemma to keep things fresh and to not repeat outfits too often; but I would struggle to do this because I have waaaaaaaaay too many clothes! I need to actually use the clothes I have in my wardrobe rather than continue to see something new and deciding I must have it immediately. The majority of the time, said item is in the sales in the space of a month or so! So I’m going to try and keep my spending to a minimum and keep my spending to sale items only.

Have a blog sale
Following on from the above, I need to get rid of a ton of clothes! I have so many clothes that either do not fit or are no longer my style. I'm going to set up a blog sale account and will start posting soon - keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for a bargain! 

Knit, Knit, Knit
It’s no secret that I’m a total nerd with an old soul. As a result, I love knitting and used to knit constantly when I was younger. For some reason it fell away from me, but I want to get back to it and try to be more creative with patterns and mixing colours. Pass me my thermals and a comfy pair of slippers!

Be more open with my friends
I have a tendency to keep things locked up tight when it comes to how I’m feeling about certain things. I just want to be there for my friends in any way they need me, but I find it hard to accept that they would of course like to be there for me too. I don’t like to bother people with my ‘stuff’. Growing up, I didn't have much support so have mastered the art of keeping things to myself; but I’m the luckiest girl ever because I have a wonderful group of friends, but still find it hard to open up. I think I made good strides last year (even if it did include apologising profusely after doing so), and I'm going to try to be even better this year.....I may even start telling people when my birthday is! WHAAAAAAAAAT?!

So there you have it, my list is complete and I’m feeling good about it. I look forward to reading your to-do lists.


‘til next time.

Love and hugs,
Isha
xxx

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