Every single year, much like every other person in the world, I always think to myself about what I want to achieve in the next year and things that I want to change about myself. Every year I think of them, and every year I fail to carry them out. This year I was so busy working over Christmas, that I haven’t actually really thought about the things that I want to do in the new year. I already knew that I didn’t want to give myself resolutions that were unrealistic, but I did want to have some in order to start the year off feeling motivated and driven to complete something. 
I haven’t really spoken much about this on the blog, just because I don’t like talking about it, but this year I actually have quite a big obstacle to overcome that I have been waiting for for about three years. At some point during this year I am having open heart surgery, as my heart is currently on half functioning. It is all pretty complicated, and I am not going to bore readers with the details, but I have been holding it off for three years so that I could get through GCSE’s and my A-Levels without having to worry about it. In all honesty, it is something that has been pretty tough for me to get my head around so it has taken me until now to feel like sharing. This explains why I haven’t been thinking about the new year too much. 
Anyway, regardless of that going on in my life, I do want to give myself a few resolutions to keep me going and make the most out of the year that I possibly can. 

Feel Healthier
My main aim this year is to feel much healthier. I am going to be realistic in how I achieve this. I want to make sure that I am going to the gym at least three times a week, as well as going for a swim once a week and making a routine of going for walks on Sundays. Writing this down it seems really unrealistic, but in perspective I know that I can do that. In order to get into a proper routine I am going to try and do each on specific days. I always feel so much healthier when I am exercising properly, and just naturally have so much more energy. In order to feel healthier, I also want to be eating properly. I have never been particularly strict when it comes to food, but I do have such a love of cooking that I hate it when I feel unhealthy from eating crappy food. I just want to make sure that I am eating home cooked meals most nights, eating a healthy three meals a day and cutting out the crap between meals. It is just small changes to make myself feel healthier and in turn, happier. 

Finish the flat..
Last year I moved into a flat, in order to become more independent and get used to doing things for myself. Obviously, doing everything from scratch takes quite a long time and is very expensive, so it is still not done. I have done the main parts, such as the kitchen, living area and office corner, but both bedrooms still need to be finished. I risked it and bought myself a bed from Ikea, which I have now decided is not gonna work full time. It is all pretty boring when talking about it like this, but I promise, you will all love the photos when I finally get it done and can give you a flat tour. To, one of my main aims is to get it done so that I can feel more settled. 
Buy some Valentino rockstuds… 
Oh my gosh I know how expensive these are, but I have been drooling over them for probably way over a year now. I have been saving and saving, and so am hopefully going to be getting myself a pair in a few months time. I am just completely in love with them, and am so excited to own them. I am going for the classic heel, in the matte nude. I’m sure when I finally get my hands on them, you will be seeing them a lot over here! 

Have another technology free weekend in Scotland… 
As I mentioned in my end of 2016 post, I had an absolutely amazing holiday in Scotland last summer. Not only was it so nice to be in a beautiful place, but it was also amazing to be away from everything. I vowed to myself that I would take some proper time out and not use my phone or laptop. In the end I didn’t even turn my laptop on, and used my phone a few times just to ring my family. I had a week away from the Internet, social media and blogging. Obviously I did really miss all of it, but honestly, I felt so good in myself by the end of the holiday. It was so perfect to just spend the time watching films, walking, exploring the different places and enjoying the company of people rather than my phone. 
Spend more time with family.. 
The big one for me has to be family. I always try to spend as much time as possible with them, but this year I want to do it even more. I want to host family lunches, do things together and just have times where I am totally focused on them. I know that I am always so distracted by other things, so I want to make a real point of making time for them this year. I’m secretly hoping this means lots of family holidays 😉  
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