The Anti-Resolutions 2017



How have you all been? It’s been a while… You know, I only had one resolution for 2017 and that was to start posting regularly every week this year. Needless to say the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ thing hasn’t been working out too well.

But then, it is that time of the year again –  the last week in January when everyone’s given up on their unrealistic goals and are slowly reverting back to their original, lazy, unmotivated selves. Naturally, being the artistic person that I am – I drew inspiration from my surroundings and decided to combine all these sentiments of disappointment and regret into what I am calling the ‘Anti-Resolutions’. (Now admittedly, I haven’t exactly figured out what the exact definition of an ‘Anti-Resolution’ is, but it’s a working title.) Anyways, it’s just a bit of fun as always 😉 , so enough with my rambling and without further ado, here are The Anti-Resolutions 2017…

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I feel like the New Year hasn’t even officially begun until everyone you know has started some weird diet that involves fasting for 12 hours a day and drinking pureed salad. And quite frankly, I find the whole thing very upsetting. See, a diet just entails  removing something beautiful (ie. food) away from one’s life – why would any one want to start off their year with that kind of negativity? I think you should do just the opposite. Going to the gym? Bring some chocolate cake to work out those jaw muscles. (Alternatively, skip the gym altogether because why be fit, when you can be filled with regret instead.) Going to get a coffee? Bring another cup of coffee along with you to drink while you’re waiting for the coffee you ordered. Thinking about giving up on sugar? Well, how would you feel if sugar gave up on you?


What better way to ring in the new year than changing up your style, right? Wrong. You’re already broke after treating yourself over the holidays and then society tries to tempt you to buy more stuff with “January sales”? Don’t just go giving into consumerism. In fact, stand up for your rights. Don’t buy anything ever again. Find a nice bin bag, cut a few arm holes in it and then wear it for the rest of your life. It’s unique, water proof and black works for every occasion. Problem solved.


You guys know I love to travel, so I would definitely encourage everyone else to do some travelling this year. When it comes to travel, there are only two things to consider. 1) How are you going to pay for it? 2) What are you going to wear? The first question can be easily resolved by either winning the lottery or marrying rich, and the second can be answered if you follow the steps outlined in my last point. You’re welcome.

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I know what you’re thinking. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start all those projects you’ve been dreaming about. Write a novel, start a blog, learn how to dance the flamenco… But the thing is, that’s what everyone is going to be aiming to do this year. You really want to be creative? Embrace your laziness. Motivate yourself to stay in bed just one hour longer. Actively ignore any responsibilities or opportunities that come your way. Make an inspiration board with pictures of all the things you want to achieve, instead of actually achieving them. Trust me, it offers a totally new perspective on life. I’ve tried it.


Finally, are you tired of the same old routine, day in, day out? Do you wince when your alarm goes off in the morning? Have your weeks begun to blur into one? Fear not! You can fix this – just be incredibly impulsive and disregard any of the consequences it may have on your future! That’s right, quit your job, pack up your stuff, move to Peru and become a llama whisperer. Life will never be boring again!

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Well, that’s all I have for you guys today! Let me know what your resolutions/ anti resolutions are in the comments below :). All jokes aside, I do hope you all have an amazing 2017 and achieve all your goals this year!


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How to make 2016 the best year ever!

 Make an Inspiration Board

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A great way to kick off 2016 is by putting together an inspiration board. This literally takes a few minutes and trust me, it’s worth it. All you need is a pin board (they’re pretty inexpensive and really useful) and a bunch of photos, sketches, postcards, your 2016 bucket list and pictures to pin up!

This inspiration board is a great way to stay motivated throughout the year and adds a pop of colour to your room, which is an added bonus 😉

Change up your Playlist


It’s easy to forget just how much music can effect our mood. During the winter months I find my playlist filling up with piano ballads and before you know it Adele has me feeling all nostalgic, reminiscing about something that never even happened to me!

Start off the new year by getting together a new playlist full of fun, positive tunes and you’ll feel ready to take on the world! To help you guys out, I put together a New Year Playlist on Spotify that you can check out:

Get a Calendar


Organization is definitely not my forte, so this year I’ve decided to invest in a calendar to keep track of my busy schedule and non-existent social life. Of course you can use a calendar app or Google calendar, but remember paper calendars also double as room decor!


Find a New Hobby


Now I’m not really into the whole “New Year, New Me” thing (cause let’s face it, January 1st never improved anyone’s personality) but I do think it’s a great time to try and find some New Hobbies! Whether you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the piano, join a basketball team or take up photography, this is your chance to get out of your comfort zone and do it!

This year I’ve taken up knitting (I think I’ve discovered a hidden talent by the way) and dancing (well, ok…maybe my mum forced me into one this because I don’t do any sports), but whatever the case, find something you want to try and go for it!

Make time to see your Friends


Sometimes I’m just too lazy to pick up the phone and organise something to do with my friends and other times I just get too caught up in schoolwork, blogging and extracurricular activities. But, whenever I do go out with my friends I always have a really good time!

This year, I’m definitely going to try and make an effort to meet up with my friends more often. At the risk of sounding much more sentimental than I am in reality, I have to say … the internet’s great and all, but nothing beats having a laugh with your friends!

Put together a Bucket List

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As I said in one of my previous posts, I’ve never been good at sticking to New Year’s Resolutions. So this year I did something a little different – I put together a list of goals and projects that I hope to accomplish in 2016.

I actually did this with a bunch of friends and family on New Years Eve and it was tons of fun. Not only did we write down our own personal goals, but we also wrote down challenges for each other to work towards throughout the year.

And don’t just stick to basic goals like “get fit” or “ace my exams”, think outside of the box! What do you really want to do this year? Dye your hair purple? Build a robot? Travel to the other side of the world?

I’m not saying that your goals should be totally far fetched, but you’d be surprised what you can do if you put your mind to it. A lot of things are much more achievable than you imagine, all you have to do is put in the work!


And on that note, go make 2016 your best year so far!

Why my New Years Resolutions NEVER last

So at the beginning of each year – without fail -I feel an inexplicable need to reevaluate my life choices, plan my future and just make myself a better person in general. So then I start coming up with a list of resolutions, imagining unrealistic scenarios of future success and convincing myself that “this is my year”.

Unfortunately, this random burst of motivation only lasts a couple of hours. The good news is, after 16 years I’ve finally figured out why.

Reason 1. Too much commitment.

The longest time I’ve ever committed to anything – school projects, personal goals, important decisions- is probably around sixty five hours, give or take. Even my music playlist changes on an hourly basis. So, as you can see, it’s clearly impossible for me to commit to a resolution for 365 whole days (actually 366 – leap year).

Reason 2. I’m forgetful.

To be honest, I can’t even remember what I had for lunch today, so can I really be expected to remember a resolution I made at the beginning of the year? Because the reality of the situation is, if I decide to stop eating junk food in January, in February I’ll probably be the CEO of McDonalds.

Reason 3. Why help myself, when I could be helping others?

Look, I can’t help it – I’m just a naturally generous person. So of course if it comes down to choosing between improving myself and improving someone else, obviously I’ll choose the latter. In fact, I’d just like to take this moment to say “You’re Welcome” in advance to all the people who’s lives I’m going to make better this year.


That being said, if you are the type of person who makes new years resolutions and sticks to them, well…. thanks for making the rest of us look bad. And on that note,  Happy New Year Everyone!