New Years Resolutions 2017

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Previous years: 2016 | 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

My ninth resolution post! That’s kinda crazy. So, as ever, I’m going to look at last years points:

  • Build my strength more
    Actually, yeah, I think I have done this. I changed my routine in May or June to start going to the gym before work instead of after, and that was the best thing I did. I have really enjoyed weight lifting, and have even started running. I KNOW.
  • Look after myself more
    Going to the gym meant that I haven’t taken painkillers for my back in a year. Woo! I have also been seeing a physio on a regular basis which has also helped a lot.
    Beauty wise, I haven’t been very good. I think I’ve only had two hair cuts this year and haven’t been near a salon for my nails!
  • Study!
    Yeaaaaaah….lets not talk about this one. I got so busy!
  • Blog, but organically
    Yeah, I think I did. If by organically, I mean “when I remembered I had a blog and had some time”. To be honest, it’s nice to have somewhere to just write about things I like without feeling like I have to write something.
  • Something something Bonjour, Blogger!
    I reduced down the amount I was posting on BB, and it has been a lot easier for me to fit in. Automating a lot of social media stuff really helped keep the traffic at the same level, which is good and frustrating (good – yay, people still visit! frustrating – what was the bloody point in the first place?)
    I’d really like to hear what other people want to see from the site in 2017 – if you’ve got a few minutes spare, please head over to the survey!
  • Stop saving for best
    This has been surprisingly difficult! I even do this with food, which is so dumb. SO DUMB.

So what am I planning for 2017?

  • Get out more
    This year, we picked up a new pup, Jess. (I haven’t even posted about her here yet, how rubbish!) She’s a complete knobhead but very very adorable. My aim next year is to take her and Jill out more often (not Fern though because she’s an old lady and hates going outside)
  • Keep improving at the gym
    Not just by increasing the amount I lift (do u even lift bro) but with the cardio as well. Running has been a new thing this year that I hate but that burns more calories, so increasing the length of time I can run before slowing down would be pretty awesome.
  • Procrastinate less
    I’m writing this to procrastinate from doing something useful. Stop this, me.
  • Meet more people
    I have met some excellent new people this year, and next year I want to keep meeting more! It’s one of the best things about Twitter for me – that I can meet people where I live who are interested in the same things as me without having to do any weird meetup type things.
  • Say yes!
    I am not very good at saying yes to big scary things, so let’s change that one as well.

What are you planning next year?

New Years Resolutions 2016

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Previous years: 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

I never used to do new years resolutions, but once I started writing them down here, it’s like you have to at least try to do them, and not set ridiculous ones that you’re bound to fail. I couldn’t care less whether other bloggers have posted these posts, because honestly, this is more for me than you.

So, as always, a recap of the previous ones…

  • Organise more blogging events
    I’m not unhappy about the amount of #blogclub events that we held this year, but we could have done more (maybe). The events that we did hold were pretty amazing though – we’ve worked with some excellent companies to hold the events, and I hope we can continue that sort of thing!
  • Exercise
    I cycled quite a bit on my Turbo (wich is a thing that turns a normal bike into an exercise one) but when it came to actually going outside on the bike, I was afraid! I stopped exercising for a bit after a flare up with my back but then started seeing a personal trainer in August. So, I guess this one is checked off?
  • Blog more
    hahahhahahaah no.
  • Develop Bonjour, Blogger! further
    Hm. Not especially?
  • Networking
    Nope. Not doing too well on this list, am I?

So in 2016, I’m thinking…

  • Build my strength more
    One of the things that I’ve been surprised by with seeing a PT is that I really enjoy the weights and strength work that we’ve done. I love that I can now leg press over 220lbs, I had forgotten that I really enjoy going to the gym (I KNOW) and I’ve found that exercise has helped with my pain issues.  I’d like to build up my arms a bit more so I can carry more shopping
  • Look after myself more
    I’ve always been crap at this. I will keep working through the lurgy and with my back problems, I would just keep taking the stronger and stronger painkillers. Except that wasn’t the best thing because the painkillers meant that 2015 is pretty hazy tbh – the year just passed me by and I don’t feel like I achieved or even did anything, you know? The exercise has helped me stop taking the painkillers, and I have regular appointments with a physio which also helps.
    I also want to keep more on top of beauty stuff – I am terrible for waiting months for a hair cut or an eyebrow thread and I never get my nails done, but it’s silly, because those things make me feel better about how I look. So maybe I should do them more?
  • Study!
    One thing that did happen in 2015 is that I got promoted. Which is kinda cool, y’know, but I felt like I needed to be doing something else as well. I signed up to study CIMA but I’ve been a bit crap at studying and just general time stuff. I want to at least get my CIMA certificate this year (I only have one module to do, so in theory it’s not that hard to do.)
  • Blog, but organically
    You guys use Timehop, right? It’s amazing, embarrassing, hilarious and ridiculous all at the same time. Since I connected my Twitter account to it, I keep getting the old tweets where my blog auto posted, and the things I’ve noticed about the posts from 5-6 years ago is that they were organic, for lack of a better word. I would see something I liked, snap a picture with my iPhone 3G (retro!) and write about it. I miss that, and I think it’s one of the reasons many of the older bloggers around have been considering quitting lately. It’s amazing how blogging has grown into such an industry, but it’s nice to go back to how it started when we enjoyed writing nonsense.
    (I’ve been trying out these sort of posts with my last few and it was nice to just post for the sake of it, not because I felt like I had to)
  • Something something Bonjour, Blogger!
    Around the time I started seeing my personal trainer, and my birthday, and all the other things, I had a blog wobble, where you see someone else copying something that you did ages ago and they’re getting all the praise for it and you’re like “fuck, is there even a point to doing this?”
    So, I pretty much quit posting on the site for the year.
    I’ve missed it though, and I’m going to relaunch the site tomorrow – new layout, a less crazy posting schedule (every day was a little ridiculous, let’s be honest) and less pressure on myself. The numbers visiting haven’t dropped that much, so I know that daily posting isn’t as beneficial to the site as me getting extra sleep is ;)
  • Stop saving for best
    I am terrible for buying things and then not using them because I’m saving them for best. Except that’s pretty bloody stupid when its a face wash or a perfume I like. I am trying to get into the habit of not hording so much and using things I buy, but it’s more difficult that you’d expect!

If you’re using the new year as a reason to kick start your own personal to-do lists, yay! I hope you achieve everything you want to!
If you’re not setting any resolutions, I’m glad for that as well!

New Years Resolutions 2015

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Previous years: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Man, 2014 suuuuuuuuuuucked. I’m not going to recap my year, because I’m lazy tbh, and no one wants to hear about the crapness of the year.

So, how did I do with last years resolutions?

  • To become more confident when talking about myself – and by extension, Bonjour, Blogger! – Hm. Sort of. I’m more openly talking about it at work (for example) – but I have a long way to go before I am able to go to people and say “Hi, I made this site, and it is awesome, and you want to work with us” (I’ll also need to get better at English, obviously)
  • To hold a few blogger events – I do this a lot! Sophie and I started #blogclub in January, and despite losing our regular meeting place,  we have still had quite a few meetups and gatherings. Creating #blogclub was probably the best thing we did in 2014 – we have managed to attract some of the best bloggers in the Bristol area together, and have excellent discussions whenever we meet up and on Facebook.
  • To do some public speaking – I did this! I spoke at Blognix in June, and really enjoyed it. I’d really love to do some more in 2015.
  • Exercise! – Um. The less said about this the better.
  • To not abandon ceriselle.org so much! – *sigh* To be honest, I don’t feel like I’ve done that much this year to blog about. I didn’t think people were that interested in hearing about spending more time at the hospital and when I did do things that were awesome, I just didn’t feel like blogging about it right then and then it would be three weeks later and irrelevant. Hopefully my blog refresh will help motivate me though!
  • To organise my finances better – I feel a little more on top of things than before, and starting a limited company for my blog related stuff was a pretty good idea (for me at least) – it meant I could keep blog expenses separate and could see the incomings and outgoings a lot better. I don’t think I would recommend this for everyone, but I’ve been dealing with limited companies since I was 13/14 so I’m more used to how they work than how self employed/sole trader stuff works.

And for 2015?

  • Organise more blogging events – I’ve really loved organising the various gatherings in 2014, and I’d like to do a lot more, and perhaps something bigger? My favourite gathering of 2014 was the Trunki event  and I’d love to do more like that, perhaps around the country as well? Who knows!
  • Exercise – Alex bought me a lovely shiny new bike this week which I’m going to be using on a thing that also makes it an exercise bike – by the time summer comes around, I’ll (hopefully!) be able to cycle further than to the shops and back! It’s not about losing weight for me, but improving my fitness levels, and strengthening my core (that is just such a wanky phrase, right?) – if I lose weight, that’s just a side effect I won’t be too grumpy about!
  • Blog more – I have really missed blogging this year. My post about the future of blogging seemed to strike some nerves, and I aim to blog more about the things I like, rather than the things I feel like I should be posting.
  • Develop Bonjour, Blogger! further – I want to be able to go to people and promote the site as a way to help them, and persuade them that they would totally love to host a #blogclub at their offices.
  • Networking – blergherergherrrrrghhhh. If I’m going to talk about Bonjour, Blogger!, then I need the people to talk about it to!

Soooooo…what are you planning to achieve?