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My Achievable New Year’s Resolutions

January 4th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

My Achievable New Year's Resolutions

Well hello there! I hope you’ve had a good start of the year so far!

This being the very first post of 2017, I though I’d stick to the bloggers cliché of writing down some New Year’s resolution and start a chat about a few of the things I’d like to achieve this year.

In the last couple of days I’ve seen everyone coming up with a magic formula on how to set the perfect goals for the year, everyone saying to be very specific and detailed to be able to achieve your goals in 2017. However, as you might remember, I’m not one for setting big overwhelming goals at all, and one thing I’ve learned in the years is that I rather like to set small achievable New Year’s resolutions that motivate myself, showing me how I can do them in a short amount of time and what I realistically need in order to tick them off, instead of loading myself with the weigh of huge unrealistic goals I will probably not be able to tick off my list in 5 years time (like reading *insert any number* of books per month).

Sure, I’d really like to have my own flat by the end of 2017, and buy my own car and make my business amazing and popular, but those kind of things doesn’t really depends on myself and they could come as well as not come. I’ve learned to appreciate where I’ve come so far instead, and give myself a pat on the shoulder for it.

My Achievable New Year's Resolutions
My Achievable New Year's Resolutions

Especially under a personal level, I’ve come to a nice balance during the latest year, and what my achievable New Year’s resolutions actually include is simply continuing with what I’ve built this past year and keep it going!

In particular, I’d like to continue to…

Cultivate my hobbies – 2016 taught me that there’s not enough time in a day to do everything. The thing is that I am passionate to so many things, but with working from home and being my own boss, it can be easy for me to forget about all the things I love doing and work day and night instead. In particular I’ve discovered knitting last year and a few hats later, I’m so passionate about it that I really want to find more time in my days to start new exciting projects! I’m sure this is something that can easily become part of my early morning or nighttime routine…

Eat healthy – I’ve learnt healthy eating is more of a habit than anything else. I’ve started my journey at the beginning of last year and, although it wasn’t easy to start with, as the months went by, I started eating healthy foods on a daily basis almost naturally, without thinking about it too much. I really think, as long as you keep doing it every single day (of course I like me some ice cream every now and then) without feeling it like a severe rule, healthy eating is more of a habit to cultivate and I’d really like to keep going with it.

Be active – This might sound the usual fitness goal, but really I’ve already started this last Summer and all I want to do from now on is keep it up! It’s a tiny bit more challenging to be active in the colder months, but I can’t wait for the new season to get out there for my daily walks, that used to do me and my mind a whole lot of good each time!

Be my best boss – As you know, I’m running my own business since 2015, and last year was the year of settling down, building a portfolio and understanding the direction I wanted to take with it all. I have a lot of plans for 2017 (which you might have already heard of if you’re subscribed to my newsletter), some bigger some smaller, but I also would like to put myself first: I should be kinder to myself, stick to my working hours and avoid feeling overwhelmed because I would like to do it all and I feel like there’s never enough time. I really need to work on that this year…

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That’s it, really! I would also love to hear about YOUR achievable New Year’s resolutions! Let me know! x

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The Most Wonderful Table Setting Of The Year

December 27th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

The Most Wonderful Table Setting Of The Year

Oh hey! Hope y’all have had the loveliest Christmas and Boxing Day! I spent both in bed with a terrible flu, but was spoilt to the very best presents and some heartwarming love, so I won’t complain!

A couple of days before Christmas we took some time to test our Holiday’s table setting with the help of the lovely people at Talking Tables. I couldn’t help but want to share what we come up with as inspiration for your own table settings for  what rests of the Holidays!

The Most Wonderful Table Setting Of The Year
The Most Wonderful Table Setting Of The Year
The Most Wonderful Table Setting Of The Year
The Most Wonderful Table Setting Of The Year
The Most Wonderful Table Setting Of The Year
The Most Wonderful Table Setting Of The Year

All party & table props ℅ Talking Tables

The white and gold modern theme worked out so well that we’re basically all set for New Year’s Eve now! I’m a huge fan of the metallic balloons as well as anything you can hang to the ceiling like those glittery gold star ornaments. But the best part is that, although all the tableware looks incredibly beautiful and realistic, it’s all made of paper or plastic, so you don’t even have to worry about washing it all afterwards! We decided to only go for real glasses though, because toasting is mandatory on New Year’s Eve!

Hopefully, if you were a little stuck for New Year’s Eve table setting and you’re hosting a little something, this was a tiny bit inspiring!

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This post is the last one for 2016, talk you next year! In the meanwhile I’m sending all my best wishes to you and your families for a happy New Year and what rests of the Holidays! x

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The Timeless Last Minute Gift

December 19th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

Chatting about last minute Christmas shopping and Joosr, the perfect anti-waste last minute gift idea

Can you all really believe Christmas is THIS week?! Or is it just me?

I really don’t know where December is going, it still feels like it has just started. This is my very favourite period of the year and I always want enjoy it all at its fullest as much as I can: I always have so many things I want to do, so many ideas popping up along the way, and this year it kind of feels a little overwhelming… like I haven’t got time for anything!

Moreover I’m so extremely behind with gifts like I’ve never been in years! I’m usually the one having everyone’s Christmas list sorted at the end of November, yet this time I still have to tick most of the boxes in my lists! I believe this is basically the very first time in my life I’ve been experiencing last minute Christmas shopping… and it’s madness!

Plus, as you might were able to tell from my latest posts, I’ve been thinking a lot about the meaning of gifts and ‘giving’ this time. I want every present to be something useful and that won’t finish forgotten in a drawer somewhere. And let’s face it, lots of unwanted gifts end up that way each year. I don’t want to give something ‘just because’ anymore – I want it to be thoughtful and different and something that will be loved too.

Joosr is the perfect last minute gift idea to avoid waste and unwanted gifts
Joosr is the perfect last minute gift idea: a library with 20-minutes summaries of the best non-fiction books around!

I was recently introduced to Joosr and I immediately felt intrigued and fascinated. They not only aim to stop the unwanted gifts and paper waist during the festive period, but they also came up with such an interesting concept, to create a library of 20-minutes summaries of the best, most brilliant non-fiction books around.

Joosr is basically the place where to discover new interesting and thought-provoking reads, giving you the chance of reading five summaries per week: everything from health and fitness, family life, work and also freelancing, business, career. I have been given the chance to test it out these last couple of weeks, and I have to admit I now feel very inspired to start reading more books that will enrich my knowledge of what I’m truly passionate in life.

To me that’s surely freelancing and business and dreaming big, but there’s something for everybody really. So if you’re on the same boat as me with Christmas shopping this year, but you also have a particular care for the meaning of ‘giving’ and the waste, I couldn’t recommend Joosr as last minute gift idea enough!

Using my link, you can give Joosr as gift with a one-year subscription at £9.95 instead of the usual £40, plus they’re giving you an extra free subscription so that YOU can enjoy Joosr yourself next year! Find more info here.

Please note: I’ve been gifted a free subscription in exchange for this review, but this post isn’t sponsored nor I get any money if you purchase through my link. The opinions and love for the concept are all mine as per usual.

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