08.01

Cider-with-Rosie-2015-resolution-we-are-enough

This year, my resolution is the antithesis of all the New Year’s resolutions I’ve ever made before.

In the past, I’ve always used the beginning of the year to reflect upon what I could’ve done better in the previous 12 months. Ways in which I’ve slipped up, things I’ve failed at, areas in which I could work harder, achieve more, *be better*. I’d set myself the traditional list of resolutions (some silly ones, like eat less Nutella and do more ironing, and more serious and personally challenging ones too), and then inevitably also begin each new month throughout the year saying things like ‘This month I’m going to try to be more/get better at…’ The goals and resolutions would stack up, and the pressure would pile on.

I find myself striving harder and harder to be achieving at a higher standard, in all areas of my life. And, though I believe strongly in self-improvement and goal-setting and steadfast determination, towards the end of last year I wound up feeling burnt out with the pressure I was putting on myself.

And so, in 2015, my one single resolution is *to go easier on myself*.

To know that at the end of each day, each week, each month, I will have tried my very hardest, and that that is, quite simply,   e n o u g h.

I know I won’t be alone in feeling the pressure to be in the pursuit of perfection at all times. Together, let’s make this the year in which we remind ourselves, as many times as we need to,

#IAmEnough.

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03.02

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…as drawn by the darling Emily, from Jammy and Jelly! Isn’t she talented? I love it!

I think I’m even going to print out a copy, and frame it for the gallery wall I’m putting together in our guest room right now. As long as lovely Emily says that’s okay, of course!

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01.01

Cider-with-Rosie

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a splendid New Year’s Eve? Jason and I were determined to be totally self-indulgent this New Years, by staying home just the two of us. We ordered in a couple of pizzas, drank some beer, watched trashy telly (The Hangover III), and talked about our New Year’s resolutions. And it was pretty much perfect. I have a hundred and one goals and dreams for 2014, and I’m excited to get cracking trying to achieve them! This time of year- with all its potential and possibility and feeling of freedom- is my absolute favourite. Here’s a little list of what I’ve resolved to try and achieve in the year ahead…

- Work my absolute hardest and save every penny I can, so that I can invest in a better camera and lens.

- Make my signature more legible, instead of spiky ‘R’ with a bunch of squiggles after it.

- Learn how to make really great bread. Actually, learn how to make really great *gluten-free* bread, since I’m planning on sticking with this whole wheat-free thing in 2014.

- Start doing Pilates at home, instead of just whilst in class.

- Make sure Jason always knows how much I love him, and appreciate everything he does for us as a little family.

- Be a better friend. Write more emails, text more often, and call more frequently to let my friends know I’m thinking of them.

- Iron our bedlinen every time I wash it, and never put it back on the bed all crinkled. (This will be my Everest. I iron my collars using GHDs most of the time, so…)

- Take time to make our house beautiful. I’d like to build up a little gallery wall in our living room, and find some lovely artwork for the guest bedroom, and buy some new lamps for various corners of the house.

- Plant up some new herbs, and keep them alive for at least six months. Last summer I planted thyme and mint, and this year I’m planning a little crop of rosemary, basil and sage, on advice of my good friend Cath.

- Continue to regularly visit my Grandma’s old next door neighbour and best friend, Peggy. She was a wonderful friend to my Grandma, so we try to make sure she feels loved and appreciated by us now my Grandma isn’t here to do so herself.

So, have you made any resolutions for this year? Last year I resolved to wear more yellow, and it’s probably my favourite resolution I’ve ever made! Such a fun one to achieve! And even though I just gave away my yellow jeans (they’d gone baggy), I’d say I’ve stuck to it pretty well! Maybe 2014 should be the year of red? Yes, yes it will! Happy New Year friends!

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01.01
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- to try to speak more gently, both in tone and words. sometimes i’m guilty of speaking in haste and not tempering myself, and i so want to change. i think this will be my biggest personal challenge, but will make our home a nicer place. 
- to set aside fifty pounds each month to go into a rainy day fund :)
- to include three non-meat meals per week in my meal plan. i’m excited to try out some vegetarian recipes, so if any of my readers are vegetarian and know of some brilliant ones please do send them my way! :)
- to comment on blogs more regularly. i so love receiving comments here, and am determined to find time to return the favour!
- to begin donating each month to an animal charity. we debated long and hard when considering getting a dog about whether or not to rescue one from a local shelter. eventually, we decided for a number of reasons to go for a pup that we could train up exactly how we wanted, but i feel guilty sometimes knowing that we could have given one of the thousands of unwanted dogs in england a home. i hope that donating each month will do some good, and make a dog’s life a little happier whilst they wait to be given a new home.
- to let jason pick out more films for us to watch! i tend to sniff at his choices but they always turn out to be fantastic, so i’m going to try to be more open minded in the coming year! that said, i might need to add ‘work on my concentration so i don’t get bored and wander off halfway through 99% of the films we watch’ to my list of new year’s resolution?…;)
- and finally, my last resolution is to wear more yellow! i’m not sure yet if i’ll look dreadful in it, but since you can’t help but be happy in yellow i’m determined to try!
what are your new year’s resolutions my lovelies? :)

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