Tuesday, 31 December 2013


I know your feeds are probably full to the brim of 'new years' related blog posts, so I will try my best not to bore you. Last year I wrote a blog post reflecting on my '2012' and looking back at the resolutions I made and how/if I achieved them. This year I thought I'd do the same - so here's a look at what I 'hoped' to achieve throughout 2013 .... 

1. Save money - NO, I didn't manage to do this. but part of this included finding a job and keeping myself afloat financially - which I did. I have been lucky enough to have two jobs throughout the year, and I am currently in a position that I am very grateful to be in, despite having saved a total of £0. 

2. Graduate - YES. I did indeed graduate, with a BSc Hons in Psychology and Counselling (2:1) and it was the proudest day of my life, to think that I achieved something as big as that. You can read about it here and here

3. Better health - I am going to say YES, I acheived this. In the last 6 months of 2013 I lost 2stone (28lbs) and that was a big acheivement for me, and it's something I am proud of. My journey is by no means over, but I feel happy about this. My resolution was not/is not to LOSE weight, but to GAIN confidence in my body and IMPROVE health. 

4. Appreciate things - YES! This year my life has changed in so many ways, one of them is my ability to appreciate things. I was always a complainer, moaning and focusing on what I didn't have. In 2013 I learned the value and meaning of GRATITUDE - MOAN LESS & APPRECIATE MORE. 

5. Happy Happy Happy - YES. In the past year, I have really tried to focus on what makes me happy and how to better myself as a person. As silly as it may sound, this resolution has changed my life - I am a much happier person and I truly believe that it is possible to be happy, and for the last few years that felt like it was something that was un-achievable for me - to just be happy, but guess what... I AM HAPPY. 

So, all in all 2013 has been a good one. Technically speaking, I achieved 4.5 out of my 5 aims/resolutions/goals for the year and for the first time ever I am not dreading new years eve. For years I have said the exact same thing to my family and friends: that New Year's eve is the most depressing day of the year - in the words of John Lennon and Yoko - another year over, what have you done? This year feels different, in a good way. So here's to 2014. 


This year, I would like to carry on achieving things. I am a believer in making new years resolutions that involve starting something or bettering something, not stopping or quitting. If you focus on what you don't want to do - you will only do it more than ever before. So here are a few short and sweet 'resolutions' or goals, if you will: 

- continue on my weightloss journey, 
- improve my own thoughts on my own body
- continue to focus on positivity, gratitude and how good life truly is and how great it can be
- do more to help others, give back and be generous

I sincerely hope that your 2014 is a good year, may it bring you everything you want it to and enjoy and appreciate every moment.  

Have a fabulous new year, I intend on staying at home watching Jools Holland and enjoying my own company reflecting on the last 365 days. 



  1. Well done on the weigh loss and achieving so many of your goals- that's fantastic! :) My resolution is to be more positive and remain motivated and not focus on the past/negatives...im such a pessimist so this really isn't going to be easy, if you have any tips I'd be so grateful! :) xx

  2. Great post!. Congrats on achieving so many of your goals. I'm hoping to be a lot more positive and happy this year too. I've just posted a similar type of post on my blog. Have just discovered your blog and really liking it so far, so am now following :). I hope 2014 is a great year for you!.
    Emma | www.purpleeerose.com

  3. Well done on the weight loss! I wish I had the motivation you had to lose weight, you must tell me your secrets! I'd love to hear what you've been eating/doing to lose that weight, if you'd be up to it, feel free to email me @ dawn141@btinternet.com :)

    Laura x

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  5. Happy New Year, Jess!
    Sounds like 2013 has been a good one for you (congrats on the graduation!), I hope 2014 brings you equally as good things!

    Jess xo