Remember those pesky New Year’s Resolutions you made on January 1 which you PROMISED you would stick to this year? ‘This year will be different, this is the year I accomplish blankety blank blank blank’. Remember? Me neither, however, I put mine in writing for the world to see… Bad move, Ella – now you gotta’ look at what you promised yourself and comment on your progress….
- Stop being sad about losing mates
Welcome to 2017, the year I genuinely entered with friends I could count on one of my hands. Fast forward five months and I have seriously planted some firm roots in some real good rays of sunshine. No more negativity is coursing through my veins about not having many mates to go out and enjoy the sun with, go drinking with, cry on their shoulders when I have failed an assignment with.
I’ve grown closer (if that’s even possible) to my day-one-until-forever best friends, made some serious gal and guy pals for whom I will hold close to my heart for a considerably long time and have also rekindled friendships with some of those who fell out of my life in the last couple of years, too. I’m still bad at keeping on top of messaging people and staying in contact but I’m working on it.
I no longer feel awful about losing my friends… Why should I when I have picked up some extraordinary faces while cleansing the air of those who I no longer fit in with? Life is about being happy, it isn’t about getting upset over spillage.
- Start going out sober
Where once I was a double gin, lime and lemonade with a side of jagerbomb girl… I’ve turned into one of those ‘prossecco girls’. “You know the type, loud as a motorbike but wouldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight”…. Right, Jay-Z?
I still love a pint or seven. I still love going out, I now love chatting nonsense to my best mates, sipping on something bubbly, and I still enjoy getting hammered and eating cheesy chips and gravy at 4am. I’m not very good at going out sober because when the elixir of fun hits my lips it’s a WHOLE new level. I just love it. However, if I don’t want a drink, I’m learning that I do not have to say yes to the strongest substance possible.
I went to Crazy Pedro’s in the NQ the other night and drank Hooch Hoola. Honestly, if you haven’t tried this sweet alcoholic beverage then you are missing out B I G style. I was still having alcohol, I was still drinking, I was still joining in… But I wasn’t downing vodka or sloshing tequila slammers and I didn’t feel like I was drinking to get drunk. A serious rarity.
I went to York to see my best friend in the world a couple weeks ago and essentially had a sober night out in Fibbers. (Those of you who know the York nightlife will feel outraged that I and Kate went to Fibbers on 3 cans of beer each at 12 pm.) And earlier last week, my work do ended up with me having all the fun in the world on 2 pints of Paulaner.
None of these nights out have been 100% sober, but I’m working on it. Every step is one in the right direction. I still have seven months to master the idea of a ‘sober night out’.
- Experience live music once a week
Fail. Complete fail. I haven’t seen a band or an artist live this year. Slap on the wrist, Ella.
However, I do have real plans to attend Liverpool Sound City, report on Isle Of Wight Festival for Gigslutz and am seriously debating whether to splurge on a Reading & Leeds Festival day ticket just to see my boys, Kasabian. Watch this space. But for now, FAIL.
Note: I just found this song on Youtube from the My Little Pony series and my god, this is my new jam.
- Gimmie a little sparkle!
You can see from my Amie Skincare post, that the first part of my ‘self-love and self-care’ 2017 New Year’s Resolution has been successful. They say don’t fix something that isn’t broken (my skin is currently amazing) but I want to add the likes of toner, eye cream and a heavier moisturiser into my routine. If you have ANY recommendations please, please send them my way!
I’m eating way healthier (with a lot of pizza-and-chocolate-bar shaped bumps along the way) I’ve lost weight, I’ve stopped drinking as much, I’m treating myself (TREAT YO’ SELF) to things rather than food and basically, I couldn’t be happier!
YAY ME, YAY ME, YAY ME!
- If you want it, get it
After I wrote my A Minor Depressive Episode blog post, I went out and bought a truckload of things that I just NEEDED. A Burts Bees conditioner, toilet wipes, coffee and hair mousse are just some of the things I went out and spent my hard-earned dolla’ on. They’re not the most exciting things ever but I bloody needed them and I was so thankful to myself, too. You need to love yourself.
The idea of ‘nothing is getting half-arsed in 2017’ is a big one. I’m still drowning at university (will I ever not be?), I’m still not reading enough and I’m still not putting 100% into everything I do. But Jesus, I’m really trying!
Something which is a serious want of mine is a body and a bloody fantastic body at that. At the moment I’ve got an alright body. I have good boobs, and nice hair, and a good waist. However, I also have chunky thighs, cellulite on the back of said-chunky thighs and hips which I frankly just hate. SO ELLA, get yo’ ass to the gym.
There are parts that I love about myself, and parts that I despise, and ‘not half-assing anything in 2017’ applies to the idea that I have to love every part and every inch of my body. Not just loving my boobies and then hating my bum. All of it, you hear me? You need to know you’re the bee’s knees, Ella, go do some squats and feel GOOD.
- Stick in at University
Yeah… I’m just going to leave this one here. I have exams which I am going to prepare for with the best of my ability and come September I am really going to nail the second year.
She says now….
So as a recap: I’m doing awful on the live music and university front but other than that, I’m working really hard to be as good as gold. Well on my way to saying “2017? Bitch, I did that so well”. How are your New Years Resolutions going? We’re only five months in, a lot can happen in the rest!