Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Hello 2017

Happy New Year! I know I'm a week late but I hope you've all had a great start to 2017! 2016 has been an interesting year to say the least. It was filled with highs and lows, so like many I'm definitely ready to start fresh this year.

It's not all doom and gloom though as I achieved a few personal goals in 2016 which have been on my to-do list for a while - I passed my driving test after putting off learning for many years, started blogging full-time and finally transitioned to natural. There's so much more on my list to be done but those small achievements have definitely made me more motivated to achieve bigger and better things in 2017.

The cliché goals are still on my list - like eat healthier, be more active etc - eating yourself into a food coma each Christmas makes those kind of goals inevitable. Some of my goals for 2017 are almost identical to my 2015 New Years' Resolution post  but I am more determined to actually make changes this year.

One thing I really want to change is my blog which took a backseat in the second half of 2016 for a number of reasons. I've taken a lot of time over deciding where to take this blog next, mostly as I feel like I've restricted myself a little in terms in content by sticking predominantly hair and beauty. I want people to know what they're getting with my blog content but at the same time I am about more than what I look like. I was thinking about a whole re-brand but instead I might just start small and expand the type of content I create. I'll still stick to mostly hair and beauty as I still like creating this type of content and that's what I know a lot of you are here for but what type of content do you like reading most? Do you like just reviews, tutorials and looks or would you like to see some personal or lifestyle content too?

As ever, let me know in the comments as I'd love to hear your suggestions.

Do you have any goals for 2017?

Christine Stewart x

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Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year! Goals for 2015

I'm not one to make New Year's Resolutions usually but over the past year I've been more proactive in setting myself personal goals and working towards achieving them. I found Fiona's recent post on her goals for 2015 particularly inspiring and I've made a few personal goals for this year. I thought I'd share my beauty and hair related goals for 2015 in this post.

Healthier diet. 
Diet-related New Year's resolutions are always popular, some might say they're a cliché. I have no real issues with how my body looks and I have no desire to lose any weight but my diet currently is pretty dire. I don't think it's ever been good as I'm addicted to chocolate (I have it every single day) and I seem to love all the stuff that's 'bad' for you. I'm positive my poor diet has been impacting on my sleep (or lack of), affecting my concentration, the look of my skin and general health. My intention is to eat cleaner - so more raw, unprocessed food and drink - but I won't give up the bad stuff completely.

Clearer skin. 
I feel like I've been chasing the dream of clear skin since my early teens. I'm always getting monthly breakouts but recently my skin has been awful and I've had to rely more and more on heavy duty concealer to cover my cystic spots (those nasty ones right under the skin), increased redness and the resulting scarring and pigmentation. I think my diet and lack of water has been affecting my skin a lot so I'm hoping changing these things will help clear my skin. I also intend to be more rigorous with what I put on my skin by looking towards more natural products. I also want to get rid of my remaining DPN as my skin improved vastly last March when I had my first treatment of  (more info on this ).

Better organisation.
Despite blogging for over 2 years, I still don't have a set way of how I plan and write posts. My work-life has to be organised, and I have pretty pressured deadlines that I have to stick to and I guess as a result I've enjoyed having a more relaxed approach to my blog. Posts that aren't pre-planned tend to work well for me however, during 2014 my 'off-the-cuff' style of blogging was really affected by 'real-life' stuff. My goal is to be more organised which should hopefully lead to better content.

Cut hair (gradually). 
When I started this blog I had a clear-cut set of hair goals which I have now achieved. Most of them were length related but now all I can think about is cutting my hair short, which almost seems counterproductive. Goals of course can always change, but many friends have pointed out that I might hate the result after chopping off all my hair. I think I'm itching for change from what's been a long 'transition'. To give a little background, I'm currently growing out my bone straight relaxed hair. My hair now reaches my waist but only about 3-4 inches at the top is how I want my hair to look (it's still relaxed but to a lesser degree known as texlaxing) and much closer in texture to my naturally curly hair. Cutting my ends off is inevitable but my aim is to keep gradually chopping off my ends instead of a dramatic cut. Hopefully this will satisfy my need for a haircut whilst also allowing me to keep enough length to do my favourite hairstyles.

What are some of your goals for 2015?

Christine Stewart x

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