About More or Less

Coming up with resolutions for 2015 was hard. I don’t believe you should wait for a new year or new week or even a new day if there is something you want, so new year’s resolutions are a bit redundant for me. At the same time though, the start of a new year is the best time to make tweaks – new year, new you. Or something like that. In my experience, small changes are the easiest to implement. Hence, the more or less resolutions. 2015 is going to be the year of more or less – more of the good, less of the bad.

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1 // Draw more, write more, create more.
I always feel more in control when I’ve spent time being creative. I’m hoping that finishing up study in 2015 might mean I have more time to draw, write and create.

2 // Drink more water.
So, so important! I have actually had a head start on this one. Over the last few weeks I’ve been making a big effort to drink more water. I’ve noticed that my skin is clearer, I have more energy and I generally feel better. I don’t drink coffee, but instead of reaching for sugar laden juices as a substitute, I’ve been opting for herbal tea – mint, ginger, chamomile. Great for digestion, helpful for sleep, and super hydrating! I’ve also been drinking lots of lightly sparkling water, topped with lime or cucumber. Simple, delish and refreshing.

3 // Complain less.
Look, let’s just leave this right here.

4 // Exercise more.
Getting glandular fever in mid 2014 slowed me right down in terms of exercise. Before getting sick, I was a regular gym bunny and I dabbled in yoga and running. I’m feeling much better, so 2015 is going to be about getting back on track. I’ve been swimming laps in the last couple of months and running again. Baby steps.

5 // Less screen time.
Self explanatory. We’re the generation that is always ‘on’. Social media is so time consuming and energy draining. Yes, there is incredible value in digital and social media, but it can also be a vortex of negativity. I recognise the irony of a blogger stating she wants less screen time, but I really think that less screen time enables more original and creative content. In 2015, I’m vowing to spend less time online. I’m hoping that as a result I’ll sleep better, feel creatively invigorated and won’t find myself unhelpfully comparing myself to others online.

6 // Read more challenging material.
This kind of goes hand in hand with having less screen time. I try to read most nights before I go to sleep, and generally I read fiction. Often, especially if uni or work has been particularly hectic, I’ll fall back to an old favourite or some chick lit fluff. There’s nothing wrong with this occasionally, but I think it’s time to step up my reading game and try some more challenging material. I’d particularly like to read more non-fiction. Suggestions or recommendations are always welcome!

7 // Worry less.
I’m a massive worrier. Always have been, it goes hand in hand with my perfectionist tendencies. In 2015, I’m going to worry less. Things always (usually) work out, things happen for a reason, and for the most part people end up where they are meant to be.

8 // Early to bed, early to rise more often.
This is more of a change in habit than anything else. I sleep plenty, but could definitely get out of bed and tackle the day earlier. I think a lot of these ‘resolutions’ work together – exercising more will in theory help me sleep, as will cutting down on screen time and the dreaded blue light, drinking more water will make me feel better, worrying less will help me stay mentally well. I’d like to get exercise in early in the morning when possible. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and I’m not much of a morning person, so we’ll see how this goes.

9 // Buy less, of a higher quality.
This is also fairly self-explanatory. As I get older, I find myself happy to spend more for high quality pieces, be they clothing or interior related. There’s a few things on my wishlist at the moment that fall squarely into this category, so to be able to afford them and justify them, I’m giving up my habits of impulse buying. I think this could be the hardest of my ‘resolutions’, but fingers crossed.

10 // Appreciate more.
I’m going to take the time to appreciate my life more. I’m so incredibly fortunate to have my family around me, happy and healthy. I’m happy and healthy. I’m highly educated, with the world at my feet. Whether it’s writing a quick thank you note, photographing the small things or simply taking a moment to be grateful for what I have, I plan on being more appreciative in 2015.

So that’s me done – what your plans, hopes and tweaks for 2015? x

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    Anna

    Love it, Amy. Definitely going to be following this mantra in 2015 x

    katie a.

    I’m doing a different monthly goal for every month of 2015. It helps me stay focused on my goals and not get burned out so quickly with the usual year long resolutions.

      amygrant

      That’s a great idea Katie. I think a lot of us get too caught up in hitting goals without remembering why we want to do it, and so it becomes a chore. That’s what I am trying to overcome and it sounds like you’re the same! xx