I know what you’re thinking, it’s 17th January and I’m only just posting about my New Year’s resolutions now? Well, I’m going to blame this one on my best friend B (sorry, B). Every year she makes her resolutions towards the end of January because she wants to “mull them over” and not just come up with resolutions because it’s the first day of a new year. I didn’t really get it at first, but not succumbing to the “pressure” (because it’s that intense) of picking resolutions on 1st January, and let’s be honest… probably just ending up with things that don’t really mean much to you, makes sense.

Sofia Clara Swiss blogSo here I am – mid-January – with 8 goals I’d like to work towards this year…

1. Not purchase any beef or products containing palm oil

I generally want to be more environmentally conscious (she says holding a disposable coffee cup :/ – I’ve obviously got work to do here). I feel like there are so many small changes that we can all easily make to our lives that would make a difference but perhaps don’t because… how much of an impact would it actually make in the grand scale of things if I do buy a plastic bottle of water today, or eat a steak? But isn’t it at this “small level” that the big changes are initiated? Politicians and other leading actors may have the “power” but only ever act on initiatives baked by the population; those that will win their vote. Is it naive of me to think that if these things are important to us, they will eventually funnel up?

So, along with a bunch of other things, the two things I concretely want to focus on are not purchasing any beef or any products (food or cosmetics) with palm oil in them..

This is going to be tricky for someone who loves McVities chocolate digestives dipped in a cup of tea as much as I do.

2. Have a more minimalist attitude and shop more consciously

This is partially linked to being more eco-conscious, but also just because I have a lot of stuff that I really don’t need. I’d like to sell things, pass things on to people who would get more use out of them than I do, give stuff to charity and just keep the things I use regularly and love. And most importantly, not buy so much and when I do, buy more consciously.

I would like to work with more brands like Baabuk (the shoes I’m wearing) from Leaandleo.com who produce animal-friendly shoes from renewable materials that are made to last a long time. I like the idea of buying high quality pieces that will last, both in terms of trend and durability.

Baabuk shoes

3. Eat at proper meal times 

I have a bad tendency to skip meals because I get so consumed in work and just forget. I really need to work on this and haven’t been doing too badly so far this year!

4. Post regularly on my blog

I told someone that this one was on my list but that I wasn’t sure I was going to keep it on here as I’ve been striving to do it for years and have never managed to. The response was: “so you only set goals that you know you’re going to achieve?” and it put it all into perspective. I know I’m going to struggle with this one but I really would like to find a way to manage my time so it’s possible to post regularly on my blog.

5. Give more gifts – be more thoughtful 

I’m not talking on spending huge amounts of money on people because frankly, I’m still struggling to pay my rent, but just picking up things or making things that I think my friends and family would like. Things like buying a little toy for a friend’s new-born, taking baked goods over to a friend, passing a good book  on to someone who I think would love to read it…little things like that.

6. Find a volunteer job

I started looking into this last year but couldn’t quite find anything that I thought suited me and really didn’t think I had the time. I’m going to make sure I find the time this year, even if it’s just a few hours a week.

7. Always have a holiday booked

It was only when I was writing up this blog post that I realised how much good getting away did me last year. It’s no secret that I’m a homebody and love being at home, coming home, working from home but well, getting away makes coming home even nicer! This year, I want to always have a holiday booked so when I come back from one, I book the next (even if it’s months away). It’s something to look forward to and once the flights are booked or travel is arranged, that’s one expense that won’t hold you back.

8. Don’t let Christmas sneak up on me

This is a bit of a random one but I always have SO many ideas of things I want to post on my blog around Christmas time, or things I want to do with friends, but then November and December just speed by and I get nothing done. This year, I’m going to start SUPER early and be totally prepared. You’re all going to be Christmased out by the end of it. It’ll be great.

Photos by Hannah Shan

Wearing: Baabuk shoes, Calzedonia tights, H&M dress, Maje coat, Club Monaco jumper

Have you got any New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, I’d love to know what they are!

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