2019 New Year's Resolutions!

2017 was a year of self-love for me and 2018 was a year of change. I want 2019 to be a year of confidence and I want my resolutions to reflect that.

  1. No Diet Coke for a year. As hard as this is to believe, back in 2013 I went a whole year with no Diet Coke and didn't particularly miss it. Diet Coke is my drink of choice for all occasions and my newer friends will think this impossible but once I set my mind to something, I'm pretty head strong. 
  2. Continue to love driving. I have had so much fun getting out and about exploring the country this year. Having a car has given me the freedom to travel and I really want to continue with the joy I now have. As a side note: don't worry about Chesterfield. This year starts a new placement area, which is not only different to the location I know and love, but it's also far away and I'm terrified of driving after a long shift, especially after some fellow course mates horror stories. I don't want to fear this. Instead, I want to be able the enjoy the shift and truly take the placement one day at a time, taking the time to experience my "away". 
  3. Improve in archery. I've really started to enjoy this new to me sport. Archery was something I never saw coming but after trying it out at a taster session in September, I've absolutely loved not only the doing but also making new friends and feeling like I belong somewhere. It's strange to see now how much time I spend doing it and how much I love being around the others. 
  4. Read more. I used to read before bed every single night, but since starting university 5 years ago I have watched television before bed instead. I still read on holidays but not at home so much. This year I want to read during daily life as well as on breaks! 
  5. Get rid of acne! This is a big one for me. For years, I've been so self-conscious about my skin and I finally had the courage to seek help and support from the professionals. I've tried so many different topical medications and they've defintely helped with my skin a lot but this simmer it got to the point where I'd had enough. I've always been told 20 is the magic number and having just turned 22, at the time, I finally realised I needed help. I tried two different sets of antibiotics before being referred to the consultant dermatologist to start a 6 month course of Roacutane. I'm finally starting to see a little improvement so here's hoping that by the end of the year I'll be much better. 
  6. Start exercising again. Contrary to most people's opinion, archery is classed as a sport but I still want to start doing some exercise classes again, like Zumba, as well cardio and strength training too. I also got a bow trainer for Christmas, from my older sisters, and I hope to do at least 10 reps a day, per arm, alongside 10 squats and 10 sit ups a day. It's 40 super easy exercises that shouldn't take too long, therefore manageable!
  7. Open my heart to love. There's times when I would just love to have someone to fall back on at all times. It's so hard to not have someone to rely on and trust with your heart and as independent as I am, I would love to have a special someone alongside me. I'm not saying 2019 will be my year for love but I do hope I give love a chance. Go on a date or two. Have fun. 
  8. Achieve a first in second year. I did so well in my first year assessments. In my essays I got 68% and 75%. In my debate I got 80%. In my practical assessments I got 70% and 78%, and in my final year exam I got 84%. It was a great year but unfortunately it doesn't count towards my actual degree. Here's to doing the same again this year and getting a first!
  9. Push for Hannah's Lips UK out there. This year I really want to focus on physical demonstrations of our skincare and makeup on real people. It's important to get out there and show people how amazing it is and now that I have a car I have no excuse. I want to go to at least 6 fayre's and shows and book more in-home parties as well! 
  10. Be published! Myself, alongside one other first year, were chosen to be apart of a research project for the coming year. I can't share anything until we get the research written up and - hopefully - published bu I have everything crossed and I'm hopeful. 

What are your New Year's Resolutions?